October 2022 #ReadingWrapUp

October 2022 Reading Wrap Up

On this last day of October, are you reminiscing about your reading month?
Here’s my October 2022 Reading Wrap Up.

October 2022 Reading Wrap Up (collage of covers)

October was a pleasant reading month! Out of the 8 books completed, I had one 5-star read and seven 4-star reads (ranging from 3.5-4.5). Unfortunately, I also had 2 DNFs which slowed my roll a bit.

My most memorable read this month is The Winners by Fredrik Backman, poignant and dramatic contemporary fiction. (review coming soon)

Did we read any of the same books?

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The Winners by Fredrik Backman

5+ Stars. Contemporary Fiction (#3 in the Beartown series). Compelling, poignant, and dramatic. Review coming soon.

That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Fascinating Histfic. My review of That Summer in Berlin.

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin

4.5 Stars. (ARC) Heartwarming Contemporary Women’s Fiction. My review of The Christmas Castle in Scotland.

Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett

4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. Heartwarming and poignant. My review for Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife.

A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga (MG)

4 Stars. Engaging Middle Grade Science Fiction. I listened to the audio version. Review coming soon.

The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen (ARC)

 4 Stars. (ARC) Historical Women’s Fiction. Family Drama. Review coming soon.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

4 Stars. Contemporary Fiction. (Although I’ve seen the movie I had not read the book) Not yet reviewed.

Domestic Arts by Annie M. Ballard (ARC)

3.5-4 Stars. (ARC) Contemporary Women’s Fiction. #2 in a series but can be read as a stand alone. Review coming soon.


(I think I’ve set a record for DNFing popular books this year!)

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid. (23%) Bored.
Thanks For Listening by Julia Whelan. Not to my taste.

October 2022 Reading Wrap Up QOTD:

What was your favorite October read?
Did we read any of the same books?
Which of these books is on your TBR?

October Blog Posts:

The Christmas Castle in Scotland Review
Mistletoe and Magic for the Cornish Midwife Review
That Summer in Berlin Review
Godmersham Park Book Review
Novellas in November TBR
When We Had Wings Review
Christmas at the Borrow a Bookshop Review
The Story of Arthur Truluv Review
A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice Review
10 Books to Read on Vacation (Women’s Fiction)
Once Upon a December Review
The Music Shop Review
The Belle of Belgrave Square Review
In the Shadow of a Queen Review

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. Hey Carol,

    One 5-star read and seven 4-star reads isn’t bad at all. I sorry to see that you got bored with Carrie Soto is back. I’ve bought it and plan to read it next. I’ve enjoyed TJR’s other stories and I love tennis. I’ll let you know how I get on with it.

    October was a bumper month for me with ten books. I made a conscious effort to read across genres. I hadn’t read Fredrik Backman’s novels before, so I decided to start with “A Man Called Ove” before the movie comes out. It was well written and executed, but it wasn’t the novel for me. I didn’t like reading about suicidal thoughts. On the plus side, I read “The Brutal Telling” by Penny Louise. Book number five and I’m finally enjoying the series. The characters have grown on me, and I was surprised by who was identified as the murderer.

    Based upon your review, I borrowed the audiobook of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry on Hoopla. The problem is that I’m listening to it in bed at night, but quickly fall asleep. I really need to plan a listening session when I’m wide awake LOL.

    • I’m an extreme outlier for Carrie Soto! Hope it’s a good read for you! If you like tennis, have you read Open by Andre Aggasi? Re Backman….I think he includes suicidal ideation in some of his writing because one of his dear IRL friends committed suicide and he struggles in dealing with it. Anxious People also has a suicide element. It’s something he cares deeply about…..for the person and for the survivors. It seems he has come to the conclusion for himself that we help people the best we can and we have to accept that it’s all we can do. But Backman always deals with hard stuff in whatever he’s writing. Ove does need a content warning however! I hope you enjoy Fikry! Audio always puts me to sleep! I have to be driving to do audio.

      • I’ve read Open by Andre Aggasi, a very honest and interesting autobiography. My son is an excellent tennis player and competed in England. Heeven went to IMG Tennis Academy for a few summers. I can certainly imagine the pressure that Aggasi was while he was training with Nick Bollettieri.

        Interesting that Backman had a friend who committed suicide. I don’t mind reading angst, but I’m not so keen with suicidal thoughts. I’ll be staying away from Anxious People!

  2. I LOVE Historical Women’s Fiction! I’ve added “The Sister’s of Sea View” to my TBR pile – thanks so much! I recently finished a really epic historical women’s fiction novel and now I have been on the hunt for more so I am so happy I found this post. It’s called “Daughters of Teutobod” by Kurt Hansen and it has three stories in one. It follows three women from different eras who faced adversity and came out on top. The book has everything from family drama to love to historical relevancy and persevering against all odds. It really had me entranced from start to finish and I was transported to ancient Gaul (Romans), WWII, and modern-day France.

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