How many books that I planned did I read?
I planned for ten books, and read 6 of those ten, plus 3 more I hadn’t planned on. So 9/10, ultimately! A little lower than normal, but I also had some pretty slow and lengthy books this month that I put time into.
For the record, the two books that are still listed as TBR are on October’s TBR list! So they didn’t get abandoned to the back of an endless pile. They’re still front and center. 🙂
To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini is that same book I’ve been raving about for months now. I got my copy, I savored it, and I reviewed it. And now it’s published, so you can do the same! 😁
White Ivy by Susie Yang was an ARC I was absolutely delighted to get, but my expectations weren’t quite aligned with what the book actually was. Less action than I expected, more psychological exploration and self-examination. Still good, just not what I’d thought I’d be getting. That review is up now, and it comes out on November 3rd if you’re interested!
I read One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie and y’all, it was even better than I thought it would be. It’s set in Trinidad, with illegal immigrants from Venezuela, and it’s funny and sweet and unsettling and dark and dramatic. It’s so much all in one without it being overwhelming or losing its way. It was SO GOOD, and you will definitely see more about it very soon. 😉
I feel like nothing happened this month. 😂 And maybe that’s in part due to still being at home only for like the 6th month now, but even if we COULD go out we probably wouldn’t be. All our time right now is dedicated to working on our new house we’re fixing up and buying. I’ve also officially hit the point where I’m pretty sick of DIYing and fixing up our house! 2 or 3 days a week for several months is more than enough for me. Luckily my S.O. is still energized and excited for every day we do something down there, and admittedly we have learned a lot and it is starting to really look great as it comes together.
I had a really hard time with the end of summer this year. I didn’t go to the beach ONCE, which is astonishing and kind of depressing and I really did not want to accept that now I probably can’t go swimming in the ocean until next year (the Atlantic is really cold, y’all). Then again, next year I’ll have my own heated pool, so maybe it’s a bit give-and-take.
I haven’t even enjoyed the gorgeous leaves changing or the pretty golden hues of September because I’m eyeing it crankily and bemoaning the slow, oncoming death of life. It also means that we are still doing house work long after I’d thought we would be… and still have a ways to go. New goal: before end of 2020. 😑
So overall… mood = stagnant. Could be worse, but could definitely also be better. Always working on staying grateful though. (My access to healthcare, my comfortable living situation, the luxury of being able to read books)
Honestly my time for blogging took a steep dive this month as we were working on the house sometimes 3 days a week, and working my regular job every day besides. I felt like I didn’t get to give it much attention. 😦 I also read a lot more than I wrote in the moments I did have time for some.
Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!
- Spine poetry: days after a breakup (but not my own!!)
- The fated encounter of Marie Lu’s SKYHUNTER
- LiYuan Library is like reading inside a cozy tree hollow
- Review: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!
- Review: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Asha @ A Cat, A Book, and a Cup of Tea (I added this one to my TBR!)
- Things I Like in Books by Sofii @ A Book, A Thought (got me thinking about my own habits, too)
- 8 Books To Get You Into The Mood For Halloween by The Spellbound Librarian (added some of these to my TBR as well xD)
- Our Friend is Here! Latinx Heritage Month – An Interview with Nina Moreno, Author of Don’t Date Rosa Santos; On Writing for Cuban Readers and Herself, and Sophomore Books by CW @ The Quiet Pond (I loved Nina’s book and I loved her interview too)