Wait. It’s November already?!
October was a wonderful whirlwind of family visits, wedding planning, musical performances, new and exciting work projects, and helping Kurosh become a true member of the family (even though sometimes it feels like he is patiently grooming us to be members of his pack). I made a conscious effort to spend more time with my friends, and for the most part, I think I was quite successful!
David and I managed to write out and mail all our Save the Dates. Let me tell you, that was QUITE an ordeal. But now that it’s all done and they are in the mail I couldn’t be more excited! That feels like an awesome check off my list. 😀
I also finished training for, and ran, my first 10k! It was cold and pouring rain, but I really enjoyed myself. In this process, I learned that I can run quite comfortably listening to audio books. It just took acclimating to a steady pace. Now I just need to make certain I keep running so I don’t lose my distance!
List of Reads
After September being an amazing reading month, October fell flat. With family visiting, sickness, things at work, wedding preparations, and still acclimating to a new dog in the house–well, I didn’t get a ton of reading done. I think I’m also in a bit of a reading rut… The dreaded book AND blog slump! OH NO!
Read – 6 total books, 4 Empty Pages Writing Club submissions
MUST READ this month:
Anne of Ingleside – Oh Anne, I love you and your family so much. You have such amazing adventures! While this certainly isn’t the strongest of the entire Anne of Green Gables series, it still wormed its way into my heart. I love the Blythe children even if they seem a bit too adorably perfect. This was just the right book for my mood when I picked it up– I cannot wait to keep reading this series!
Meh. I wasn’t into it this month:
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – I can summarize this book in one sentence: “What the heck did I just read?” I can understand why people might enjoy this novel. Hawthorne, our protagonist, is a realistic 17-going-on-18-year-old. There is a good message… somewhere in all that. But I spent most of the book wondering why I wasn’t enjoying myself. Sadly, this should have been a DNF for me.
- Overall Reading Challenge: 108/110 (98% complete)
- Listopia Challenge: 16/15 (106% complete)
- Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge: 19/24 (79% complete)
- Popsugar 2017 Challenge: 34/52 (65% complete)
- The Great Newbery Challenge: 27/95 (28%)
After soliciting feedback from my amazing friends last month (thank you all!!!) — I decided that I will be focusing on trying to finish Read Harder for 2017, but I will keep the PopSugar challenge going into 2018. There are quite a few books on that list I still want to read, but I need to give myself some breathing room. Plus, Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge will challenge my reading a bit more before the end of the year. And I think I need to up the ante when it comes to the content of my books.
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books and bookish things going on in my life!
On the Blog:
After September being super busy, October was fairly quiet on my blog. Like I said before, I couldn’t be more thankful for the amazing friends I’ve made in the blogosphere. It means so much to me that you are diligent and attentive to me even when I’m quite and negligent. You are all so important to me!
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
- September 2017 Month in Review
- Solving for Tsundoku: Making and Breaking Your Goals
- State of the ARC
Wow. Upon doing this list I realized two things:
- I never published my review for Anne of Ingleside! (Expect to see that ASAP early in November)
- I didn’t participate in any Top Ten Tuesdays this past month
These are both things I must correct. Oops! Good thing this list is here to remind me. I’ve got to get more organized…
Ugh. So many of these are carrying over from October… C’est la vie!
- Our Shared Shelf – Hunger by Roxanne Gay
- Kids Lit – The Legend of Buddy Bush by Shelia P. Moses
- West Side Stories – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot AND The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Brunch Books – The Stone Sky by N K Jemisin
- VACB Book Club –Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett AND Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- Popsugar Challenge – Stuart Little by E. B. White
- Read Harder Challenge – Roll by Darcy Miller
- The Great Newbery Challenge – The Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
- #AnneReadAlong2017: Rainbow Valley by LM Montgomery
- Empty Pages Writing Club – Finalize submission review and schedule posts!
There are so many projects happening on the blog right now!
I’m wrapping up my work for the Empty Pages Writing Club. I am completely embarrassed, but I totally let this fall off my radar this past month! But, things are ready to go and you can expect to see posts about the last set of submissions coming up in the next two weeks. The members blew me away with their writing skills. This was an even better experience than last time– and I love it.
#AnneReadAlong2017 is still running strong. My biography of L.M. Montgomery is the post I’m most proud of from this past month. Sadly, writing this post made me realize I never posted my review of Anne of Ingleside! Looks like this month you’ll be doubling down on Anne book reviews. 🙂
I’ve started a new post series on my blog, Solving for Tsundoku. I couldn’t be more excited, as this series will focus on making peace with the piles and piles of books sitting around you. I have some great ideas for future posts. I hope you’ll join in the discussion with me!
Finally, Ottavia from Novels and Nonfiction and I are excited to announce our Thanksgiving Readathon!
Join us Wednesday, November 22nd through Sunday, November 26th for a low-key readathon! We’ll be hosting a giveaway and can’t wait to read along with you. More details to follow in a separate post.
While October was my poorest month in terms of stats for posting, reading, and blog hopping it was still a wonderful and fulfilling month. November is my favorite month of the year– I cannot wait to see what is in store once I get out of this slump! 😉 Here’s hoping you avoid the dreaded slump!
What do you think?
- What are your book slump cures?
- What book on my TBR are you most excited I read? Why?
- How do you keep your blogging organized? What are your favorite tricks to stay focused and on your game?
- Are you interested in participating in our Thanksgiving Readathon? Why or why not?
- What are you most excited to read for November?