October was a slower reading month for me because I had so much going on in my personal life. I work in higher education so October tends to be a busy month with it being smack dab in the middle of the Fall semester. I also took on a lot more work for my photography side gig and ended up shooting four weddings over the course of the month, which meant lots of long days on Saturdays and spending Sundays recovering and adulting to prepare for the week. And to top all of that off, my cousin got married mid-month which was a big fun weekend-long celebration!
So, all good things but now I'm ready for a big of a slower pace in November. And I've already had a good amount of downtime to recharge and reset as we go into the last 2 months of the year (/decade?!). My list for October is small but it was filled with some great reads.
OCTOBER WRAP UP
THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett. I couldn't shut up about this book. I listened on audio and read it and I enjoyed both! Tom Hanks narrating the audio really sold me. I loved immersing myself in Danny and Maeve's world, fantasizing about living in the Dutch house, and mourning the passage of time in the character's lives. This was a 5 star read for me and will certainly make it into my top 10 reads of the year.
LITTLE WEIRDS by Jenny Slate. I also listened to this one on audio (it was the only way to get reading in this month!) and loved hearing Jenny read this one herself. Are you a fan of Miranda July? I am, and this one totally gave me those vibes. I thought it was wonderfully weird, honest, candid, and full of all the feels. I have a newfound respect for Jenny Slate as an artist now.
TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS by Kate Racculia. This one took me a long time to get through since I was so busy and I honestly think that detracted from my enjoyment of the book. But, I did finally finish it! I loved that it was a love letter to Boston and because of that, I could so perfectly visualize so many of the scenes since I lived there for so long. This one feels like a really great autumn read and I'm excited to check out other work by this author.
ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS by Jami Attenberg. I sped through this one at the end of the month and it was the perfect thing to kick my reading slump after a slow month. This one is chock full of dysfunctional family dynamics and I loved it. It explores what happens to a family after their patriarch, Victor, dies. He is a very bad man and we find out more and more about him as the story unfolds through the various character's memories.
That's it! Did any of these pique your interest? What was your favorite read of October?
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