October 2018 | Reading Wrap-Up

What happened this month:

  • I slowed down SO MUCH when it came to reading! I was preoccupied with Halloween, tiredness due to new medication, and many other things. I also had been reading just one book at a time (not including short stories I finish in one sitting) and didn’t have a lot of reading time, BUT it was kind of relaxing to do this. I felt I savoured my books more. More on that to come.
  • It was Halloween! And my husband’s birthday! This was the very first year we’ve carved pumpkins with the kids and they loved it. I burnt the pumpkin seeds, but that was okay. The kids made sure we celebrated dad’s birthday properly with cake (not the pie I planned to make), balloons, and party games.
  • I’ve been buying a lot of classics and way less “newer” books. It’s interesting because my interest in buying new releases has gone way down, unless it’s an author I really love. I’m hoping that I can continue this through the end of the year because I’d like to actually stick to not buying many books in 2019.

What I read:

  1. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters ****
  2. A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean **
  3. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott ***
  4. The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott ****
  5. Don’t Look Now by Daphne du Maurier *****
  6. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins ****
  7. Dolly by Susan Hill ***.5
  8. The Ghost Box II by various authors ***
  9. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield-Fisher *****

What’s happening in November?

  • I am so looking forward to November and relaxing! I have some fun stuff planned for the kids. I’m planning on us getting some space books and we’re going to set up a space station in the playroom. As far as reading goes, I’m going to continue my leisurely reading and see if I read more or less. I’m interested to continue this through the end of the year because I think it might help me buy less books. Otherwise, November is pretty uneventful!

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? How was your month in reading? What was your favourite read? What do you plan to read in November?

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5 Books I Want To Read Before The End of 2018

I know everyone probably says this, but it seems like yesterday when January was coming and I was anticipating my first read of the year … and now we’re heading towards the last couple months of the year!

I’ve read some amazing books this year so far and hope to read a few more amazing ones before the end of the year. There are a few that are constantly catching my eye whenever I look at my shelves and so I thought I’d share the top 5 of those books that I want to read before the end of the year.

  

1. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I wrote a post earlier this year about the classics and named this book as the number one classic I’d like to read this year – and yet I haven’t read it yet! I picked it up earlier in the year but was reading too many books and it just got put aside and I didn’t pick it back up. I feel guilty whenever I see this on my shelf and I keep telling myself I need to set aside a few days to get into the story and devote all my reading time to just this book.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

And yet another book that I had started and put aside! Though I had started this one last year and then my buddy Laura said she was planning on hosting a read-along for the book this summer. I figured I’d join in and finish the book, but I never did. I was around 250 pages into it when I stopped and loving the story, so I’d like to get back to it – or start it over again. The movie adaptation is one of my favourites and reading the book is like reading the movie but in more detail – I can’t wait to finally read it!

3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

It’s interesting that the books on this list so far are ones that I had started but never actually got into. This one I had just barely started – I don’t even know if I made it past the first chapter! This story sounds so good and it’s gotten rave reviews. I’ve always loved stories about two people going on two different paths in life so I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to this sooner.

 

4. Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Along with people who go on two different paths in life, another type of book I like is one with dopplegangers, or doubles. This is a literary thriller by a Canadian author and it won the Scotiabank Giller prize last year. I mean, it’s got to be good!

5. The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

When I started buying Persephone classics last year, this was one I was determined to get my hands on. Being a stay at home mom and the main person who takes care of the kids and the house while my husband is at work, I always like reading stories about people in similar roles. This story is about a couple who are feeling frustrated about the roles they are expected to play in life and after an accident, their roles are reversed. It sounds so good and has wonderful ratings and I think it’ll be a perfect winter read.

Honestly, I have over 300 books on my shelves at home that I need to read so I could name so many more books, but these are some of the ones that are practically staring me in the face whenever I go to pick out a new book. I know there are only so many books you can read in a couple months but hopefully I can knock off some of these highly anticipated reads!

Are there any books you hope to finish by the end of the year?

Adventures In Reading: One Book At A Time??

Over the past years I’ve read a lot of books. Like, a lot of books. One would probably go so far as to say too many books but I think that’s too far. Is there such thing as reading too many books??

One way I’ve accomplished this is by reading many books at once – sometimes a couple books, sometimes as many as 8-10. Throughout the latter half of this year I’ve been thinking that my reading of multiple books is getting out of hand. I don’t have a ton of reading time and it gets hard juggling so many books! One book I had been juggling was Jane Eyre, which I had started in May and didn’t finish reading until September.

SEPTEMBER.

And when I finished it, I mean that I picked it back up after MONTHS of not reading it and finished it within a couple days and absolutely loved the experience! When I finished Jane Eyre, I made sure to have finished all my other books so that I could dedicate all my reading time to this one book.

And it was wonderful!

After that, I thought I’d try an experiment and not read multiple books at once – not even two books. I’d finish a book, then start a new one. Usually I finish books in the morning before the kids are up or at the end of quiet time or before bed so there was time afterwards for me to digest the story, rather than immediately pick up something else I was in the middle of. And it was nice to get that space to think about a book I had just read – and to pick out something new to read!

I know this is probably what a lot of people do all the time, but for me it was something I hadn’t done for years, just reading one book at a time. After finishing Jane Eyre, I picked up another book, finished it, then picked up something else. As I write this, I’ve been reading The Woman in White for 7 days now. 7 days and just one book! And I find myself looking forward to reading time and not thinking about all the books I could be reading, or about the fact that I won’t have a massive read list at the end of this month. I’m also thinking of what I’ll read next and the books I keep thinking of are also long and will take more than a few days to read.

For the first half of the year I’d always start the month with trying to read a book a day. I think I only accomplished this one month this year but I’ve had my fair share of months were I’d read over 20 books, and that’s fine, but it’s kind of nice to be in this world of slower reading. I find that I appreciate what I’m reading more, I look forward to what I’m reading more, and it makes picking out that next read more exciting.

I’d love to keep doing this for the rest of the year and then maybe aim to read less come 2019. Maybe having that breathing room is what will help keep reading slumps away and keep me excited about reading.

How do you read? Are you a multi book reader? One book at a time? I’d love to know!