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Monday, November 5, 2018

October Wrap-up

I always hope every year that the snow holds off until AFTER Halloween, and I'm pleased that it did! We did have some snow earlier in the month, but it didn't stick around. Our temps will be cooling off even further this week, and our highs will be staying below zero so the snow is inevitable! It's a race to see whether I can bag the leaves before the snow hits the ground. We have one more leaf pick-up, and I'm already out of bags since I put out 23 last week! Last year, I raked 60 bags of leaves and still wasn't done but *I* was done, LOL! I will rake until the last leaf pick-up, and then the rest will have to be done in the Spring.

I went from 14 books read in September to 13 books read in October. That's up from 10 books in October 2017, so I'm very happy with that!


4 stars
The Hatchling
by Kathryn Lasky
(Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #7)

5 stars
by Roald Dahl

4 stars
Double Trouble
by Michael J. Pellowski

4 stars
by James Dickey

4 stars
The Outcast
by Kathryn Lasky
(Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #8)


4 stars
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell

5 stars
The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton

4 stars
The Girl in 6E
by A.R. Torre
(Deanna Madden, Book #1)

4 stars
What She Knew
by Gilly Macmillan

4 stars
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai

3 stars
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson

3 stars
Agatha Raisin and The Witches' Tree
by M.C. Beaton
(Agatha Raisin, Book #28)

4 stars
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story
by Susan Hill



My stand-out favourite reads of the bunch were Matilda and The Outsiders. Matilda was funny, and Mrs. Trunchbull was fun to hate. My daughter and I loved it! The Outsiders is a re-read, which I read for a high school novel study. I think I enjoyed it even more than I did back then. My least favourite read was 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos, which I thought was a little long-winded in parts.

I discovered eight new authors (including one Canadian, Peterson), I started one new series (Torre's Deanna Madden), read two debuts (Hinton's The Outsiders and Macmillan's What She Knew) and continued on in two series (Lasky's Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Beaton's Agatha Raisin). 

I read 12 backlist books (including two classics) and one new 2018 release. I listened to eight audiobooks plus read five traditional books. 

Last month, I broke my Goodreads goal of 100 books. I'm currently sitting at 121, and I will break my 2012 record of 123 books since I started keeping track. So, yes, I'm feeling very proud!

January Wrap-up: 7 books
[3 shelf-love, 1 library, 3 review]

February Wrap-up: 13 books
[10 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

March Wrap-up: 12 books
[5 shelf-love, 3 library, 4 review]

April Wrap-up: 14 books
[11 shelf-love, 2 library, 1 review]

May Wrap-up9 books
[5 shelf-love, 0 library, 4 review]

June Wrap-up13 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 0 review]

July Wrap-up: 16 books
[9 shelf-love, 6 library, 1 review]

August Wrap-up: 10 books
[5 shelf-love, 4 library, 1 review]

September Wrap-up: 14 books
[6 shelf-love, 7 library, 1 review]

October Wrap-up: 13 books
[5 shelf-love, 8 library, 0 review]

Year To Date Total: 121 books
[64 shelf-love, 41 library, 16 review]

So, how was your October? What was your favourite book? Least favourite? Please let me know in the comments! I'd love to add your favourites to my TBR :)


  1. So many of those books look amazing, Like Malala's book. Happy November!

  2. It’s snowed here a few times, but it’s all melted now. Congrats on reading 13 books! Happy November.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Laughing at the gif, so cute and it does very aptly sum up the feeling of breaking a book reading goal and record!


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