October 2018

All of the books I read in October, organized by mood.  I’ve linked my more in depth reviews wherever possible.

  • For the super-duper fun adventure: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • For when you need to fill the void in your heart that A Star is Born left behind: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (out March 2019)
  • For a gothic, spooky, literary adventure down the streets of Barcelona: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (reread)
  • For when you need a reminder that humanity can actually be beautiful sometimes (and so awful at others): Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (audio & reread)
  • For when you just want to smile: Slothilda by Dante Fabiero
  • For to make the flu season heebie jeebies even worse: Severance by Ling Ma
  • For a reminder that being a teenage girl is being a teenage girl, no matter what country: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

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The 2018 TBR

Despite how in denial I am of this fact, we are rapidly approaching the end of 2018. (WhAAATTTT that’s crazy)  I spent a bit of time this morning staring at my shelves and got absurdly overwhelmed by the titles I had promised myself I would read this year (some new, some old) and now it feels time is running out.  So, here are ten titles that I’m committing to finishing before we crash into January 1, 2019!  I’m a mood reader and pretty unreliable when it comes to sticking to a strict list, so I’m going to let myself pick them up as I feel the vibe.

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My Own “Girls Write Now”

As a tribute to Girls Write Now‘s publication today, I’ve written something in the style of the other essays in the book.  Something I’d like to talk about with my past self.  I wouldn’t call it advice, per se, because I’m not sure what advice I’d give.  But it did force me to think.  Thank you to Tin House for sharing this book with me, and for giving me the chance for this self-reflection.

THE DETAILS:

Title: Girls Write Now: Two decades of true stories from young female voices
Genre: Essay Collections
Pub date: October 16, 2018
Read if you like: female voices, honesty, and vulnerability.

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Passing for Human

Thank you to the lovely people at Random House for my copy of Passing for Human by Liana Finck.  All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: Passing for Human
Author: Liana Finck
Genre: Graphic Memoir
Pub date: September 15, 2018
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Spooky Reads for Fall

Happy (almost) Halloween, bookworms! I’m not sure about y’all, but I am so ready to be done with the 80 degree days with 1000% humidity.  Bring on the cool, crisp fall I love so much.  My sweaters are itching to be worn outside of the confines of my extremely over air conditioned office.  In lieu of the weather I crave, I’ve crafted this list of spooky reads to conjure that feeling.  Some are favorites of mine, others are on my TBR.  Curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot apple cider, light a fall candle, and crack open one of these reads.  Let’s get spooky!

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Paris 2018

Bookworms! So here’s the skinny.  This is a summary of the highlights of our three day Parisian adventure.  I would in no way consider this a guide to Paris because a. I’m absolutely not an expert and b. I’ve been to Paris before so we didn’t do some of the more obvious things (the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Versailles, etc).  So use this more as inspiration than as the gospel.  Or just as a way to vicariously transport yourself to this magical city.  Because Paris is always a good idea. Continue reading

Slothilda

Thank you to Dante Fabiero for my copy of Slothilda. All thoughts and images are my own.

THE DETAILS:

Title: Slothilda
Author: Dante Fabiero
Genre: Comic Series
Pub date: October 2, 2018
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