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Mid-Month Reading Update

I had an existential crisis trying to decided if mid-month should be hyphenated. What a whirlwind of a day.

I was going to do some sort of October TBR but its the 11th and I’ve already read three books so that sounded like a wash. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading and plan to read in October.


Scratch by Manjula Martin: This is a collection of essays about the money side of writing. I expected it to be something else, I guess. Some of the essays were about how authors manage to turn their writing into a living, but some of them were not interesting at all. 2.75/5

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson: This was a really cute story. I thought the writing left a little to be desired in some spots and there were times when I felt like her characters were behaving really strangely but it all came together at the end. It was a quick read. 3/5

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby: I loved the movie so I decided to check out the book when I saw it for two dollars at Half Price Books. I really enjoyed it. Sometimes you wish Rob would shut up and grow up but I guess that’s kind of the point. 3/5

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I LOVED this. I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli so of course I’ve seen the movie, but until recently I didn’t actually know it was a book series. The first book is just as precious as you’d expect. Highly recommended. 4/5


The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins: I started this book yesterday and it is already weird. I finished my reading day on a really sad scene yesterday so I’m a little mad at this book right now, lol. Everyone tells you that a book is weird and you don’t believe them until you start reading and the book is weird. I’m hoping its weird in a way I’ll enjoy but we’ll see.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf: This is my Shop My Stash book for October. I’ve read Wolf’s work in the past, mostly in college, but I don’t remember picking this book up, so I’m going to get to it next. I’ve been working through Steering the Craft, Ursula Le Guin’s writing workbook, and she cites this book as being one of the most well written. I’m excited to read it!

This is where things could go off the rails but I think I’ll also try to read…

The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North: I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so when I saw it for sale on the Kindle store I got it. I’ve read at least one of these “main character is reborn over and over” books and I didn’t really like them so hopefully this one is good.

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin: I’m trying to read as many of Ursula’s books as I can and I haven’t read one in a few months so I’ll get to this one I hope. Plus her writing is so beautiful and inspiring I’m hoping it will pump me up for National Novel Writing Month.

Speaking of NaNo, which is only three weeks away, all of my November blogs will be NaNo check ins. I’ll be writing like crazy and I probably won’t have time to write a blog like this.

Tetra and Cheeto don’t care what I read in October:



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