October Wrap-Up

Happy Halloween, all! I hope everyone has a fun and safe evening of trick-or-treating or passing out candy or watching movies or whatever you’ve got planned!

As I was tallying everything I read this month I was SHOCKED (pleasantly!) to discover that I was actually able to finish *seven* books this month! I’ve been getting a little nervous lately about whether I’ll actually be able to complete my reading challenge this year, and this month definitely helped!

Started off the month by FINALLY finishing my Harry Potter re-read that I started in June! Oof! After that came Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers, and then the super creepy, really enjoyable Lock Every Door by Riley Sager.

Fourth in line was Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford, which is the selection for my book club meeting next week. I’m particularly excited for our discussion, as this book was pretty middle-of-the-road for me, so I’m interested to see what kinds of things stood out to the rest of the group. Next was Roomies by Christina Lauren, which one of my absolute dearest friends loaned to me after she borrowed my copy of The Flatshare. This was so darling and had me feeling SOME type of way toward the end! After that I hit some nonfiction from the inimitable C.S. Lewis, with The Weight of Glory and other essays. The essay in this collection that actually stands out to me the most is On Forgiveness, as *true* forgiveness is something I’ve really struggled to understand– and sometimes practice, unfortunately– over the last few years, and Lewis’s insight and guidance is, as always, unparalleled.

Finished off October with The Tragedie of Dido, Queen of Carthage by Kit Marlowe, because who doesn’t love some good Greco-Roman-Elizabethan DRAMA? (Note: if you’re looking for the OG sad boi, look no further: it’s Aeneas.) I performed in the opera Dido and Aeneas in college and the story has enthralled me ever since, so I finally sat down and read the Marlowe and absolutely devoured it– and added some of Dido’s speeches to my monologue set! Win-win!

Choosing a favorite this month is tricky, as Deathly Hallows is always a treasure, Weight of Glory was insightful as heck, Dido has been on my list forever, and Lock Every Door was a whirlwind, so I won’t pick one! My least favorite was probably Love and Other Consolation Prizes, but I’m not counting it totally out yet! I’m eager to hear other people’s reflections before imparting my final judgement 😉

What did you all read this month? Any standouts? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

Xx.

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