October in Review | Monthly Wrap-Up

October went out as quickly as it began.

The past month was a blur as many exciting personal and professional events unfolded. Similarly, I found myself reading constantly without feeling really captivated or rooted in the story, but rather rushing by and picking up what I could along the way.

All of this isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the books I read this month, though I would have liked to have spent more time with certain characters or mulling over twisty plot points.

Reading Habits in October

I read a grand total of 6 books in October! Of these, there were 4 audio books, 1 eBook, and 1 good ol’ fashioned print book.

Stepping back to consider how I was reading, it is no wonder that I felt disconnected from what I was reading. I love audio books and I usually listen to them during otherwise “free” time. (Driving, walking, cleaning, washing dishes etc.)

The majority of my monthly reading was largely secondary to something else that I was engaged with.

Moving forward, my reading goal for November is less about the number of books that I can read, and more about bringing mindfulness to my reading life. Perhaps slowing down and taking more time to invest in characters and nuances throughout fewer books is something to consider. Additionally, I feel like the chilly November nights would pair well with some lengthy Victorian novels.

What I Read in October

The six books that I read in October include

  1. Marigolds for Malice, by Bailey Cattrell (Enchanted Garden Mystery #3)
  2. The Pint of No Returnby Ellie Alexander (Sloan Krause Mystery #2)
  3. Goodbye Cruller Worldby Ginger Bolton (Deputy Donut Mystery #2)
  4. Horrorstorby Grady Hendrix
  5. A Potion to Die Forby Heather Blake (Magic Potion Mystery #1)
  6. Marigolds and Murderby London Lovett (Port Danby Mystery #1)

What was new or notable about your own reading life in October?

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