Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What I Read in October

Our October was full of ups and downs.  We started the month off going to a special service my church held for St. Francis' feast day - a Blessing of the Animals.  The dogs didn't get to go because of their issues interacting with men and other dogs, but Pompom got blessed and it was basically the cutest service I've ever been to.  I love that my church cares about pets and pet owners.  I also got to spend a weekend doing Theater Express with the Southern Literature Alliance.  Every year a travelling children's theater group presents a one hour literary performance (From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler this year) and fourth graders from the city are invited to come free.  I helped direct students on and off of buses and got coffee for the organizers.  It's always a joy to get to participate in their activities and they bring so many fun literary experiences to our city.

We also lost Chief, one of our Great Danes, this month.  I wrote about it before and won't rehash it here, but it's been sad and we miss him tons.  His brother, Dexter, doesn't seem to have noticed anything has changed.  We're chalking it up to how much he's loving all the extra attention he's been getting.  And he and Pompom are quickly becoming BFF. 

Pompom is getting bigger every day, but he's still a sweet little snuggler and my best book buddy.  We spend at least two hours every night doing this:

He's all about laying on my face and any time I'm in a reclining position I can count on him to make himself comfy somwhere on my face or neck.  He also still follows me from room to room in the house and plays in whatever space I'm in.  I know it's because he's still a baby, but I'm doing everything I can to encourage it.  There is NOTHING better than a good book and a soft little fluff ball purring in your ear.

I really failed at blogging this month.  I've been posting at least two to three times a week all year, but in the month of October I only posted seven times.  I always seem to have a slow spell in the fall, both in reading and in blogging, but I'm extra motivated as we come to the end of the year.  I feel like my blogging mojo is coming back and I hope to post enough mini-reviews in November to get caught up.  I may not have many more full reviews AND I'm getting ready for my month of favorites in December, but hopefully I'll be able to close out the year with a clean review slate.

Here's what I read in October:

The Secret ChordGeraldine Brooks
Dear Mister Essay Writer GuyDinty Moore
Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?Lisa Scottoline
UntwineEdwige Danticat
Post-Traumatic Church SyndromeReba Riley
The MonstrousEllen Datlow
We Have Always Lived in the CastleShirley Jackson
Pretty GirlsKarin Slaughter
Asking For ItKate Harding
ForgivenTerri Roberts
MissoulaJon Krakauer
The Shadow HeroGene Luen Yang
In a Dark Dark WoodRuth Ware
Best American Poetry 2015Sherman Alexie

Total books read in October: 14
Total books read in 2015: 174

Total pages read in October: 4101
Total pages read in 2015: 49,439

What did you read in October?

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