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The Introvert's Book Club: October Reading

Happy Halloween! It’s the last day of the month, and I want to share what the Introvert’s Book Club has been reading at my house. 

I was hoping to read more in October, honestly, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. It was a very busy month, and lots of great reading time is in store over the holidays. I wish I could say I’ve spent all my free time reading, but just this past weekend I gave up a day of reading to binge watch Stranger Things 2. (We just couldn’t stop watching! So good!) But I did get some new books read and started that I want to share. 

My New Titles:

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

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This is only my third Coben book, and like the first two it was hard to put down. This story of a freaky teenage prank gone wrong kept me interested in all the twists and turns, even when they hovered on the edge of believable. 

Heart and Brain: Body Language by Nick Seluk

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This is a hilarious comic you can read in an hour with your afternoon cup of coffee. This is the third Heart and Brian comic book, and I laughed out loud and went “aww” just as I did with the first two. My favorite scenes feature coffee, of course! This book was a nice reminder that I am a lot like Brain, and should probably loosen up a bit. 

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Audiobook/Re-read:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling, read by Jim Dale

I know, I know. Harry Potter again?! I spend too much time rereading Harry Potter, but I feel less guilty about the audio version for some reason. 

I like both the Jim Dale and Stephan Fry versions of the audio, but Dale’s Umbridge voice makes his narration my favorite for book five. October was a hard month, and even though Harry has a lot of angst in the book, it still offered me the mental break I needed on long days.  

Books I didn’t finish:

In the great debate of whether or not real readers finish books, I stand firmly in the “there are too many great books to read to spend time on something I’m not enjoying” camp. Also, I am an adult. No one is making me finish books anymore. 

This month I started The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phadera Patrick. I didn’t find the story very believable from page one, and the characters didn’t draw me in. I’ve heard it’s a sweet story, but I don’t think it’s for me, and that’s okay. 

Current reads to finish in November:

Origin by Dan Brown

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I started this in September. I flew through the first part of the book, but the middle features a backstory about the medic tents and front lines of WWI. For some strange reason, my HSP side is triggered by war stories, fictional or not. So although I love this book and will finish it, I’m having trouble getting through this middle section. I’m taking it very slow, and putting it down for a few days whenever I get overwhelmed with the war details. 

What else is on the November shelf?

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

There's nothing I look forward to more than curling up with a blanket and a good book after Thanksgiving dinner, so I'm especially excited for November reading. What's on your reading list for the month? Here's to wishing you a happy halloween, a peaceful start to the holiday season, and a shelf full of wonderful books!

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October in Quotations

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