Happy Halloween, everyone! October is such a wonderful month, made even better for me with lots of great reading. Here's what I read this month:
Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
Much like Anne, I love a sense of home. This chapter of Anne's story was very romantic and full of new interesting characters. It's one of my favorites from the later part of this series.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
There was a women who retired from our department about a month after I started at my job, and my boss still keeps in contact with her. This woman has THE BEST taste in books. Whenever my boss shares a recommendation with me that starts with, "Maureen shared this with me..." I immediately get my hands on the title. The Dinner was one of these titles. If you love an unreliable narrator and a slow, intricate burn, this is for you. If you need likable characters, I suggest you pass. This was a book I stayed up way too late reading, and then didn't stop thinking about for days. It gave me chills. So so good! Creepy, but good.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
My kid-lit club partner and I had never read this childhood classic before, although we've both watched the movie dozens of times. Matilda is such a fun and quirky story. I absolutely loved reading this! Matilda's "miracles" were enchanting and her relationship with Miss Honey was so sweet. I can't believe I hadn't read this before, but better late than never.
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
I finished my back to school reading list with the second book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. This was my favorite of the series when I was a teen. I enjoyed it this time around, too, but had forgotten the angst. So much angst! My favorite story in this installment was Tibby's, which I didn't remember at all since my last time reading this book. I love all the characters in this series, but I'm happy to not be a teenager anymore.
I realize that along with reading books, I read lots of articles. Sometimes this habit can feel like a waste of time going down a rabbit hole, but mostly I enjoy finding quick tips or insights from around the web. I've shared a few that I found helpful in October.
For Introverts, Mindfulness Is The Key To Combating Negative Thoughts - I realize I should try to talk to myself as if I'm talking to a friend, and I wouldn't tell a friend she's a mess and needs to pull herself together nearly so often as I do myself. Mindfulness is hard, but I'm trying.
8 simple ways great public speakers overcome their own fears to impress and inspire - I had to give a toast at my sister's wedding this month. It went great, thanks to my frequent review of this advice the week leading up to the big day.
Plan a Productive Weekend With This Method - I don't have kids so I'm not quite sure how I ended up on this site, but I'm all for strategies to make sure my weekends aren't spent entirely on the couch with a book or in front of the TV.
I hope your October was full of the coziness only autumn can bring. Enjoy your halloween candy!