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Introvert's Book Club: October Reading

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:

New Titles:

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. 

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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.


Favorite Articles:

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!