October Wrap-up

Hi, everyone. Sorry this is a bit late. I’m still playing catch up at work. Christmas is coming so it’s going to be even busier from here on out. I managed to catch up on Bloglovin’ last week, but I’m a week behind again. Don’t worry, today is catch up day as I’m taking a rest day from the gym. I might go for a walk later, though.

So just to give you a bit of a rewind for October, I had an amazing reading month again. I read 42 books — physical, ebooks, and audiobooks combined. As of this writing, I’m 2 books away from my all-time goal of 2,000 books. In the meantime, I’ve once again increased my Goodreads goal to 230. I started off at 120, to 214 to 230. I’m currently at 218 and will probably reach 300 before the year is out at this pace. Whew.

This month, I watched a Netflix documentary about Bill Gates and found out that he reads at a pace of 150 pages per hour. So I timed myself while I was reading The Lightning Thief and figured out that I can read 100 pages per hour. Granted, Mr. Gates probably read mostly non-fiction books so his choices carry more weight. Regardless, I now at least know, that if I really set my mind to it, I can finish a book or two a day depending on page count.

I’ve been using my library more and more, and have been discovering some favourite reads from my borrows:

  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
  • How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by SJ Goslee
  • Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
  • Birthday by Meredith Russo
  • Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe

These are all 5-star reads, except for How Not to Ask a Boy, and honestly can’t pick which one was the best read. I think if the category is the most enlightening, I would pick Invisible Women. The cutest would be How Not To Ask A Boy To Prom; the most adventure packed would be The Grace Year; the most educational would be a toss up between Savage Appetites and Patron Saints of Nothing, and Birthday would be because it was a great read.

I’ve read a couple of absolutely disappointing reads as well:

  • Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva 1/5 Stars
  • A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt 1/5 Stars

I already talked about Hold My Hand previously and how sad I was that what was once a favourite book has been ruined completely by this sequel. A Date with Darcy was supposed to be a Pride & Prejudice retelling but apparently, Elizabeth Bennett was a boy-crazy fiend in this alternate universe. Hard pass.

I re-read some books in October:

  • Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta 5/5 Stars
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I honestly had an outstanding reading month not only for the amount of books I read but for the number of books I enjoyed and loved. America’s Reluctant Prince and Inside Out are non-fics that I will visit and revisit for years to come.

I’m not going to bother to list the rest of the books that I read, you can check them out here: This post has gone on way too long as it is. Lol.

I hope you’re having a great start to November so far. I’m super excited to finally reach my goals, hopefully this week. 🙂

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