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October Wrap-Up!

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October Wrap-Up

October was a fun month! Now that I have graduated and life has returned to semi-normal, I finally got the chance to enjoy my favorite season again. I have been so busy these last few years dealing with mid-terms and research papers in October that I haven’t had time to really enjoy the fall season or even decorate for Halloween. But that all changed this year! I decorated my front yard and my front porch, complete with garlands of fall leaves and orange lights. I also had the opportunity to dive into some spooky and magical reads. Below, I’ve highlighted all the books I read in October. Click on the titles to be taken to the full reviews.

1. Magical Reads

I kicked off the month with a blog post listing some seasonal, magical reads. Some of these I haven’t read in years while others are more recent reads, or recent re-reads. If you missed my list of magical reads that are perfect for the fall season, you can find it here.

2. The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

While this book is intended for a young audience, around 9-12, I enjoyed this book. Most simply put, it is a ghost story in which a brave young girl named Tessa moves into a new house only to find that it is haunted. She and her new friends must solve the mystery of why the ghost is haunting Tessa and what it all means. Set in Chicago, this beautifully written book for middle grade readers is well-researched and sends good lessons about bravery and friendship.

3. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This prequel to Hoffman’s Practical Magic had been on my radar for some time. I loved both the book and the movie version of Practical Magic. In The Rules of Magic, Hoffman takes us back to New York City in the ’60s to tell us the story of the Owens siblings – Frannie, Jet, and Vincent. She shares their stories as a family and as individuals as they discover their magic and themselves. I loved this book! It was the perfect witchy, October read!

4. The Fifth Petal: A Novel of Salem by Brunonia Barry

This was my first read by Barry, and it was wonderful! Barry lives in Salem, Massachusetts and has clearly done her homework. This book was thoroughly researched and read like a murder mystery with a little bit of magic and romance thrown in. I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I am so glad they sent me this book! Barry is already on my list of reads for next October!

5. Nightmares! The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

I finished off the month with another spooky middle grade read. The Sleepwalker Tonic is book two in the Nightmares! series. I really enjoyed this series, and I loved this book! When a sleeping tonic turns the citizens of Orville Falls into walkers, or zombies, it’s up to Charlie Laird and his friends to save the day and stop the Netherworld, the land of Nightmares, from crossing over into the Waking World and destroying everything. This book is full of adventure and creativity. It is funny but sweet at times and sends a great message about learning to be brave and the importance of listening to our dreams.

I can’t believe I got through four books this month! I don’t remember the last time I read so much that wasn’t required school reading. It felt great to finally be able to dive into books for fun again. Have you read any of the books on this list? What was your favorite October read?

– Kait

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Author: kaitsbookshelf

After several years of being a cubicle commander, I realized that cubicle life is not for me. I went back to school and received my Bachelor of Arts in Writing so I could pursue a career in the field I am most passionate about. I love everything about books and created this blog to have a creative place to share my passion for books with others. I am a freelance writer, editor, book reviewer, and blogger. I am a member of the EFA and SCBWI. Thanks for visiting my website!

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