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October Wrap-Up!

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Kait's Bookshelf October Wrap Up

I don’t know about you, but October felt like a long month for me. I spent about three weeks reading The Shining, which is an unusual amount time for me to spend on one book. But I had to take breaks from it here and there, and I learned quickly that it was not a book I could read at night. I mean, come on, it’s The Shining! In addition to this scary read, I was able to check a book off my TBR, and I did my first three-part series of posts, a review of a new online literary-based gift store. So while it felt like a long month, it was a good month! Here’s my October wrap-up and reading plans for November.

I’m always thrilled to check a book (or two!) off my TBR list and share my reviews. But this month, I was especially excited to try a new type of review – a product review –  and post my first ever three-part series. In the first post of the series, I introduced a new literary-based online gift store, Literary Book Gifts. The owner, Melissa, was kind enough to do some Q&A with me about herself and her new business. She was also kind enough to offer a 20% off promo code for Kait’s Bookshelf followers. The promo code is included in each of the three posts, so feel free to go back and visit the posts and grab the code if you missed it. The second post in the series was a review of a Literary Book Gifts tote bag, and the third post was a review of a Literary Book Gifts t-shirt. I thought doing this series was fun, and I enjoyed offering product reviews. I’d be interested to know if you enjoyed those posts or found them helpful or useful. It will help me gauge what kind of posts to lean toward in the future.

Book Reviews:

I posted two new book reviews in October. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman has been on my TBR list for some time. I happened upon it at the library one day and took it as fate. I was clearly meant to finally read that book. If you missed my review, you can go back and read it here.

I also reviewed my book bucket list pick for October: Stephen King’s The Shining. In short, I enjoyed the writing style and the story, but I think it is probably the scariest book ever written! If you missed my review and are still craving all things spooky post-October, then you can go back and read it here.

Next Up…

I’ll be tackling two books from my book bucket list in November. Wuthering Heights was one of my chosen books from over the summer that time and life just didn’t let me get to. But I’ve finally started reading it, and I’m enjoying it so far. We’ve had lots of windy, stormy days here in the northeast, which have provided perfect reading weather!

I will also be reading my official November book bucket list pick, Little Women. I have seen many movie versions of this book over the years, but I have yet to actually read the book. I have more than one copy, one of which is a vintage copy over one hundred years old! I’ve always enjoyed the story of the March sisters, and I’m excited to finally read the original written version.

Other than those two classics, I have a stack of books waiting to be read. I have a couple of ARCs that are calling my name, and some new releases that I’m excited about. Wundersmith, the sequel to Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend releases this month. I absolutely loved Nevermoor, and think it could even be – dare I say it – the next Harry Potter—like series! So I can’t wait to get my hands on Wundersmith and find out how Morrigan Crow’s story continues to unfold. I’ve also recently started reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber, a magical read perfect for fall. I’m completely hooked on this book, and plan to finish it in the next day or two. I can see myself picking up the sequel, Legendary, and diving right into it. So I will just have to see which book begs to be picked up next!

What are your November reading plans?

– Kait

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Author: kaitsbookshelf

A few years ago, I made the decision to go back to school, and at the age of thirty-five, I received my B.A. in Writing (better late than never!). I am now pursuing a career in the field I am most passionate about. I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I am a freelance writer, a published author, a freelance editor, and a book reviewer.

2 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up!

  1. Little Women is a must read!! You will enjoy it

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