Sunday, November 1, 2015

October Wrap-Up

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  

Another month has come and gone and I am super excited. I love this time of year. October was a great month. No travel or anything major, but I have enjoyed the cooler weather. It's nice to open the window and leave the AC off. It has felt so good. I'm just going to ignore the horrible cold and cough that my husband gave me. 

I am even more excited because November is shaping up to be a pretty good month. My husband and I will be spending Thanksgiving in Prague. I am looking forward to beautiful libraries, good food, and Christmas markets! I have also decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. Yikes! I'll be posting more on that later. And also, my blog turns ONE in November!! Crazy, right? Stay tuned for a great giveaway next month. 

This month has been a pretty great month, reading wise. I read a total of 19 books this month and I loved most of them. There were only a few books that were average or really disappointing. 
Favorite book read this month:

It was so hard to pick a favorite because I loved so many books this month! Even though Sea of Tranquility was a reread, I will count it because it is still one of my favorite books ever. The other book I read that was one of the best of the month was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Most disappointing book read this month:

Ice Like Fire didn't get my lowest rating this month, but since I was looking forward to it so much, it definitely wins for most disappointing.  I was bored for about 70% of it.
Reviews posted this month:

Romancing The Dark In The City Of Lights by Ann Jacobus
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
The Storm (The Rain #2) by Virginia Bergin
Weird Girl And What's His Name by Meagan Brothers
All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
If You're Lucky by Yvonne Prinz
Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
How To Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
Cam Girl by Leah Raeder
The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey
The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Voice of Gods (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5) by Eleanor Herman

Top Ten Lists:

Book Series I Have Quit
Author Duos I Am Dying To See
Top European Libraries I Want To Visit
Creepy Books

Other Posts:

Big Bang Theory Tag
Discussion Post: Striving for Ratings Perfection
Discussion Post: Let It Go


How was your October? What was your favorite book read?

34 comments :

  1. Good to see you enjoyed The Nightingale so much - a very well-written historical novel

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    1. Thanks Cleo. I love Kristin Hannah and I think this is my favorite book by her for sure.

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  2. Happy anniversary this month! Prague for thanksgiving sounds great, hope it's a great trip. I think that would be a fabulous city to visit. You had a good month- wow 19 books!

    And good luck with NaNo!

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  3. The Nightingale <3 I never wrote a review at the time as I read it during a really busy time in my life but I need to go back and review it. It was one of my favourite books of the year and I feel that I need to see that review on my blog.
    Hope your cold passes soon.

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    1. Thanks Trish! I do believe The Nightingale is on my list for one of m top books read this year. It was so good!

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  4. Thanksgiving in Prague, this town looks so historical and beautiful, you're lucky ! I hope you'll have completely recovered by then, have a warm and cozy week-end :)

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    1. Thanks so much! My cold is much better today, thank you. I am so excited about Prague!

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  5. Your November sounds like it will be great. Have a wonderful time in Prague! You got through a lot of books this month. The Nightingale is such an amazing and beautiful book. Glad you loved it. Have a great week and hope you feel better!

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    1. Thanks so much Grace! I do believe The Nightingale will make it on my list of favorite books of the year. I am feeling much better now, thank you. :)

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  6. Prague at anytime of the year sounds perfect, to be honest. So I hope you'll be posting lots of pictures! Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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    1. Thanks Joy! And yes, I will certainly be posting pictures!

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  7. I also loved The NIghtingale...Good luck on NaNo...

    My eldest son and his wife are now back in Europe, settling in Prague this time. They met in Prague years ago, and then lived in Berlin for a few years. They came home to visit for the summer, and it was wonderful.

    But I know living in Europe is their first love.

    Enjoy your week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Thanks Laurel! Europe is amazing and I can't wait to see Prague. I have heard wonderful things about it.

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  8. The Nightingale is on my wishlist, I am thinking of doing audio. Bummer about Ice Like Fire, I enjoyed it myself. Hope your cold and cough passes quickly.

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    1. Thanks Kimba. I think the audio of The Nightingale would be really good. The book was so amazing. I believe it will make my list of top books of the year.

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  9. I had a few days where I could open the windows. Mostly, the humidity is still to high and it's been quite warm. Lots of great books this week. I see a few new authors I'd like to try.

    There's a lot of people getting sick right now. I do hope you shake it soon:)

    My Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/11/01/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-134-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. Thanks Laura! Luckily, I am feeling better now, thank you. Ugh, I hate humidity so much. I hope it cools off soon for you. :)

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  10. I keep hearing that Ice Like Fire was disappointing! I'm a little worried about it. I intend to read it before too long, though. I'm excited to see what you post about NaNoWriMo! I'm not participating, but I'm curious about what writers are working on.☺

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    1. Kaitlin, I do hope you enjoy it. I have seen mixed reviews. There were a few people who really liked it and then others who felt kind of what I did. It's a shame really. The ending was great though, so I still plan on reading the final one.

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  11. Friend me on NanoWriMo!

    http://nanowrimo.org/participants/l-a-kaye

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    1. Lyn, I just added you as a buddy! :)

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  12. Nineteen books is so awesome! I only read two haha :) I was just so busy with blogtober I ended up in a reading slump. I'm excited to have a little rest in November and get back to reading :)
    Good luck with NaNo! I'm not participating but I'll be looking forward to reading any updates on your progress :)

    Sarah | Sarah's Chapter

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    1. Sarah, I do hope you get out that reading slump soon. I HATE those!! Sometimes a break is in order though. Once, I took a reading break of two or three weeks because I was in such a bad reading slump. I just needed to focus on other things for a bit. And thanks for the good luck wishes!

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  13. I really enjoyed The Nightingale, too! I'm going to have to check out The Sea of Tranquility. I've seen a few disappointing reviews for Ice Like Fire. I think I'll pass on it. Glad you had a pretty good month overall!

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    1. Thanks Alison. Yes, PLEASE read Sea of Tranquility. This was my second time reading it and I loved it just as much as the first time. It is one of my favorite books ever.

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  14. I haven't read Ice Like Fire yet and now I'm nervous about it because it's only gotten so-so reviews. Sigh. Maybe I'll like it more? I can't wait to hear about your NaNo project - I decided not to do it this month because I have too much going on, but I'm already regretting that some. ANd I hope you have a fantastic time in Prague!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Nicole, there is a chance you will like Ice Like Fire more than I did. I have seen a few really positive reviews floating around. The ending was pretty action packed though so I will still stick with it through to the finale. I will be posting updates on my NaNoWriMo project for sure. :)

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  15. Wow Cynthia... A stack of good books this past month and just a couple I recognise. I'm attempting NaNo again this year... but struggling a little (lot) with my idea!

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    1. Thanks Deborah! Oh good luck with NaNoWriMo! I just decided to participate two weeks ago and I was still making tweaks on the plot on day one. And now it's day two and I am STILL making tweaks to the plot. If you want to add me as a buddy, you can do so here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/bingeingonbooks

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  16. Prague is pretty amazing, especially around Christmas. My favorite Christmas Market is in Vienna though.Sadly, I'm not sure if we'll be able to swing it this year (it has been a tough year, both for Hubs and myself...) So I'll try to do the vicarious thing, so make sure you take some nice pics for me! Hey, my blog is turning one in December, lol :) But you're reading WAY more than me! Hugs.

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    1. I will be taking lots of pics for sure Ramona! I absolutely love Vienna and we will probably be going there for their Christmas Markets last year. I am sorry it's been a tough year for you guys. I hope it gets better. Part of the reason I love living in Italy is that it is so much easier (and cheaper) to travel around Europe.

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  17. I read 13, 12 if you don't count the children's picture book. So 19 is very impressive.

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    1. Lily, 13 books for the month is awesome. Great job!

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