Thursday, November 1, 2018

October Wrap-Up








October Snapshots











1. I’m fairly sure I did nothing in October. It snowed the first week of the month, which put a damper on all of the fun fall stuff. I spent October trying to stay off Twitter (because it makes me melt into a puddle of gooey despair) and trying (in vain) to catch up on my Goodreads goal. Oh, Fraterfest and Dewey’s Readathon happened! Those were fun. I continued my long tradition of failing to read during readathons.


Pretty fall trees behind my house right before the snow killed them.





2. My fellow Americans: Please vote in midterms! It’s important. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about what kind of dystopia we end up in. Vote early if you can. You’ll feel good about being responsible. Doing something responsible might also make you feel better about all of the irresponsible Halloween candy you’ve been munching.








3. It’s Nonfiction November! Who else is participating? I’m not officially signed up because I don’t have time for challenges or writing extra blog posts, but I’m going to read nonfiction all month. I already have a big stack of disturbing books next to my bed. I’m so ready for this.


I've already read Cannibalism, but these other books are on my nightstand.















Wayward Googlers



Here are a few amusing Google searches that led people to Read All The Things! last month. I’m sorry to the unfortunate souls who ended up here instead of finding what they were Googling for.

“Mythical creatures that clean your house.” I could definitely use some of those! There is currently dog hair everywhere. Why do dogs shed so much in fall? Anyway, you’re probably Googling for the Akaname. They lick bathrooms for . . . reasons.  

“Ted Bundy sibling names.” It’s comforting to know that the Wayward Googlers have healthy, normal interests.
















Books I Read



October was a nearly normal reading month! That hasn’t happened in a long time. I read 10 books and DNFed 1.




The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Gentleman’s Guide To Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee
An Outsider In Amsterdam by Janwillem van de Wetering (DNF)
Revival by Stephen King
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

















Best Books Of October



This was hard! I loved almost everything I read.




1. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
3. Revival by Stephen King















Most-Viewed October Reviews




















Most-Viewed October Non-Reviews





















All The Things!



Distance I’ve sloppily jogged so far this year = 207 miles (333 km).

Number of unread books on my TBR shelf = 57 books.

I’m currently reading = The Blood Of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson.














What did you do in October?






54 comments:

  1. I still have Vicious and Vengeful on my TBR but can't wait to read them!

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  2. I still need to read Vengeful, but hopefully soon! It looks like you had an awesome October, though sorry it snowed already. I'm currently dealing with tons and tons of rain. Sigh. lol I didn't realize November was Nonfiction month, but fun! I do have quite a few memoirs I need to get to!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I probably should have picked up some memoirs. They would have been a good break between all the health and history stuff I want to read.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I'm sorry to see you DNFd Outsider In Amsterdam. I think I remember I quite liked that one?

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    1. I have a hard time with police stories. Police work just doesn’t seem to hold my attention for very long.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I love all the snapshots from the month. I feel like fall weather is the perfect backdrop for photos. <3

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  5. Wow what a great month. I'm enjoying following you on Instagram. You had such pretty fall pics, despite your early snow. So glad you liked Revival. It doesn't seem to get enough attention!

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    1. I don’t know why Revival gets so much “meh.” It’s slow, but I really liked it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. Your October snapshots all look brilliant! Have a great November!

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  7. I loved seeing all your Instagram posts this month! I'm doing Nonfiction November, too, just started my second read.

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    1. I hope you have a good Nonfiction November! I’m hoping to finish my second book tonight.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. What a colorful month! Lovely photos :) Hope you have a great November!

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  9. Happy to see that you've had a good reading month. I've been enjoying all the photos you've been posting on Instagram, the Fall colors are beautiful. 57 unread books isn't too bad! I'm slowing getting back into running, I had a tibia stress fracture years ago and had to stop running for healing. During that time I just got really lazy! I'm going to add in some Nonfiction this month, but like you I don't have time for all the extras. Happy November!

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    1. I’m probably going to be really lazy this winter. It’s hard to run in the snow.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Love all your Instagram pics! Every year I want to do nonfiction November but then I forget. Maybe next year. I'm so glad you had a great reading month and enjoyed almost everything. Hope you have a great November!

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    1. I have to write down when bookish events are happening because there are so many of them. I’ve been hoarding nonfiction books all year for Nonfiction November.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I have such instagram envy looking at those gorgeous pics! And your Wayward Googlers bit made me laugh out loud! Such ~ unusual~ googlers there are out there!

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    1. I don’t know why people Google such random stuff. What are they even looking for?

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Love all the pics! Everything is so colorful. You have a great eye for that.
    I've spent the last few days going over all the amendments on our ballot. Good times. Or not.
    I put The Great Alone on hold again on Overdrive. Last time my name came up I was too busy to read it so I had to let it go. I put it on hold again yesterday and I'm number 60-something. Ha. Maybe one day...

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    1. I hope you like The Great Alone! I was also on a waitlist for months to get it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. October was a disaster for reading for me but hopefully this month will be better. I'm taking part in Scifi month so there should be a few good reads in there and a few trilogy catchups!

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    1. Good luck with scifi month! Hopefully you get a lot of reading done.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Beautiful photos! 10 books is a great number! I don't even get close to that these days. Happy November! :)

    --Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations

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  15. It looks like you had a great reading month! I thought Hannah's book was really good. I love all the pictures!

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    1. Thanks! I liked The Great Alone, too. It was extremely well-written.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. Looks like an awesome reading month to me. Your Instagram pics look great too!! I'm jealous you were able to reread vicious and vengeful, I really hope I'll have time to get to them before the end of the year.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  17. Wow, I am loving your Instagram pictures this month, was a beautiful feed ❤ and it seems like you've read some great books! I really need to get around to reading this Schwab's serie, I only heard amazing things about it so far :)
    I hope you'll have a wonderful November! ❤

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    1. I love Schwab’s Villains books because almost everyone in them is evil. If you read them, I hope you like them!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Awesome wrap-up! What an awesome list of books you read!! Happy November!

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  19. I loved your insta pictures this month, the fall colors within them were so pretty!! And 207 miles is AWESOME! I wish the elliptical would tell me how far I go, I'd love to see what I do a month. :)
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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    1. I was so happy when I passed 200 miles. I never thought I could run that far. Now that it’s winter, I’m going to start slacking. It’s hard to run in snow.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. Love your instagram shots. Here in Texas the trees are green all year round. I get my fall colors any way I can! Your Wayward Googlers are so funny! I’ve started walking again. It’s a struggle but trying to put my best foot forward. I think over 200 miles is awesome AJ! ❤️❤️

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    1. It’s probably nice to live in a place that doesn’t get tons of snow. I love fall, but I don’t love snow.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. Your Instagram looks awesome! I love the nature shots. Things I will never do - non-fiction November, but I wish you luck, because I know you will enjoy it. You read a nice mix of books, and the fact that you loved almost everything you read is outstanding. I am so happy you had a good reading month.

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    1. Thanks! Nonfiction November will be challenging, but I think I can do it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  22. Wow, that's a lot of Insta photos for one month :) I make three of four xD you are so productive :) I'm glad you loved Revival, I liked it too. Was maybe a bit slow going, but definitely a great book.

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    1. Revival was slow, but I liked the characters enough that I didn’t mind. I posted on Insta at least once a day in October. That’s NOT going to continue in November. It’s too hard to keep up with posting every day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I always enjoy your wrap up posts. 10 books is an awesome number and now that I've read my first V.E. Schwab book--City of Ghosts--I wonder if I will also enjoy her YA books as I've heard rumors they are not alike.

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    1. I still need to read City of Ghosts. I like Schwab’s adult books a lot more than her YA. I’m interested to read her middlegrade.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. I also read getting lucky but still need to read Lady's Guide. Love your snapshots at the top.

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    1. Thanks! I liked Lady’s Guide, but Gentleman’s Guide was better.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. I enjoyed your foliage photos on IG, and yes, I did hop over and read about the Akaname on the mythical beasts posts. I need one as a pet. πŸ‘ΎπŸ›

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. A monster that cleans the bathroom would be the best pet ever.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. You have some relly beautiful pictures. I'm not doing nonfiction November - I don't think I could read a whole month of nonfiction. I usually try to read 2 - 3 a year though. I did read one in October! Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads

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  27. HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH OH my gosh, I love your wayward Googlers!!! How on earth do you find out what people Googled to find your blog? I'm DYING.

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  28. Wow! What an awesome month you had and I love your instagram photos!! Hope you have a lovely November!

    Here’s my October Monthly Wrap Up!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  29. Mythical creatures who clean your house refers to Brownies... surely? Y'know, they're a type of fairy that comes in to clean at night and stuff :)

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