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Reading Life: October 2019

So this may be a new low… only one book read this month?! October felt like a marathon from beginning to end, from Amelia’s 3rd birthday to fall festivities, with two visits from family and a couple weeks of congestion thrown in for good measure.

Side tangent: does anyone else feel like Autumn is the new Christmas? Maybe it’s just because I’m deep into the SAHM world now and I wasn’t aware of all the stuff you’re supposed to be doing with your kids, but it seems like there are so many more activities that we “have” to do this season… pumpkin patches and hayrides and pumpkin decorating and fall festivals and trick or treating and costumes at every event… oh my. (And this year Amelia exercised full “threenager” rights and refused to wear any costume at all.) It’s all fun stuff, but no wonder I didn’t have any time to read! Hopefully next month will be a little less busy.

I’m no longer tracking my reading with daily photos, but I started an old school pen-and-paper journal to keep track of what I’m reading. It’s surprisingly therapeutic to write it down by hand! You can check out what I’m reading (including a handwritten review from my journal) on my Instagram feed @ladykatiestitchery


October 2019 Thoughts


How Not to Die Alone, by Richard Roper

Start date: 9/29/2019
Finish date: 10/15/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Book of the Month Club
3 stars

The Rosie Project meets After Life (Ricky Gervais’s Netflix show): quirky characters (Andrew is obsessed with model trains and Ella Fitzgerald) working a quirky job (performing home inspections after someone dies with no living relatives), dealing with some depressing stuff (grief/depression/family relationships) but in a mostly light-hearted way. Definitely a tricky balance that it mostly got right; sometimes I wanted it to move a bit faster and I’m not sure how long this one will stick with me, but it was funny and sweet.

My thoughts on The Rosie Project here.

Currently Reading:

Raising Worry-Free Girls: Helping Your Daughter Feel Braver, Stronger, and Smarter in an Anxious World, by Sissy Goff

Start date: 10/16/2019
Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting
Source: Kristen

My friend found this book and urged me to read it; I see myself in these pages, and I’m thankful I am reading it now! Looking forward to talking about it with other mamas.

Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney

Start date: 9/27/2019
Genre: Fiction
Source: Backlist

I honestly forgot I was reading this book… oops. Maybe I’ll get back to it next month.

Books read in October: 1
Books read in 2019: 26
Currently reading: 2

So that’s what I’ve been reading during the tenth month of 2019!

I’m always looking for more book recommendations – are you reading any good books?

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