October 2022 wrap-up

October has come and gone. In fact, as I sit here writing this, it’s already a week into November. So you can say that this is a little late. But that is life.

It has been a challenging few weeks at work which means that nothing in my personal life has gotten done. The stress has been so much that my anxiety has skyrocketed to the point that it has become difficult to make the simplest of decisions. Thankfully I had scheduled vacation for this week, not knowing how much I was going to need it. It has been giving me to a chance to calm down, relax and do the things I enjoy. But I am taking it one step at a time.

Which brings me here. I realized that the months totally changed without me noticing and thus I never really wrapped up my reading. I feel a little unmoored as it is a way of me resetting for the new month. But I guess, better late than never.

“Dreamland” is the newest book by Nicholas Sparks and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a bit different than his other books but it still has that unexpected twist that leaves your mouth hanging open. I particularly liked how this book focused on music and is set outside the Carolinas, which is also rare for Sparks. It’s not my favorite of Sparks’ books but it is still very enjoyable. You will get sucked into the story and only emerge back to reality when you close the book.

Another book has finally gotten off the forgotten shelf on my personal TBR. Louisa May Alcott is another author that I am trying to get through and though I have had this book far longer than I can remember, I only just cracked it open. I am so glad that I finally got around to it. Knowing that gothic fables were her passion, I held no doubt that this was going to be a good one. It is a story that is based on the legend of Faust, where the main character makes a pact with the devil and the impact that has on his life. I was definitely turning the pages wanting to know what was going to happen.

“Once Upon A River” was the October read for the Capital District Book Club and it definitely fit the theme. This book was magical in every sense of the word. I felt like I was reading a fairy tale. There were parts of the plot that irked me some, especially the way the village treated the little girl who is at the heart of the story. However, that didn’t take away from the overall experience. I missed the book club discussion which was disappointing because I wanted to hear what everyone else thought. I definitely want to read more of Setterfield in the future.

I had never heard of this book before someone in the Metaphorically Speaking Book Club proposed it for a monthly pick. In fact, it was actually hard to come by, However, I eventually obtained a copy and started reading. I didn’t think I was going to like this book so didn’t go in with many expectations. I finished it and felt like I need to reread it, not only for the enjoyment of it but also because there was so much in this short book, that surely I missed something. The themes that McGill sprinkles throughout the plot are subtle and yet have a profound impact on the characters. Definitely worth a read.

Talk about a well written book. If you haven’t read “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, stop what you are doing and read it right now. Patricia Highsmith is an artist the way that she develops the character of Ripley, making this more than a normal read. It’s more of a character study on someone who is manipulative and leads a fraudulent life, masquerading as someone else. The first book was genius and have heard each book only gets better. This is a series I might just have to finish. As for the movie, well it just doesn’t compare. I actually stopped watching it, because it was so different from the book.

Have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think? What did you read in October? Let’s discuss!


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