Reading Wrap-up – October 2020

I really enjoy a gorgeous October. Maybe in 2021 that’s what we’ll get. This one was snowy, cold, and fairly disastrous for the country I live in. But, we’re here to talk about books, yes? Here’s what I managed to read this month:

Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf

There There – Tommy Orange

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents – Isabel Wilkerson

The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Institute – Stephen King

Rust & Stardust – T. Greenwood

The Exiles – Christina Baker Kline

The Splendid and the Vile – Erik Larson

Trials of the Earth – Mary Hamilton Mann

Pardonable Lies – Jacqueline Winspear

11 books, not too shabby! I did have a number of false starts with books that I ended up adding to my Did Not Finish pile. Life is too short for books that aren’t speaking to me. Sometimes it’s the book, sometimes it’s me… sometimes it’s just some weird combination of timing and mood. You know how it goes.

How was your month? Did you read something that you want to shout from the rooftops about? Let me know!

The Relentless Weekly – Oct. 23, 2020

Welcome to Friday, and welcome to another weekly update. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Reading: This week I finished The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline and The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson.

Cooking: I whipped up this chicken fajita casserole this week. Cheesy, quick, and low-carb, yum!

Listening: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras is my current listen. Look at that gorgeous cover — zowie.

Watching: Aren’t you so glad that The Great British Bake Off is back on Netflix? What a sweet palate cleanser it is. My only complaint is that this show makes me crave cake constantly! An episode drops every Friday morning, so I know what I’ll be watching later today!

Voting: We mailed in our ballots late last week. Hooray! I keep reading statistics about how many millions of people have already voted — amazing. I did watch the final debate last night. It was less awful than the first, but I wouldn’t call it a pleasant evening of television.

Snowing: Yup. We had a wintery storm here in Wisconsin over the last couple of days. It’s only October, but it’s time to start swiping my husband’s warm socks. I know that some of you are still suffering from extreme heat and probably can’t imagine.

I hope your week has been lovely, and that you’ll tell me all about it. Have a phenomenal weekend as well!