My Month in Books (#12) - Winter Is Coming

Ya'll, October felt like the longest month in the history of my world. Seriously. I traveled for work more than usual, and for longer than usual, and in multiple time zones, so my body is basically ready to hibernate. Also, fall is racing by and, as I write this, there are Canadian geese honking loudly as they fly over my house on their trek south for the winter. The good news? I get to stay home for this whole week right now! And we got an extra hour yesterday, which was more needed than any other extra hour I can remember.

The other good news? I read. A lot. I read so much that I had to consult my Kindle to make sure my list was complete. (Bad memory, sleep deprivation, high levels of stress are all factors at play here.) Wanna know more? Check it out below:

A bookshelf filled with colorful book spines. Overlaid text reads "My month in books."

A bookshelf filled with colorful book spines. Overlaid text reads "My month in books."

Highlights from October: Appreciating the time I spent at home even more than usual. (Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder, peeps!) Exciting and life-changing decisions. Pretty fall colors. Learning to be an even more efficient packer. Oh, and getting to see loved ones who live in the far-flung places I traveled to for work!

Not highlights: More flight delays (I don't want to talk about it, but I will say that I cried in multiple airports this month out of exhaustion, so yeah, there's that). The still-infinite pile of laundry (though I guess that's implied by the word "infinite," huh?).

But let's talk about some books, shall we?

Welp, I finished my re-read of The Time Traveler's Wife, and it was just as wonderful as the first time. Plus, I loved that it was set in Chicago - where I went to college years ago and, coincidentally, spent the better part of last week.

Next up: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. I read the companion novel earlier this year and promptly pre-ordered this one. It was the perfect thing to be reading as I was feeling massive rage against the patriarchy. (Sorry, I don't like to get political here, but the last few months have been extra tough in my brain. Also, if you live in the U.S. - please make sure to vote tomorrow!) Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure my pre-order included a novella with two of the main characters in the companion novel(who also made an appearance in Lady's Guide). <Adds to TBR>

Next up, I read a book I won't identify because it deals with a medical issue a loved one is going through at the moment - out of respect and privacy, I won't name it (the title totally gives it away), but it was helpful and reassuring to learn more about what's what.

For my work trip out to the Bay Area, I decided I'd make it a Rainbow Rowell trip, so I started by re-reading Attachments, which was delightful (again). I will never not love the way Rainbow writes. (Yes, we're on a first name basis in my head, thank you very much.) For me, anything she writes is quintessential comfort reading, and I needed some comfort while embarking on the first of back-to-back week-long work trips.

Next up: Landline. Another of Rainbow's books that I re-read. I got through most of it on my trek back from the West Coast and that weekend, but I left it behind during my travel the next week since I only had 40 pages left and, in my zeal to pack as efficiently as possible, didn't want to take up more space. (I know, SO disrespectful!) I did finish it Friday night as soon as I got back from the airport, and it was the most delightful way to drift off to sleep.

Last, but certainly not least? A Thousand Perfect Notes, written by the ever-entertaining PaperFury. It made my heart grow three sizes like the Grinch, and smashed that heart to pieces (in a good way?). Plus the main character plays the piano, which I do, too. Also, the younger sister is the best - she made me think of Eloise, which is my all-time favorite picture book.

So, to recap: October was rough, but I had my most prolific reading month in years. Revisited some old faves, enjoyed some new ones. 10/10 would do it again. (The reading, not the rest. I would not choose to repeat the rest)

Tell me, friends. What book(s) do you re-read when you need the comfort of an old friend? Any good winter-ish books I should put on my list as the Northern Hemisphere heads into colder weather?