Is anyone else’s family starting to ask about Christmas lists? Like, I haven’t even started thinking about Thanksgiving yet, and all of the sudden people want to know what I (and my kids) want for Christmas. What if my kid suddenly discovers he’s obsessed with something new 1 month out like he did with Halloween?!
Anyway, it’s almost December! So we’re here ready to go with our December theme. Y’all, this was no contest. Which, when you consider the current book blogging climate, was really no surprise. So, here it is! The December theme!
Is it November already? Where did October go? Alternatively, when will winter break be here? November always seems to get stuck in the middle, doesn’t it? Poor November, no love.
Not this month! Guys, I am SO PSYCHED that we are finally having a Stranger Things theme, and that we’re talking about weird books. I don’t know which direction all y’all are going to take this, with weird books you loved or weird books you hated, but I freaking love unusual books. More than I love reading them, I love talking about unusual books. The weirder a book is, the more there is to discuss! Am I right?!
I’ve been soul-searching all month trying to decide how I wanted to interpret this prompt. Because I’ve read some oddball books. Yet some of the strangest have become very mainstream, like American Gods or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. On the other hand, some of my favorites that are “strange” in a nobody-else-in-the-world-has-read-this-book way are actual fairly normal books. Mrs. Queen Takes the Train comes to mind. I also love odd-ball books that aren’t weird per se, but fit a really niche genre, like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter or Hope Never Dies.
But when I look at the books on my bookshelf, two stand out as being particularly strange. The first, Wicked, I didn’t want to write about because *whispers* I don’t actually like it. But the second … man, buckle up. Because this book is WEIRD.
FALL IS HEEEEERRREEEE! It is finally not 90 degrees here in Texas, and we are enjoying some well-deserved cool weather. October really is the best month. We’ve been going outside, actually OUTSIDE every evening. I’ve decorated the house with pumpkins, Halloween candy has been purchased, and October is in full swing ’round here.
BUT. It is time to start looking ahead toward November.
The votes are in, and it was really close. Like, seriously close. BUT. The November theme will be…
Guys, I love October. It’s the best month of the year. ❤ If only our weather here in Texas would actually start to resemble October weather… But I’m not here to complain. October is October. Bring on the sweaters and boots!
Our theme this month is a book that lit your way out of a reading slump. I have to come clean with you all, I’ve never experienced the dreaded reading slump. That’s right, you heard me. No, I’m not showing off or bragging, it’s just the truth. I’ve read a book every single day since … 4th grade? Before? Maybe I missed a day or two if I was sick or something, but I’ve never felt like “Bleh, I just don’t want to read anything!”
So I decided to take this prompt from a different direction. While I wouldn’t call it a reading slump, in the 2016/2017 school year I was in a bit of a … rut. I was reading the same books over and over again, it had been a long time since I’d found something new to read that I actually liked. Then, suddenly, MAGIC. A book I loved so much that I started a book blog. That book was …
Wow, I can’t believe September is already over. It’s still 90s degrees here in Texas. I have to say that I am READY for October. Like, literally, I am prepared. We’ve already got Halloween costumes…
We had a great month with Calendar Girls talking about books about pirates. The overwhelming consensus is that we love pirates, but most of us haven’t read very many books about them. So Imma take a second and (once again) plug Erin Morgenstern’s new book The Starless Sea which is at least partly about pirates. CAN’T WAIT!
Well you guys, the school year has gotten back into gear, and I’m officially out of time to read everyone’s blogs. Sorry for being such a lame friend. Just two more semesters of classes to go! Gosh, September is always such a tough month. And my college football team isn’t even good to take my mind off it all!
What with it being the second week of the month, that’s means it’s time for the October theme! The votes are in, and it wasn’t even close, y’all. So, drumroll please!