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!
So at first I was sooooooo excited about this theme because I freaking love pirates. Then I got worried because I didn’t think I’d read any books that were about pirates, I’d maybe just seen movies? I had a bit of a crisis, honestly. Then I took a deep breath and remembered that I’ve read Treasure Island more than once. After that, I remembered a couple of others. So. Whew.
But the thing is, I’m looking through the list of books I’ve read, and other than Treasure Island none of them are actually *about* pirates. The best example that I can come up with here is The Princess Bride, which I’ve read and loved more than once. Obviously, Westley becomes the Dread Pirate Roberts, and Westley is an important part of the book. But nobody would say the book is about pirates. Another great example is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Pirates make an appearance, but it’s definitely about beauty queens stuck on a desert island.
This is obviously a travesty, and I’m very much looking forward to getting some suggestions.
So, anticlimactically, I’ve already shared with you the book that, I guess, is my pick.
Is August already over? On the one hand, geez, where did the time go? On the other hand, thank god. This month has been sooooo stressful for me! Evidence, completely missed both of my posts on the Calendar Girls chat this week. My new job is difficult, guys. Send happy vibes my way.
Calendar Girls has been great this month, though! I don’t know about y’all, but I’m always happy to find an excuse to gush about my favorite book! And I’ve really enjoyed listening to y’all talk about yours too.
Alright ladies and gents! School is starting, it’s still 100 degrees outside, marching band is in full swing, and I don’t know about anyone else but I am ready to start thinking about FALL. I’m so ready for football and sweaters.
Well, today I go back to work. Summer is officially over. *cries* On the bright side, today is also my favorite day of the month, Calendar Girls! *cheers* This month we are celebrating Book Lovers Day by sharing our favorite book we’ve read so far this year.
Rather than doing what many of my fellow Calendar Girls participants do and give a list of runners up, I’m going to link to my Top 10 of the year page. I keep a running tally of my favorite books of the year, and boy has it been a good year so far! So if you’re interested, that’s there. Now, my favorite book of the year is…