What We’re Reading Wednesday, October 27th

Our weekly space to chat about books and reading

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Happy Wednesday, book friends! Halloween week is upon us, and we’re about to transition from “spooky season” to the more general blur of winter holidays that will take us through to the end of 2021. 

Let’s just say that again for a moment. End of 2021. It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching 2022 when, emotionally, it still feels like February 2019 was last week. Just me? 

Regardless, I’ve been leaning into the October spooky vibes harder than usual this year, and have a hefty stack of winter holiday-themed reads to carry the seasonally appropriate trend through winter. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let’s talk about the past week in reading!

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Recent Reads

In a blur of a weekend while Andy was away, I read through a decent chunk of Payback’s a Witch to get prepped for my buddy read chat with IRL book friend Nicki on Monday. We stopped at the end of Chapter 19 for this week, with a goal of finishing up by Halloween. So far, I’m really enjoying this witchy spin on John Tucker Must Die (Nicki’s descriptor, which I think is apt). 

As a treat for accomplishing this, I settled in around 7pm with Jen Deluca’s latest installment in her Willow Creek Ren Faire rom com series, Well Matched. I proceeded to read all the way through, staying up past bedtime and puzzling my pup Azula. 

When we first settled into bed, a party raged in the backyard across the alley. To my shock and surprise, I outlasted them. In fact, I was so engrossed in my book that I failed entirely to notice when the loud music finally stopped. Needless to say, I loved this book! If you do need more proof, my full review posted earlier this week. 

Audiobook wise, the great Mediator reread marches on, and I’ve been chugging through them in quick succession in a mad rush to be reminded of when Jesse and Suze actually kiss for the first time (spoiler: it’s book four).

Alas, I had the disappointing experience of finding out that the fifth book, for reasons unknown, was released only as an abridged audiobook. The shortest book in the series was abridged to a measly two hour shadow of its former self. I was so livid about how poorly done this was, I ranted about it on my phone call with Nicki and then to Andy immediately after hanging up on that call. 

Book 6 is, thankfully, back to the previous narrator and unabridged format. But, I’m taking a quick pause while deciding if I should forge ahead and hope my teenage memories of book 5 will suffice, or if I should read my print copy as a reminder. 

Current Reads

As mentioned above, I’m working to finish Payback’s a Witch by Sunday, so I’m plugging ahead there.

I’ve also started The Decorating Club for an upcoming book tour. Unfortunately the file I received doesn’t translate super well to the Kindle, which has made it a little challenging to get into the book, but I’m going to play around with the file a bit and see if I can get a cleaner look and dig into this one more easily. 

Audiobook wise, I’m waiting on my Audible and LibroFM credits to restock before pressing on, so I’m filling my ear time with podcasts for the next couple days — Book Riot: The Podcast and The Glass Cannon Podcast, if you’re curious.

Up Next

I have so many exciting books on the horizon! I want to dive into my stack of winter holiday rom-coms, but I’m trying to hold off until after the vibe transitions from witchy to twinkly lights. Betting I’ll make it, like, one week into November, tops. 

For now, I’m going to work my way through some of the digital ARCs that have been burning a hole in my Kindle shelf, probably starting with Josie Silver’s One Night on the Island because, I mean, how can I not after One Day in December destroyed me in all the best ways? 

Tag, You’re It!

That’s me for the week, my friends! 

I have a feeling I’ll be pulling back on reading a bit this coming weekend since I let things like grading, laundry, and groceries fall by the wayside during my Well Matched reading marathon. Ugh, responsibilities. 

What about you, book friends? I’d love to hear what you’re reading, what you just finished, or what you hope to get to next. 

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