What We’re Reading Wednesday, October 26th

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I’m sorry, but how is it the last What We’re Reading Wednesday of October already? This month has been so busy, it’s flown by faster than you can say “but what about my spooky TBR?” 

Reading has not been going well the last week or so, as I’ve been busy with travel and Blogtober and general life stuff. On top of that, my virtual running club is having the first race event extravaganza in many months (story for another time). So, I’ve spent most of my non-work hours walking around to get miles for my team, Marnie’s Army, representing the Halloweentown movies. My reading always tanks during these events because I am almost never sitting down. 

In general I do a good job of not being hard on myself about slumps, but I am a bit sad that I’ve hardly made a dent in my spooky season reading stack. Hopefully I’ll get a few more books in before October ends. 

There’s no rule I can’t read about witches in November, of course, but I had been looking forward to leaning into the spooky season vibes with my reading. 

Let’s get into the updates for the week, shall we? 

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Recent Reads

Well, I gave a reading at my friend’s wedding over the weekend, so… there’s that? 

Didn’t finish any books last week, though my husband and I managed to get nearly caught up on Get in the Trunk, a Glass Cannon Network podcast we listen to on road trips. It’s an actual play RPG podcast for the game Delta Green, which is about the closest I will ever come to anything in the horror genre. So, weirdly, pretty fitting for spooky season.


Current Reads

I started a new audiobook, Nora McInerny’s Bad Vibes Only. She has the sort of casual attitude towards life’s harsh realities that can make some people uncomfortable, but which I personally resonate with because same. This is her latest book, and I’m enjoying it so far. 

I’m a little over halfway through From Bad to Cursed and hope to finish up in the next few days so I can start at least one more witchy read in Witchtober. 


Up Next & On to You

Given how little of October we’ve got left, I’m planning to start A Spindle Splintered next for the simple reason that it’s the shortest book in my Witchtober stack, meaning I’m most likely to get it finished under the wire. 

I’ve got a good number of books in my NetGalley queue that I’ll probably be turning my attention to once Witchtober ends, so it’ll be time to locate and charge the old Kindle again. 


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What We’re Reading Wednesday, October 19th

Happiest of Wednesdays, book friends! There’s a chill in the air here in Pittsburgh and yesterday we got a bit of snow, or so I’m told (my office does not have windows). The leaves are turning and falling gracefully from the trees, a sight that never quite gets old for me. 

This weekend I’m back to Virginia for my best friend’s wedding, and I’m looking forward to that beautiful mountain drive again now that the leaves have really turned. My husband will be along for the journey this time, so audiobook time is unlikely, but we’ll certainly get caught up on our podcasts. 

Speaking of audioboooks, I cried yesterday on my way to work and on my drive home while listening to my book, which is perhaps one of the more Pisces things I routinely do. I haven’t done a ton of reading lately, but the reading I’ve done has certainly been emotional. 

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Recent Reads

Last night, I finished Lucy on the Wild Side. I have to say I think this is going to be one of my favorite books of the year. 

It’s a lovely romance with good character development and personal growth at its heart, and it’s set in my beloved home state of Ohio. It made me cry buckets before work which was perhaps a bit awkward, but I love a book that gets the waterworks going because it means I’ve become invested. I’ve not written a full review of it yet, but I probably will, so stay tuned. 


Current Reads

My friend Mel and I continue to work our way through From Bad to Cursed. I’m liking it a bit better now than I was at the start, though I still don’t like it nearly as well as I liked the first book. I’m invested in the mystery of it all now, at least, so there’s that. 

Truthfully I’ve spent a lot more time reading the on-screen text for Stardew Valley than anything this week. As soon as it gets cold my cozy gaming self awakens and demands we return to Farm Farm (yes, I’m very creative when I name things in videogames). 


Up Next & On to You

I am feeling a bit panicked about my spooky TBR, if I’m honest. I want to read more witchy books during peak spooky season, even though I know I’m allowed to read them after Halloween as well. Hopefully I’ll get to one or two more from the stack before we enter November, but we’ll have to wait and see. 

What about you, book friends? Have you been reading anything good lately? 


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