October was a good reading month. I feel like I read a variety of books. I learned more about Thomas Jefferson, read more of the Wonder stories, was inspired in my faith and parenting, read some good fiction and read the newly-released biography of Martin Luther.
I have 99 books on my have-read bookshelf so far this year – a lot more already than my usually 52 books a year! I think I may hit 120 for the year! I really think that setting reading goals each month is not only helping me read more, but also read a wider variety of books. I’m glad those books include a variety of classics, inspirational, historical and biographical books. I have learned a lot this year so far from the books I’ve read and have been starting to make a dent in the to-read bookshelf.
In the past, I would usually just grab a book from my to-read pile or start reading what is available from my hold list on Overdrive. Instead, I am choosing a fiction, historical, biographical, inspirational and classic to read each month and then after I have read those five, I can read whatever I find that’s available. I will also have book club books to read from a moms group and the online book club on this site. Oh, and there are the advanced copies I receive to review. Lots of reading going on here!
In October, I read the following 11 books (reviews to come soon):
- The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
- Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
- The Third Man by Graham Greene
- Drone Warrior by Brett Velecovich
- Solo Disaster by Victoria Kimble
- The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
- Martin Luther by Eric Metaxas
- Dance, Stand, Run by Jess Connolly
- Fearless Parenting by Jimmy Myers
- Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio
- Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford
For November, here is my to-read list:
Richard Paul Evans is my favorite author and I pre-ordered The Noel Diary several months ago and am very much looking forward to it coming int he mail next week!
I am also reading Life As We Knew It because a local librarian recommended it to me. It’s a young adult dystopian novel.
Historical and Biographical: John Adams by David McCullough
I always learn a lot about history when I read a McCullough book. I’ve had this one on my bookshelf for a while, so I’m excited to see what I learn this month by reading it. I’m counting this in two categories for the month because it’s a long book.
Inspirational: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
I really enjoyed reading Simply Tuesday by Freeman in October and I’ve actually had Grace for the Good Girl on my to-read list for a while, so I’m reading it this month.
Classic: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I read this book years and years ago and saw there is a movie coming out based on the book. I am planning on re-reading the book before I see the movie. I truly hope they do the movie well since it is Agatha Christie!
Moms Book Club: The Horse Dancer by JoJo Moyes
Many in our book club love JoJo Moyes, so this should be a good one!
Read more about this choice at the link above and then join our discussion on the blog and on Facebook on Nov. 29.
Non-Fiction: The Grown-Ups Guide to Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp
I don’t have teens yet, but they will be soon and I’m read to start getting advice on the next stage of parenting.
Requested Reviews/Advanced Copies/Book Launch books:
Aura by David Meredith
If you’re curious about what else I’ve read this year, you can visit my monthly bookshelves: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October.
What are you reading right now?
What are you planning to read this month? Comment below!