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Monthly Wrap Up: October 2022



There's something satisfying about looking back at what you've accomplished. It can inform where to go next or a goal to add or change. It can push you to achieve more, or to change the balance in your life. For me, looking back at what I did on the blog inspires me to keep going. And looking back on what I read actually puts some perspective on my reading life. It serves as a checkmark, a period, an end and a new beginning to start a new month instead of having all the days and months just run into each other.


Here's what my Reading October looked like.


By the numbers:

I read 12 books.

5 fantasy

3 mystery

1 general fiction

3 historical fiction

2 DNF

6 were ARCs

0 audio books

1 for a Blog Tour


graphs from Storygraph



Books by their ratings:



None this month :(




Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese (ARC)

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman




Crime Writer by Dime Sheppard (ARC)

The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

The Beached Ones by Colleen Story

The Witch in the Well by Camilla Bruce (ARC)

Devil's Peak by Deon Meyer

A Rip Through Time #1 by Kelley Armstrong

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger



They Believed They Were Safe by Cordelia Francis Biddle (ARC)

The Prisoner by B.A. Paris (ARC)




Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Yawaguchi

Many Are Invited by Dennis Cuesta (ARC)


DNF - Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie and The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Soulja


My Favorite Read of September

Click image to go the review.














Challenge Progress

I'm only participating in one challenge at this point. The Beat the Backlist challenge to read books that have been collecting dust on my TBR. If you check my Challenges tab at the top of the page you can see my progress so far this year and.......well, it's not great. BUT, the year isn't over yet, so I'll use this wrap up to refocus on that goal. I didn't read ANY this month! For the year that puts me at 23/52.


I joined the COYER challenge that I learned about from Anne at Books Of My Heart . It's a seasonal challenge so my first time will be the winter quarter beginning October and going through end of December. Visit here for more info from the host Michelle at Because Reading. I chose the list option so made a list of 54 books of which I have to read at least half to successfully complete the challenge. Only books I put on my list the first of October count. You can follow my progress on the Challenges tab at the top of the page. I'm off to a good start, 12/54 (my 2 DNF books were on my COYER list).

Added to Goodreads in October

I added 49 books to my TBR, and read a total of 13 making a net addition to my list of 36. I've made peace with the fact that I'll never read them all, but I know just where to look when I wonder "what should I read next".




Hope you had a terrific October and now we're officially into fall, which I know many of us love. Fall in Seattle is settling in as we've had more rainy days. That's okay, I just snuggle with a blanket and a good book.


How did your reading life treat you in October? If you'd like to share your monthly wrap ups, link up with others at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for the October round up. Nicole puts up a new linky at the end of each month for the upcoming month.





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