Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2018

October 2018 Monthly Wrap-UpSo Thankful for November

Can I just be honest? I am so glad October is finally over. Whew. My family is in the middle of getting ready to move from the house we’ve rented for four years to a more permanent place. That means we’re packing plus getting the new space ready (paint, carpet, etc) plus showing our current house to the next potential renters. Plus the littlest got two teeth in twenty-four hours and seems to be working on two more. ALL THE TEETHING. Fun!

On the upside, I organized two blog tours this month (one to take place next month), which was a blast! I’m seriously considering whether I should try to do blog tours as a regular thing. I’ve had the pleasure of working with three authors this month as their virtual assistant, and really enjoyed that, too.

Thou Art a VillainTop Ten Tuesday Returns

You might have noticed I’m starting to do Top Ten Tuesday posts again. The truth is it gives me another chance to talk about books I love, and it helps keep me popping over to other blogs to see what’s what. It also helps new people find my blog. So it’s a pretty big win-win. If you missed them, take a peek at my Top Ten Villains post about books whose protagonists are characters normally considered a story’s villain, or my Top Ten Books Over 600 Pages post featuring some of the best long books I’ve ever read.

This month I also caught up on a few of my backlist titles by listening to them as audiobooks. I finally finished the Everland series by Wendy Spinale and listened to both Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. So all of those reviews will be coming soon! (Fun fact: Steve West reads one character’s point-of-view in the Everland books and narrates Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. I am officially a huge fan and already have plans to listen to An Ember in the Ashes by Saaba Tahir, which West also narrates.)

Other October favorites for me were The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse and Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo. Please check out those reviews if you missed them. The Echo Room is an intense sci-fi with a story that kept me guessing and characters that had me at the first page. Louisiana’s Way Home has an incredible voice that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read. I’ve been a Kate DiCamillo fan since Because of Winn Dixie, and this book only proves why all over again.

We’ll be moving to our new space on November 10, so the next few days are going to be a whirlwind of packing and prepping before we take the plunge. I’ll try to post some pictures on my Instagram feed, but y’all, I’m so bad at social media. Ha. I will try, though. The new space has– get this– a library. Yep! A whole room for books with a lovely built-in bookcase on one wall. So I’m really excited to get in there.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Happy reading!

Do you read scary books at this time of year?

What are your favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me about a book you’re looking forward to reading this fall.

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About Kasey Giard

Kasey is a mother, reader and aspiring author. When she's not reading or writing, you might find her out on the water fly fishing, pretending she can keep houseplants alive, or talking with the family rescue cat.

2 Responses to Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2018

  1. Kyra Morris says:

    I know how stressful moving can be. Good luck with everything! That’s awesome that the new place has a designated area for books. *_*

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