October Wrap Up

This year is all about knocking books off that ever-growing TBR pile. At least, in theory. It does, however, seem that I’m still NOT doing a very good job because I keep acquiring more books and reading shiny new ones.

  September Book Haul

Oh my gosh! What is going on here?! This month I bought 2 books and spent a total of $15.30.

This is a Franklin Library Edition of The Decameron, which is one of my all time favorites. No brainer because it was a whopping $5.00. Isn’t it beautiful?
I don’t know why this was so hard to find, but I saw this copy I had to snag it. Yippie!


Read in October

October was all about scary reads. I did okay, but didn’t get as much read as I wanted to. I worked a lot of overnights and closing shifts. And getting home right before the rooster crows isn’t really conducive to getting much reading done.

My October Reading Wishlist. I knew wouldn’t read all of them, but I wanted to.

So, what did I actually read?

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 🤔 I loved Frankenstein when I read it years ago, but this time it was pretty boring.
  • Goosebumps by R. L. Stine 😀 This is my first time reading this series, and am enjoying them.
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson😐 Had high hopes, but it fell flat.
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi🤯Mind blown . I loved this fresh new take on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving 🙂 I read this years ago and enjoyed it and it’s still a wonderful story.
  • Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (started)
  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (started)

Earlier in October I  had a Discussion Post asking how many minutes do you read a day? And I was surprised at some responses, but not surprised – if that makes sense.

Anyway, my plan was to read 30 minutes per day, every day a physical book – not an audiobook or ebook; which wasn’t hard for more because I have a predilection to physical books.

The Stats

For the month of October, I read a total of 18h17m and 35m for a daily average. So, I made my daily goal of reading for 30m a day (at least that’s the way it averages out. The reality is there were days I didn’t read at all and other days where I did binge reading.

**NOTE:** If you’re curious about the charts, I downloaded an app called ATracker.

Challenge Update

If you remember from my last Wrap-Up, I said I wouldn’t be doing anymore TBRs and just read whatever I wanted to for my challenges. And, for the most part that’s exactly what I did. I have to say it was rather liberating not to feel that self-imposed pressure.

I joined in a few Spooktacular challenges and had a lot of fun reading some of the books.

  • Frankenfest – a month long challenge reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I tapped out on this fairly early on. I just was not enjoying it. I didn’t realize how much I despised Victor Frankenstein
  • Goosebumps – I’m not sure what happened with this readathon. It seems like it fizzled out before it got started. But no matter I had fun reading Goosebumps
  • Frightfall / R.I.P. XIII I planned to do Peril the First for R.I.P., which was to read 4 books. – I didn’t quite make this – 1 book off
  • Spookathon (Oct. 15-21) –  Didn’t participate. Forgot it was happening.

By the Numbers

Books Read in September: 4
Short Story: 1
DNF: 1
Pages Read in September: 745

Books Read YTD: 25
Pages Read YTD: 6185

November TBR

For November, I’ll be doing the Read-A-Thin challenge on Goodreads. Still trying to make my way through books I already own.

  1. Read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year
  2. Read a book that was gifted to you or that you got in a subscription box
  3. Read a book with a Fall colored cover (Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, etc)
  4. Read a book in a non-traditional format (eBook, Audiobook, graphic novel, manga, etc)
  5. Read a book entirely in a cozy spot


6 thoughts on “October Wrap Up

    • The Broken Spine November 2, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks Asha! I wanted to try something new and more visual. I thought it would spice up the the post a little. Having something other than words and numbers is a little more interesting, IMHO.

      The inside of this edition of The Decameron also has pictures, so it was definitely a must have.

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  1. Freda's Voice (@fredalicious) November 2, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I’ve never read the Goosebumps series either but have always wanted to. There’s just so many books out there still left to read…. #BookwormProblems 🙂
    You had a busy month for a lot of working nights and reading. Working messes with my reading too. 🙂
    Happy November!


    • The Broken Spine November 2, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      I swear working gets in the way of the fun things in life. Why?! (shaking fist). After seeing the numbers I was surprised at how much I really did read.


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