Tuesday, November 08, 2016

What I Read | October

A look back at what I read this month. #ASGbookshelf #whatIread - What I Read | October - A Simpler Grace
The month of October was all about crushing some reading goals. I topped my highest number of books last month by reading a grand total of twenty-one! I read quite a few for Dewey's 24-hour readathon and a whole lot in the down-time I had. Some were fantastic, some not-so-much, but here's the official line-up for October of 2016.

Must Read
Paper Towns by John Green★★★★★
Amazon synopsis: "When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q... until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q."

This is only the second book that I've read by John Green - the first being The Fault in Our Stars - and yes, I know, that book made it nearly impossible to judge any other story on the same level. I'm happy to report, though, that Green is not a one-hit-wonder. He knocks it out of the park with Paper Towns, writing about teenage characters mature beyond their years having complex relationships and even more convoluted conversations, but still manages to make them quite relatable and captivating. If you loved TFIOS, you'll enjoy Paper Towns.

A thorough, first-hand account of what it was like to be a Kennedy. Ted shares stories and memories beginning with his early days growing up in the family home in Hyannisport to his journey into politics following his father and older brothers and concluding with his brain tumor diagnosis and the final months of his life.

A must-read for any Kennedy buff, True Compass shares both the good and bad that landed in the Kennedy family lap and how they rallied together as one unit and endured the many tragedies to face the famous clan.

Other mentions for the month of October:

Shaken by Tim Tebow  | ★★★★★  (read review here)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  | ★★★★
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn  | ★★★★
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond  | ★★★★☆ (read review here)
If Life is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits? by Erma Bombeck  | ★★★★
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  | ★★★★
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp  | ★★★☆☆
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham  | ★★★☆☆
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini  | ★★★☆☆
Dracula by Bram Stoker  | ★★★☆☆
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  | ★★★☆☆
We All Fall Down by Michael Harvey  | ★★★☆☆ (read review here)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  | ★★★☆☆
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney  | ★★★☆☆ (read review here)
Smartphone Utopia by J. Arthur Squires  | ★★★☆☆
Love, Loss and What We Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi  | ★★☆☆☆ (read review here)
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand  | ★★☆☆☆ (read review here)
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere  | ★★☆☆☆
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte  | ★★☆☆☆

What did you enjoy reading last month?

The post What I Read | October first appeared on A Simpler Grace. If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to share it with your friends!


  1. Oh my gosh, girl… You killed it this month! 21 books?! Nice work! I want to give the 24hr read-a-thon a try some time!

  2. Thanks! It was a very busy month. The next Dewey readathon is in April. You should hop in on the fun!