October 2018 Monthly Round-Up

October 2018 Monthly Round-Up

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Do y’all remember how terrible my September reading was? Well, my October reading more than made up for it…in quantity and quality! This is the big, buzzy book season I was hoping for…I guess I just had to wait

I read 10 books this month…much better than the 5 I read last month)! And, I got audiobooks back into my life in a big way…thanks to library holds coming in! I’ve realized that nothing makes me prioritize my audiobook over podcasts like a library due date!




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It’s a tie…


  • Nonfiction November kicked off this week! Join us for a month of celebrating nonfiction! Details here.
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October Quality and Recommendation Sources

Reading Quality

October 2018

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 90% (totally makes up for my 33% September stinker!)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 82%

2018 Year-to-Date (through October)

  • % Successful Books Attempted (includes DNF’s) = 61% (above my 43% success rate from 2017)
  • % Successful Books Finished (does not include DNFs) = 85%

Successful Recommendation Sources

If you’re interested in tracking these types of stats, my “Rock Your Reading” Tracker does all the heavy lifting for you! Enter your book details and it automatically compiles everything into Summary Charts in real time! Go here for more details.

November Releases I’m Excited About

The publishing industry starts to wind down in November and December…not publishing many new books. Consequently, I sort of stop paying attention to new releases in those months, so I only have one for you today. But, it’s a fantastic one!

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (November 13)

Most Popular Posts

Posts Actually Published in October
Book of the Month October 2018: What Book Should You Choose?
What I’m Reading Now (10/15/18)
October 2018 Books to Read (and Skip)

Overall Posts
Book Club Recommendations
Am I the Only One Who Didn’t Love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine?
Behind Her Eyes and THAT Ending: Spoiler Discussion (#WTFthatending)

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  1. So glad you had a stellar month! You’ll be happy to know I have two nonfiction books going now, one on Kindle (that I actually got from the library) and one on audio. Hope November is equally great.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  2. I’m glad you had a good reading month! Mine was uncommonly good, too. A lot of my favorite authors had fall book releases, so that helped. Have a great November!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Oh fun! Love when that happens!

      Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  3. Yay for a good reading month! I think I need to pick up a Well Behaved Woman.

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
  4. Thanks for the mentions! I had a great reading month too. I just finished Unsheltered (Barbara Kingsolver) — overall, I liked it, but I thought it was a little too overtly political. I’m about to start The Witch Elm. Happy Halloween!

    Posted 10.31.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      You’re welcome! And I think I’ve decided not to read Unsheltered. I was toying with it, but don’t like it when my fiction feels like a political agenda. I don’t mind issues if they’re organic part of characters’ lives, but don’t like them to feel heavy-handed. I’ve never read Kingsolver before and think I’ll start with something from her backlist instead.

      Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  5. Resh wrote:

    So glad you’ve had an amazing month. I’ve been seeing Sadie everywhere and might just pick it up.

    Posted 11.4.18 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      It’s refreshingly different!

      Posted 11.4.18 Reply
  6. Christine wrote:

    Thank you so much for the mention! I really appreciate it ; ) I am also glad that you enjoyed the post!

    Posted 11.4.18 Reply

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