The 2 Books I Finished in October

* Linking up with Anne Bogel at Quick Lit *

I thought that October was going to be a big-time reading month for me because I was traveling to Ireland without kids, but my book count doesn’t reflect that. I did finish two books, and then I spent the second half of October working on the 1,100+ page IT by Stephen King. Even though I didn’t fly through a stack of books like I anticipated, I enjoyed everything I read and especially enjoyed my leisurely reading time in the Emerald Isle. Without further ado, here are the two books I finished in October.

In the Woods by Tana French

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved the first book in Tana French’s series of police procedurals set in Dublin, Ireland. It was well-written, suspenseful, and set in my second favorite country in the world. French has written five other novels, and I’m lucky that my library found all five for me through the inter-library loan system. I can’t decide whether to go through them all in a row or space them out. No matter what, I’m going to read book #2, The Likeness, before it’s due back.

Page Count: 429 pages

When I Read It: September 30-October 9, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Placed a hold a the library; read it the old-fashioned way.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My Thoughts: I bought this book as a birthday present for my husband Dave because, from what I’d heard, it seemed like his type of book. And also because I wanted to read it. Dave took it on a work trip and raved about it, which made me even more eager to dig in. This dystopian novel in which people spend much of their time in a digital world called OASIS is creative and full of fun ’80s trivia. The main character, Wade, is using all of his gaming skills to try to win top prize in a game created by OASIS’s founder, and things get pretty crazy along the way. Although I didn’t love all the video game speak, I did enjoy this book and wanted to stick around for the ending. I think the movie version has the potential to be great.

Page Count: 374 pages

When I Read It: October 9-21, 2016

Where I Found It/How I Read It: Bought it as a gift for my husband and then borrowed it; read it the old-fashioned way.

Two good, solid novels in the month of October. I’m already working on a mix of fiction and non-fiction for my November reading. You can friend or follow me on Goodreads for the latest updates.