I’ve let the blog slide before. Life happens, time gets away from us and the little things we used to do (even if we loved them) can get put on the back burner. But I don’t think I’ve ever been away from the blog for this long and I miss it so much. So, even though I don’t have a whole lot to report on, I’m still here!
October is perhaps my favourite month of the whole year. I won’t bore anyone with the reasons I love fall (they are the same as everyone else’s) but it also re-energizes my bookish goals. In October, the weather gets chillier, the days are shorter and I don’t feel so bad putting my pjs on right when I get home from work and curling up in bed hours before I’m actually going to sleep. It also means baths, candles, basically all the things I love to do for self-care, I get to do every day. Sure, I miss the sun sometimes, and after a few months of this, I need a total change of pace, but for October, I am all in!
Like most Octobers, I’ll be reading some eerie books this month! I’ve just started Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle after reading and loving The Haunting of Hill House last October. I also want to give Jo Nesbo a try for the first time, and finally finishing the last bit of Locke & Key reading I have available. There are a few other titles I’d love to get to including the new John Green (I’m just too curious to wait) and a few books about books that I’ve been eyeing lately. And Harry Potter, because I miss the crew.
I’ve also read a few great books since I last appeared here! Back in July, I stumbled on a gorgeous biography from Oliver Sacks’ partner, Bill Hayes called Insomniac City. The book was a collection of diary entries, vignettes and photographs that described his life as an insomniac living in New York and loving Sacks from his later years until his death. It was quiet, melancholy and beautiful – I loved it. I also read Mary Oliver poetry for the first time and fell in love. Felicity floored me. Oliver can write the simplest ideas or sentences, followed by one like that just knocks you off your feet. I’m not much of a poetry fan, but I’m an Oliver fan now. For life.
And I finally, finally read The Hate U Give. Everyone was right – this was exceptional. The Carter family is one of my favourites in all of literature. Given the state of our world, this is necessary reading for all. It’s important but also, just a joy to read. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
And that’s all for me today. I’ll be back .. sooner this time!