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Reading Challenge Update: October

The goal: fifty-two.

Current count: forty-seven

September was pretty under whelming and lack luster. Honestly, the best book I read that month was the one I wrote. Haha. I'm suffering from a small case of adult on-set narcissism. So, here's every thing I've read except MY book, Fall: An Ermahgerd Merstery.

We Were Liars : 3 stars

This book was...predictable. It wasn't bad, I just figured out the twist way before the author revealed the twist. So, once it actually happened, I found it a little underwhelming. Also, maybe I missed it, but why did they call themselves liars? I don't know and I'd love for someone to tell me. I didn't bond or relate to any of the characters, either. Probably because they're super rich and I am the exact opposite of that.

Less: 4 stars

Less was definitely the highlight of my month. I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but it turned out to be delightful. Also, the author won the Pulitzer for it. I normally don't like Pulitzer books. Less is an author who is best known for being the former boyfriend of a much more successful author. After he and the poet broke up, Less himself found himself a young boyfriend. When Freddie, the young boyfriend, leaves Less and announces he is engaged to another man, Less panics and goes on a trip across the world. There are some truly hilarious moments as Less makes his way from teaching event, to awards ceremonies, to riding on camels to a writer's retreat. It's a fun, light-hearted, and sometimes sad story and totally worth reading.

Bring Out The Dog: 3 stars

This was an unusual choice for me. It's a collection of short stories about the military. Not my usual jam. But, these are beautifully written.

Halloween Party: 2 stars

So, I loved R.L. Stine as a kid. Loved him. I'm rereading some of his work for a super secret project. I hate to say it, but they do not hold up well. Not at all. My advice, if you loved him as a kid, don't reread him as an adult. You'll be disappointed. I have been, anyway.

I made some weird/bad choices in September. So far, October reads are shaping up to be much better. I'm currently reading Lethan White by Robert Galbraith and it is SO GOOD. I want nothing more than to have a few hours of down time so I can finish the dang thing.

Oh, and shamless plug time, If you haven't read Fall: An Ermahgerd Merstery, give it a shot. Click the link and give it a read.

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