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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sara's October Wrap Up

Hello Friends,

Happy second last month of the year. I literally cannot believe it is November, that we have someone whipped through 10 months of the year in a blink of an eye.  October was whirlwind of a month,  I have much to share with you, and I hope you stick with me.

So, On October 3rd, myself and a group of my greatest friends got up at 4:45am packed ourselves into a 15 passenger van and began what would be a 20+ hour journey to Detroit, Michigan (with a quick 14 hour pit stop in Chicago, Illinois).  We went to a conference in Detroit on community development. It was an incredible trip- driving with my friends was fantastic and fun, the conference was challenging and inspiring. I really love learning about community development and seeing that other people are also choosing to live in community.  It was an incredible experience.  Like always, I immediately got sick when I got home, but it was worth it.

Shortly after I got home, I applied for a seasonal position at Chapters/Indigo. I have ALWAYS wanted to work for Indigo and I was SUPER excited when I got the interview and was offered the position- I am now a Customer Service Representative- I am SO excited about this, and while I haven't actually worked the floor yet (just orientation and training), I am keeping my fingers crossed that this position will extend past the holiday season.  And yes, I continue to maintain my full time employment. I just thought working two jobs would be a good idea.

In all of that, I have also somehow managed to complete the whole first season of This Is Us which appeared on Netflix this past month.  I have a few thoughts on this show. I, at no point, felt the need to binge the show- I mean it took me all month to watch the 18 episodes.  It's really a show about nothing, but it's SO good at the same time. I quite enjoyed it.

The Books

So because October was a bit life busy.  I did not read very much. I am actually kind of embarrassed with the amount I actually read. I had a fair number of audiobooks, but actually read- pitiful.

Total Books 
Physical Books

Physical Books

1) Hers to Take by Talia Ellison (1 Star)
2) Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (4.5 Stars) 

Favourite Read

This book was SO fun. I really really enjoyed it. I plowed through the first half while on my drive home, but as soon as I got home, I put it down and didn't read another work for a week and half. When I finally picked it up again, I finished it almost immediately. It was well written and a really fun story. I was very impressed. 


1) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by McKenzi Lee (4 1/2 Stars)
2) Wicked Wish by Sawyer Bennett (3 1/2 Stars)
3) Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay (3 1/2 Stars)
4) A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (1 1/2 Stars)
5) Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger (4 Stars)
6) Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones (4 1/2 Stars) -- Reread

Favourite Listen 

Are you surprised? This books has been getting a lot of hype, and rightfully so. This little book was so great. I found myself laughing often, Monty was completely selfish and endearing. He had absolutely no clue. If you have no read this book, I would suggest you do so immediately.  

So I physically read TWO books last month, which is abysmal. I plan on changing that in the next couple months. I took a count to see how many physical books I've read versus how many audiobooks I've listened to, and the numbers aren't to far apart.To date I have read 40 physical books and listened to 43 books. My hope it to get to 55 physical books, this may seem a bit ambitious, but I am hopeful (I would like to get to 52 at least). 

That's it for me and the month of October. What were your favourite reads of the month? Was there a particular book you hated? I would love to hear all about them. 

~Happy Reading Everyone.


  1. Hope November is going to be a really great month! October did went fast. Pfff. :) And there is still so much to do before December. Congratulations with your new job, hope you will love it!

    1. Thanks! I think November is going to go by even faster! I can barely handle it. Thanks! I am excited about the second job, I can now buy all the books!

  2. I'm glad you loved Rebel of the Sands :D It's a really good series. Congrats on your new job!

    1. I really enjoyed Rebel of the Sands, now to get my hands on the sequel- which I am nervous about. But SO excited!

  3. OMG what kind of staff discount do you get working for Chapters?? Because that's primarily the reason I have always wanted to work there (and to be surrounded by books). Then again, I'm sure it could have been potentially bad for my bank account overall. Anyways, congrats!

    1. Yes, all the books. The discount is great, but I have managed to work four shifts and not buy anything. I am very proud of this feat (it's not going to last). I basically shop throughout my shifts and tell people about books!


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