Finally, The Wonderful October!

In the words, of L.M. Montgomery, via Anne of Green Gables “I‘m so glad I live in a world where there are October“. I cannot think of a more perfect way to show gratitude for the month of October…fall is here and winter is on its way. It means relief for the searing heat of Indian Summer, wood fire smokes, festivals and celebration and finally a year end, where for the mad year of 2017, I can slow down a bit and take a breathe to read and write! Needless to say, I am overjoyed that October is HERE!

From a bookish perspective, I am hoping to finally get going and pick the pace up! As I write this, I am conscious of the fact that every time I have made a statement like that this year, it has turned into an unmitigated disaster! So I am keeping all my toes and fingers crossed for this month and hoping things will go as planned! To begin with, I am coming at a near close of The Pickwick Paper by Charles Dickens Read Along, organized by O. It was the longest read along ever and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book on this revisit! I will also finish the much delayed The Raj at War by Yasmin Khan and I really have to stop procrastinating and finish Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol. In terms of new books to read, a whim took over me couple of weeks back and I started re-read the Anne of Green Gables series by the brilliant L.M. Montgomery. I am currently on Book 3 – Anne of the Island and I hope to finish the series between October and November. I am also re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have no reason to re-read this novel that I have read 1236 times, except you never need a reason to re-read an Austen! Speaking of re-reads, I was looking over O’s blog and I saw she was planning to re-read The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky again; I loved the book when I read it more than a year back with Cleo and Ruth’s more recent review was making me itch to back and read it again. Therefore I re-read The Brother Karamazov again, only this time, I take my time to ponder over many instances of brilliance of Dostoevsky, something I did not do fully, the last time in my haste to reach the end! I do not see myself getting around to it till end of the month and will probably take the whole of winter to finish it!

To end, in other reading adventures, the October round of Dewey’s 24hrsReadathon is coming up – 21st October is the date. I have been having so much fun since I joined up last October, that there is no way I am passing this one up! I have yet to decide what books I will read for the event, but I am sure, I will have PLENTY to choose from! I know for a fact that The Rector by Margaret Oliphant, recommended by Jane and pending from September will for sure be on the Reading Plan, but I have yet to decide on others! This is the 10th anniversary of the event, and the hosts are running a 30 days short challenge to celebrate the occasion and you can find the details here. Finally, there are also hosting the short run up weekend challenges to the main event – this weekend (Oct 6-7), they are asking you to read a book that has been on your TBR for more than a year – considering I have endless number of books in that category, it took me some time to narrow it down and finally I decided to ease into it with a fun mystery – The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers. I loved her when I read Busman’s Honeymoon and I am hoping to enjoy this to a T! Also for the October event, in a departure from my usual Reader only participation, I have offered my self as a host for a couple of hours, so that I can help the hosts in a small way as a show of thanks for the awesome event they have been hosting for years now!

That’s that for the month folks! Happy October and lets be thankful that we live in a world with October πŸ˜‰


9 thoughts on “Finally, The Wonderful October!

  1. Happy October, cirtnecce! I’m also very glad fall is here, including rain and cooler temperatures. ❀

    I haven't read Anne of Green Gables in ages. Need to re-read that, too… πŸ™‚

    Also, thanks for the heads up on Dewey's 24 hr Readathon! The April Readathon was lots of fun. I hope to participate if I have time.

    1. Yay for October!!! Re-Reading Anne of Green Gables is such a joy and its a perfect get away book from the madness of modern times. Please do join the Readathon! It is a lot of fun and the more, the merrier!

  2. I read the AoGG series a number of years ago but I still need to read the spin-off books from it.

    Hey, I actually think that this year I can do the read-a-thon! I’ll be on the island but I’ll only have 2 dogs and a parrot to look after so I should be able to actually accomplish something! Woo hoo! Unless I have homework or blogging business that can’t wait. But at least I’ll get to part-participate, in any case!

    I’m trying to read Crime and Punishment but I’m getting so distracted by other reads. The Brothers K was great! I hope you enjoy it. I wish I had time to join you reading Pride and Prejudice but I have to concentrate on these awfully long books I’ve started.

    So glad that you’re excited about October. I would be if my life was a little more organized and a little less hectic. Hopefully that will come with time. A happy October to you!

    1. Cleo…you must must join the Readathon!! We will have FUN FUN FUN! Besides you do not have to read the whole of 24hrs…just as much as you can! C&P is one those books that I need to get to and soon! I will relish the nuances of Bro K and hence the second re-read! You should read the Anna spin offs…they are not up there with AoGG but very nearly there. Besides they are easy reads and very good distraction from the real life craziness. Maybe you can pick one up for the Readathon!! Please please please try and join! A very happy October to you! Here’s to getting more organized and having more time for reading for both of us!

  3. I’m with you, I start to get a little excited in the lead up to Readathon every single time!!

    I’ve decided to do a spontaneous re-readalong of The Ladies of Missalonghi in the first week of November (for #AusReadingMonth), which I hope you can fit into your reading schedule. I’ll post something about it soon.

    Our readaong of The Home and the World a couple of years ago was one of the best readalongs I’ve ever been a part of! I keep checking what you’re up to, to see if i can fit in another one πŸ™‚

    Our days are warming up nicely in Sydney, with blossoms and jasmine scents filling the air.

    It feels a little weird to wish you a Happy Autumn as I’m embracing Spring !

    1. I am for joining you for The Ladies of Missalonghi. I am in fact trying to see if I an add in another book for the #AusReadingMonth. I am so glad you enjoyed The Home and The World Read Along and I hope you will be able to join in one again in near future! It’s always more the merrier! I love the Readathon and I have you to thank for,for introducing me to it!! I seriously owe you one for that! I know it is weird, but A very happy, blissful and joyous Spring to you, as we turn to Autumn here!! πŸ™‚

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