9: What I read in October

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I finished two books in October and I enjoyed both of them. 

Here for it; Or, how to save your soul in America by R. Eric Thomas (★★★★☆)

I hadn’t heard about R. Eric Thomas before picking up this book, but I am so glad I came across it. Thomas openly and humorously talks about the trials and tribulations of his life in the United States as a black, gay, Christian man. He’s funny, witty, and self-deprecating at times, but also doesn’t shy away from sharing some difficult times and experiences.

His essays also offer a look at life in general – the disappointments, the confusion, the joys, and the unexpected paths and opportunities life often presents to us – that everyone can relate to. Add it to a list of important black memoirs anyone should read.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (★★★★☆)

This was the first fictional book I’ve read in a while and it was a nice change of pace.

The setup of this book was interesting and intriguing. We learn about the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine through the eyes of ordinary people leading ordinary lives, and one connecting character, Olive Kitteridge, who shows up in every chapter either as the main character or who pops in on the sidelines or in a  comment someone makes about her.

I loved the way the chapters were woven together into one story that made us feel like we were part of this close-knit community, where everybody knows each others’ business. The chapters often feel sad and depressing, shining a light on the fact that most people struggle in life: with love, with loss, self-doubt, aging, loneliness, and regret. But it’s not all sadness and tragedy, there is plenty of wit and humor between the lines, too. Just like in real life.

What did you read in October? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment, and then add me on Goodreads to keep in touch.

  1. Oooh, I’ll have to check these out. I’m trying to be more deliberate about reading things that have nothing to do with work. Last month I read Another Woman’s Husband – historical fiction that bounces between present day and Wallis Simpson’s time period. I had read another similar book by the same author – The Secret Wife – which I found absolutely riveting. This one wasn’t quite as good, but it was still a compelling read.

    1. It’s really good to dive into another world when reading fiction. It’s a nice escape!

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about “Here For It.” I need to request it from the library. I read “Olive Kitteridge” years ago for book club and really loved it. I remember tagging so many sections of the book. I want to read “Olive Again” so need to add that to my request list as well.

    I read a lot of good books in October but the standout was “The Vanishing Half.” I just love Brit Bennett. She is such a talented author!

    1. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Brit Bennett. Will look into her… thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I’ve heard lots of good things about Olive Kitteridge. ^^What Lisa said about The Vanishing Half. My two best reads of October were The Janes by Louisa Luna and The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda.

    1. Definitely check out Olive Kitteridge, I was pleasantly surprised!

  4. I am always looking for new books to read! COVID has given me lots of time to read more :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome. I always love to hear what other people read and enjoyed!

  5. Those two books sound really fun and interesting and I am glad you liked them both. Specially the second one I will look into more closely. Thank you

    1. Yes, I am sure you’d enjoy Olive Kitteridge!

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