↠ This week has been all about my crockpot ♥! Even though it’s still pretty warm (mid 70s here!) I was determined to get into a fall mood and have been making a ton of recipes: Skinnytaste’s Broccoli Cheese and Potato soup is a HUGE hit with Matt and he is not a soup kind of guy.
↠ Yesterday I got caught in the rain while running into the library to return some books. If that wasn’t bad enough my purse strap broke while I was trying to run back to my car. ugh. I decided to treat myself to my favorite juice.
↠ That shirt I’m wearing? It’s from Littlest Warrior and they donate a portion of all sales to special needs families! :) It was a total coincidence I was wearing it yesterday: October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
↠ READING REPORT Last week I went on a massive reading spree and knocked out 8 books in a week, bringing my total for the year to 140 books read, with 98 female authors, 42 male authors. By comparison this week looks pathetic: 142 books read with 99 female authors, 43 male authors.
↠ WHAT I FINISHED Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea was fascinating (and it was such an awesome surprise when I realized one of my favorite narrators was doing the audio!) It’s about the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship that was attacked by a whale (later serving as the inspiration for Moby Dick) and the three months that followed when the crew were separated, starved, and were driven to cannibalism. I also read Girl Underwater by Claire Kells and my review is linked below!
↠ WHAT I’M CURRENTLY READING I’ve been slowly chipping away at Sarah Ward’s A Deadly Thaw for a while now and I’m determined to finish today. Back in 2004 a man was murdered by his wife and she was arrested and sent to prison. Fast-forward to 2016 and that same man has turned up once again, this time recently dead. Just who was the first man?
↠ MISSED SOMETHING THIS WEEK? Girl Underwater by Claire Kells was a hidden gem from 2015 that I’m only just hearing about now! Part survival story, part New Adult, part thriller, this one tells the story of a plane crash and the days spent struggling to stay alive in the Rockies. Each chapter alternates between the past and the present day and I thought it was great, though there were a few flaws. I also did a round-up of September’s mini reviews, including The Hating Game, a YA thriller, a Middle Grade novel about a transgender boy, two memoirs, and a rodeo romance.