How quick each month went by! I prepared the September reading wrap up but had to put aside and now it’s a wrap up for not only September but also October and November. I have been spending a lot of time on social media and unfortunately read a little less. That’s my excuse for September. My excuse for November has been cooking and eating with recipes from new cookbooks!
In September, I only able to finished reading two books. They were both in a series. I enjoyed Lethal White and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader a lot! Book 5, Troubled Blood, in the Cormoran Strike is now out in stores so I’m excited to continue reading this series.
In September, I started a TikTok account @howusefulitis to share my unboxing videos. I have both unboxing videos on Instagram reels and TikTok now. I’m liking it. My videos are 15 to 30 seconds long which I loved because it’s quick to watch and quick to make.
Pictured above was my reading wrap up for October. Two excellent cookbooks: The Full Plate and Cookish! I cooked so many dishes out of The Full Plate and my family enjoyed mostly was the lamb chop dish. I loved the Scallops dish. Both were made many times for lunch and dinner. They are costly to eat but much cheaper at home than at restaurants and they taste just like at the restaurants. I loved the green beans and mushrooms from Cookish too. I have made it more times than I can count!
I enjoyed reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue a lot because it reminded me to think about myself and how I want people to remember me by. I still don’t know what to do to leave a mark behind but I can start living life to the fullest by experiencing more and do more with my time. It’s my first read from Lisa Unger, a book titled Confessions on the 7:45 and loved it. I can’t wait to read all of her previous books! The Loyalties was an excellent foreign read. It was originally published in French and then translated to English. Magic Dark and Strange was a necromancy read blog tour. I loved historical fiction for their proper conversations. This one was interesting because of their odd jobs. Oh! I just realized that I forgot to include a picture of another book I read in October, a middle grade book called The Wild Path. That was an enjoyable read as well. I had one DNF called The Golden Fury. It was the continuous problems the main character faced and how she couldn’t rely on at least one family member got me tired of reading. One interesting book of family games that was brought to my attention was You’re Pulling My Leg. I still haven’t played it with my son but it sounds like a fantastic getting-to-know-someone game!
The picture above was my November reads. I enjoyed The Chain a lot. As a parent, reading this book was a nightmare because of the things parents were required to do in this story. I was on the edge of my seats and just couldn’t put down the read! Goodnight Beautiful was my first read from the author. I enjoyed her writing and the story. I hope to read her previous book next year. Poisoned was a good read, though I think I enjoyed Stepsisters a bit more. Poisoned reminded me that it’s better to see everything with my own eyes than to take the words of other people and to experience things on my own. Last but not least was Shake Strain Done, a cocktail book with recipes to teach me how to make mixed drinks at home! I’m not a drinker. The last time I drink was during college years and usually on an occasion somewhere. To make drinks at home and drinking them, it was a new experience for me. I’m liking it. I’m on the quest to find my favorite drink! Gin & Tonic is just not for me even though Annie in Goodnight Beautiful drink it all the time! I’m hoping to try to make mojito tomorrow to see how it is!
So, 3 months have gone in a flash! Now down to December, one last month to meet my reading challenge of 100 books! I am nowhere near it. I have only read 73 with probably 10 picture books that I read for my 16 months old daughter to increase the count! Ok, I will not feel bad about it. One best thing this year was being introduced to cookbooks and cocktail book! I loved it. So I cooked more (not because of covid & quarantine) and even enjoyed cooking and then I have also bought pots and pans during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, something I have never done!
I’m always on Instagram @howusefulitis now so if you have an account do follow me and I will follow you back! I love seeing book pictures and taking book pictures. I think I’m slowly getting creative with my pictures now. I also love making unboxing videos via Instagram Reels! Yes, that means finally showing my face instead of hiding behind my books!
Happy Reading Everyone! I hope your December will be memorable. Do more, read more, and be more active!