October Reads.

November 5, 2015

I’ve enjoyed reading since I was a little girl. I can remember my grandma taking me to the library’s summer reading program every year and taking home the reading chart to see how many books I could finish that summer.

My aunt was the librarian in my small hometown and she would let me stay with her at work sometimes during the summer. I would do little library tasks. I dreamed of being a librarian when I grew up. My first job was at the library. Then I realized it might not be right for me so I pursued other things in college….but guess where I work now….you guessed it — the library.

The library and books are just part of me. I find it difficult to get away from. And for now I am content with that. (And just in case any other library employees are reading this post, please go check out librarianproblems.com. It is hilarious and I can identify with so many of the posts.)

Every month I plan on telling you guys what books I have finished and what I thought of them. Here are the books I finished in October:

  1. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Average Goodreads rating: 3.83

My rating: 2

Unfortunately, I was not that impressed with this book. I had heard great things, so maybe my expectations were too high.

The book is about the year after the author’s husband passes away. Also, during this year, their only daughter was having severe health issues. It was a terrible year for the author and the book takes you through her grief process. I did feel for the author, but maybe I just didn’t like the author’s writing style. If it interests you and you want to give it a try anyways, the good news is that it is a relatively short book.

2. Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Average Goodreads rating: 4.10

My rating: 5

This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The story takes you back and forth between two different time periods. One part of the story takes place in the late 1920’s through the early 1940’s. This part of the story follows a young girl who was placed on an orphan train and all of the hardships she faced. The other part of the story is set in 2011 and follows a teenage girl in foster care. Their stories intersect and there is a twist at the end. Highly recommend this one!

3. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life – Crystal Paine

Average Goodreads rating: 3.86

My rating: 4

While everything in this book didn’t apply to me (mainly the parts involving parenting) and I liked some chapters more than others, I found a lot of worthwhile ideas in this book to help with goal setting and productivity. I highly recommend this one to anyone interested in bringing more organization to their life.


Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them! Also, let me know if you read any books based on my recommendations! Feel free to send me a friend request on Goodreads. Since my last name (Smith) is so common, you might have to search for me by my email: brookerosel24@gmail.com


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