Friday, November 3, 2017

October Wrap-Up 2017

My favorite month of the year is over. Honestly, though, this October wasn't so great. On the 1st of this month, the untreatable cancer my mother has ate enough of her spine that it fractured in several places leaving her bed bound and in a lot of pain. The cancer in her lungs was cutting her oxygen just enough to make her levels low and as a result she was uncomfortable and cranky. She's on oxygen now and the pain killers are balanced enough to keep her comfortable so that's good but sadly, my family and I are left in that waiting period and feeling pretty helpless. On top of all that my husband and I were scrambling to get one of our rentals remodeled and rented and then another tenant moved out and we had to find renters for that unit as well. It's been a rough month but things look to be calming down. I managed to read 8 books, (audio books are awesome!) rake all the leaves, and even managed a visit down south to see my mom. Trying really hard to stay positive here!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
A crime novel that surprised and entertained. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
Incredibly stupid story with awful characters. ⭐️

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
ANOTHER multiverse story with nothing new to offer. ⭐️⭐️

The Warden's Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
A delightful middle grade/YA novel with depth and heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
Way too disturbing of a story but what beautiful writing. ⭐️⭐️

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
A sweet story with a good message. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Warm and fuzzy comfort read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorites of the month were The Warden's Daughter and the much needed comfort reads by Allen. Least Favorite was Imaginary Girls.


  1. So sorry to hear about your mother.... Hang in there, Jenny! Do whatever you need to do to get through these tough times. :)

  2. Sending positive vibes your way and that your mother will get well soon! I think you're doing well with your reading. Haven't read any of those books except "I Let You Go" so will have to check the others out.

  3. I'm glad things are looking up a little. Hopefully that trend continues! Sending prayers for your mom. Cancer sucks.

  4. October is the best month of the year, isn't it? I love it! But, I'm sorry October sucked for you and your family. And, I'm sorry your mom isn't doing well. I'm glad the meds are helping her feel more comfortable, though. Cancer really sucks and I wish she we had a cure. Love to you and your family!

    1. October is beautiful! Despite the sadness I did enjoy the season.

  5. Oh, Jenny, I'm so sorry you had such an awful month. I lost my mother to cancer and my father-in-law just found out he's terminal, so I can relate. I actually moved in with my sister to help care for my mom during her last months. It's a horrible disease and I know that helpless feeling. I'm glad you got to visit and that her new pain medication is easing her pain. I wish you strength. Sarah Addison Allen's books are such uppers - good choice for when you're having a rough month! Hugs to you.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. It's nice to know people can relate and understand.