Reading Round-Up for October

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Here we are once again at the end of the month already and Hallowe’en at that!
Time once again to share what I have been reading this past month. This past month the total read was 29, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi –1
Picture books – 8
Romance – 14
Women’s Fiction – 4
MG – 2
Magic Realism – 2
(Ebooks – 9)
(Diverse books – 1)
(TBR books -0)
For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for October was to read a book about books or reading.
I read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “witch”.
The book I read was The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Annette Blair

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “New or old”.
I read several books published this year:
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from only 1 category this past month:
A book with Food on the cover:
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read 3 more books for this challenge:
#10 – A book about grief: The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
#12- A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – George by Alex Gino
#29 – A book about Hallowe’en – Hallowe’en at the Graff by Jayne Sinclair

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was another good month for reading – so many books I rated 5 at Goodreads.
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
Whisper of Love by Melanie Shawn
Glitter on the Web by Ginger Voight
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (MG)

November Goals
My main goal for November is to catch up on 2 challenges so I will be reading more for “52 Books in 52 Weeks” and the Popsugar Goodreads Challenges. I also plan to continue to read more books on my TBR pile.
Two challenges for November are:
Nonfiction November and Read Margaret Atwood. I hope to read several for each.

I am linking with the following:

Monthly Review  at Book Date

Month in Review 6

Best of the Bunch

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Monthly Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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WOW! Writing on Writing Blog Tour for “The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe” by Mary Maurice

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Mary Maurice’s mystery The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe is a fascinating, psychological mystery. The novel is written in the form of letter between Jack and Susan. Jack has arrived in Santa Fe to meet Susan, to help her write a suicide letter, which is what Jack does for a living.
Through July we only have Jack’s letters to Susan and along with Jack, we wonder where she is and what she wants. We learn about Jack’s mother’s suicide and the deaths of several other people. The letters seem very intimate and we get a glimpse into his private thoughts.

As the number of letters builds from Jack, we can see his turmoil increase. Finally, letters arrive from Susan in August, although never as many as Jack’s. The questions we have keep adding up and we wonder what the truth is, what is real. The mystery keeps us involved until the very end.

If you enjoy mysteries, with a touch of a psychological thriller, you’ll certainly enjoy this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and do recommend you read it.

About the Book

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Susan Jordan awakens at her Santa Fe apartment, cloudy and disoriented. Her clothing is unfamiliar. Where has she been? Her nose crinkles as she smells his scent. Jack’s back! Rubber filled legs brace against the stone cold tile floor as she reaches for the pile of mail haplessly setting on the table. Dozens of letters! Jack Monroe never stops. Susan wishes he would just leave, take his advice and go back to Detroit. He’s gaining to much control! He’s taking over!

You can buy it here.

About the Author

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Mary Maurice wrote her first poem when she was in the ninth grade, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Catching the fire at an early age, she continues to dedicate her time to the craft.Ms. Maurice has completed several novels of fiction and poetry, and has performed readings in distinct cities around the country. She presently resides in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Connect with Mary online:

Website: http://www.marymaurice.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymauriceauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor

Here are all the stops of the WOW! book tour to check outmore about the book and the author:

Monday September 17th @ WOW! Women on Writing

Interview & Giveaway!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, September 18th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Mary Maurice’s latest work!

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 20th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

Mary Maurice writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about ” “. Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

http://madelinesharples.com/

Friday, September 21st @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe as readers of Bring on Lemons learn more about this latest page turner by Mary Maurice!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 24th @ Cathy Stucker’s Selling Books

Don’t miss today’s interview with Mary Maurice and learn more about her latest book The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

Tuesday, September 25th @ Words from the Heart with Rev. Linda Neas

Linda reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at Words from the Heart!

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 26th @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte

Wisconsin mother Michelle DelPonte reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at Bring on Lemons – will this be a lemon or some tasty lemonade?

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Ashley Bass reviews Mary Maurice’s latest page turner, The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe. Don’t miss her insight and thoughts on this exciting new book!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

Monday, October 1st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Stop by Wendi Huskin’s blog Strength 4 Spouses where she shares her thoughts about Mary Maurice’s The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

http://www.strength4spouses.blog

Tuesday, October 2nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Lacey reads and reviews the unusual and intriguing new novel by Mary Maurice – you won’t want to miss her thoughts about The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

https://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Tuesday,October 9th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Mary Maurice’s latest work, The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe and shares her thoughts on this page turning novel!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

October 12th @ Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice!

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com