The October Book Series Continues!

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I introduced the October Book Series just a few weeks after launching this blog in 2015 (read the introduction to the series here http://wp.me/p6N6mT-p ) and I have continued the tradition of reading and writing about spooky, seasonal, scary books all October long ever since. All of my picks — a collection of thrillers, mysteries, and horror novels — can be found by following the tag “October Series” on the right side of the main page of my website.

My husband and sons all have their own version of the October Book Series as well. For some of my recommendations for the little ones, you can read more here: http://wp.me/p6N6mT-N Additionally, my teenage son reviewed some of scary reads — circa 2015 — and those mini-reviews can be found here http://wp.me/p6N6mT-18

I hope you enjoy the series! Happy haunting!

“October is a fine and dangerous season in America. It is dry and cool and the land is wild with red and gold and crimson, and all the lassitudes of August have seeped out of your blood, and you are full of ambition. It is a wonderful time to begin anything at all.”

 Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

 

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I’ve Just Finished Reading Turns 2!

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Today marks my second anniversary blogging about books and reading! Looking back at the past two years, I have reviewed a total of two-hundred and fifteen books and those reviews have been read by more than four-thousand people.

This blog has been a huge source of happiness for me; helping me share my thoughts about great (and not so great) books with fellow book-lovers across the country and keeping me in the habit of thinking thoughtfully about what I read and analyzing what I enjoy (or don’t) about those stories. And if I have connected just one reader with a great book, then I feel that I’ve accomplished something meaningful.

Thank you to everyone who reads, likes, comments, and follows I’ve Just Finished Reading! Happy Reading!

I’ve Just Finished Reading…is Launched!

I am a lifelong book-lover, library MVP, magazine aficionado, and I spend almost all of my free time reading. When I am not reading on my own, I am reading to — or talking about books with — my three sons and my husband, all devoted book-lovers themselves. It is not uncommon for me to be reading several novels, non-fiction books, and magazines at once covering a wide-range of topics. I love to talk about what I read and how it affects me.  Find me every day trying to corner my loving husband, my friends, strangers at cocktail parties, even my sons into listening — at length — to my thoughts on the amazing (or thrilling, or thought-provoking) book I’ve just finished reading.

This blog idea was born during a conversation with a librarian at my local branch — where my family and I go several times and week and check out dozens of books at a time — who mentioned that I seem to have so much to say about what I read, maybe I should start writing my thoughts down. I started to make a joke with my husband about writing a blog and, when he told me it was the perfect idea, “I’ve Just Finished Reading…” was born.

This blog will serve as a catalog of sorts for the wide range of reading I complete every month and give me an outlet for discussing what I thought of them…sometimes with weighty and in-depth comments, other times with light-hearted reviews.

“I’ve Just Finished Reading…” is a new project for me, my first venture of any sort into public writing and my first time using any kind of digital format to connect with others. I will never claim to have a formal background in writing, nor experience in reviewing books, and certainly no professional expertise in the online world. What I am is a woman who has nurtured a lifelong love of reading who wants to share her thoughts for other book-lovers who — like me — are always looking for something new to check out of the library.

I hope to post several times a week with short comments about what I have read and what I loved (or didn’t love) about it. I promise to include full title and author information so you can find the book yourself and to make every attempt to avoid spoilers.

Enjoy!