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What I Read in October

This was a wild month, so I didn’t get much reading time — something I hope to rectify whole-heartedly next month. In October I traveled for work, met a deadline for my book edits, started a new session in my high school English class, scheduled our next Literary London, and hosted a gathering of readers and listeners this past weekend… most of this was fun, but it was a doozy.

Like last month, I’ve been on a personal finance kick, so both non-fiction books are in that genre.

The Simple Path to Wealth, by JL Collins

This was a fantastic 101 primer on living below your means in order to invest above and beyond in the name of financial freedom. The book is based on Collins’ stock series on his blog, so technically, I could have more-or-less read that in its entirety instead.

Instead, I chose to listen to the audiobook, and I’m glad I did. He’s got a great, grandfatherly-deep voice, and I found it helpful to look up resources and ideas as I listened (index fund names, tracking tools, and the like). That may simply be because I tend to be an auditory learner.

Really recommend this gem for a straightforward, no-nonsense path for long-term financial planning.

5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | AudibleAmazon | B&N | Indie

I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi

I’ve admittedly avoided this book for about a decade because the name was such a turn-off for me. But I saw that Sethi released an updated version this year, and I had Audible credit to use — so I figured, why not? After listening to the entire thing, in my opinion, I’d say it’s …okay. 

He’s talking to a younger reader, I believe — probably someone freshly out into adulthood and uninitiated into the world of financial know-how. This means I found his concepts a bit basic, but not necessarily wrong. I simply already knew most of them.

His tone is also a bit snarky, which works well for some readers. It worked with me about a few topics, I’ll admit (debt and banks come to mind). But it rubbed me a bit the wrong way when he got into investing, spending, and living frugally. I believe this is a matter of taste over principle, to be honest, because most of what Sethi teaches is more-or-less sound. (I think AoS readers might disagree with him about the value of big spending.)

And I’d say while Sethi does cover investing, Collins’ book is a better go-to for an in-depth look for long-haul investment strategy. Sethi’s covers more money basics.

3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | AudibleAmazon | B&N | Indie

Short Stories

This month I led a series in my English class on the American short story, so I read (and taught about) the following:

Most are in the public domain, and all are worth reading. Thumbs up to all seven stories, for various reasons.

After several months of diving into non-fiction, I’m definitely itching for my fiction side to come back out and play. I’m currently in the early stages of reading Forward Me Back to You and Less, and I look forward to finding out what I think of them. November should be calmer.

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  1. Amy Shea

    The book on investing looks like it could be suuuper helpful to my husband and me right now! Best wishes for your November reading! Currently reading: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (for the first time – I like it so far) and The Longing for Home (memoir from Frederick Buechner about home, in its earthly and heavenly forms. Also not far in, but the concept of home and not finding the right one here hits a strong chord with me. Looking forward to the rest of the book).

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Your current reading stack sounds lovely!

  2. Evi

    Hello! What I’m currently reading is “Loving like you mean it” (Ronald J. Frederick)… I’m learning things here! (A book I’ve recently read and reaaaally enjoyed was Circe. It’s a fiction book based on Greek Mythology).

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I’ve been on hold at the library for Circe for what feels like a decade! I hear it’s fantastic.

    • Cindy Appleby

      I also loved Circe! Would highly recommend:)

  3. Susan Hemann

    Have you read this short story, A Reasonable Sum by Gordon Korman? I read it to my son when he was a teen. It’s a hoot!
    The book Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli. My son and I loved that book

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      I haven’t read that one! I’ll have to look into it.

  4. Kerri

    I just finished two very different, but both excellent, fiction books – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center. Ng is AMAZING at demonstrating the complexity of people (there is ALWAYS a story behind the story). Happiness for Beginners is a little lighter, but I found it to be a good fun read and she also used story to bring the psychology of happiness to life. Definitely recommend both.

  5. Rachel Nordgren

    I just finished So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, and I’m working my way through On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I’m also working my way through Essentialism by Greg McKeown for the first time! I started it a few weeks ago because I figured you would mention it at some point during the Patron gathering 😉 My goal is to read Frankenstein in November since it seems like the perfect moody autumn read.

  6. Jasmine

    Thanks for the short stories ideas! I’m requesting them from the library right now.

    Billion Dollar Whale (fascinating but too detailed). When Life Gives You Pears by Jeannie Gaffigan (a fast, pleasant, inspiring read). The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups by Leonard Sax (insightful; I couldn’t put it down). The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough (excellent!)

  7. Monica

    I just finished 𝘎𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 by LX Beckett. It took a few chapters to grasp what was going on, but if you hold out, you are in for a wild ride! Science Fiction at it’s finest, the robots aren’t killer, the AI is caring, and the love story mixed in with saving the planet made me never want it to end. 10/10 would recommend.
    My next goal is James Clear’s 𝘈𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘏𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴. Just as soon as I finish my reread of the 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘺 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 screenplay.

  8. Sarah Caldwell

    I always look forward to your monthly reading lists. Love the short stories you mentioned, it brought me back to my own high school english class days. 🙂 I’m reading some wonderful books currently. I’m almost finished with Sarah Bessey’s new book Miracles. I’m also reading Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson, In the Shelter by Padraig O’Tuama and The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. I’m also reading and loving The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr and Loved & Loving: A Guide for Prayer by Bergan & Schwan for my spiritual formation classes. I recently returned from a trip to the Scottish Highlands, so I’m getting ready to start a Dorothy Martin mystery set there. (Holy Terror in the Hebrides.) Hope you have a wonderful reading month in November!

  9. Bonnie Jean

    In my reading corner for October going into November are… daily “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (for the third time … it always speaks to me… Band of Brothers (which I am reading out loud to my son in his 20’s cause we like to)… we watched the HBO Series on DVD again starting in mid-October on my Birthday and now we get all of the details that are not in the movie. That and D-day (my first read) both by Stephen Ambrose. I am not a war monger, I just like when the “good guys win” and I love history. I also am inspired by the sacrifice of so many as we are in an era where some think Socialism/Communism/Fascism isn’t so bad because of all of the free stuff… failing to see that we would be the ones to pay for it. I knew some of the men who where on the Beach on D-day and who fought their way through Europe and the Pacific. They were fathers and grandfathers and cousins of my own and my friends. I also knew a woman who lived through the bombing of London as a teen girl. And a German young man who was forced to fight or the Nazi’s would kill his mother. He wound up in a Russian prison camp after about a month of fighting. He was not released until 1948 ! He survived and came to know the Lord in a Russian Prison camp. That’s amazing! I am also reading the devotional “Always We Begin Again” by Leeana Tankersley. And to round it off “Carpe Diem Redeemed” by Os Guinness.

  10. Jayda

    Just finished Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson. I have really enjoyed several of her unique historical fiction books set in London. Loved the premise of Life After Life and the (kind of) sequel, A God in Ruins. Very thought-provoking!

  11. Meg Longley

    I’m reading The Lute Player by Norah Lofts. She is one of my favorite historical fiction writers.

  12. Cheryl Powers

    Recently finished “Educated,” “Salt to the Sea,” “The Alice Network, and “Becoming Mrs. Lewis. All excellent! Anyone else?

    • Bonnie Jean

      Is “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” about Joy ? I had heard about such a book but was not sure of the title. I heard it was very good.

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