October 16, 2019

October Wrap Up Part 1

Okay, guys. First things first. My computer is so old that it alerted me that I would no longer be receivig updates to it. We had just bought a new computer for the youngest for college, so I inherited her old one. Which used to belong to my oldest. The space bar doesn't always work and it has other phantom issues, so forgive me for any typos. Sometimes I get to the point where I don't even care anymore.

Also, like in September, I haven't read very many books. I've spend most of the month trapped in my house so you'd think I would have read more, but alas. Not really. Let's get started:

Detroit City

Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American City by Mark Binelli - This is a book in a genre called "ruin porn" although the author might disagree. Basically, he moved to Detroit to write about how it looks now that most people have moved out and there isn't much in the way of services like police and street lighting. It is a weird situation.

call it what you want

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer - This book is outstanding! Both of the main characters are struggling. Rob is the pariah of the school because his dad got caught embezzling money from the retirement funds of half the town. Maegan cheated on the SAT and no one trusts her anymore. Then her older sister comes home pregnant by one of her college professors. The two get thrown together for a project and they both found someone to open up to. It's just fan-heckig-tastic.

Policing the Paranormal

Policing the Paranormal by Paul Hope - This book meets the Read Harder challenge to read a self-published book. Also, it's creepy, which I thought was appropriate for October. The author collected a bunch of stories about run-ins other officers have had with paranormal entities on the Capitol Square in Virginia. The State Capitol building, the Governor's estate, and the State Supreme Court building have some regular ghosts that have been seen by lots of people over the years.


Coraline by Neil Gaiman - This is the book club book for October. It's a children's horror book, or as close as you can get to such a thing. It's seriously creepy and pretty scary. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author.

Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek - I'm going to go ahead and include this one because I will most likey finish it tomorrow morning. It's about how leaders set the tone for the culture of their group and if they do it right, their employees will happily follow their lead.

That makes 5 books read in the first half of October. Sure hope I get my act together for the second half.