Happy October!


October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.

~Sarah Guillory, Reclaimed

I welcome October with open arms. Bye-bye September’s frenetic pace of starting the year when it still feels like August; hello white pumpkins on coconut twig runners, underneath white wax candles in crystal holders. Hello atmosphere of chill and darkening days, Earl Grey cups of tea, and reading quietly until midnight after everyone has gone to bed.

I’m finishing the fabulous book A Gentleman in Moscow with a review, and a give-away to a U.S. address, this week ahead.

I’m not forgetting about the Japanese Literature Challenge 10, which I myself am hosting; a new arrival concerning poetry landed on my door this week, with a review to come, and I have a read-along planned for December with this book:


A True Novel, by Minae Mizumura, is the winner of Japan’s prestigious Yomiuri Literature Prize. From the back cover, “Mizumura has written a beautiful novel, with love at its core, that reveals, above all, the power of storytelling.”

Tomorrow I’m receiving a new student, making my class total that of 29 of the most sociable children I have ever taught in all my years. I’m thinking I may just sit and read-to-self, a pedagogical term if you can believe it, and let them carry on amongst themselves. I don’t think anyone would care, do you?

Please feel free to join in the read along for A True Novel, if you would like. And, Happy October!


14 thoughts on “Happy October!”

  1. I am also very happy to welcome October and the cooler temperatures! I’ve had our windows open and the fresh air is lovely, especially at night. I went for a long 4-mile walk yesterday afternoon (while the rest of Nebraska watched a football game) and enjoyed the peace and quiet on the bike path. I’m getting ready to go out and do the same again this afternoon. When I return, I will start the stew in my Le Crueset dutch oven, which we’ll enjoy while watching another episode (or two or three!) of Longmire. Here’s to Autumn! So glad you’re enjoying your new class. Your students sound delightful.

    P.S. I am eager to read your review of A Gentleman in Moscow. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book.


    1. We think alike, Les, in our appreciation of the solitude on a path and a warm dish in a pot. You’re making stew, just now I am making a chicken pot pie with homemade broth. I made an oven pancake for breakfast, as I just love baking and cooking when it’s cool outside.

      A Gentleman in Moscow is So Good!! I know you will like it, for it is a well written story with a hero (for once)!


      1. I’ve never tried making chicken pot pies from scratch. I may have to get your recipe someday.

        It’s warming up to 76 this afternoon, so I better hurry up and get outside!


        1. I have a fairly easy recipe, it just takes time to chop the vegetables and cook the chicken. The thing that makes it, though, is the homemade stock.

          Hope your walk was lovely; I’m favoring a sore foot (story of my life, remember the first comfort package you ever sent me in 2006 post surgery?) and so I had to decline a walk with my mother. It makes me sad as walking, and cycling, are the only exercise I like.


  2. October is also the month we’ll know the Booker Prize winner. And, thank you, Bellezza, for hosting the Japanese Lit Challenge all these years. I just might join again this time, for I’d like to re-read Shusaku Endo’s Silence again, as the film adaptation will be out this fall, directed by Martin Scorsese with Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield and Ciaran Hinds. Yes, quite a stellar cast, for a very disturbing novel.


    1. Indeed, the Man Booker will be announced this month, but I am not holding my breath. The only one I really liked was Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton. Almost everything else was too political or just plain boring, in my opinion. No Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children this year!! Let alone A. S. Byatt’s
      Possession, a novel I still reread from time to time.

      That’s so interesting that Silence is coming out as a film! I can’t imagine the public as a whole would be very enthused about seeing it, but as a Christian, and a great fan of Japanese literature, I will surely make the effort to see it. And really, what a stellar cast! Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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  3. Happy October and happy reading for hours!! I love the onset of Fall and the Winter! I think you summed it up absolutely beautifully – “Hello atmosphere of chill and darkening days, Earl Grey cups of tea, and reading quietly until midnight after everyone has gone to bed” 😀


  4. M, we are of like mind. I just read a great review about A True Novel and was planning on reading it later this year. Talk about timing! And, I’m excited about October as well. Hot chocolate, festive decorations, and books, books, books. I was thinking about the JLC, too. I recently bought The Briefcase and a new Murakami to read for it. Hope you are having a wonderful day 🙂


    1. Nadia, I’m so glad you’re interested in A True Novel, too. And while it looks quite thick, the print is large, with space between the lines, so I don’t think it will be daunting. The Briefcase is wonderful, a quiet, lovely novel, and I’m anxious to see what Murakami you picked up!


  5. I love October as well. We put up the Halloween decorations in our warm weather but that’s okay because it made it feel more like fall and I love to pull up to my house when it’s all decked out.


    1. I put up a few decorations, not thrilled about a cluttered house so for me less is more. But I have seen such beautifully put together homes for Halloween! A friend of mine puts orange candles in brass candlesticks everywhere, and they are so pretty! I bet your house is wonderful.


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