What I Read in October

You guys.

It is November 1st and that means it's basically the holiday season. I mean, don't get mad at me. I'm not advocating for it, just an observation, but the mall will be playing Christmas music for the next two months. Imagine if Christmas didn't immediately follow Thanksgiving. How much more marketed Thanksgiving would be if it had its own moment. Now there's something I can advocate for.  I say, bombard me for a month with Bing Crosby singing about being grateful and, I don't know, Thanksgiving themed M&Ms.

Anyway I guess that's my soapbox.

I had delusions of grandeur this month, which is my usual state of being, so no negativity. I wanted to read the Harry Potter Series for the first time in a lot of years, but I didn't get as far as I hoped. Spoiler Alert: McGonagell just confiscated the Fire Bolt HP got for Christmas. Thanks a lot Hermione.

I'm going to keep reading the series through November and then I have a few things I want to read before the holiday, so I'll wrap up wherever I am.


This month, since my booklist is kind of un-blogworthy, I thought we could talk about what Duke was reading.


This is a classic at our house -- and in general. It's not really a seasonal or halloween themed book, but all of the illustration is pretty clearly fall. Quick gist: little blue truck is totally kind and says hello to all the animals as he cruises around what is obviously a very farm heavy area. The animals are everywhere. Anyway, an asshole dump truck comes through acting all self-important and when he gets stuck, nobody wants to help. Except Blue, because he's a decent truck and then all the animals are cool with him, so they pitch in, too.

There's a lot of "beep beep beep!" and Duke lives for this book. There's a Christmas version too (that lights up!) and I think when I pull that off the shelf, he'll be pee-in-his-pants excited.


Strangely enough, this is also about being nice to people and them having your back when you need it. And there's an asshole cat who wants none of it. Again, lots of animals, and a witch that has plenty of room for everyone. I'm just seeing the parallels to Little Blue Truck if I'm being honest.

There's a great Netflix cartoon based on this book and it's definitely worth a watch. It's charming and beautifully animated.


This is 100% self-serving to have this book in my house and on this list. I loved the Little Critter books when I was a kid, and truthfully, I love dipping back into those nostalgic feelings with Duke, so I'm pretty sold on anything that was around for me to enjoy twenty years ago and this is one of them. Trick or Treat Little Critter is another good one.


So, Duke is just starting to understand scary things. Maybe in the last couple of weeks. And funnily enough, Biscuit was a little tough because there was a ghost, and so we always had to skip that page. This one was mostly a hit though because it has texture in the illustrations. So for instance, there's faux fur on a black cat for Duke to pet, and scratchy straw on a scarecrow.


Our list is pretty tame because Duke is easily scared by freaky things right now, which I think is probably pretty normal. I think (as a non-expert, first time parent, with nothing by theories and a google degree in searching) he's kind of hit a developmental milestone where he understands how things are supposed to look, so when hey don't, that's straight up cry-worthy.

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