October 31, 2013

October: Rife with Reads!



Oh October, how I looooove thee! This one was particularly good to me as far as reading goes. My list of reads for the month is kinda ginormous. Keep in mind that Dewey's Read-a-Thon happened. That always ups the numbers dramatically for this gal.

I've only reviewed a few of these. Most of those were mini-reviews. Apparently I don't review books anymore? That's a subject for a different post!

I didn't do it on purpose but half of the books I read in October were nonfiction. That makes me happy in the nerdiest way.

  1. The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein*
  2. Writers Between the Covers by Jodi Rendon & Shannon McKenna Schmidt*
  3. Hippie Boy by Ingrid Ricks*
  4. The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley*
  5. The Secret Life of Objects By Dawn Raffel*
  6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  7. Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  8. Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  9. The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule
  10. Late Lights by Kara Weiss
  11. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
  12. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  13. The House Girl by Tara Conklin
  14. Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt
  15. November's Fury by Michael Schumacher*
  16. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed*
  17. The Family by David Laskin*
  18. Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller*
  19. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. Constance by Franny Moyle*
  21. The Butler by Wil Haygood*
* = Nonfiction

And so ends one of my favorite months. Now, onto November!

How was October for you?

59 comments:

  1. Holy Schnikes! Just reading this long list feels like a non-fiction book to me. Bravo!! p.s. I read spooky books this month for Halloween

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    1. I only read one spooky book. I like the idea of doing a month of scary stuff though. Next year!

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  2. I haven't read much in October except for school reads, unfortunately :( I'll try to read more during November!

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    1. School will do that to a person! :D

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  3. If you need a review break, take it! :) I actually have calendar-scheduled out, with the specific dates that I post book reviews, so that helps me keep up with making sure I post reviews!

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    1. I have been, lol. Not really on purpose though!

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  4. Wowsers! Each month you seem to read more and more!! I read a ton of pages in October but only 4 complete books - they were just huge ones!

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    1. Ooh, don't you love a chunkster? I read a lot of short books this month. I'm hoping to settle in with a few big ones soon :D

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    2. Sometimes its great to read a great thick book. I need some short ones this month, if I end up reading at all. I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the first time and struggling to balance everything. But it's something I really want to do. :)

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  5. Happy Halloween!

    Yay non-fiction! And for Ella Minnow Pea, that was a great little book.

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    1. Thanks Sarah :) Thanks so much for recommending Ella Minnow Pea, I really liked it a lot!

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  6. I had a great October as well! Working on my mini-review post now.

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    1. Yay for October! I love that month :D

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  7. I hated October, as far as reading goes (and I don't know whyyyyy!), but mannn you got in some GOOD books!!

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    1. Guess it was just one of those slumpy months for you :( Those stink!

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  8. You make me sick! Looking at your reading list makes me want to quit my job and bury myself in my room with a stack of books! (This is pure jealousy speaking...don't be offended ;)

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    1. LOL!! I dare you to quit your job ;) No no, just kidding, don't do that ;)

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  9. Great list for October! I've been reading and listening to so many more books than I review, it's getting on my nerves! But I just keep on starting the next book anyway...

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    1. Thanks Laurie! Oh my gosh, I know just what you mean. I should STOP and review but I just want to READ ;)

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  10. Gosh, nowhere near as productive as yours. Did you like Ella Minnow Pea? I read it for a book club years ago and thought it was marvelous- so creative.

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    1. I ADORED Ella Minnow Pea. I'd never heard of it before recently. What a gem of a book :)

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  11. As ever I am in awe of your reading habits! October was weird for me, I couldn't focus on one book so kept starting new ones which meant I barely finished any. I think I need to start focusing my reading...I have high hopes for November though :D

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    1. It's easy to become scatterbrained about reading when we're surrounded by awesome books ALL THE TIME! :)

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  12. October was okay, but not great. Normally I read a massive amount during November and December so I'm hoping that same magical thing will happen this year, as well. Not starting out well, though, because I have to go out of town for work. Boo.

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    1. What is it about jobs...why must they get in the way of READING? Hmph ;) I hope you do have a great Nov. and Dec!

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  13. That is quite the list! Great month!

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  14. Looks like a great October. I am also in a kind of book reviewing slump. Need to get back at it. I read too many books on my holidays and never caught up with the reviewing. Sometimes i think I should just let it slide and get reviewing with the next book i read.

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    1. I don't think there's anything wrong with letting it slide. There's no way I could review everything I read. I'll do some mini-reviews and only fully review the things I'm obligated to ;)

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  15. Go you! That's an awesome list of books read!

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    1. Thanks Andi :) It was definitely a productive reading month!

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  16. Holy cow! I can't imagine what it would be like to read that many books in one month. Do you have a reading hangover??? lol

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    1. I did have one on the morning after the readathon. My brain hurt, lol. ;)

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  17. Lots of non-fiction does have a great affect on how you feel! Well done as always :D

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    1. Right?! I love nonfiction so much and I'm extra happy when I'm able to read a lot of them :)

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  18. Whoa, great reading in October!!!

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  19. Ya did great! Wow! I haven't actually tabulated everything I read. I've been working really hard and a lot of extra hours, so I ended up reading fewer new books and devouring a bunch of 'old friends' for comfort. Lots of Jayne Anne Krentz, a few Dick Francis books, some Laurie King...I forget what all, but it's all on Goodreads. :-)

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    1. Ahhh, love old friends :) I haven't had a good re-read in a while. It might be time to pull out The Catcher in the Rye

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  20. Once again you had another great reading month, Jennifer!

    I just posted my wrap-up post. Reading-wise October was a winner for me. I read some really good books.

    Here's to a great November!

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad you had a good October :D Here's to November indeed!

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  21. Okay, so what's the big secret. You mastered reading in your sleep? I love that you read so many non-fiction books! I totally understand that it made you happy in a nerdy way. :-)

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    1. I wish I knew ;) I'm a speedy reader...and a very happy nerd, lol.

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  22. October is always a busy month for me. Our first quarter ends, and we have a lot of deadlines. And there is no way I will ever read more than twenty books in any month... not unless I give up sleep entirely! I did finish some very long books, and bought more books to add to my tbr pile!

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    1. You can sleep when you're dead!! Ha ha ;)

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  23. Wow lady! You are a reading machine!

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    1. Thank you! ;) I do think I'm should have named this blog Reading Robot, lol.

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  24. Wow...that's quite a list girl!!! How did you like The House Girl? I read that back in February and really enjoyed it.

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    1. I really liked it a lot! :D I've read a handful of books with the same theme lately but this was the best :)

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  25. Honestly, I just want to stare at your November gif over and over and over again because it's fun, pretty, and very Fall'ish.

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    1. I think we need a bloggiesta article on how to CREATE gifs. I'd love to learn :D

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  26. Wow, you got through a lot of books! I thought I read a lot but I'm now having to hang my head in shame seeing that list! After I get through looking some of these up on Amazon that is! :-) October was a great book month for me too - some definite favourites were The Summer of Living Dangerously by Julie Cohen; So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson and My Life in France by Julia Child. Not one I would've read without constant friend nagging but so glad I did!

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    1. I think my November list is going to be quite short. I haven't picked up a book in a few days. I'm in some sort of slump, eeek!

      I'm glad you had a great October!

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  27. I had so much fun with your #12! Here is my recap: http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/11/08/2013-october-wrap-up/

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    1. Great book wasn't it? I was so pleased with that one :D

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  28. My October wasn't too bad! Hope you get over your slump soon :)

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    1. You and me both! I haven't picked up a book in over a week. That's very weird for me. VERY.

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  29. 21 books in 31 days?! So jealous of your ability to focus - because clearly you are staying on track better when you sit down to read than I am!

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    1. October really was amazing for me :D November? Not so much!!!

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