The Sunday Salon: Reading Plans for October

by Kim on October 2, 2011 · 30 comments

The Sunday September was a slow, slow reading month around these parts. And I started out so optimistic about my reading plans, too. I started the month with a list of nine books I was hoping to get read. I actually got through six books this month, which is not nearly the pace I was hoping for. Only three of them were books from my possible list (those in bold), but that’s ok — to do lists were meant to be ignored!

  1. The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harnach
  4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  5. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson
  6. Page One: Inside the New York Times edited by David Folkenflik

I did just finish a fourth book from the list, Big Girls Don’t Cry, yesterday afternoon, but since it was October 1 I don’t get to count it in September. Oh well.

I have an equally aggressive and unlikely reading list for October. The nice thing about this list is that it’s pretty heavy on the “books I want to read” and less heavy on the “books I have to read” — always a plus for me. Here’s what I’ve got…

Books I “Have” to Read

(Books that have a more firm obligation tied to them like choices for a book club, a book tour, or a freelance review)

  • Tension City by Jim Lehrer, which I’ll be writing a freelance review for mid-month.

Books I Should Read

(Review copies being published this month [or books I missed in the past that I still want to get to], books from the library, or community reads I’d like to participate in)

  • Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole, which is a book coming out this month that I’m also hoping to read for the RIP Challenge.
  • What It Is Like to Go To War by Karl Marlantes, which I wanted to read last month but didn’t get to. It’s nice and short, so no excuses this time.
  • Badasses by Peter Richmond, a history of the 1970 Oakland Raiders. I got it for review when it came out in hardcover but didn’t read it then. It’s coming out in paperback this month, so I’d love to get to it.

Books I Want to Read

(These are the random books calling my name from my shelves RIGHT NOW)

  • The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Kilbanoff because Cass (Bonjour, Cass!) keeps telling me to read it and I finally have it from the library. It’s a looong book, so I’ll have to make some time for it.
  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, which I found while researching spooky nonfiction to read during October.
  • Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum, which is also on my RIP reading list and should be awesome!
  • Never the Hope Itself by Gerry Hadden, which is a book about life in Latin America post-9/11 by an NPR journalist… it looks so good.

Given my reading pace over the last month, I highly doubt I’ll get through all these books. However, there is Dewey’s Read-a-Thon coming up on October 22, which could help get through some extra books this month too. Last Read-a-Thon I decided to read only books I didn’t feel like I had to review, so I might pull an entirely different pile.

Honestly, is there anything more fun that putting together piles of books to read? I guess finishing books, but that’s not been happening around here much lately :)

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