If you take out the Read-a-Thon, October was another relatively slow reading month around these parts. I finished 10 books total, but four of them were part of the Read-a-Thon. In months past, I’ve finished 10 books easily, but since moving and taking the new job my reading pace has slowed pretty dramatically.
How long do you suppose it will take for me to admit that I’m read slower now and start to accept a new normal book-finishing pace?
Anyway, enough with the whining. Here’s what I finished in October (with reviews linked when finished):
- Big Girl’s Don’t Cry by Rebecca Traister
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
- Monsters in America by W. Scott Poole
- Tension City by Jim Lehrer
- Badasses by Peter Richmond
- Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
- Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
- The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
- The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker
Overall, that’s a solid month of reading. I like that there was a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and a mix of “required reading” and things I just wanted to try. It is, however, light on review copies, which might have to change and I have any hope of getting caught up on the massive pile I’ve started to accumulate.
As for November, I’ve decided not to actually make a reading list. I do have a pile of books pulled out that I’m thinking about reading, but I’m not going to limit myself to those choices if I feel like reading something else.
I am, however, going to try to read more of my own books this month. I’ve been using my local library a lot since I moved, but I want to start getting through the books I already have because the unread piles are starting to stress me out. I counted yesterday morning and I have more unread books that read books on my shelves, and I have more unread books than I can possibly finish in a single year. Even if I spent all of 2012 reading just my own books, I wouldn’t finish them all.
This has never been something that really bothered me until I started getting addicted to home organizing and minimalist living blogs. Don’t even get me started on how many of them I read and what they’re doing to my brain other than making me see my stuff as oppressive rather than a joy. I did a big clean out of my read bookshelves on Saturday and got rid of some that I don’t see myself re-reading or passing on, but I can’t bring myself to purge the unread books without giving them a shot first… so that’s a priority for the rest of 2011.
What are your reading plans for November and December? Can you believe it’s almost 2012? That’s ridiculous!