October Wrap-Up and a Look to November

by Kim on November 1, 2012 · 12 comments

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October was a little bit slower reading and blogging month for me. I spent a lot of my evenings covering local candidate debates and forums, so didn’t get to read or blog as much as I would have liked. In fact, I didn’t finish a single book for the first two weeks of the month! That’s crazy!

However, I seem to have gotten back in the groove, sort of, after the 24-hour Read-a-Thon on October 13 when I finished four books. In total, I managed to read seven books this month, putting me at 97 books read for the year (with links to the few reviews I have posted):

  • Reiss, Tom: The Black Count (narrative nonfiction)
  • Rapkin, Mickey: Pitch Perfect (narrative nonfiction)
  • Hartman, Rachel: Seraphina (YA fantasy)
  • Gladstone, Brooke: The Influencing Machine (nonfiction/comic)
  • Leto, Lauren: Judging a Book By Its Lover (nonfiction)
  • Rowling, J.K.: The Casual Vacancy (fiction)
  • Cahalan, Susannah: Brain on Fire (narrative nonfiction)

What I like best about my October reading is the variety. I finished a few great narrative nonfiction books, along with some fiction and YA, plus a graphic novel. It’s fun to see such a range of books. It also makes it difficult to pick a favorite — I liked all of them for different reasons.

I already spent a little bit of time thinking about what books I’m excited to read in November over at Book Riot, where I highlighted five books you should watch for this month (which I hope you will check out!). I already finished one mentioned in the post, Brain on Fire, and I have another up in my queue soon, The Entertainer by Margaret Talbot. I also just recently made a few book purchases that I’m eager to read — Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway and The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins.

I only have a few review obligations for November, and (so far!) none for December, so I’m optimistic I can spend a good chunk of the end of the year reading anything that I want.

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

susan November 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I look forward to your comments on Brain on Fire, just curious of this book coming out. It sounds pretty agonizing / devastating but is there a good ending?

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

There’s a good ending. It’s very tense in the middle, and it’s hard to see how it’s going to work out, but Susannah is telling the story so you know from the beginning she is ok.

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Diane@BibliophilebytheSea November 2, 2012 at 4:55 am

Sounds like you had a very busy month. Hope after the elections etc, you can enjoy more interruption free reading.

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I’m optimistic I’ll have more free evenings after the election is over — fewer debates to attend, anyway.

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Charlie November 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’ve few review copies for the rest of the year too, and glad for the same reasons. Well done for getting so much reading done, even without the first two weeks that’s a lot of books finished.

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’ve been pretty deliberate about not accepting review copies for November and December. I’ve had a few come in, but not nearly as many as in other months.

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Emma @ Words And Peace November 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

great titles!
I was in the middle of The Black Count when my elicense expired. Good lesson to pay more attention to it! I’m waiting now for the library copy to come to finish it!!
here is my October recap and my plans for this month. I actually need your help with some recommendations, if you have a minute:http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/11/02/october-2012-wrap-up/

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Oh man, that’d be frustrating! That’s one reason I’m glad I don’t do a lot of ebooks. I will hop on over for recommendation help :)

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Buried In Print November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Sounds like a great combination of styles/subjects. It’s funny when you start to notice that length of time passing without reading; of course for many people that wouldn’t even be remarkable (just two weeks) but for bookish folks things start to get furry with only a few days without books (like teeth, unbrushed).

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Kim November 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Ha, yes! The feeling of not finishing a book is exactly like unbrushed teeth. Not horrible, but vaguely annoying :)

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Nikki Steele November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I just picked up Goneaway World by Nick Harkaway and am looking forward to reading that. October was a big reading month for me so I’m actually more excited to start getting some posts written up about all of them.

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Kim November 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

It’s probably good I had a couple of slow-ish reading months, since I am waaay behind on reviews. I’d love to be caught up by the end of this month, but we’ll see about that one.

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