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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