I feel like I started to get some of my reading groove back near the end of September. I’m not sure what clicked, but something must have because I finished eight pretty great books (and only one of them was a comic book!). I’m still struggling a bit with reviews, but getting over slumps is a process. At any rate, here’s what I finished last month:
- O’Malley, Brian Lee: Seconds (fiction/comic book)
- Atwood, Margaret: Stone Mattress (fiction/short stories)
- Tanner, Adam: What Stays in Vegas (nonfiction
- Galbraith, Robert: The Cuckoo’s Calling (fiction/audio book)
- Beukes, Lauren: Broken Monsters (fiction)
- Kim, Suki: Without You, There Is No Us (memoir)
- Richtel, Matt: A Deadly Wandering (nonfiction)
- Biss, Eula: On Immunity (nonfiction)
As you can see, I’m still a bit behind on reviews, especially of the nonfiction. I’m working on freelance reviews for What Stays in Vegas and On Immunity, so I’ll link to those when they go live. I’ll post a review of Without You, There Is No Us nearer to the publication date in October, and I’m working on some thoughts for A Deadly Wandering, so maybe I’ll be caught up soon.
I think my favorite reads of the month were Stone Mattress and On Immunity. They were both super smart and super great. And for those counting (mostly me), I’m at 75 books for the year — right on track to hit my goal of 100 books by the end of December.
A Look to October
Since October is Halloween month, I’m trying to sneak some creepy or scary books into my reading plans. I’ve got a couple of good nonfiction books on the pile that will fit the bill including Tinseltown by William J. Mann (Oct. 14 from Harper) and Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek.
My other favorite bookish event of the year takes place in October, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! This year I am going to be really ruthless about only picking up short books, so hopefully I can fly through several of the over my 18 or so hours of reading on Oct. 18 and 19. I’ve got a pile started that I plan to share later in the month.
But before all of that, I have a chunkster out from the library that I need to finish — The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. This book, you guys, is so enormous, but 100 pages in and I know it’s going to be stellar.
What books are you most looking forward to reading in October?