Monday, November 02, 2009

October Recap

Well, it's the end of another month. 10 books read this month. It brings my yearly total up to 123 books, and I'm quite proud of that. It was a bit of a struggle at times this month, as I have many, many books started and unfinished and it was also a school holiday for Oldest. I guess my goal for November is to finish some of the books I've already started and to keep up with the reviews.

1. Charlotte's Web by EB White (re-read)
2. The Outsiders by SE Hinton (re-read)
3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
5. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
7. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
8. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
9. Dead To the World by Charlaine Harris
10. Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris
11. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Obviously apart from the rereads there (which I've been reading in the hopes that I will someday start telling you about my favourite childhood reads) you can see that the supernatural was my theme for October. This month was about werewolves, fallen angels, ghosts, vampires and shapeshifters. Brilliant. Obviously Sookie Stackhouse kicks ass and as you can see, I was kind of wrapped up in the one series this month. But I had a lot of fun with it all. I probably won't review them separately, but look out for reviews of the other books coming soon.

As for the books I started this month and haven't finished, they are:

Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Both were picked up for the Monsters Duel Read-along. I'm 70 pages into Dracula and probably less into Frankenstein. I was enjoying them both up to a point and then was really desperate to read something more current.

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks. Recommended by a friend and I've been really enjoying it, about a pair of brothers who are trying to figure out what happened to their murdered sister. It's just a little dark and depressing for me. The whole atmosphere of the book is so heavy that I can only read it in small chunks.

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. This one baffles me. I'm not sure what's going on with me. I'm loving the book, but I occasionally put it down and read another book. Then I'll go back to YotF, read a few chapters, fall in love again, and again put the book down. It isn't slow. The characters are very interesting, there's enough going on for me to be kept entertained. Don't get it.

Which brings me to the fact that it's November. How did this year go by so quickly? It's going to be a busy month, as Novembers always are with a little boy's 4th birthday approaching. I'm pondering the idea of writing a blog post every day this month, but we'll see. I think I need a little more convincing first! (ACK! Only JUST realised today is 2nd of November, therefore missed 1st day! Guess I won't be doing it then!)

What great books did you read this month? What does November have in store for you?


  1. I'm not much of a book reader but I love the theme of the supernatural. If I had more free time, I'd probably pick up one of the books you listed (a rare thing indeed) but I think my passion for cardmaking uses up all my free time and then some! Hope you and the family had a happy Halloween

  2. You beat me this month by one book. You are doing fabulously on your year count. I have only read the first Charlaine Harris one, I shall definitely need to get on with those.

  3. Great fall reads! I was into the Sookie Stackhouse books as well, then they got a little too graphic for me. I think I'm going to stop (at least for awhile) at where I am now, which is Dead to the World.

  4. I think I read 11 books in October in the end. I have read all the Harris books that you listed.

    I have just requested my first Maggie Stiefvater book so I am looking forward to that a lot!

  5. You really read a lot of Sookie books. I have only read the two first, but have the next four waiting on my shelf, and since they are so easy to read, I expect to read them fast.


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