October was, overall, a pretty good month. There were a few stumbling blocks at work (when isn’t there?) and a couple of books that slowed me down a bit, but I can’t complain about it, even if it was colder than normal. I will not complain about cooler temperatures.
I finished fourteen books in October. Though my usual public library branch was closed for most of the month for HVAC repairs, I was able to get audiobooks via the Overdrive app, which helped me get through some of the books a little faster. I haven’t listened to any audiobooks for the past week or so. I feel like I should find something to listen to while doing housework.
What I Read in October:
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, audiobook narrated by Kyle McCarley
- Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story by Diane Setterfield, audiobook narrated by Jack Davenport
- The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains written and narrated by Neil Gaiman
- Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee
- The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising sequence #2) by Susan Cooper
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
- Prudence (The Custard Protocol #1) by Gail Carriger, audiobook narrated by Moira Quirk
- Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Colleen Doran
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Hollow Hills (The Arthurian Saga #2) by Mary Stewart
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Statistically speaking, 69.2% of the books I read were written by woman, and 30.8% were written by men. Five were written by American authors, seven by English authors, and one each by Canadian-American and Irish writers. Nine were physical books, three were audiobooks, and one was an ebook. Eight were adult fantasy, one was middle grade fantasy, two were science fiction, and there were one each of historical fiction and general fiction. Five of the books came from the library, and nine were from my own shelves. The publication dates ranged from 1818 to 2019.
I can’t declare one single book to be a favorite from October, since there were so many good ones. The best ones were The Goblin Emperor, The Song of Achilles, Jade City, The Dark is Rising, Snow Glass Apples, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Hollow Hills.
I had two DNFs during October: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. The Hazel Wood had structural problems that turned the narrative into a jumpy mess, and Gideon the Ninth‘s writing style felt like it was trying too hard to be cool.
What’s Coming Up in November:
I have a lot of short books on the docket for this month. I went through my shelves and pulled out all the novellas I hadn’t read yet, and they made a decent stack, though one is a reread, just because I loved it so much earlier this year. And because Sam at Thoughts on Tomes is hosting another Tome Topple Readathon later in the month, I pulled another unread book, but it is a little longer at about 540 pages. I also want to start on the Their Bright Ascendancy trilogy by K. Arsenault Rivera.
- The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark
- Silas Marner by George Eliot
- Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
- The Gradual Disappearance of Jane Ashland by Nicolai Houm
- A Natural History of Dragons and Unicorns by Paul Johnsgaard and Karin Johnsgaard
- All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells
- Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
- The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendancy #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera
I have one ARC to review this month:
- Snow: A Scientific and Cultural Exploration by Giles Whittell
And while my usual library branch is closed for another week, I do have one library book that I had on hold. I had to go to a different branch to pick it up, and because I can’t renew it, I need to get started on it:
- Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo
There are several television shows I want to finish in November:
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)
- The Living and the Dead (rewatch, DVD)
- Mindhunters: season 2 (Netflix)
And while I am not taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year, I am planning to do a lot more writing on an old fanfic project that I am going to try to finish up after leaving it dormant for the past few years. My goal is to write 40,000 words, but because I did no writing at all on Saturday, thanks to work and seeing The Phantom of the Opera, I’m a bit behind. I’m hoping to catch up this week. We’ll see how I do.
So those are my plans for November. It’s a busy month at work, so if I miss my goals I won’t be too hard on myself.