October Summary, November Preview

Why does October always pass so quickly? It’s such a great month. It should stick around longer. November is always a busy month around here, and I want the laid-back October vibes to linger on.


It is November.

At least the weather has turned beautifully cool and the leaves have changed to some lovely shades of yellow. If things continue as they have, it won’t be long before we get our first snow. I always look forward to that. There’s something about the quiet that comes along with falling snow that you just can’t beat.

An autumnal photo from an October hike

What I Read in October:

I read thirteen things in October. Mostly novels, but there were a few graphic novels, thanks to a desire to finish up Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series early on. A desire that flared out quickly, as I have just one book left to read in the series, and a few graphic novels to finish. But my brain went on a Gothic novel kick at mid-month, so here we are.

Statistically speaking:

  • 53.8% of what I read was written by man, 38.5% was written by women, and 7.7% was written by both men and women
  • Half of what I read was written by English authors, and half was written by American authors. Hrm…
  • 46.2% of what I read were physical books, 30.8% were audiobooks, and 23.1% were graphic novels, which I decided to shift into this section this month, instead of putting them under genre
  • 61.5% were fantasy books, 15.4% were science fiction, and 7.7% each were nonfiction, historical fiction, and general fiction
  • 69.2% of the books came from the library, while 30.8% were from my own shelves. Which explains why I never manage to shrink the number of unread books that I own
  • Publication dates ranged from 2006 to 2021

Diversity of books was apparently not the name of the game in October. They were quite homogenous when it comes to author nationality and publication date. I’m not sure I’m thrilled about that, as I prefer to have a wider variety of these things, but here we are. Fresh start in November!

My favorite new-to-me reads were A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss.

I wasn’t so keen on The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lility Saintcrow. It hurried through everything and provided not quite enough exposition to explain why this Steampunk version of London was just marginally different from our real London when it came to names of places, what various things were when they were relevant to the story, and overall failed to give me cause to care about either the characters or the place. I will not be reading the rest of this trilogy.

What’s On Tap for November:

Mostly, ARCs. I managed to request and be approved for three books due out on the same day– December 7– have another book due out on November 30, and a last-minute approval show up for a book due out on November 16. So I have quite a lot of ARC reading to get through.

I really hope I like these books.

One of them, Jade Legacy, I have already started and am mostly enjoying, though the pacing is a little weird thanks to multiple time jumps. I’m assuming that Fonda Lee will wrap up what’s turning into a generational saga with a bang, and leave off in a good, strong place for the Kaul family. I may not like them as people, but I find them endlessly compelling.

There are other books on my TBR for November, but who knows when or even if I’ll get to them. I can be easily persuaded to read other things that are not the books that have been sitting on my shelf, staring at me for the last five months. What even is a TBR?

I think November’s going to be a weird month.

9 thoughts on “October Summary, November Preview

  1. The falls look beautiful with the yellow leaves in the background. It’s amazing how different a photo makes you feel with just a simple shift in the color of the surrounding foliage. I love it!
    I’m currently working on a read through of all the original Sherlock Holmes stories (some are a reread) and so I’m curious about Observations by Gaslight, though I’m also always very leary of stories where authors take on well-known characters created by someone else. So I’m skeptical but hopeful. 🙂

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