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Monthly Reading Wrap-Up: October 2009

October has been quite a month.  I was at first very busy, preparing for the wedding and my parents’ visit.  I didn’t read anything for nine days, probably the longest I’ve gone without finishing a book in the past two years.  After the wedding, however, I settled in to the boredom of unemployed life, and aside from job applications, have had little to do besides read while my new husband is at work.  There was also the amazing read-a-thon, which helped up my counts tremendously.  So!  What did I read in October?


  • Legend by David Gemmell
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
  • Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman


Historical Fiction

Historical Romance


  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

Literary Fiction/Classics

  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Blue Notebook by James Levine
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

That’s 21 books and I’m very pleased with that count!  My reading has also changed a lot.  I think I’m burned out on historical fiction.  Is that horrible for someone who generally classifies herself as a historical fiction blog to say?  I’m just very tired of it.  I enjoyed all three of the books I read this month, but I don’t feel compelled to read the rest of what I have.  Instead I’m absolutely craving speculative fiction.  You can see it reflected here.  I think this trend will continue into November.  I do really want to read more actual history, classics, and literary fiction as well as the fantasy this month.

We’ll see how I succeed given I’m also planning on starting Nanowrimo for the first time tomorrow.  I’m flat out terrified.  I haven’t written a word of fiction in years but it’s what I used to do for fun every single day.  I still don’t have a job, though, and while I will continue to apply heavily, even if I got an interview and offer this week it would still take some time to start working.  So there is no time like the present to give it another try!

And before I forget – Happy Halloween everyone!

Some of the books mentioned in this post were sent free to me for review. Links lead only to my reviews, two of which are on another website.


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