I truly can’t believe that October has ended and we’re almost in the long, cold, dark stretch of winter. About the only thing winter is good for is reading – as well as my birthday, but I’m sure I won’t like that any more either soon! – and I have a lot of that lined up this winter. Unread book numbers have been pretty constant since July, which isn’t terrible but isn’t great either. I doubt I’ll make a dent in them this winter with the holiday season coming around, but I can dream, can’t I?
I read 19 books, which is a bit less than normal, but still an entirely satisfying month. Here’s the breakdown:
- Red Azalea, Anchee Min
- Chinese Whispers, Jan Wong
- The Lost City of Z, David Grann
- Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson
- A Voice from Old New York, Louis Auchincloss
- Sex on Six Legs, Marlene Zuk
- Cod, Mark Kurlansky
- The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
- The Auschwitz Violin, Maria Angels Anglada
- The Gendarme, Mark T. Mustian
- Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
- The Wrong Blood, Manuel de Lope
- Breathless, Anne Stuart
- The Passport, Herta Muller
- A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby
- Of Saints and Shadows, Christopher Golden
- Spirit Bound, Richelle Mead (YA)
- Angel Souls and Devil Hearts, Christopher Golden
- The Demon’s Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan (YA)
This may be the first month ever where my largest category of reading was non-fiction. I think I like it! I felt like I was learning a lot this month, and while it may have meant I read less fiction, I really found myself craving facts and history. There are also a few memoirs in there, which I found quite interesting as well.
The clear favorite for fiction for this month is Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin – I still haven’t got my hands on the sequel, but it’s sitting in the library reservation basket and I’m just waiting for it to come in so I can get to it right away.
How was your October reading? Are you looking forward to settling in with a book on the ever-colder November nights?