October Mini-Review Recap

Heeeyyyy there October, you were pretty nice to me.

I read 11 books in October! First time this year in the double-digits, I believe. Were some of those books ridiculously short? Yes, but so what. Also managed 57 issues of comics because I finally finished my damn The Walking Dead: Compendium One re-read.

Alright, so let’s see what I thought of the books.

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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – Heartbreaking and wonderful and I need my own copy. Audiobook was pretty enjoyable, but let to tearing up while driving sometimes.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – Ha! Fun romance that toyed with the “beauty and the beast” mythology with a little bit of Dr. House mixed in. Will read more of Eloisa James.

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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by JK Rowling (ahem Robert Galbraith, stupid alias…) – Such a fun and interesting series and I’m annoyed now because the third book is out and I’m number 60 on the waiting list at the library. And it’s not even available for me on Overdrive. The wait it driving me nuts.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – Delightfully fun and ridiculous; I flew through the 500+ pages. Excited to read the sequel soon.

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Good novel, sad since it’s about an abusive dad. I didn’t love the ending though.

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Under the Skin by Michel Faber – This is my second Faber, and if it had been my first I don’t think I would’ve sought out anything else by him. The more I reflect on it the more I appreciate it, but for a good chunk of the book I had no idea what the hell was going on. Creepy.

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Cybersexism by Laurie Penny – Lots of head-nodding in agreement, but would’ve liked it to be longer and more in-depth.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – LOVED this sci-fi novella. Go read it.

Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – A short story really, but it was good. I don’t know why I haven’t read more Lahiri.

A Leaf on the Wind of All-Hallows by Diana Gabaldon – This is an Outlander novella that I’ve read before, but re-read via audio thanks to Scribd. As you can guess, good for Halloween time. I can’t wait to re-read the whole series soon, I miss it.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez – My “book translated to English” for the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge. Kind of disturbing, but maybe a good intro to his work? Sadly, I haven’t read any others yet. I read this in about a day and forgot to take a picture of it before getting to back to the library. Whoops.

Stats time!

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 11

Female authors: 8 (73%)

Non-white authors: 5 (45%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 6 e-book, 2 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 57

Female authors/illustrators: 0 (OUCH)

Non-white authors/illustrators: 6

Format breakdown: 8 print, 49 e-book

Comics stats are not great this month. No ladies! And that’s an awful lot of digital, but again, that damn TWD Compendium. I had it on my Kindle Fire thanks to an old Humble Bundle purchase. I don’t think I could’ve read that giant thing if it hadn’t been in digital form.

Lots of good books this month! Have you read any of them?

~Sarah

 

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