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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

 

October Monthly TBR

September and I got on pretty well, at least on the reading front. I finished 7 books and 23 comics (technically I’ve read more comics than that, because I’m re-reading The Walking Dead: Compendium 1, but I’m not going to add it to my spreadsheet until I finish it). And I’ve really liked a lot of the stuff I’ve read! Good month.

Andi at Estella’s Revenge is hosting a #15in31 challenge in October, and I’m crazy enough to have signed up. There isn’t a single month so far this year where the number of books I’ve read has been in the double digits, so I’ll consider it a success if I manage 10 and an uber-success if I manage a whole 15. Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is October, 17th, so hopefully that’ll give me a nice boost.

Anyways, here are my mega TBR piles! I’m trying to focus on digital reading this month, because man it’s out of control.

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On the Kindle:

  • Please Do Not Taunt the Octopus by Mira Grant – A kinda new Newsflesh novella. Totally saving this for the readathon.
  • Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah – Had this on my Kindle for a literal age now, and I’m finally gonna read it! It’ll satisfy one of the categories for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge anyways.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I wanna re-read this just cause it’s that time of year. The e-book was like a dollar and the Audible narration with it was three bucks I think, so I might listen to it on audio. (Back-up plan – re-watch the movie with Tom Hardy. Won’t count as a book read, but still.)
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan – Why does the Kindle version have this ugly color instead of the normal pretty blue one with a big ring on it? Anyways, I’ve heard fabulous things and got this on a good sale a while back.
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – Giving this a shot, to fulfill the “fairy tale retelling” category for the RH challenge. Happy that Overdrive had it.
  • Cybersexism by Laurie Penny – One of those $1.99 short ebooks, I’ll probably save it for the readathon. Penny is a feminist writer that I follow on Twitter and a while back I saw some vicious, horrible, sexist tweets to her that were INFURIATING. I haven’t actually read any of her books yet, so hoping this will be a good intro to her published work.
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – This novella just came out, excited to read it but will probably hoard it for the readathon (seeing a pattern here?)
  • Cujo by Stephen King – Because Halloween season, and I need to read more King.
  • More Than Human by Ramez Naam – A book about the future biological enhancements and stuff. I like Naam, and have had this idling for a while. And I desperately needed some non-fiction here.

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On my physical to-read shelves:

  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Because I loooved Americanah by this author and really want to explore her backlist.
  • Season to Taste by Natalie Young – Seemed seasonally appropriate as it’s about a woman who kills and cooks her husband. A little bit of murder and comfort foods!
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) – This is the second Cormoran Strike book. I really liked the first, and the third comes out later this month, so I should probably dive in already. I was holding out to see if the ebook would become available on Overdrive, but no such luck, so I guess I’ll read the hardcover copy THAT I ALREADY HAVE. (I am ridiculous.)

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On Scribd:

  • Edward Scissorhand comics – I added these to my list when I first got Scribd, so I’m gonna finally read em. Also, seasonally appropriate.
  • A Leaf On the Wind of All Hallows by Diana Gabaldon – I’ve read this short story before, but it’s on audio so I may just listen to it again. I miss Outlander.
  • Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness by Rebecca Walker – A group of essays about black culture. There is probably a more in depth way to describe it but I haven’t read it yet, but that seems to be the basis.
  • Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – I’ve heard fabulous things about Beukes’ other novels, but this one was available on Scribd so that’s the one I’m starting with. Something about a girl in South Africa who writes scam emails to make a living but then gets hired to find a missing person because she has a supernatural gift for finding things? Whatever, I’m in.
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – This is the sequel to Shatter Me, which I just read this month. It’s a YA novel about a girl who is basically Rogue from the X-Men, but it was interesting, and definitely a quick read.
  • Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi – An even quicker read, as this is a novella told from the POV of a bad guy. Fun!

Holy shit that was a lot of books. And clearly my TBR piles are always subject to change – I’ll probably ditch a few and pick up some other random stuff (I mean, I think there’s a new Rainbow Rowell out this month too, so…)

What are you looking to read this month?

~Sarah

October Monthly TBR

Holy crap on a cracker, I can’t believe it’s already October. Wasn’t I just writing the TBR post for September???

Soooo September. I managed about 6 books, including an audiobook and some comics. I blame it on the honeyman. He lures me into hanging out with him re-watching TBBT and playing Borderlands. But now he’s started binge re-watching Dexter, so if I can manage to ignore that playing in the background, I should be able to read more this month. I am seriously considering some fancy noise-cancelling headphones, since I seem to have the concentration powers of a freaking squirrel lately.

 

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So let’s look at what’s on here…

In the book stack:

  • A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean – Seriously, I think a fluffy romance read is in order right now.
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King – I admit it. This one probably isn’t going to happen, but I’m throwing it in here anyways. I want to read it… but I also just finished Misery by Stephen King, completing my R.I.P IX goals, and let’s face it – I’ll probably want a break.
  • What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund – This came in my BookRiot Quarterly box and I am REALLY excited to read it.
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino –  Leah says this book is awesome, I have trust her. On the downside, I think it’d due this weekend, so I REALLY need to start it or face lots of library fines.
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Finally going to read this one! I just had the sample on my Kindle last month, but now I have the library copy AND an e-copy. It’s happening.
  • Season to Taste by Natalie Young – I feel like a book about a lady killing and eating her crappy husband will be perfect right around Halloween, right?
  • Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday- I have the first volume from the library, and I’m really excited. Joss Whedon wrote these! On the down side, I took a peek inside and I HATE the way John Cassaday drew Beast. He looks like a cat, it’s horrible. But I hear this is a decent place to kind of jump into X-Men, so I’m doing it.

On the Kindle:

  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – I’ve been intrigued by this book series (The Southern Reach trilogy) for a while whether due to hearing praise for it or because of the awesome covers, I don’t even know. But it was like $3 on Amazon so I snapped it up.
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King – Yeah, more King… The e-book finally became available on Overdrive, so it’s on there. I really do want to start the Dark Towers series.
  • Sad Robot Stories by Mason JohnsonKatie wrote about this and convinced me that I needed it. It’s about a robot (named Robot) who is fond of humans.

Comics:

  • Well, the Astonishing X-Men that I already mentioned…
  • Rat Queens #8 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch – This is a carry over from last month, because the release date changed. It SHOULD be coming out today, and omg omg omg I can’t wait to go to the comic shop this weekend and get my hands on it.
  • Damsels in Excess #2 by Vince Hernandez and Mirka Andolfo –  I read issue #1 and I’m not sure about it yet… It’s kind of like Y: The Last Man, but set in a mythical kingdom kind of setting, and there are five princesses, and yeah. It’s interesting, but we’ll see.
  • Legenderry #1 and #2 by Bill Willingham and Sergio Davila – I am SO excited to try these. There’s just something about a steampunk comic series that makes me feel like it would ring all my bells, you know?

Audiobooks:

  • You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney – This is super interesting listen, and I’m already several hours into it. I’m realizing more and more that non-fic and comedy are my JAM on audio.
  • ? – I have an Audible credit, just begging to be spent. Still debating what I want to choose though…

 

As always, this seems like a lot. And as usual, I’m sure I won’t get to them all. But I remain excited anyways. And don’t forget – Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is October 18th! And my boss just approved my vacation time for the three days before that. ALL THE READING!

Anything special on your radar this month?

~Sarah

October Mini-Review Recap!

Alright so overall, I wasn’t too pleased with my October reading.

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I read 11 books in October, plus 1 e-book novella. So let’s see my teeny tiny thoughts about them…

You Suck Christopher Moore

You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore – This is the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends, and a reread for me, because it’s fun and awesome.

 

The Returned Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott – Cool premise of dead people no longer being dead, but poorly executed and too much focus on religion. Disappointing.

 

The Stranger Albert Camus

The Stranger by Albert Camus – A classic, really thought-provoking and interesting account of one man being on trial for murder and being judged more by his personality than any evidence. I liked it.

 

Six Easy Pieces

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman – Short science book that takes excerpts from The Feynman Lectures on Physics as a way to dip your toes into the subject matter. I really like Feynman and his way of explaining things.

 

My Brief History Hawking

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking – A short and concise little autobiography by Hawking himself. I really liked learning more about him, and now I’m really looking forward to reading his other non-fiction books.

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi – This was a tiny little fairy tale kind of book by the author of Persepolis. It was okay, nothing to write home (blog?) about.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Quick, creepy, and entertaining. Really cool that the author built a novel around a bunch of weird, disturbing photographs.

 

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – This is the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora. I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH.

 

Amped

Amped by Daniel H. Wilson – This is a sci-fi book that was a quick read, but not fun or enjoyable. Poorly written.

 

The Corrections

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – Worst book I’ve read in a LONG time. TERRIBLE. If someone tries to hand you this book, shove them and run in the opposite direction.

 

Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill – Captivating, well-written story with a supernatural sheen to it. One of my favorites this month.

Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella by Mira Grant – This was a short e-book that I read on my phone, and it’s a GREAT prequel to the Newsflesh trilogy. It shows exactly how the virus came about and how it spread. Very cool.

 

So there we have it. It seems like a lot I guess, but so many of these were short little reads so I guess that’s why I feel like it wasn’t much? I don’t know. But you know, I’ve had worse months so I’m not gonna sweat it. Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

Book Blogger Hop, yo.

Hop, hop, hop.

Hey ya’ll. So I’m actually up late / early enough to do this before work for once, yay. I’m a little more than halfway through Nightwatch, so expect a review of that HOPEFULLY tomorrow. So this here Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books, and you should visit there for more info and participate and such.

So this week’s question is………

 
“What is your favorite spooky book (i.e. mystery/suspense, thriller, ghost story, etc.)?”

Hmmmm… this is actually a tough question cause I hate being scared and henceforth don’t read many books that would fall in this category. However I do read classics, and hence I’ll have to go with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, cause that dude totally knows how to create a sinister, dreary atmosphere. I’d also have to say Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte cause you know, there’s moors and rain and ghosts and so much good gothicness and I loves it.

Soooo… what about you? Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite spooky book is! Do it.

~Sarah