October has been a really busy month on the blog! I managed to read/review eighteen books!!! This was probably helped by a week of vacation and some quick reads, but still. Good times.
Favorite October Read:
Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments is going to be this month’s winner. The characters were all so very likable, the setting done well, the pacing excellent – just an all-around really fun and entertaining read that still had a bit of meat to it. It’s my new favorite of Rowell’s books.
Most Disappointing October Read:
Kind of random, but I think I’m going with Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer. The book itself was alright, but I think I just had higher expectations because I enjoyed the Cecelia and Kate books a lot. This book was really just sort of a throw-away – not much happened, characters from the other books were only in the very vague background, and the plot was kind of weird.
Other October Reads:
- Sorcery and Cecelia; The Grand Tour; and The Mislaid Magician by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer – 4/5 for the series – these are old favorites that I revisited on holiday – full of fun, magic, humor, and mishaps.
- The Wanderers by Cheryl Mahoney – 4/5 – a really fun fairy tale romp with engaging characters and an interesting story.
- A Prefect’s Uncle by P.G. Wodehouse – 3/5 – with a little less cricket and a little more story, Wodehouse’s second published work was a much more enjoyable read than his first!
- Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George – 3/5 – interesting setting but definitely a little sloppy in the details.
- The Ex by Alafair Burke – 3/5 – an engaging story that had me turning pages as fast as I could, but I’m still not convinced as to the murderer’s motive…
- Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie – 3/5 – interesting premise but the book needed to be twice as long to really build the story and characters – instead, it felt really choppy and disorienting at times, and the ending was completely weird.
- Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter – 3/5 – alright, but not as well-plotted as the first two books in the Jackaby series.
- Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas – 3/5 – a book I really, really wanted to like, except the villain situation changed horses midstream, and the ending made me roll my eyes so far they almost fell out of my head.
- The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay – 3/5 – this book would have been so much better if I had actually liked the main character.
- Endless Night by Agatha Christie – 3/5 – so boring for most of the book (with such a whiny narrator) and then a really good twist at the end.
- Dragon on Trial and Krakens and Lies – 4/5 for the series – the Menagerie series was just great fun and definitely a recommended trilogy for middle schoolers.
- The Game by Diana Wynne Jones – 3/5 – interesting but weird.
- Wild Justice by Phillip Margolin – 4/5 – a great start to the series – hopefully the rest of the books stay on the good side of gruesome, because I really like the characters.
Other October Posts:
I had a lot of fun answering the questions for FictionFan’s 100 Book Tag, and then the next day I spent an entire post bragging about the books I bought with my birthday money – poor taste, but what can you do?!
So, for those who are astute, you will notice below that the TBR has dropped. This is due in large part to the fact that I add things to the TBR in a completely haphazard fashion. Anywhere I see a book – someone’s review, GoodReads, a newsletter, the library, in a bookshop – I just throw it on the list. Later, when I’m using my lottery method to decide what book is next, I check on GoodReads to see if it is part of a series and to reread the description (and usually the original review that inspired me to do the reading). If the book is part of a series, it gets taken off the TBR and kicked onto the appropriate section. Not infrequently, I decide that I don’t actually want to read the book at all. This month I had a few books that I got from the library, read the first few chapters, and sent back unfinished.
All that to say – the TBR has dropped, even if I haven’t actually read that many books. But I think the “dropped” part is the important part – right??
For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into five different tabs:
- Stand-Alones: 849 (DOWN 15!!!)
- Nonfiction: 46 (up 1)
- Personal (which includes all books I own, but lists any series I own as only one entry…): 541 (up 4… pretty good, considering all the birthday money – luckily I’ve bought a lot of books I’ve actually read within the last two years, so they don’t get counted!)
- Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 136 (up 4)
- Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 61 (up 7… yeah, several of the books that got removed from the TBR actually just got flipped to the mystery series page!)
Actually, after a spurt of reviewing over the weekend, I’m in pretty good shape. And I’ve finally started reading First Lord’s Fury, which means I won’t be starting/finishing any other books for a few days. (Okay, so that’s kind of a lie since I’m also reading four other books right now, but, you know.) Anyway.
- Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall (spoiler: it was terrible, so you can look forward to that rant coming soon!)
- First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher (finally finishing the Codex Alera… I love everyone! The Vord are terrifying! I think they’re all going to die! So scared! I can’t wait to see how it ends – except I never want it to end!)
- Tales from St. Austin’s by P.G. Wodehouse (about halfway through… guess what… more cricket!)
- The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl Mahoney (second book in the Beyond the Tales series – better than halfway through – great fun!)
- A Life In Letters by P.G. Wodehouse/edited by Sophie Ratcliffe (better than 3/4 through… super interesting and excellently edited)
- Sunsets by Deborah Howard (actually, a book about death/dying and also hospice as it is written by a hospice nurse… only one chapter left)
Approaching the Top of the Pile:
- Wait for What Will Come by Barbara Michaels (although I’ve sent back the last three of her books to the library unread because they just didn’t look interesting, so we’ll see if this one is any better…)
- The Gold Bat by P.G. Wodehouse (ummm… you don’t think this one is going to be about cricket, do you??)
- The Ghost Rock Mystery by Mary C. Jane (one of my own… an old Scholastic Book Club book!)
- The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag (Stephanie was a little so-so about this one but it sounds interesting to me so we’ll see)
- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (I’m going to start the Lynburn Legacy – heard a lot of mixed reviews on these so time will tell where they lead!)