Ack! It’s 2022!! What is happening?!
Well, if you wish time wasn’t going so quickly, enjoy a little trip down memory lane back to 2021 LOL
Favorite October Read
Gotta go with Aurora Burning for this one. This series is just fantastic – it’s definitely one I’m going to purchase/reread at some point.
Most Disappointing October Read
I actually had a couple of bum reads this month, but Emily’s Quest was probably the one that disappointed me the most. I didn’t end up particularly enjoying this series overall, and the final book just really sealed the deal, with Emily spending the entire time waffling between two honestly not-that-great marital choices all while acting like she’s super independent and adventurous. Boring and repetitive, and I didn’t really like anyone. A bummer of a book from an author I generally love.
Other October Reads
- Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys
- Disclaimer by Renee Knight
- The Birdwatcher by William Shaw
- Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
- Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
- The Ex Hex by Erin Stirling
- The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman
- The Jackal’s Head by Elizabeth Peters
- Real-Life Organizing by Cassandra Aarssen
- The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda
- Snow White & Rose Red by Patricia Wrede
- The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin
- Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
- The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
- Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman
- Fat Ollie’s Book by Ed McBain
- Fiddlers by Ed McBain
- The Frumious Bandersnatch by Ed McBain
- Hark! by Ed McBain
- Money, Money, Money by Ed McBain
- Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
- Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman
- Talking God by Tony Hillerman
- A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
- White Nights by Ann Cleeves
- Total Number of Books Read: 27 (none on Kindle)
- Total Pages Read: 7824
- Average Star Rating for October: 3.64
- Longest Book: Aurora Burning (495 pages)
- Shortest Book: Cloaked in Red (127 pages)
- Oldest Book: Emily’s Quest (published 1927)
- Newest Book: The Ex Hex and Well Met were published this year.
- Number of New-to-Me Authors: 6
This I keep updated as I go, so it’s current as of today, rather than as of the end of October.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m weirdly obsessive with organizing the TBR, and have it on a spreadsheet divided into six different tabs:
- Standalones: 494 (holding steady)
- Nonfiction: 128 (holding steady)
- Personal (which includes all books I own (fiction and nonfiction), but lists any series I own as only one entry…): 637 (down five!)
- Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 251 (down one!)
- Mystery Series (each series counted separately, not each book within a series): 110 (down two!)
- New Arrivals – (I have a lot of books that I have been gifted or that I pick up somewhere and they get put on my “oh I’m so excited about this shiny new book” shelf… and then of course don’t actually get read.): 152 (up 8… but we did just have Christmas LOL)
- The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel – this one is for the traveling book club and it’s okay, but the main character is definitely one of those “I’m abrasive because I don’t need no man” kind of characters, which definitely gets on my nerves a LOT
- Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly – I just started this one last night and am actually pretty into it – it’s a crazy mermaid story, but it’s quite engaging. It’s the first book in the Waterfire Saga.
- 20hrs, 40mins by Amelia Earhart – I’ve had this nonfiction on reserve at the library since like September and it randomly came in, just when I was beginning to think it would never exist haha So far I’ve only read the introductions, but I’m looking forward to Earhart’s story of flying (as a passenger) across the Atlantic.
Last Time on “Up Next…”
Did I actually read my probably next five reads from last time?
- The Dreamer Trilogy by Nora Roberts – Yes!! I really enjoyed these, actually.
- The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters – Oh my gosh, no! Two months in a row it was in this slot and still hasn’t been read!!
- The House of Arden by E. Nesbit – Another one!! Two months in a row and still not read!!! And it’s so short!!
- Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie – yes!! A solid Christie read.
- Rosalind by Clarice Peters – another fail!! But I’ll get to it someday!
The probable next five(ish) reads…
Sooooo I have tons of reading challenges starting in January and I’m VERY EXCITED and may do a post of my bullet journal pages for some of them!!! We’ll see how well I do at actually sticking with them, but I’m really focusing on unread books from my own shelves!!
- Finish the Waterfire Saga books – there are three more after the one I’m reading
- Buddy reads for January – The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I haven’t tried Wuthering Heights since high school, so I supposed it’s time to give those Bronte girls another chance. I really hated this one back when I was 15, though, and I’m not confident I’ll like it better now haha
- Another 2022 goal is to get some chunksters off the list – I’m significantly reducing my GR goal for the year so I feel less pressure to read a bunch of books. I’m starting with Jennifer Armentrout’s From Blood & Ash which has been lingering on my shelf for quite some time. I’m a little scared of it – it’s been a while since I just dove into a 500+ page book!!
- Dumb Witness is January’s Agatha Christie book – another one I don’t own, so I may pick up a cheap copy from eBay.
That’s the wrap for October – we’ll see how quickly I get around to writing November’s reviews!!!