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October Reading Wrap Up

on November 1, 2019

Total Books Read: 29
Fiction: 26
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 7
Books in a Series: 12
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 4/25
Kindle Books: 2
Books I Owned or Bought: 11
Favourite Book(s): I Am Change by Suzy Zail, Guest House For Young Widows: Among The Women Of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni.
Least Favourite Books: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 11

October was a big reading month.

I’m not 100% sure why I managed to get through so many books – a combination of having a lot of good books to read, making more reading time, especially at night when I’d usually be watching mindless TV and also joining the Mate-A-Thon Challenge, which had set challenges but all pages read counted towards your overall total, so I was motivated to read more and add more pages for my team! I read a lot of really solid books in October, but there were two real stand outs for me. Both of these titles tackled women’s issues and being women in difficult situations. In I Am Change, the main character is a young girl in rural Uganda, struggling to break tradition and get herself an education so that she might become a writer. This was an amazing, eye opening book, often difficult to read at times. And Guest House For Young Widows was also difficult too, in lots of ways, challenging thinking about women who left in some cases, safe and secure countries to go and be a part of something new. I only had one book that I didn’t really enjoy that much for October, which was an audiobook. Actually the only audiobook I think I have listened to this year. It’s not really my preferred format but it suited my situation at the time.

This is my November ARC pile. It’s actually relatively tame but I do have quite a lot of other books I hope to read this month. I’ve got a few out from my local library at the moment plus I’ve bought some recently that I am looking to make time for as well. I am definitely trying to read more books that I own, rather than just moving them to my unread shelf! I’m attempting to make my way through the Leigh Bardugo Grisha books – I read Shadow & Bone this month, which was actually a re-read but it’s been 6 or so years since I’ve read it! Hopefully I’ll move on to Siege & Storm this month. I also have to read Smoke In The Sun to round out that duology and considering I have In Darkness Visible in my ARC pile, I picked up the first book, The Twentieth Man from my local library. In October I also bought The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth and I also have Scrublands Silver by Chris Hammer which I’d like to fit in too. I’ve heard really amazing things about both of those and I want to see what all the fuss is about! Last month I got through all of my ARC pile except one so that rolls over to this month too, I need to fit it in because it’s the December read for my online book club.

The year is beginning to wind down, we are getting pretty close to the end now. We will be heading away in mid December or so, trekking north for Christmas and I won’t be taking any books away with me, although I’ll have my iPad and access to everything that’s on there. Ideally I’d like to be finished with my challenges by then, and just take the three weeks that I’m away to read purely books that I’ve had on my iPad for a long time and fluffy holiday type reads. So November is my ‘ticking things off’ month, where I hope to finish my Goodreads challenge and try and get to 80 books read for my Australian Women Writers Challenge.

Hope you all had a great October!

12 responses to “October Reading Wrap Up

  1. Tien says:

    omg 29 books?! *squeaks*
    My 5yo loved Lost But Found. He’s been flipping through it every day since it arrived 😂

    • Yeah it was by far my best reading month!

      Lost But Found looks like a really cute read. Maybe a bit of a tearjerker too! I do love a good rescue story and we’ve had several rescues!

      • Tien says:

        Not quite suitable for 5yo though… language wise, terribly hard. I had to retell in very simple terms 😅

        • Oh yes, definitely. There are a few stories in there that would upset my 2 as well, if they were to try and read this. I think my oldest will like it, even with those sad ones. He’s so into animals and rescues in particular!

  2. 29 books! I’m stunned by that.

    • I honestly barely left the house in October. Sick kids, hay fever… was just easier to close up the house and stay at home. Was close to a book a day….there was a couple days I read 2 quick paperbacks each day as well. But it is much higher than my usual average.

  3. Susan Legg says:

    Will be interested on your thoughts & appraisal of ‘Silver’ if & when you get around to it’. I have read several reviews & they haven’t been that favourable, so was considering giving it a miss, even though I read the previous books & really enjoyed them.

  4. Mic says:

    What a great month for you reading wise, sorry about the sickness.
    Good luck getting your challenges finished.

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