October 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

I was running a little behind my reading from the last couple months for the first few weeks of October, partially because I read the first two books in Helen Hollick’s “Pendragon’s Banner” series.  They were long and took me quite awhile – they weren’t slow reads, but they weren’t quick ones either.  Then, the Readathon happened and by the end of the month, I had a total of 22 books.  Three of these were audio books, which I listened to for approximately 41 hours (yay commutes).  I did not include books read to Daniel in my numbers.  This is all assuming that I don’t finish “The Seance” by John Harwood” today, of course.

After my list of what I read this month, you’ll find a list of the other reviews I posted this month, as well as an update of how I’m doing in my challenges.

What I Read:

Fiction
Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker – audio (review pending)
Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdulla (review pending)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – audio (review pending)
Swimming With Strangers by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum – short stories (review pending)

Young Adult/Middle Grades Fiction
Undercover by Beth Kephart
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (thoughts pending)
The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby
The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley (I’m not going to do a real review of this, I may or may not post my thoughts, let me know if it is something you’d be interested in hearing about)
Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr (review pending)
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (review pending)

Historical Fiction
Daughter of Kura by Debra Austen
The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick
The Battle of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Campbell
Pendragon’s Banner by Helen Hollick
The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson – note: this is classified as non-fiction, but I disagree, I expanded on that in my review

Science Fiction
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (review pending)

October Fiction (i.e. read because Halloween is coming)
Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford

Memoir/Essays
Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
Confessions of a Slacker Mom by Muffy Mead-Ferro (review pending)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (review pending)
The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery (review pending)
Children of Dust by Ali Eteraz (review pending)

What I Posted:

Guest Posts
The Complexities of Catherine Howard by Diane Haeger
Journey of a Writer and a Novel by Shilpa Agarwal

Fiction
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Right of Thirst by Frank Huyler
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro

Young Adult Fiction
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Historical Fiction
The Queen’s Mistake by Diane Haeger

Nonfiction
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Challenges:

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Harry Potter Reading Challenge:

I have through either the end of July or the end of August 2010 to finish this challenge.  I’ve already read or listened to the first four books, and I have the audio queued up for the last three, so I’m made in the shade on this one.

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Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge:

My goal was to have 30% of my books in October and November come from TBR selections.  No way I would have made it this month if it were not for the Readathon.  Seven of my 23 books this month were TBR books, which brings my percentage to 30.43%.  Skin of my teeth, I tell you.  If I hadn’t finished “Dreaming Anastasia” I wouldn’t have quite made it.  I am starting out November with a TBR book, but it is the audio books that kill me.  I can make sure that every third book I read is from my TBR pile (shelves), but all my audio books are from the library, so that throws me off.   I’ll let you in on a little secret, though: I just bought two books yesterday so that they would technically be TBR books and I can read them in November and have them count for the challenge.  Swapna assures me that is completely allowed.

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