Literary Road Trip, Author Interviews, Guest Posts
Total Books and Current Status
Since January 1, I've read 81 books and left 5 books unfinished. I have posted 79 full reviews and 23 mini-reviews and I have 2 reviews left to write. I am currently finishing up a number of print books and am listening to An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.
What Did I Read and Review?
Here's what I reviewed in October. Click on the link to see my review; the letter in parentheses is my rating.
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton (B-)
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (B-)
Mind Scrambler by Chris Grabenstein (B-)
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl (B)
Only Milo by Barry Smith (B-)
To Darkness and to Death by Julia Spencer-Fleming (B-)
Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden (B+)
Also read in October but not yet reviewed:
A Friend of the Family by Karen Grodstein
Fables (Vol. 1) by Bill Willingham
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (review later today)
I had an average reading month and didn't read as much as I wanted to during the October Read-a-Thon. Darkness Be My Friend was my favorite for the month, though An Echo in the Bone (a 46-hour audiobook) is wonderful and will be near the top for November. I've been a bit disappointed in my reading lately; I need a WOW book.
I posted four mini reviews of books I read before I started blogging:
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
The Judas Pair by Jonathon Gash
The Kingdoms of the Elves of the Reaches by Robert Stanek
The Love Wife by Gish Jen
And I had one mini review of a book I couldn't finish:
Sword of Fire and Ice by John Matthews
- Literary Road Trip project: Susan DiPlacido, author of 24/7
- Literary Road Trip project: Mindy Withrow, author of the History Lives series
- Guest post: Matthew Pearl, author of The Last Dickens
I completed the R.I.P. Challenge and the What's in a Name Challenge (wrap-up post to come).
I joined the 100-Mile Challenge, the YA Dystopian Challenge, and the Shelf Discovery Challenge.
What's New and What's Coming in November
I started a new weekend meme in October: Weekend Cooking. This is an open-ended, make of it what you will meme that everyone is welcome to join. If you have a post that is even remotely related to a food or drink topic, please feel free to hook up to Mr. Linky on my Saturday morning post. I am very happy with the first day: Margot of Joyfully Retired posted a great essay of her first dinner party, Michelle of GalleySmith posted a review of a YA novel, Sherrie of Just Books posted a mini review of a novel including a recipe, Wendy of Caribousmom wrote about her dinner on Friday night (including a recipe), and Diane of Bibliophile By the Sea shared two book reviews.
I have two Literary Road Trip posts planned for November and one blog tour.
I'm am particularly excited about Nicole's (of Linus's Blanket) That's How I Blog! series on Blog Talk Radio. Trish of Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? was the guest last week, and Kathy of Bermudaonion's Blog will be the guest on Tuesday, November 3. I will be the guest on November 10 (more on this in a couple of days). Please tune in, check out the chat room, and support this radio show. It is a lot of fun and Nicole is a natural host.
How was your October? Did you meet your reading goals? Are you caught up on your reviews? Are you making changes?