Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Sunday Salon - October Recap

Pardon the blue, but I'm a little excited pre-election, so I thought I'd whip out a special bloggy theme! If it annoys ya, it'll be gone after Tuesday. Never fear.

Looking back at my reading in the month of October is sort of staggering. The Read-a-Thon pushed me to read eight extra books I probably wouldn't have read otherwise, but even without those, I still would've read way more in October than any other month this year. Maybe it's the weather change, or maybe I'm finally in a good groove at work, or maybe I'm setting more time aside to read. Whatever it is, I love it! The grand total I read in October: 21 Books!

That's almost twice the number of books I've ever read in a single month. To recap:

Capote in Kansas, by Kim Powers
Jamberry, by Bruce Degen (picture book)
Don't Bump the Glump, by Shel Silverstein (poetry)
Papa and Me, by Arthur Dorros (picture book)
Welcome to Your World, Baby, by Brooke Shields (picture book)
Evernight, by Claudia Gray
Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, by Jennie Shortridge
The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell
Psyche in a Dress, by Francesca Lia Block
Magic Trixie, by Jill Thompson (graphic novel)
Dope Sick, by Walter Dean Myers
I Was Told There'd Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley
In the Shadow of No Towers, by Art Spiegelman (graphic novels)
Incantation, by Alice Hoffman
Ghostsitters, by Angie Sage
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson
Queen of Halloween, by Mary Engelbreight (picture book)
Cat Nights, by Jane Manning (picture book)
Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray (picture book)
Ghost Files: The Haunting Truth, by The Ghost Society
Tell the World, by the students of WritersCorps (poetry)

Given, I read several picture books for review, lots of children's and YA, but still....that's a boatload of books for me!

Favorites: The Gargoyle, Incantation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe, Capote in Kansas (OK, can you tell I'm having a hard time narrowing it down?)

Best YA: Evernight

Favorite graphic novel: Magic Trixie, by Jill Thompson

Favorite picture book: Halloween Night, by Marjorie Dennis Murray

It was a great month. I would highly recommend any of the books in the list--a testament to my philosophy of not finishing sucky books. More on that in another post.

I finished Silent Girl, by Tricia Dower yesterday, and you can expect an upcoming review over at Bibliobuffet. I've started Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone, and I'm really enjoying it so far. The Year of Living Biblically was moving kinda slowwww, so it's on hold for the moment, but I have no doubt I'll come back to it soon.

Happy Sunday reading, everyone!


  1. It is an exciting time, isn't it? There's one issue on the ballot in my state this year that I'm especially concerned about. I really hope it turns out like I want it to. For the sake of so many. Back to books!

    You read an amazing amount of books this past month! I didn't participate in the read-a-thon, but my reading was up too, I was surprised to see. I'm hoping to carry over that trend this month if only because I've committed myself to reading quite a few books. :-)

    I hope you have a wonderful week! Here's to hoping for the best on Tuesday!

  2. Just saw that you were currently reading Tender at the Bone...loved it. Don't neglect to pick up her other, Comfort Me With Apples, after you finish.

  3. You're reading Tender at the Bone! I loved that book. It's funny and tender and so full of love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  4. Wendy, it is SO exciting! I've committed myself to quite a few for November, too, and I have a backlog of sundry review books that I'm trying to clear up before year's end. We'll see how it goes! You have a great week, too!

    Jill, if it keeps up I'll definitely pick up Comfort Me with Apples. And doesn't she have another one? Garlic and Sapphires? Is that right?

    Thanks, Gautami!

    Orpheus, so far, so good! It's really funny--moreso than I thought. Her mother is a hoot!

  5. 21 books in one month?! That's almost as many as I've read in one year! Sheesh.

    I read Tender at the Bone several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the first half. Not so much the second.

    Love, love, love your new header! Go Obama!!

  6. I love the background! Looks like you had a great reading month. Have a great week :)

  7. Congrats on a great month - it always feels so good so have read that much! I think I have Tender at the Bone in my stacks somewhere - looking forward to your thoughts.

  8. Thanks, Les! I hope I enjoy the 2nd half. lol

    Thanks, Samantha!

    Thanks, Eli! So far, so good!

  9. Wow, 21 books! That's amazing! I read 15, but I finished #15 right before midnight and decided to slide it right on over into November because I figured I had a good enough month. Might as well get myself off to a good start for the next month. LOL

    I hope this word verification is talking to you, not me:


  10. Wow! You had a great month!

    Did you hear about the prank call on Palin by a couple of comedians in Montreal? So so funny!

    Listen here.

  11. I like the blue and hope it wins :))))) Tomorrow will be an exciting evening.

    Wow you did read a lot, wonderful


    Love the blue and I'm praying that Obama wins...

  13. Nancy, I'm not off to a terribly roaring start in November. I have startitis. CAn't stop starting books but I haven't finished any!

    Nat, I did hear about it. I even heard parts of it, and it makes my butt pucker with embarrassment! lol

    Thanks, Madeleine! It'll definitely be an exciting evening. I hope it's a decisive victory and we don't have to draw it out for weeks.

    Me too, Funky!

  14. Vote vote vote! Like a little stoat! :)

    BTW, have you heard Starbucks is giving free coffee tomorrow to anyone who votes??

  15. That's awesome that you finished so many books! I don't think I've ever hit 21, even when I count in audiobooks and really short books.

  16. Holy cow - that's a lot of books!

    And, I'm loving the Blue! :)


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