Reading Wrap-Up: October 2012

Posted November 2, 2012 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 15 Comments

I read SO MANY good books in October. So many. I participated in this really great reading project hosted by Adam of Roof Beam Reader–The Literary Others (#OthersLitLGBT)–in honor of LGBT History Month, and I was introduced to some wonderful authors that I hadn’t read before. Everything I read for the project was fantastic, so look for my wrap-up posts, coming soon. I also did some reading with SJ of SnobberyThe Passage (also read for #TuesBookTalk) and The Twelve, both by Justin Cronin–which was a lot of fun. We had many things to complain about during our reading, but aside from the complaints, I have to admit that I enjoyed reading them. I’m irritated that I have to wait two years for the last book in the trilogy now.

I feel like some of the seasonal depression I was feeling has lifted, and I’ll be posting lots of reviews in November. I have a lot to catch up on. There are so many good books I want to tell you all about.


This is what I accomplished in October:

Number of books finished: 18  (WHOA!)
YTD: 125

  • A Garden of Earthly Delights, Joyce Carol Oates
  • Annabel, Kathleen Winter
  • Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
  • Maurice, E.M. Forster
  • The Passage, Justin Cronin
  • A Son Called Gabriel, Damian McNicholl
  • Falling Together, Marisa de los Santos
  • The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
  • This is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz
  • The Twelve, Justin Cronin
  • The Drawing of the Three, Stephen King
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
  • Bodily Harm, Margaret Atwood
  • Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  • A Train in Winter, Caroline Moorehead
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • How to Get Into the Twin Palms, Karolina Waclawiak

Number of books in progress: 2

  • The Bolter, Frances Osborne
  • Shadow of Night, Deborah Harkness (audiobook; didn’t listen to any of it in October; maybe I’m just not in the right mood)

Number of pages read: 6,061
YTD: 43,281

Books reviewed:

**I’m using the Daytum website to keep track of my reading stats this year, so you can follow my progress at any time by visiting my Daytum profile.

Back to the Classics Challenge 2012November's Autumn Classics ChallengeMount TBR Reading ChallengeChunkster Reading Challenge 2012 button2012 End of the World Reading Challenge

Reading Challenges progress:

  • Back to the Classics Challenge: 0/9  (YTD: 7/9)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 2/40  (YTD: 18/40)
  • Chunkster Reading Challenge: 3/14  (YTD: 20/14) DONE! (Technically, I am finished with this challenge aside from writing some reviews. I still have more chunksters to read this year, though.)
  • End of the World Reading Challenge: 5,617  (YTD: 35,324)
  • The Classics Club: 15/100 (Total)
  • A Non-Fiction Adventure: 15/130 (Total)

**You can follow my progress and learn more about each challenge under the Challenges tab in my menu bar.


Ashley (my 11-year-old daughter) is participating in two of the challenges with me: the Back to the Classics Challenge and the Mount TBR Challenge. She doesn’t have a place to review the books she’s read, so she’s just doing the reading and keeping track of her progress in a notebook.

Here’s a look at what Ashley accomplished in October:

Number of books read: 12
YTD: 96

  • Close to Famous, Joan Bauer
  • The House With a Clock In Its Walls, John Bellairs
  • In the Face of Danger, Joan Lowery Nixon
  • Daphne’s Book, Mary Downing Hahn
  • Brady, Jean Fritz
  • Confectionately Yours #1, Lisa Papademetriou
  • Moonwalking With Einstein, Joshua Foer
  • Chasing Redbird, Sharon Creech
  • Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
  • The Wanderer, Sharon Creech
  • Ben & Me, Cameron Gunn
  • Anastasia Again, Lois Lowery

Number of pages read: 2,848
YTD: 25,932

Reading Challenges progress:

  • Back to the Classics Challenge: 0/9  (YTD: 8/9)
  • Mount TBR Reading Challenge: 0/50  (YTD: 18/50)


  • Geez! And I thought I was doing good with the # of books I read–Put me to shame! Can’t wait to read your thoughts on Annabel and Gabriel.

    • I couldn’t believe my total when I tallied everything up. Holy kamoly. Hahaha!

  • Wow! You’re amazing. I’ve never said otherwise. 🙂 Someday I will read as much as you. That’s my goal. Maybe when I’m rich and can quit working and the kids are grown. LOL!

    • Hahaha! You don’t need to be rich–I’m certainly not. Haha! It will make a huge difference when your kids are a little older, though, and can do more things for themselves. 🙂

  • sj

    omgosh, how does Ashley like the Anastasia books? I LOVED Anastasia Krupnik (and have a bunch of her books lined up for next year!), I totally related to her.

    • I loved the Anastasia books, too! She laughed a lot while she was reading that one, so I’d say she enjoyed it. I’ll make it a point to ask her, though.

      • sj

        Aw, I haven’t really known many other people that read them. I like that we have that in common. <3

        • They were some of my favorites, and I had completely forgotten about them until I saw Ashley reading Anastasia Again.

  • What a month! I want a reading month like yours! 🙂 What did you think of Annabel? It’s been sitting on my shelves for most of the year. Should I rush out to read it or just ignore it even longer? What did Ashley think of Walk Two Moons? I hope November is another fantastic month of reading for you! I can’t wait to read all of your upcoming reviews!

    • Annabel is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It will definitely go on my list of top reads for 2012.

      Ash liked all of the Sharon Creech books. She plowed through them in just a couple of days.

  • Whoa chicka! You read some biggun’s and still managed to knock out SO MANY BOOKS this month. You are a reading fiend!

    • I know! Heather is a reading champ! I am feeling so inadequate right now 🙁

    • I may be doing ALL THE READING, but I’m just a little ton behind on ALL THE BLOGGING. I have so much to catch up on.

  • You are a reading rock star!!! Love it! 🙂

  • Heather, you had more than a fantastic October, and so did Ashley. October was not a good month for me at all since a some unforeseen personal problems croped up including the illness of my father. I could not concetrate much on anything. I do hope November will be better. Wishign you an enjoyable month. 🙂