Hello, friends and readers! Another month has gone by. October was another month of reading ALL THE THINGS, but not blogging much. In my defense, I spent about a week or so of October moving the blog to WordPress.org and setting up the site’s new look. I have lots of great books to blog about, so now I just have to buckle down and write the darn posts. Aside from setting up the new website, a few other exciting things happened in October:
- I got about a foot of my hair chopped off. Here’s a look at the back, too.
- Eric convinced me to start watching The Walking Dead, and I think I’m hooked. I don’t like the majority of the characters (good thing, since you never know who’s going to die on that show), but I’m pretty hooked on the storyline so far. I’ve watched Seasons 1 & 2, so I’m almost caught up. I love to yell at the characters for making stupid decisions and for being total jerkwads (some of them). Daryl is my favorite character by far, but I also like T-Dawg and Glenn.
- We got to watch Ashley march in our town’s Halloween parade with her school marching band…and that was the best part of the parade. I have never seen such a lame parade in my life. Even where I grew up, the local small-town parades were better (so much better) than this one. Very disappointing. Also, it was cold and windy and I need to invest in some warm hats now that my hair is short. But Ashley and her band were marvelous (for a junior high marching band, they’re pretty decent).
- Eric and I got an Audible account and we’ve started listening to audiobooks again. I don’t do audiobooks nearly as much as treebooks, but I do enjoy them. I’m also on my mother’s Audible account, and she has so many good audiobooks on her “shelf.” It’s great.
Books finished: 23 (5 of these were Kindle shorts)
Hours listened: 15 hrs, 46 mins
- Clay’s Ark, Octavia Butler
- Fireproof, Alex Kava
- The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
- The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes
- Doctor Sleep, Stephen King
- High Wizardry, Diane Duane
- Joyland, Stephen King
- A Wizard Abroad, Diane Duane
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
- Citrus County, John Brandon
- The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
- I’m Starved for You, Margaret Atwood (Kindle short)
- Choke Collar, Margaret Atwood (Kindle short)
- Erase Me, Margaret Atwood (Kindle short)
- The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood (Kindle short)
- I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth, Margaret Atwood (Kindle short)
- The Dinner, Herman Koch (audiobook)
- Thinner, Richard Bachman
- The Wizard’s Dilemma, Diane Duane
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
- A Wizard Alone, Diane Duane
- Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
- The Expats, Chris Pavone
My favorites in October were Diane Duane’s Young Wizard books, The Dinner, and Citrus County.
Pages read: 5,980
Pages read in October, by day
- Blindness, Jose Saramago (audiobook)
- Skeleton Crew, Stephen King
- I Remember You, Yrsa Sigurdardottir
- The House of Rumour, Jake Arnott (Hear…Read This! Book Club)
- Video Kill, Joanne Fluke (local library book club)
- Someone Else’s Love Story, Joshilyn Jackson
- The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins (#readWILKIE)
- Song of Susannah, Stephen King (How many months have I been planning to reread this one? Five? Oh.)
- It, Stephen King (Read All the SK project)
- The Labrador Fiasco, Margaret Atwood (Project Read All Of Atwood)
- The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory (#TuesBookTalk)
- The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (Lit Collective — check out this new project brought to you by #TuesBookTalk)
- Wizard’s Holiday, Diane Duane
Question of the month: Pertaining to The Walking Dead… If a virus swept the world and turned 99% of the population into zombies, and you survived, would you head to the most highly populated cities like Atlanta, Georgia (because shelter had been promised there), or would you take your chances on your own and stay in less populated areas? Eric and I have been discussing this. Eric says he would have gone to Atlanta because the military was promising safe haven, but I would never have headed to a highly populated area like that, safe haven or not. There’s just no way that a metropolitan area of 5.5 million people (meaning 5,445,000 potential zombies) would be safe. I would have stayed in rural, country areas where I had a better chance of being able to survive. What would you have done?