October Wrap-Up & November Plans

Posted November 3, 2013 by in Monthly Wrap-ups / 32 Comments


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.

October stats:

Books finished: 23  (5 of these were Kindle shorts)
YTD: 183

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
YTD: 61,294

Pages Oct 2013Pages read in October, by day

Currently reading/listening:

  • Blindness, Jose Saramago (audiobook)
  • Skeleton Crew, Stephen King
  • I Remember You, Yrsa Sigurdardottir

November Plans:

  • 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?


  • Amy

    I’d go rural, like you. Too many people/potential zombies in the urban places, and I know how to survive on my own in the country. I grew up in the country. I even know where I’d go. (Yes, I have a secret zombie survival plan; why do you ask? I mean, that’s not WEIRD or anything…right? Right.)

    So excited you’re liking “TWD!” I just caught up on all the graphic novels, too, which I like better than the show. (I love Daryl, too. And Carol. And Rick annoys me, but I like to look at him. Because pretty.)

    • Heather

      Like you, I grew up in the country. I know how to survive there. In the area where I grew up, there’d be no shortage of guns and ammo to raid, not to mention all of the gardens and farms I could get food from. I also know the area well–I would just feel safer there. The only downside would be the cold, snowy winters, but I’d deal with that for all the positives that area would bring. There’s certainly no shortage of firewood there, either.

      I’m planning on reading the graphic novels, too, but want to catch up on the TV series first.

  • The last time we went back to Atlanta to visit was when The Walking Dead had just started filming, and we ran across the set quite by accident and watched them shoot for an hour or so. I keep meaning to watch the show and see if I can spot the scenes we saw being filmed.

    As for where I would head during a zombie apocalypse, well, I’ve seen too many movies and read too many books to trust the military in that type of situation. I would definitely head for a rural area!

    • Heather

      Yep, that’s the other reason–I’d never trust the military in that situation. I’ve seen and read too many things in which the military’s orders are to shoot whatever moves. No, thanks. I’ll take my chances on my own.

  • sj

    I love how many of your October books were read with me!

    I would definitely stay out of cities. Um, fuck that. I want an underground bunker of some sort. UNDERGROUND! We could be happy undergroooooooooound!

    • Heather

      I know! We did ALL THE READING together!

      I don’t know if I could do underground full-time. I could definitely go underground to sleep and to rest and to read books (yes, my plan involves raiding houses for books), but I couldn’t stay underground all the time. I need that sunlight to stay sane, man. But a bunker would be great for sleeping and emergencies.

  • I’m also addicted to The Walking Dead! I’m not really sure why though, I think it’s just because I want to know how they end up. I always have weird zombie dreams/nightmares after watching it as well :s I’m not sure what I would do if zombies actually did start taking over. The idea of finding somewhere quiet and far away sounds quite good to me though.

    Nice hair by the way!

    • Heather

      I’ve only had one nightmare about it so far, which is surprising. I’m the queen of nightmares, usually. I honestly don’t know how I’d react in the event of a real zombie takeover, but I’d like to think I’d be tough as nails. Heh.

      Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  • You really need to ask me? Rural :).

    I need to get back to watching that show. I was just starting Season 2 and really liked it. It’s just so intense, though. I think I’ll go back to my M*A*S*H marathon.

    • Heather

      I just started Season 3 last night. I’m two episodes in. It IS intense. I have had to cover my eyes for more than one part. I do a bit of gagging, too. Hahaha!

  • I absolutely LOVE the haircut! I had mine that short for a while and it was so nice and easy to take care of. I’m in the same boat with audiobooks – I don’t listen to many – but there are some that I’ve really enjoyed hearing as opposed to reading. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? was one that was really impressive!

    • Heather

      Thanks, Shannon!

      I bet WYGB? is great on audio–I’ll have to look that one up. (I’ve read the treebook, but enjoyed it enough up reread.)

  • If we have learned ANYTHING from dystopian reads, its that the government providing a safe haven is always off the mark! You can’t trust Atlanta like that! But being someone who couldn’t survive outside ever. . . I’d prob go to ATL or try to hook up with a woodsy group and learn the way of the land.

    • Heather

      You wouldn’t necessarily have to live outdoors. There are houses in rural areas, too. Haha! Even if you went to Atlanta you’d have to learn how to live differently without phones, electricity, and running water. The only thing you’d have in Atlanta that you wouldn’t have in the country is 5 million zombies to fight. Hahaha!

    • Heather

      But hooking up with a group would be a good idea in any case, as long as they’re a good group of people.

  • I love The Walking Dead, especially Daryl. Having thought about this more than I should, I think I would head to a fairly large island if possible. If I went to where I grew up, I don’t know if I could handle the cold without any heating, but I would be able to grow a garden in the summer.

    That first quote almost makes me wish I had a sister. I only have a brother and he’s over ten years younger than me (we’re still good friends though, but it’s not the same).

    • Heather

      Oooo…an island would be a great idea if we could get there. We should plan a meet-up place. Hahaha!

  • Dang… despite the millions of potential zombies, I think I’d still have to go with a city. I’d have an urban fortress with a rooftop garden and I’d wait it out. Then, rebuild civilization!

    • Heather

      Well, you might just have Eric to help you with that garden, then. Hahaha!

  • I’m with you. I would have headed for a rural area though I’m a big scaredy cat of places that don’t have enough streetlights. Go figure. 😉 That quote from Jojo Meyes is the TRUTH! Lordy.

    I hope you have another fantastic reading month.

  • Yay! I love when I discover another blogger who loves The Walking Dead. I’ve always been a fan of zombie movies, so this show was right up my alley. The only thing about the show is that I lie awake at night wondering how I would protect my kids if anything like a zombie apocalypse happened. But I’m with you, I would go straight to a rural area and take my chances there.

  • yay for IT! and I am curious what you will share about the Hotel at the Corner and Light between Oceans and… Have fun reading and listening in November.

    • Heather

      Hmmm…I think Hotel on the Corner will get a mini-review instead of a full one–I wasn’t as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

      I am kind of terrified to reread IT. :/

  • And if the ZA hits? I guess I would have to travel a bit to find my uncle’s remote underground shelter. Think THE STAND…

    • Heather

      Yeah, an underground shelter would be great for actually getting some sleep every night, that’s for sure.

  • Treebooks. Ha! I don’t think I’ve heard that one before. I hope you enjoy the audible account! I’ve loved being with them the past year but I’m afraid I might have to cancel my account. Without the two hours in the car everyday, I’m having a tough time finding the time to listen. I cooooould during naptime but I’m usually doing 10 million other things.

    Hope November is fantastic for you! And I ADORE your haircut.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Trish!

  • Tif

    Blindness is one of my favorite books! I’m curious what you will think since you are listening to it on audio. The written format took a little getting used to, but I’m not sure it would be an issue in audio format.

    I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, both the TV version and the books! Daryl and Glenn are also some of my favorites. And, I’m with you … I would stay in the rural, less populated areas. Fewer zombies, better chances of survival!

  • I haven’t the heart to watch Walking Dead or any of such movies. My kids love them. I gt so horrified and scared. I guess I will stay in the rural areas! 🙂

    You had such a busy October as usual. Great! Now I better stay silent on my reading and only say that I read and review when the fancy hits me! 🙂 Have a lovely November.

  • Love the new look Heather! Looking forward to navigating your blog for a bit and catching up on my Between the Covers reading! Oh, and love the haircut 🙂

    • Heather

      Thank you, Karen!

  • Hi! This is my first visit to your blog (I think). I’m so impressed by how much you read in October! (And the way you’re able to plan out next month’s reading too – and latch on to so many online projects! Yep, impressed).

    I’m a wimp and would probably go where the shelter was. But then I’d hole up in the house and not come out 🙂

    Hope you’ll visit ReadLately sometime!