None! (But, I did get a stack of some great reads from a friend!)
* The Family Fang – Kevin Wilson
* Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling
* Barbara the Slut – Lauren Holmes
* Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
IT’S OCTOBER!!!!! I do love September for the change in weather, but this month it’s actually been reaaaally warm! Just yesterday was the first day we had a chill in the air, but it seems to be setting in permanently. I adore October. I love the rain, the smell, the eerie reading that corresponds so well. And I’m hardly on my own in this love.
But we are here to wrap up September (and share some October plans at the end). This month was action packed. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine moved in with us for 3 months while she interns in the city. She’s extremely active and one night we went to bum around the park and toss around a tennis ball. It was my first time playing tennis and I’m in love! Being perhaps the least active person I know, this is surprising. She’s accepted the challenge of whipping me into shape before Christmas, so I’m feeling motivated!
On the book end, I had an iffy reading month. I’m extremely proud of the no-buy month again, but one of my good friends did give me a stack of books that I’m absolutely drooling over (Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies, Shirley Jackson’s Let Me Tell You, Kathleen Alcott’s Infinite Home ..I can’t wait to dive into them all!) This month, I foresee a few purchases though, so stay tuned.
I had a rocky start with my first read. If you’re familiar with the blog, you’ll know I have been dying to read The Family Fang for AGES. I’ve owned a copy, and been recommended it so many times, but without ever having picked it up. I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe part This Is Where I Leave You and part Addams Family? I knew it wasn’t surpernatural but I expected more.. oddness. And it didn’t go well. I didn’t like the book much at all. I didn’t sympathize much with the characters and by the end, I didn’t even really care what happened. I had so many theories of where the story may go and nothing actualized. I read this with a coworker and we both closed the covers with a thumbs down. I know many people loved it, but it just wasn’t for me.
Next, I read Mindy Kaling’s new essay collection Why Not Me? I was so excited when this released and read it right away. I still love her, but this collection was a mixed bag for me. Some of it felt more like boasting than talking, but I had to remind myself that she actually does deserve the great things that came to her. So what if she’s direct about it? But still bits of certain essays rubbed me the wrong way. But other essays reaffirmed why I love her. The parts about her body image, being a role model, trying to date and have a real relationship while being extremely busy ..those I enjoyed.
Then I read a collection of short stories, Barbara the Slut, which is totally new for me. I’m not a fan of short stories, even when written by authors I love. BUT.. I saw a post on BookRiot about this one and decided to give it a shot. I found it fresh and a great depiction of your early twenties, trying to get your shit together. I look forward to what Lauren Holmes releases in the future!
The month finished off with a sci-fi read, and I realized after I finished that it was the first actul sci-fi book I’ve ever read! (WHAT!?) This one was a super early advanced copy (it’s not out until next April!) but there is a lot of buzz about it already. Sadly, the buzz won’t be from me. I LOVED the concept, but the execution was not there for me. But it did spark an interest in me, so I asked my esteemed sci-fi expert coworker for some recommendations. He suggested trying 2001: A Space Odyssey, so I think I will go pick that one up sometime soon!
And that’s a wrap! Now, onto a crazy decision I made about October.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I rarely ever read more than 3-4 novel-size books a month and decided that in October, I would try for 6! Then a few days ago, my girl Andi over at Estella’s Revenge announced a #15in31 readathon. She plans to read 15 books in the span of October. Now, there is no way (and I mean no way) that I could read 15 books in October, but I’m signing up for the motivation! If I can crack 10 (including some smaller reads), I will be a happy camper! Let’s see how this goes! (If you’re interested in signing up, click this link here.)
Hope you all had a wonderful September and that you’re pulling out all your flannel and big chunky sweaters for the chilly October weather!