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October

Books Bought:
* 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
* The October Country – Ray Bradbury
* Baba Yaga’s Assistant – Marika McCoola & Emily Carroll

Books Read:
* Baba Yaga’s Assistant – Marika McCoola & Emily Carroll
* The Martian – Andy Weir

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. I made a goal to read 15 books this month for the #15in31 readathon, and not only did I come NO WHERE NEAR that, I also read less books than I think I’ve ever read in a month. One book and one comic, you guys. That is.. awful.

Right now, I’m sitting on 4 half read books, which I was reading alongside The Martian. I wanted to love it so much. I wanted to be as in love as my coworkers and friends, but it just didn’t happen. It took me all month to slug through it (and part of last month too). I loved the characters, the witty dialogue, the space! But all the science that I didn’t quite understand threw me off.  I found myself either picking up something else or just not reading to avoid going back to it. That being said, I really liked the film!

The only other book I indulged in was Emily Carroll’s new collaboration. Carroll’s Through the Woods was creeptacular and one of my favourite books last year, so I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for her next publication. I hemmed and hawed over spending the money to buy Baba Yaga’s Assistant, and on my third visit to the bookstore, caved. Sadly, though I still loved Carroll’s illustrations, the story just didn’t do it for me. I highly recommend checking out her online comics. If you’re a horror lover, this will be a total gift!

I did treat myself to a few other books this month, both gorgeous mass markets. First, I grabbed 2001: A Space Odyssey on a coworker’s recommendation. After reading and not really loving Sleeping Giants last month, I wanted a tried-and-true alien sci-fi book to read, and this was it. As you can probably guess, I haven’t actually started yet, but it’s coming!  Also, you must read old sci-fi books as mass markets, amirite?!

I also, on a flight of whimsy, grabbed The October Country by Ray Bradbury. It was one of the first chilly fall days, so I took my lunch hour to run to the bookstore. I read a few stories but unfortunately didn’t finish it in time. The cover is a remake of the original cover published in 1955 and it’s hauntingly gorgeous.

My plans to read some good scary stories this month really didn’t work out, with the exception of what I read from The October Country. I’m also halfway through:
* After You – Jojo Moyes (almost finished, but probably won’t finish before Sunday)
* Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed (an AMAZING book but one that makes me pretty emotional so I’m taking it in steps)
* Carry On – Rainbow Rowell (I always enjoy her books, so I started this as soon as I got my hands on a copy)
* The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (was trying this to get into the Halloween spirit but can’t get into it. May abandon for now and come back to it another time.)

On a personal note, my month was full of some seriously awesome things. For one, I went axe throwing. Yes, real axes and I totally felt like Daryl Dixon. If you’ve ever thought of giving it a try, I highly recommend it. You’ll feel like a total badass and simultaneously let off some serious steam. I also voted (woot woot!), made some fantastic meals (including a Pear Pizza, recipe care of The Domestic Geek) and got my very first ever REAL kitchen table. I feel like an adult — woo!

Okay, so my reading month was a major fail, but it was a good month all together! Now I have two months to read 18 books to keep on track for my yearly goal. This could be challenging…. A post about what I’m hoping to read to come in the near future! Hope you all had a wonderful month and that you have a fabulous Halloween!

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3 thoughts on “October in Review

  1. You’re so hard on yourself! You did so many other awesome things!
    I’m sorry that you didn’t like The Martian. I know what you mean about the science. I was really frustrated with that to begin with and then I made a decision to just not think about it too hard. After that, I was able to enjoy it so much more.
    I REALLY want to read Carry On! I hadn’t realized it was out so soon. My sister just finished it and loved it. I think she even got a physical copy of it so I can actually borrow it.
    I think if you focus on just enjoying reading for reading’s sake, rather than reading for stats, you will surprise yourself by how many more books you get through!

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