October just flew by this month! I can’t believe I am already sending my family holiday wish lists. Luckily I have been using the library a ton this year, and with my Goodreads tag of Want To Own, I prefabricated my family a holiday list comprised 100% of books. Genius, if I do say so myself.
We’re getting into Yearly Challenge crunch time. I have not been holding up my end of the bargain. If I have learned anything from my blogging and book club involvement this year it’s that undercomitting to challenges is less stressful than overcommitting. I hope I manage to take place in fewer challenges next year. Do you agree? How do you feel about reading challenges?
List of Reads
I have been reading more than blogging lately, which is a bit of a mixed bag. In October I only managed to write 8 book reviews, but I read 18 books. I have been in a bit of a book review slump lately. Does that happen to anyone else? I’m hoping to see that lift soon. Here’s hoping!
Read – 18 total books
- Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversations by David Mann
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Greeny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Swizler
- Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdian
- Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
- Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling
- I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star by Judy Greer
(Yikes. Most of these books have been here for multiple months…)
You MUST READ this month:
OH MAN. There were so many great books this month. I am cheating– instead of picking 1, I’m picking four:
- Rad Women Worldwide: This book is something all families with young girls should have in their house. Get a copy for everyone you know who meets these criteria.
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman: I swear, Lindy West is my spirit animal. Part memoir, part collection of empowering essays this book reads quickly and had me constantly laughing. Recommended to all.
- At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: In an attempt to become a master Indian food chef, I have been reading a lot of books about Indian food. This includes recipes, learning about ingredients and cooking techniques, as well as the history of cooking this food and the tools used in these processes. No book has taught me more, or improved my cooking, like this book. I am completely in love with Madhur Jaffrey.
- Gemina: Oh, The Illuminae Files. How I love you. I won’t be able to put into words how much I adore this book (of which I binge read 660 pages in 36 hours) for a while yet, but it’s amazing. Don’t believe me? Check out my review of the first book in this series, Illuminae.
DANGER! Avoid this month:
This feels a bit unfair, but still:
- Sisters of Wind and Flame: This feels like a cop-out, but it was my lowest ranked book this month. Sisters of Wind and Flame is the prequel to Threats of Sky and Sea. I read this as part of my PopSugar Challenge. Normally, I wouldn’t toss a novella up here, but it really ranked the most poorly… It was just a really great month for reading!
I did make some good progress on my reading challenges this month. It’s not a huge jump, but I’m starting to worry. I have some vacation days left this year; I might take some just to make a dent in my challenges. Oops! It looks like going forward I’ll need to restrict my reading as much as I can to only challenge books.
Check out my challenge statuses as they update here.
It wouldn’t be tsundoku if I didn’t have a gigantic pile of books waiting for me! Sadly, I barely read any of the books my friends lent me. And, I went a little crazy with the library books this month. Plus I overly committed to NetGalley? Yikes. As we are entering into November, this list will continue to grow, but I will try to focus on my challenge books. This is CRUNCH TIME PEOPLE!
TBR: Library Books
- Naruto, Vol 7 by Mashashi Kishimoto
- A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnson
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
- At Home with Madhur Jaffrey by Madhur Jaffrey
- We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Scott Pilgrim #1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
TBR: Lent from Friends
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- One Crazy Summer by Rita-Williams Garica
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- A Perfect Score by Craig and Katheryn Hall
- From Panel to Screen by Drew Morton
- Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub
- The Blazing Star by Imani Josey
- The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers
Book Club Reading
- Our Shared Shelf- Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
- Kids Lit – One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
- West Side Stories – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Brunch Books – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zeven
<sigh> I don’t know how I end up in this predicament every month. Am I the only one with gigantic TBR lists? How do we stop this?!