Guess what- I Finished 28 Books this month!

Not only did I finish 28 books this month, but I also finally hit the 150 mark on my Goodreads Challenge, which means of course that I only need to finish 50 more books in the next 2 months to finish 200 for the year. And then, as I mentioned in my last post, I get to reread some of my favorites.

The Books I Read in October:

1. Under the Dome, by Stephen King (very long, somewhat similar to a novella by Andre Norton called Outside)

*2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (excellent first novel in a YA/adult fantasy series involving circus performers of sorts, monsters, and interesting powers)

3. Austin City Limits: A History, by Tracey E. Laird (A bit dry, but would be interesting reading for folks involved in building local music scenes.)

4. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, by Isabel Allende (Middle-Grade fantasy set in Bhutan)

*5. Pomegranate Soup, by Marsha Mehran (Iranian sisters move to Ireland and start a restaurant in a small Irish town. Some very tasty-sounding recipes are included.)

6. Relentless, Cherry Adair (Awful, poorly edited book with caricatures for characters and a plot that barely holds together, supposed to be a blend of spy-thriller and steamy romance, but even the sex scenes are pretty bad.)

7. Unsaid, by Neil Abramson (A chimp named Lucy develops language, and her trainer must try to save her from being absorbed into the chimp research pool where she’ll be used for lethal medical testing.)

8. Written in Stone, by Ellery Adams (Murder mystery involving land rights and the Lumbee tribe)

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (Interesting time-travel novel, following a rather non-linear romance)

10. The Circuit: Executor Rising, by Rhett Bruno (Fairly decent space opera, certainly as good as David Weber’s books, only less tedious and a bit closer to Asimov’s stories.)

11. The Wild Colonial Boy, by James Hynes (An American of Irish descent gets drawn into carrying money meant for the IRA’s arms fund)

12. Into the Canyon, by Michael Neale (A story about recovering from trauma by immersing oneself in nature and work in a Colorado canyon whitewater rafting outfit)

13. Gregory’s Game, by Jane A. Adams (Murder mystery, not my favorite by this author, but other books in this series stars a female detective, Naomi, who loses her sight and continues to solve crimes.)

14. Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, by Joel Williamson (Great biography that shows the cultural and sociohistorical world of the Southern US during Elvis Presley’s life and how he shaped and was shaped by the South.)

15. Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton (A lot like Horatio Hornblower novels, and set at the same time period, but this one is based on a true story about pirates in the Caribbean.)

16. Why I Write, by George Orwell (Awful collection of essays that show the closed-minded, judgmental, ill-informed sides of this otherwise great author.)

17. Tortuga, by Rudolfo Anaya (A boy is paralyzed by a fall and near drowning, and is sent to a children’s ward to recover his mobility, where he is surrounded by similarly injured kids who give new perspectives on what it means to be alive.)

18. Without You, There Is No Us, by Suki Kim (Excellent memoir by a woman who worked in North Korea for years teaching English to elite boys.)

19. The Enormous Crocodile, by Roald Dahl (Cute kids’ book- if you have not yet read this one, you should, however old you are.)

20. Crossfire, by Andrea Domanski (YA, A teenage girl discovers she has special abilities to fight monsters that ordinary mortals can’t even see, and that her mom is alive and has been fighting those same monsters since before the girl was born.)

21. Alburquerque, Rudolfo Anaya (Part of a light murder mystery series that revolves around Native American tribal magic and Albuquerque history)

22. Flight, by Sherman Alexie (A time-travel novel that explores race and Native American identity)

23. The Shelf: Leq-Les: Adventures in Extreme Reading, by Phyllis Rose (A book about a woman’s reading adventure, reading all the books on a particular shelf of her favorite New York private library)

24. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (A novel about Dominican culture and identity, as seen through a tragic character a lot like the protagonist in A Confederacy of Dunces)

25 Farewell to the King, Pierre Schoendoerffer (An interesting, and perhaps true story about a man who is rescued by native people after he is injured in Southeast Asia)

26. Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl (Another kids’ book you should read, this time a romance involving tortoises)

27. The Diary of a Madman, by Nikolai Gogol (Some cool short stories similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s stories, but with more politics thrown in)

28. The Eye of Heaven, by Clive Cussler (Husband and wife exploration team goes in search of a legendary artifact that lands them in Cuba and various other dangerous places.)

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