Thursday, November 15, 2018

Books Read in October

I can't believe I am writing my October summary on November 15, and there is snow on the ground outside! The weather has been crazy this year here. At least the books have been good! I continued to focus on the RIP Challenge in October, reading mostly dark and creepy books that I absolutely loved. Here's what I finished in October:
  • Never Best Against Occam: Mast Cell Activation Disease and the Modern Epidemics of Chronic Illness and Medical Complexity by Lawrence B. Afrin, M.D. - nonfiction (I'll review/discuss this one on my chronic illness blog)
  • The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher (UK) - teen/YA fiction
  • The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing - middle-grade graphic novel

  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware (Norway) - adult fiction
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Scotland) - play (both print and audio)
  • The Adults by Caroline Hulse (UK) - adult fiction - reviewed for Shelf Awareness (will link up when it is published later this month - hilarious family holiday drama!) 

So, that is a total of 10 books read in October! Wow, I'm impressed with myself. Two of them were middle-grade graphic novels (and quick reads), just one teen/YA novel, one nonfiction, one play, and five adult novels. I listened to two on audio. These were all good, and I thoroughly enjoyed the four dark and creepy novels for the season, but my favorite was a complete surprise to me - America's First Daughter, a historical novel I didn't even plan to finish and ended up loving it! The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo also deserves a special mention - a kids' graphic novel so clever, fun, and funny that I immediately requested its sequel.

Progress in 2018 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges. I read 6 books from my own shelves for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge, bringing my total-to-date to 26! Woohoo! R.I.P. Challenge is always good for whittling down my TBR piles. For the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge, October was Old or New, and I read both: Macbeth was a classic and The Adults was a new release. I also added Macbeth for the Back to the Classics Challenge under Crime Story, and added two for the 2018 Badass Books Challenge: Macbeth again for a book I should have read in school, and The Adults  for a book set at Christmas (I got a lot of mileage out of those two!). I traveled to the UK, France, Canada, Scotland, and Norway for my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge (though only Norway was a new one for this year). For my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge, I added just one new state, Virginia. And I finished off my RIP Challenge with another seven books for a total of 14 - what a nice, dark fall! I also reviewed 3 TV shows and 3 movies for the RIP Challenge.
Finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month. I filled in 22 squares in October - a very good Bingo month for me!

Spaces filled in:
Never Bet Against Occam - read a physical book, doctor
The Killing Woods - not in a series, All Hollows Eve 
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo - costume/disguise, candy/sweets, pranks
The Woman in Cabin 10 - shelf love
The Lost Ones - heroine, in a series, road trip, kidnapped
America's First Daughter - orange on the cover, library book, love triangle, coffee or tea drinker
Macbeth - audio book, darkness vs. good
The Adults - contemporary, free book
The Unsinkable Walker Bean - child's POV

What was your favorite book read in October?  


  1. I tried to buy a copy of Fifty Mice at my local book store, but they didn't have a copy. It sounded really good so I'll check to see if our library has it.

    1. Yes, it's a slightly older book, Helen, so might not be in stock. I ordered mine from our local bookstore - they mostly sell used books but will order new ones.

      If your library doesn't have it or you want your own copy, click through to my review of Fifty Mice (link on this page) - at the bottom of the page, I have 3 different links where you can buy it: Amazon, Book Depository (free shipping) or the Indie Bookstore site, where you can order it online or through a local store.

      Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I read The Woman in Cabin 10 too - liked it. Looks like you had an awesome reading month!

  3. Great job filling in 22 bingo squares!!! Thanks for playing with us :)

    1. Thanks for hosting Bingo! Always fun!