Thursday, November 21, 2019

Books Read in October

Brilliant fall color in October!
Whew, it's taken me a while to write my October reading summary because I read SO many books last month and finally finished reviewing all of them! It was a mostly dark reading month, for the RIP XIV Challenge. Here's what I finished in October:

  • Threatened by Eliot Schrefer (Gabon) - YA suspense/thriller
  • Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land (UK) - adult psychological thriller on audio
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Korea, Japan) - adult novel

Thirteen books?? I don't think I've ever read 13 books in a single month before (though, three of them were quick graphic novels) - no wonder it took me so long to review them all! With the focus on mystery, suspense, and thrillers, it was a very fun reading month. Of the thirteen, four of them were YA, two were middle-grade graphic novels, and the rest were adult books. I listened to three books on audio and read the rest in print. I enjoyed every one of these - so hard to pick a favorite! I really loved Pachinko, The Child Finder, A Study in Charlotte, and And Then There Were None, but if I have to pick a single favorite, I think it would be Threatened by Eliot Schrefer, about an African boy living with chimpanzees in Gabon. I was so engrossed and fascinated by this novel that I immediately got a copy of one of Jane Goodall's books for Nonfiction November!

Progress in 2019 Reading Challenges:
This is my favorite part of my monthly summary - updating my Reading Challenges:

Mount TBR Reading Challenge - The RIP Challenge is always great for my TBR Challenge! I added eight books from my own shelves last month - woohoo!
Monthly Motif Reading Challenge - October was Tricks and Trades month, and the characters in The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag are witches!
Back to the Classics Challenge - I finally read a classic last month, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. That brings my grand total for the year so far to ... 4!
Monthly Keyword Challenge - After eight months without meeting this challenge even once (clearly, not the best choice for me), I finally had one keyword for September and hit it again in October with The Midwinter Witch.
Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2019 - No nonfiction last month.
Diversity Reading Challenge - Five books last month had diverse characters.
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - I read several books set in the UK (nothing new there) but added Gabon, Korea, and Japan (and learned a lot about those places!).
2018 Literary Escapes Challenge - I added two new states, Florida and Oregon.
RIP XIV Challenge - Twelve of my thirteen books last month were for this challenge - so much fun!
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 20 squares in October:

Sorry for the bad photo!

Spaces Filled:
Miracle Creek - not in a series
The Infinite Sea - squad/friends, future setting, immortal creatures
And Then There Were None - read a physical book
Threatened - shelf love
Good Me, Bad Me - free book
A Study in Charlotte - romance, in a series
Pachinko - historic setting, library book, candy
The Midwinter Witch - holiday, vacation, shifter creature
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl -  Non-human on the cover
Never Have I Ever - audio book
The Child Finder - kidnapped
Devil in a Blue Dress - reluctant hero

What was your favorite book read in October?


  1. What a wonderful set of books you read in October and you did super well on your challenges as well. Well done. Of those books, I think I added Threatened and Pachinko to my list.

    1. Both outstanding books - I think you'll like them, Helen!

  2. Congrats on finishing 13 books! I used to be able to read that much in a month, but not anymore. I’ve gotten lazy. :)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. This was a rarity for me, AJ! I normally read just 5-8 books a month. Some of these were quickie graphic novels.

  3. I really want to read Pachinko—somehow I’ve got to get it on a reading list for 2020. Congrats on such a great reading month in Oct—yes, I’ve noticed that most of my October RIP reads are from my own shelves. I collect mysteries as other bloggers recommend them, and then have a wealth to chose from.

    1. Pachinko was SO good!! Yes, my husband reads mostly mystery/suspense/thrillers, so I always have lots to choose from.