Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Books Read in October

Our jack-o-lanterns, ready for Halloween!

Poor health in October got me WAY behind in writing reviews, but it meant lots of extra reading time! So, I'm a little late with the summary, but here are the books I finished in October:


Wow! I finished 10 books last month, which is close to a record for me (though two were middle-grade graphic novels, fit between the cracks). As you can see, it was an all-fiction month for me and an all-dark and creepy reading month, too! I love reading for the season. Otherwise, it was a good mix, with three audio books and seven read in print. Though I read mostly adult fiction, one book was YA and two were for middle-graders. All of these were great; I really enjoyed my months of spooky reading. I'm going to cheat and pick three favorites: a three-way tie! My favorites last month were The Lock Artist, The Sense of Death, and The Haunting of Hill House. Each well-written, compelling, and suspenseful in its own way.

Progress in 2020 Reading Challenges:
You can see all of the reading challenges I am participating in and full lists of the books read for each at the challenges link. I have some fun ones going this year!

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2020 - I read eight books from my own shelves last month. #RIP XV Challenge is always good for our TBR shelves.
2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge - October was Thrills and Chills, which means every single book fit! I chose The Sense of Death by Matty Dalrymple, since it includes actual ghosts/spirits.
Back to the Classics 2020 - I read another classic! The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson brings my 2020 classics total to five.
PopSugar Reading Challenge - this is a unique one! Most of my categories are filled now, so I didn't add any new ones last month.
2020 Nonfiction Reader's Challenge - No nonfiction last month.
2020 Diversity Reading Challenge - Four of my books were diverse last month.
Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge - I only traveled globally to Ireland in my books last month (where I'd already been this year).
2020 Literary Escapes Challenge - I added two new states, Arizona and Wisconsin, which is tough to do at this time of year.
2020 Big Book Summer Challenge - Ended in September, with a grand total of ten for me this year.

RIP XV -  All 10 of my books fit the challenge, for a total of 14 books this season.

And finally, Bookish Bingo hosted by Chapter Break - not really a challenge per se, but a fun game that I play each month! Stop by to print out this month's Bingo card and play along. In October, I filled 15 spaces on my bingo card:

Spaces Filled:
Sycamore - not in a series, bicycle
The Lock Artist - trick or treat, black on the cover
The Witch Elm - read a physical book
All Your Twisted Secrets - skeletons (figurative), audio book
The Sense of Death - in a series, kidnapper
August Snow - landscape on the cover, shelf love
Leave the World Behind - free book
Haunting of Hill House - made into a TV show or movie, cursed
Free Space

What was your favorite book read in October?


  1. 10 books that counted for 3 challenges? Way to go in October!

  2. I hope November has been a better month for you health wise, Sue.

    My favourite book of October was a middle grade book: The Ghost of Gosswater by Lucy Strange.

    1. Thanks, Jade - definitely improving :)

      Oooh - I like ghost stories - that sounds like a good one!

  3. Sorry to hear you weren’t well, I hope you are feeling better now.