Tuesday, November 01, 2011

October in Review

What I Learned

That I love this time of the year, but never seem to have enough time for all the things I would love to do. I did have a successful time with the R.I.P. Challenge this year, but there were many more books I would have loved to read. My numbers this year are not entirely where I wanted them to be and I don't think November and December are going to be enough to bring them up a bit. I always get slack with reading and blogging in December. I am hoping for a bit better reason this year, though. Last year the cc's (charming comedian aka 'the guy') sister passed away from cancer. It all happened very fast and it obviously put a damper on the holidays. There are a few things happening now, though, that make me think that the holidays will be coinciding with another cancer-related death. It's a sad disease and this is a depressing beginning to a post...

Moving on! We are hoping to be announcing the start date for the Advent Calendar Tour very soon. I hope you are all getting excited about it and have some post ideas in mind! If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can visit the blog here to see all the fun from last year.

New to Me Authors

Tanya Lee Stone (The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie)
Laurel Ann Nattress (editor: Jane Austen Made Me Do It)
H.P. Lovecraft (The Call of Cthulhu)
Amy Plum (Die for Me)
Tina Fey (Bossypants)
Little Princes (Conor Grennan)
Bram Stoker (Dracula)
Helen Dunmore (A Spell of Winter)
Lisa Habel (Dearly, Departed)
Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl's: 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again)
E. Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks)

Series Talk

Skulduggery Pleasant Series - 6/6 Caught up!
Revenants Series - 1/1 Caught up!
Dearly, Departed Series - 1/1 Caught up!
Lord of the Rings - 2/3 - (Reread)

The Source

Library: 7
Borrowed from Friend: 0
e-Reader: 8
Personal: 5

What I Read

213. Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham (Completed October 2, 2011)
214. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (Completed October 6, 2011)
215. The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and her Impact on Us by Tanya Lee Stone (Completed October 7, 2011)
216. Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Book 6) by Derek Landy (Completed October 7, 2011)
217. Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart by Laurel Ann Nattress (Completed October 8, 2011)
218. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft (Completed October 8, 2011)
219. Die for Me (Revenants Series, Book 1) by Amy Plum (Completed October 11, 2011)
220. Bossypants by Tina Fey (Completed October 11, 2011)
221. Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan (Completed October 11, 2011)
222. Dracula by Bram Stoker (Completed October 18, 2011)
223. A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore (Completed October 20, 2011)
224. Smut by Alan Bennett (Completed October 21, 2011)
225. Dearly, Departed by Lisa Habel (Completed October 21, 2011)
226. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (Completed October 21, 2011)
227. Grammar Girl's: 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Forgarty (Completed September 22, 2011)
228. The Lord of the Rings - Book 2: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (Completed October 28, 2011)
229. Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn (Completed October 28, 2011)
230. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (Completed October 29, 2011)
231. Affinity by Sarah Waters (Completed October 29, 2011)
232. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Completed October 29, 2011)

Books Added to the TBR Pile

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Macmillan Children)
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson (Macmillan Children)
Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardinge (Harper Collins Canada)
Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney (Random House Canada)
Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman (Penguin Canada)
Before the Poison by Peter Robinson (Random House Canada)
In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood (Random House Canada)
I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks)
If I Tell by Janet Gurtler (Sourcebooks)
The Digging Crew by Nathalie Mallet (Author)
A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead (Random House Canada)
Falling Backwards by Jann Arden (Random House Canada)

Thoughts for November

As with every November, I would like to tackle some of the books on my TBR pile that deal with WWI, WWII, etc. I have so many and with everything else, they seem to get neglected... What are your plans for November?


  1. Looks to me like you had a pretty successful Oct!

  2. You caught up on the Skulduggery Pleasant series! I think I'm still on book three or four. I like to listen to the audiobooks, though, and I haven't had much opportunity to actually listen to them this year...booo. :(

  3. Oh Kelly, I hope you're wrong about there being another death this holiday season...I truly do. You so deserve to have this Christmas be a happy one. *hugs*

  4. Hey Kells! I so hope that this Christmas is a really good one for you!! You deserve the best!! And you can count me in for the Advent Calender :D I don't think I've missed a year since it started!!

  5. Looks like you're doing great 232 Books? That's more than double of what I read. Looks like you've read some good books aswell.

  6. **Amused: It didn't seem that way, but maybe it was...

    **Anastasia: I love Skulduggery! I tried to listen to the first one on audio, but it was from the library and it was badly scratched...

    **Debi: I am hoping... It is just another person that will greatly affect the cc and then me by association. It's hard to be cheery when everyone else is depressed!

    **Chris: I am glad you will be doing the Advent Calendar. I also talked Debi into it. I am very excited because I try every year and she said yes this year. :)

    **Jules: Thanks!


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