Sunday, November 01, 2009

Week in Review and October in Review

Random Thoughts

Reading challenges! For November I am having an unofficial reading challenge where you read books with a World War I, World War II, etc theme to them. I did it a couple years ago and it is very fitting for this time of the year. I hope others will read along! If you do plan to let me know. I will make sure that people know about it!

Another announcement is that it is just a month until the Advent Calendar for 2009. We will have more details as time gets a bit closer, but wanted to start getting people excited now! For those of you that are not sure what I am talking about you can see the posts from last year by clicking on this link.

Weekly Reads

This week was a bit of a slow reading week! Actually, October was not as busy a reading month as I was hoping.

I wasn't amazed with the first book in this series, but I actually didn't mind this one. I find the main character annoying. She is growing on me, though, so I will probably read more in this series. Kelley Armstrong is a great author and I love her adult novels.

Another excellent read by Scott Westerfeld! The hits just keep on coming this year with him. I am looking forward to book three.

I really liked this book! I am glad the library bought it for me. It is a werewolf novel, but it is different from others that are popular right now. I look forward to reading another book by her.

People have been telling me forever that I should read Bone, but it is really popular at the library. It finally came in, though, and I really enjoyed it! I am looking forward to book two coming in for me at the library.

I wanted to love this book, but I didn't. I liked it well enough, but it didn't blow me away or anything. That's not to say it wasn't written very well. It just didn't work for me. I am glad I read it, though!

This book has a fun concept to it, but I can't decide if I liked it or not. I will probably read the next book in the series, though, and I love that cover! I got my copy from the very nice Amy. She sent me the first season of Buffy, too. Isn't she great!?!

October in Review

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Iambics of Newfoundland: Notes from an Unknown Shore by Robert Finch
War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved by Melynda Jarratt
Jack of Fables - Volume 4: Americana by Bill Willingham
Fall by Colin McAdam
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
The Disappeared by Kim Echlin
The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence by Rachel Simmons
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy & Tacy series, Book 3)
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (Tomorrow Series, Book 1)
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl by John Colapinto
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown (Betsy & Tacy Series, Book 4) by Maud Hart Lovelace
Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong (The Darkest Powers Series, Book 2)
Touching Darkness (Midnighters Series, Book 2) by Scott Westerfeld
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Bone - Volume 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Weekly Posts

Guest Post: Music Munday - Lyrical Translation
Review: Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
This is Wednesday...
Review: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Olympics 2010
Wrapping up One Challenge and Starting Another!

Library Loot

Bone: Volume 1 by Jeff Smith
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
True Patriot Love: Four Generations in Search of Canada by Michael Ignatieff


  1. As usual you read a ton of books. I'm like #11 out of 20 for Shiver. Plus there's only one copy. *sigh* Oh well. It's beats buying books right now.

  2. I'm reading along with your unofficial WW1 and 2 challenge. Just started Not So Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith, a fictional account of the lives of female ambulance drivers in WW1. It's what you might call harrowing.

  3. Damn you read a lot! (Once again) :p I'm so glad that you finally read Bone!! And even more glad that you liked it :) It's such a good series! Rose was good too, but totally different. And I cannot BELIEVE that the Advent Calendar is coming up again already. Of course, you can count me in again, I just have no idea what I'll write about as always :p

  4. I get dizzy just by looking at your list. Well done, you!

  5. LMAO! First I see that October wasn't as busy a reading month as hoped - then I see your list of books read - and I'm thinking to myself "did I read that wrong?" But nope you actually call 20-something books "not busy!" :)

  6. Your "slow week" would be a record-breaking week for me. ;)

    Sorry you didn't love Olive Kitteridge...that's one I've had on my wish list for a while. And Shiver...ooooh, I want that one for the cover alone!

    I'm definitely going to try to join you for your war challenge! I'd originally planned to read All Quiet on the Western Front, but actually got to it before Nov., so now I'm hoping to read The Rape of Nanking, another book I've been wanting to read for a long time.

  7. Vasilly: I was first for Shiver because they bought it for me. Yay!

    Cath: Glad you are reading along!

    gautami: Thanks!

    Chris: Glad you are joining in with the Advent Calendar! I am looking forward to it. :)

    Alice: lol Thanks!

    Joanne: yeah, well, I was doing so good with going to read 400 books this year, but I sort of slowed down and probably won't do it now...

    Debi: Glad you are joining in for the war challenge!

  8. I don't know anything about Midnighters, what series is that a part of? I adored the "Uglies" series and am looking forward to reading more of his work.

  9. Awesome progress! I'll have to borrow Bone from my daughter when she's done.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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