October went well for reading. Just as in other recent years, it signaled the end of my summer reading slump which means that I now have some interesting titles on my list of completed books.
I hope that I am back into reading now. The slump seems to have become quite regular in the hot months over the past few years – perhaps it’s due to the really long summers that occur in Texas and I just get fed up with the high temperatures? You’d think if that was the case that I’d retreat into the air conditioning and read, but apparently I’m retreating into the AC and doing something else. No worries. I don’t live and die by the stats, so this is just me pondering…
Planning ahead, I’m off to England soon so I’m expecting bookie-related things around that visit. I’m sure we’ll find a bookshop or two, perhaps buy a title or two, and get some reading done (I hope). I’m still contemplating which titles to take, both on my Kindle and in RL. I’m thinking that I could leave any physical books that I complete in England, and then free up some packing space that way. We’ll see. Sometimes the best laid plans…. 🙂
November also signals the start of the U.S. Holiday Season (capitalized because it’s a months-long event), and I just saw Christmas stuff out at Barnes and Noble last weekend. Crikey. It gets earlier every year (or perhaps it’s just me.) The holidays (here in the US) always mean some time off from work for me, so I am looking forward to that. We get a break for Thanksgiving, and then we also get a healthy break from work over the Christmas holidays. I work for a large state university and the general campus shuts down completely between Christmas and New Year’s, so that’s a great present from the State of Texas. Yee-haw. Last year, I had brain surgery during that break. Not planning for that to happen this year, so should be a bit more fun for all involved!
So – to the books:
I read the following titles (with links to blog posts about said book where there is one):
- Miles From Nowhere: In Search of the American Frontier – Dayton Duncan (1993)
- The Lost Art of Mixing – Erica Baumeister (2013) (no blog post)
- Newjack – Ted Conover (2000) DNF
- The Ladies of Lyndon – Margaret Kennedy (1923) (no blog post)
- Halloween Party – Agatha Christie (1969) (no blog post)
- Dracula – Bram Stoker (GN artwork by Matt Pagett) (2016) /
- The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin (1972)
Total number of books read in October: 6
Total number of pages read: 1725 pages (av. 246).
Fiction/Non-Fiction: 4 fiction / 1 non-fiction (including 1 graphic novel)
Diversity: 0 POC (Whoops. This will be addressed during November.)
Library books vs. books I owned (and thus removed from the home abode): 1 library book and 6 owned book. 0 ILL and 0 e-book.
My favorite book, by far, was the Dayton Duncan NF about the American contemporary frontier. Totes a good read.
Where in the UK are you going to be? I hope you find some good bookshops. I don’t know if you know about BookCrossing but that’s a good way to leave your books around (there are even lists of cafes and pubs with bookshelves where you can leave them) and you might even hear back from one of them years later.
Have fun choosing your books to take – always more fun than real packing, of course …
Ha ha. Your comment about choosing books being more fun than the actual packing — absolutely. I’m going home to see my mum, brother and some old school friends (and stock up on Englishness in my blood!). Starting off in Bedford (near Cambridge) and then going to London. You’re in UK, aren’t you?
I am, in Birmingham. Don’t forget to include the Charing Cross Road in your London travels. You can always post books back to yourself, right?!