Sunday, November 01, 2015

October Wrap-up and a Look Ahead

So . . . November already. This year just keeps chugging right along, does it not? Time for a little stock-taking.

October was a surprisingly good reading month for me. "Surprising" because it was a very busy month in general, with lots of STUFF going on -- and I really didn't think I'd get that much reading done; but I still managed to finish six books:
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice. James M. Cain
  • Champagne For One (Nero Wolfe #31). Rex Stout
  • The Maltese Falcon. Dashiell Hammett
  • The Night Sister. Jennifer McMahon
  • Slade House. David Mitchell
  • The Anger Meridian. Kaylie Jones
As usual, I'm way behind on reviews, but hope to get all of these done sometime this week. I enjoyed all of the books, which is probably why I was able to get through all of them so quickly.

This week, I'm finishing up one book:

and getting started on another:

The Last September,
by Nina de Gramont

Also doing a little planning for the rest of 2015, figuring out what I still need to read to complete a few of the reading challenges I've been working on this year.

For the Vintage Mystery Bingo Reading Challenge, I need to read one more book -- something with a method of murder in the title. Still looking for that one.

For the Chunkster Reading Challenge, I need one more book over 450 pages to complete the challenge. I suppose I could be wrong, but it's not looking good for this one.

For the 2015 Category Challenge at Library Thing, I'd still like to read at least one book for each of these categories:
  • General American Fiction, pre-2000
  • International Literature (other than Britain or Europe)
  • Science Fiction
  • Nonfiction
I have a lot of possibilities, just need to get started on them.

And so far, I haven't read anything at all for the Foodies Reading Challenge -- so I'd like to gobble up at least one food-related read before year's end.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. If you want to let the world know what you're going to be reading this week, head on over to her blog and leave your link. It's also a great way to discover new books and new blogs.


  1. Hmm I'm a bit like you, two months to go and figuring out what I need to read to at least finish one or two more challenges. I'm a bit low on library books so I might be visiting there. Enjoy those books this week.

  2. You did have a great month! I have a feeling the next couple of months will be slow for me.

  3. Glad to find your blog again. Glad you enjoyed your books. Would not have the nerve to join the Chunkster.....:)

  4. Wow, six books is a lot! I think the most I've done is five, and usually it's three or four.

    This week, one book slowed me down, as I wasn't really enjoying it. Had to finish, though, as it was a review book!

    I am curious about The Night Sister.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. Six books in one month is good. I manage three at the most. :)

    ENJOY The Last September.

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  6. It looks like you're participating in some fun book memes. The reads you've gotten under your belt recently have interesting titles.

  7. I deliberately chose to be challenge-free this year. I read so many review books and have so many on my TBR stacks that I don't want to try to meet challenges too. Good luck with making your goals. My current read - Six of Crows - would just squeak by for your chunkster challenge with 464 pages. Here is a summary of my week. Happy reading!


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