I added 19 books to my Read shelf last month, bringing my YTD total to 174 (Goodreads link).
Here are a few more stats from October’s book journal summary page:
nearly one-third (6/19) were audio – I thought that words on a page were trending up after last months 75%, but October is right in line with August.
nearly two-thirds (12/19) were borrowed, two I owned, and five were purchased (four “new”, and one “used”) … which was almost identical to last month!
four were non-fiction … more similar to earlier months and I credit the NBA non-fiction short list for getting me to read two of those.
My Reading Intentions continued to be pretty balanced, except that Connection is still lagging (gah, still…) I can only hope that number picks up as more folks read – and want to talk about! – new releases and books from the prize short lists:
Connection – 7
Growth – 8
Diversity – 10 (yay, nearly half!)
Delight – 19
Three books checked all four boxes:
- A Passage North, short-listed for the Booker Prize (and note that I only “liked” it; checking all the boxes does not necessarily equal “love”)
- Her Body and Other Parties, for Fiction Matters’ October bookclub – I really loved this collection of short stories, even the horror bits (why it checked the growth box) and learned a lot from the discussion.
- The Fortune Men, also short-listed for the Booker Prize … and one I was rooting for to win! It wasn’t released in the US until November, so you might be able to find it in libraries now. It didn’t win the prize, but I still highly recommend this one for the story, the characters, and the writing (I won’t give a book five stars if I don’t think it has all three).
Other ♥ notes from my journal:
♥ paper is still way easier to borrow these days, especially for new releases.
♥ loved reading books I purchased – The Fortune Men, Tastes like War, Cloud Cuckoo Land, and Great Circle were all recent releases (I even pre-ordered Cloud Cuckoo Land) that I’m glad I have on my bookshelf … so I can lend them to others, and revisit as the mood strikes.
♥ short lists! five of the seven 5-star books were from those lists.
♥ growth = learning about war in Sri Lanka, “horror”, the story of Mahmood Mattan (The Fortune Men is based on his true story), and more about racism, immigration, Korea, research/story-telling methodologies, … and Toni Morrison.
♥ love memoir that relates to a bigger picture or theme; it’s not just enough to be “a good story, told well”, I want to learn about something broader.
♥ stories. looking forward to diving in more intentionally in 2022.
♥ sticking to my TBR really helped me read the books that mattered to me (some of these had been on my mental list for months and I made time for them this month). Of the 19 I finished, 17 were planned reads at the beginning of the month
I was delighted with the Booker winner (The Promise) last week and look forward to the NBA prizes next week (November 17). Four of my 5-star books came from the NBA short lists (The Prophets and Cloud Cuckoo Land for fiction & All That She Carried and Tastes Like War for non-fiction) I cannot recommend these books highly enough and expect they’ll all make my best-of-2021 list.
I’m trying to stick to my TBR again this month … and I’m probably most excited about that bottom row
Katie lent me the Ruth Ozeki, a signed copy (!!!) of The Sentence arrived in today’s mail, The Island of Missing Trees is in my audible library … and I have about six hours left to listen to The Lincoln Highway.
What are you most excited to read this month?
Here’s to reading better!