A Place for Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza (Random House Audio, 2018)
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey, 2022)
Chivalry – Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran (Dark Horse Books, 2022)
Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus (Doubleday Canada, 2022)
Pallbearing – Michael Melgaard (Astoria, 2020)
The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty (A Harvest Book, 1980)
The Beauty Chasers – Timothy D. Willard (Zondervan Reflective, 2022)
I’m Still Here – Austin Channing Brown (Penguin Random House, 2018)
Burntcoat – Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber, 2021)
Did Not Finish:
Under This Unbroken Sky – Shandi Mitchell
This book sat on my TBR for a long time after I really enjoyed Mitchell’s more recent novel. I borrowed it from the library but was never really able to engage in it. It begins with a Ukrainian family who has immigrated to Canada, a topic I find interesting, and yet I simply never felt the urge to pick it up.
Girls Burn Brighter – Shobha Rao
I started listening to this one on audio and, again, just never felt really engaged. I don’t know if it would have been different to read it but I found myself not looking forward to my time spent listening to this book.
The Phantom Glare of the Day – M. Laszlo
A Room Made of Leaves – Kate Grenville
Good Inside – Dr. Becky Kennedy
Away – Amy Bloom (my current Audio)
Books Read: 79/80 (9 in October)
Books Reviewed: 59/79 (8 in October
Translated Works: 9/10 (0 in October)
Reading Books I Already Own: 15/20 (The Beauty Chasers)
Books from the TBR pre-2020: 22/20 (A Place for Us has been there since 2019 and Eudora Welty’s Short Story collection since 2013)
Current TBR: 223 (previously 233) I did read a lot from my TBR this month and I did cross off a couple of titles that I am no longer interested in but….this seems like too much of a drop. And yet, I have decided to revel in it and not recount.
One of the bonuses of having two kids in school now has been having time to browse the shelves of my local library. Don’t get me wrong, I have visited the library regularly over the past seven years. But my time there has been pretty focused on the kids’ section. The books I borrow for myself are ones I’ve put on hold or snatched quickly from a display as I pass by. Now I take a little time once a week and really browse. And it turns out I’m really optimistic about the reading I can accomplish in a 2-week span. Sadly, I’ve returned a couple of books without really reading them (though I hope to borrow them again), but I’ve also been spurred to read more in order to get through the titles before they come do. And I’ve borrowed some books (like Burntcoat) that I never knew about previously. I’ve also started using the Inter-Library Loan system again for the first time since pre-Covid.
I’ve just picked up Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng and The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford from the library. I ran out of time to read Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson but I’ll definitely put my name back on the waitlist.
A friend also loaned me Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr which I hope to start as soon as I finish Kate Grenville. My next non-fiction will probably be Timothy Keller’s new book about forgiveness, which recently came out and I purchased right away.
I expect November to be a good reading month (knowing that December most likely will not be one for me) and I’m excited to continue knocking titles off my TBR!