Risen Motherhood – Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler (Harvest House Publishers, 2019)
The Innocents – Michael Crummey (Doubleday Canada, 2019)
Here I Am! – Pauline Holdstock (Biblioasis, 2019)
Every Little Scrap and Wonder – Carla Funk (Greystone Books, 2019)
The Blythes are Quoted – L.M. Montgomery (Viking Canada, 2009)
Frankly in Love – David Yoon (Putnam, 2019)
All the Forgivenesses – Elizabeth Hardinger (John Scognamiglio Books, 2019)
Did Not Finish:
Translated from the Gibberish – Anosh Irani
The Savage Detectives – Roberto Bolano
Greenwood – Michael Christie
Reviving Ophelia – Mary Pipher & Sara Pipher Gilliam
Emerald City – Brian Birnbaum
I shared a bit about October already at my mid-month check-in here. October did not get off to a great start and while it improved slightly I ended up reading seven books overall, which was definitely lower than I’d hoped. In the end, I DNFed (did not finish) three books which might be a record for me. After giving up on Greenwood (which, maybe I’ll return to one day…maybe?) I turned to some comfort reading with L.M. Montgomery and The Blythes are Quoted. While not exactly what I’d hoped, it was easy reading and I went from there to playing catch up with some ARCs and ended up enjoying Frankly in Love and All the Forgivenesses (review to come) pretty well.
2019 Reading Goals:
Books Read: 96/100 I’m confident I’ll hit my goal in November and I’m kind of excited to see what my 100th book ends up being
Books Reviewed: 75/50
Giller Prize Challenge: 5/6 My local library now has copies of Small Game Hunting, which is the final title I need to check off, and I’m #4 on the waitlist. So I may not get to it before November 18. I’m #1 on the waitlist for Frying Plantain though, which wasn’t shortlisted but I still want to read. My Giller prediction is still The Innocents but if it isn’t The Innocents I think it will go to Reproduction.
What I’ll Read Next:
I’ve been seeing all autumn that I’m going to read The Dutch House and A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and yet, clearly, I have yet to read either. Call me crazy, but after the rough reading month October turned out to be, I decided to save them for November. Plus, my birthday is in November and I wanted to make sure I’d have a book I loved to read then so I’m keeping The Dutch House as my birthday read.
I’ve decided to put a pause on my library hold list and stop adding things to it for a while. Instead, I’m going to focus on books I already own (and maybe some ARCS that I already have) for the last two months of 2019. In fact, I’m thinking of making December an all classics month. (Dickens, Plath, Greene, Thomas are just a few I’ve put off for far too long.)
What was your best read of October? Did you fare any better than me? What’s next?