Mother Mother – Jessica O’Dwyer (Apprentice House Press, 2020)
The Bird King – G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, 2019)
The Party Upstairs – Lee Conell (Penguin Press, 2020)
Bunny – Mona Awad (Hamish Hamilton, 2019)
It Would Be Night in Caracas – Karina Sainz Borgo (translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer) (HarperVia, 2019)
The Summer Book – Tove Jansson (translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal) (New York Review Books, 2008)
Prayer – Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2007)
Real Life – Brandon Taylor (Riverhead Books, 2020)
Did Not Finish:
The Tin Drum – Gunter Grass
This book had been hanging out on my TBR for years so I finally picked up a copy at the library and thought I’d try it out. I got as far as the narrator’s grandmother being impregnated after hiding a man running from the police under her skirts, which all takes place in the first chapter. I couldn’t read this as anything but a rape scene although the book did not seem to treat it as such and I realized I wasn’t going to enjoy it enough to struggle through the insane narrator and the complicated Polish names.
Halfbreed – Maria Campbell
Waiting for a Star to Fall – Kerry Clare
Books Read: 81/100
Books Reviewed: 68/75
Current TBR: 187 (previously 186)
October was looking like a bit of a lacklustre month but I managed to squeak in two more books in the final week so that I could shake the six total that’s been following me recently. I did better at writing book reviews than I did in September.
As I said to someone the other day, I feel like October has both lasted six months and about two days. Thanksgiving feels ages ago and yet I can’t believe we’re already entering November. I’m working hard to combat the dreary doldrums of the rainy season with good books and I’m finding my patience wearing thin on reading anything I’m not excited about. (Hence, abandoning The Tin Drum only thirteen pages in.)
My Reading Goals for November include four books that I have high hopes for. Halfbreed is a new edition of a Canadian classic originally published in 1973 that I’ve been meaning to read since it came out a year ago. Jack by Marilynne Robinson and Waiting for a Star to Fall by Kerry Clare are both new releases, both of which I pre-ordered so that should tell you of my hopes for them. Land-Water-Sky is a new Canadian release that sounds intriguing and I recently received an ARC. I hope to keep using the local library as well but I don’t currently have anything on hold.
What about you, fellow readers? What did you read in October? What was your best read? How much of a chance do you give a book before you firmly shut its pages?
Oh, and since it’s Halloween, here’s a picture of my kids on the way to school yesterday: