Bookends: October 2017

With October’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, I have read my way out of my September slump, but I’ve developed an unhealthy taste for YA novels. Unhealthy not because YA is inherently non-nutritious (although oftentimes it is) but because I feel like I’ve become accustomed to fast-paced, plot-based, and/or melodramatic fiction, and that doesn’t bode well for all of the more substantial books on my TBR. Alas!

An update on our pet snails: We released them a few weeks ago, and I presume that they are now cavorting happily in our garden, storing nuts and seeds and building cozy little cabins in preparation for the New England winter.

Now on to my October books!

Grown-up Books:

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez (autobiographical novel and the SBC September Selection)

What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan (nonfiction)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (YA, #2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series)

Infinity by Sherrilyn McKennon (YA, Chronicles of Nick #1, recommended by my 12yo)

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips (fiction; awesome, awesome, awesome novel! My favorite of the month! Very intense, and it’s the first book to make me sob, which apparently is a positive thing to me.)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (YA, started with audiobook, finished with paper book)

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny’s Story by Brenda Ashford (audiobook memoir and the SBC October Selection)

Notes on a Banana by David Leite (memoir, which I quite liked)

Ruins by Peter Kuper (graphic novel)

Kids’ Books:

Nada this month, unless you count the YA

Currently Reading:

  •  What It’s Like to Be a Dog by Gregory Berns
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld (the SBC November Selection)

My To-Read List for November:

  • The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  • Get In Trouble by Kelly Link
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  • The Turning by Francine Prose
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for November?

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