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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My month in review October 2016

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

My month has been odd. I got laid off at the very end of Sept. so I have been not reading books from that publisher and instead I have been reading a lot of memoirs (my crack), audio (because sometimes it's been too hard to read but I wanted to anyway, plus I had more time to go on long walks), and I also decided to really tackle my challenges as it's close to the end of the year and I am no longer under any obligation to read other books. I was worried this summer that I wouldn't finish any of the challenges but as of right now, I think I will complete the hardest one, the 50 states. It hasn't been easy but I am pushing through. I also was way behind ever since the spring for hitting my goal of 100 books but I am finally CAUGHT UP! (Well, I was for one day. But soon I will be permanently.) As for the other two challenges (books I want to read and chunksters), there's no way I will finish them unless I read nothing but those books for the rest of the year which I am not going to do (after all, I no longer am dying to read all 20 books that I was dying to read in December and that's okay.) But I might finish one of them and I'll certainly keep going forward with them.

Books completed this month:
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek with T.J. Mitchell
On Folly Beach by Karen White
Basin and Range by John McPhee
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World by Lizzie Skurnick
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides
The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters With Extraordinary People by Susan Orlean
Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell

What I acquired this month:
Maria Semple was in town at an author event and I got the book there, through my local independent bookstore, Watchung Books:
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

I went to Melville Books and the owners gave me some books:
The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure by C.D. Rose
How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees
The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream by Chris Lehmann
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

And I finally checked out the used bookstore here in Montclair and bought these books:
Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Unless by Carol Shields
Fight Less, Love More: 5-Minute Conversations to Change Your Relationship without Blowing Up or Giving In by Laurie Puhn
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The Other Woman by Rona Jaffe
True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

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