Wednesday, November 3

October Wrap-Up!

Can you believe there is only about 60 some odd days left in the year? (Actually, I think it's less than that now), which means there are only so many days left to read all the books I've planned to read this year, where does the time go? I have to say, October blew right by for me, but I did get a lot accomplished. I participated in 24 Hour Read-a-thon again this fall, although I didn't make the full 24 hours, I did get a lot of books read. I also finished a lot of books this month, and it was one of my most successful months for reading. January still has been my best month, but this is a very close second.

This month I read 12 books, which is great for me, usually I've been reading only about 6 books a month, but this month I doubled that. Not only that, but I managed to read some pretty great books this month to boot. All in all, a good month for books.


My favourite book this month was Ireland by Frank Delaney. The Road was a close second. Both books I highly recommend. Especially Ireland. My least favourite, The Hour Before Dawn and the Sixth Surrender. There were a few books I didn't enjoy this month, but those two were probably the worse of the bunch.
  1. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway - 7.75/10
  2. The Road - Cormac McCarthy - 9.5/10
  3. Hearts at Stake - Alyxandra Harvey - 7/10
  4. The Sixth Surrender - Hana Samek Norton - 5/10
  5. Ireland - Frank Delaney- 9.75/10
  6. Stolen - Kelly Armstrong -8.75/10
  7. The Hours - Michael Cunningham - 8.5/10
  8. Hour Before Dawn - Sarah MacDonald - 4.5/10
  9. The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie - 5.5/10
  10. Night Runner - Max Turner - 7.25
  11. Water for Elephants - Sarah Gruen - 9/10
  12. Evermore - Alyson Noel -5.75/10


This month was a good, no, great, month for challenges for me. I managed to get a leg up in some challenges, and I completed four challenges as well! Yay Me! I did fail a challenge, mainly because I thought it ended in November, not October, but I was close to finishing it. So close!

Completed Challenges

Chunkster Challenge - 4 Books Read
2nds Reading Challenge - 6 Books Read
Global Challenge - 12 Books Read
Fantasy Reading Challenge - 6 Books Read

On-Going Challenges

10/10 Challenge - 64/100
18th and 19th Century Women Writers - 2/3
100+ Challenge - 69/100
451 Reading Challenge - 3/7
A - Z Challenge - 38/52
Bibilophilic Challenge - 4/6
Canadian Book Challenge IV - 10/13
Centuries Challenge - 2/?
Chick Lit Challenge - 0/8
Decades Challenge - 3/10
Ebook Challenge - 0/6
Fall into Reading Challenge - 4/25
Flashback Challenge - 0/6(+?)
Finish that Series Challenge - 0/3 Series
Global Reading Challenge - 11/12
Jane Austen Challenge - 0/4
The Marple Poitot Holmes Challenge - 4/6
Reading Through the Seasons Challenge - 1/4
RYOB Challenge - 38/50
Support Your Local Library Challenge - 30/50
TBR Lite Challenge - 0/6
A Tournament of Reading - 1/3
War Through the Generations: Vietnam - 2/5
Women Unbound Challenge - 4/8

Failed/DNF/Dropped Challenges

2010 Countdown Challenge - 40/55

Countries Visited

I visited a new place this month, New Zealand, I also visited England, Canada, USA, Ireland, France, Spain. So another international month. For me. I also realized I've missed a few countries from my map, so I've included them.

visited 41 states (18.2%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Books Bought/Followed Me Home/Review

Hmm.... here we go.

1) The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom
2) The Gathering Storm - Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
3) Dime Store Magic - Kelly Armstrong
4) The Fallen - Stephen Finucan
5) Day After Night - Anita Diamant
6) Brooklyn - Colm Tobin
7) Jane Austen - Seven Novels - Complete Works Leather Bound - Jane Austen
8) The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Leather Bound - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
9) Sacred Hearts - Sarah Dunant
10) Evening Class - Maeve Binchy
11) Shannon - Frank Delaney
12) Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
13) Impartial Witness - Charles Todd
14) Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontes - Jude Morgan
15) Moonlight in Odessa - Jane Skesleen Charles (Review Book)

This and That
Oh, and I've been doing some work on the side bars and navigation link list at the top. Some links do not work yet, so clicking on them just brings you back to the main page of the site. I've done this intentionally so I can see how it all looks. Also, I do have my own domain name now, it should have updated everything automatically, but just in case it hasn't update your readers!

And that's my October, Happy Reading!

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