Friday, November 11

October Wrap-Up!

Well, October has come and gone and now there are about 40 days left in the year! Can you believe it? This month was another great reading month, I read a lot of books, finished a challenge, well on my way to finishing a handful more and I participated in the 24 hour read-a-thon, and had a blast doing it - all in all a great reading month for me.

The Books

This month I read a whooping 15 books! I'm so happy with that number. Read some good books too, including the ones I finished during the read-a-thon, which was a big help for me reading as many books as I did this month. I read 8 Ebooks and 7 print books - I'm using my ereader a lot more than I thought I would, I love using it for library books - no more library fees for me! My favourite book this month by far was The Night Circus - this book is a must read! Beautiful Assassin is a very, very close second. My least favourite book is a tie between The Finkler Question and The Cloud Messenger. I would also like to give honourable mention to I Am Number Four and Dead Until Dark - both books are books I wasn't sure I'd enjoy, especially in my experience of books in the genre that are similar to them - but both I enjoyed far more than I thought - goes to show, should always at least try to give a book a chance. My words of wisdom for the day

1) I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore (Ebook) 7.5/10
2) Beautiful Assassin - Michael White  (Ebook) 10/10
3) The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern  10/10
4) The Garden Party and Other Stories (EBook) - 7.5/10
5) The Sleeping Beauty - Mecedes Lackey (EBook) 7.5/10
6) Valmiki's Daughter - Shani Mootoo  - 7.25/10
7) The Finkler Question - Howard Jacobson (EBook)  4/10
8) Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones - 7/10
9) Roswell - Sonny Whitelaw and Jennifer Fallon 8.75/10
10) Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris (EBook) - 7.5/10
11) The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole -(EBook) - 7.25/10
12) The Cloud Messenger - Aamer Hussein - 4/10
13) Good to a Fault - Maria Endicott 7.25/10
14) Exogenesis (SGA-5) - Sonny Whitelaw and Elizabeth Christiansen (Ebook) - 8.75/10
15) Bluebeard's Egg - Margaret Atwood - 7.75/10

The Challenges

I know I may not finish all the challenges, but I don't care. Most of them I'll finish, and I had fun (and will continue to) with them. Some of the challenges are helping me expand my interest and some are fun trying to find that one book to fill in the gaps titles that start with X anyone? I finished one challenge this month - The Canadian Reading Challenge V. But I plan on reading and adding to the list, but I'm officially done that challenge. As it stands, I'm close to finishing a lot of my challenges. (One was finished already earlier in the month!) So with the exception of one or two, I should have most challenges finished, and I'm doing some pre-2012 challenge prepwork, trying to find some ones I may be interested in.

Completed Challenges
Canadian Reading Challenge V - 13/13 Books Read - Completed October 31, 2011

Ongoing Challenges

11 in 11 - 88/121
100+ Challenge - 96/100
1001 Books Challenge - 13/16
2011 Count Down Challenge - 57/66
A - Z Challenge - 50/52
Book Blogger Bucket List - 14/26
Chunkster Reading Challenge - 4/8
Fall into Reading Challenge - 6/14
Fantasy Reading Challenge - 10/12
Global Reading Challenge - 17/21
Ireland Reading Challenge - 5/6
Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge - 4/16
Take a Chance III Challenge - 7/10
War Through the Generations - Civil War - 3/5

Countries Visited

I was a bit of a globe hopper this month! I managed to visit; Russia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, India, Italy, Canada, USA, England, and more random plants in outer space.

Bookish Events

This month I participated in the 24 Hour Read-a-thon. I read for 18 - 18.5 hours, finished 3 books. For more details you can read about it here.

Books That Followed Me Home

The Cloud Messenger - Aamer Hussian (Review Book)
Halcyon - James Swallow - EBook*
Exogenesis - Sonny Whitelaw and Elizabeth Christensen*

* These books were out of print but have been released in Ebook. I couldn't resist. Its only in kindle format, and I don't own one, but I can still read them on the computer. :)

In other news, I'm participating in The Holiday Swap - for the second year in a row. It's a great event, check it out here.  I'm also participating in the Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange you can find more details here. 'Tis the season!

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