read what you own (sort of) october

bedside table books

At the beginning of October, I became completely overwhelmed by the state of my Goodreads to-read list. This was one part oh God I will never read all the books in the world and one part I got a Kindle and suddenly there were all these new books! That looked good! That weren’t on my list! That I could get easily! And also here is a 12 book mystery series that I must devour!

So I set myself a challenge: I tracked down Kindle copies of as many books on my to-read list as I could, ah, cough cough, find, and I made a collection of them, and I told myself that in October, I could only read from that collection. Sure, I’ve suffered a JD Robb related head injury of late, but I managed to read 18 books off my to-read list in October! Go team me.

Those books were:

  • Beautiful Redemption, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  • Loose Girl: A Memoir Of Promiscuity, Kerry Cohen
  • Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • These Things Hidden, Heather Gudenkauf
  • An Unfinished Score, Elise Blackwell
  • Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, Cherie Currie
  • Necromancing The Stone, Lish McBride
  • Fate, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Running The Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, Avi Steinberg
  • Drama Queers!, Frank Anthony Polito
  • Seating Arrangements, Maggie Shipstead
  • Band Fags!, Frank Anthony Polito
  • Inmate 1577, Alan Jacobson
  • You Take It From Here, Pamela Ribon
  • The Mark Of Athena, Rick Riordan
  • Stealing Parker, Miranda Keanneally
  • Looking For Salvation at the Dairy Queen, Susan Gregg Gilmore

Broken down: 7 YA novels; 8 grown-up novels; 3 non-fiction. I’m part-way through the latest Nick Hornby book columns collection, Jim DeRogatis’ biography of Lester Bangs, and a short story collection, but none are finished at the moment. And I totally read the cast of characters from Wolf Hall. That counts for something, that was as long as some novels are.

My to-read list is still insane. I don’t feel any better about it, and I still haven’t read any of the books in this stack by my bed. But some kind of concrete progress is nice, too.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. This piece from yesterday’s Guardian might raise a wry smile.

    1. Indeed! Sigh. And also *grin*. 😀

  2. pen says:

    Gah! I own 3 of those books…and have only read 1 of those 3. Btw, Avi Steinberg is my bestie (Ariela)’s cousin.

    1. Tell Ariela to tell Avi that it was the best book I read this year!

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