October Books

Well here we are, with only two months left on the year. I have to admit, friends, I’m tapering off. I think it might be exhaustion. Truthfully, it takes much more effort to read than it does to watch television. And perhaps because I read so much early on, I’ve hit another book slump. It’s okay, I’m just not into reading right now. I power binged on episodes of The Good Wife, so that was fun, but it’s a pretty different experience than reading. I started out strong in October, but then it just tapered off. I haven’t read a book since October 19. True story. Easily the longest I’ve gone this year (today being November 6….)

And still I managed 10 books in October.

October: (10 books)

1. The Earl is Mine – Kieran Kramer

2. Say Yes to the Duke – Kieran Kramer

3. The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell – Samantha James*

4. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan*

5. The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan

6. Tabula Rasa – Kristen Lippert-Martin

7. In Your Dreams – Kristan Higgins

8. The Perfect Neighbor – Nora Roberts*

9. What a Wallflower Wants – Maya Rodale

10. The Winning Hand – Nora Roberts*

Interestingly, I did not read a digital book this month. Not one. That is likely the only month in which that happened (I didn’t go back to look because I’ll be doing the recap in only two months and I’ll look at them all then.) I also reread 40% of the books this month.

Of the new books, the Maya Rodale was the conclusion to the series she wrote that was told concurrently as a contemporary and an historical. I loved it. Loved it. Definitely a contender for best series of the year. And Blood of Olympus was the conclusion to the Heroes of Olympus series, which itself was a follow up to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I liked how it ended, even though it felt a bit rushed to me. Which could be because I didn’t feel like the fourth (House of Hades, reread this month) did much to advance the story, so all the plotlines felt smushed in this story. But still, it was a good conclusion and an enjoyable book.

Honestly, that’s all there is worth talking about this month. Which means this will probably be the shortest recap of the year. Total on the year? 181 books. Many of my guessers are already out of the contest. If I had to guess, I’d give the win this year to Mark. We shall see. I’m on pace for 217 books this year.

See you in a few weeks!

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