October 2011 wrap up

Not sure what happened this past month, where all the days of October went, but the fact is my wrap up is rather poor, and I’m still 8 reviews behind!

I read only 6 books, with a total of 1120 pages, which is a poor average of 36.12 pages/day; well, I have actually already read over 450 pages from Murakami’s 1Q84, but I only count finished books, so 1Q84 will boost my November rap up for sure – over 900 pages byt itself, and so far I enjoy every line of it.
Actually, this books is really getting me: yesterday night after work, I surprised mtyself checking that there was really just ONE moon. And I am not even kidding. Sorry I won’t explain more here, you will just have to read the book yourself!

To go back to October, I listened to 3 audiobooks, 26:10 hours long, which is an average of 50 mn/day, not too bad actually – which means I have done more painting on rocks, as I listen to audiobooks while painting!


Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, by William J. Broad, Stephen Engelberg, Judith McCoy Miller – 320 p.
This book was so creepy, would have been perfect choice for a Halloween Reading Challenge, even tough it is pure NON-fiction. I really had no idea all this was going on, apart from  a few articles on anthrax some years ago, we are given absolutely no information on tests and use of biological weapons on our own territory.


Road From The West, by Rosanne E. Lortz – 360 p.
It was great being part of the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour featuring this novel.

The Winter Palace, by Eva Stachniak – 440 p. upcoming review
I received this book an an egalley, it will be actually published in 2012, and I enjoyed it very much. This is my most favorite month for October.
I’m amazed at the number of great historical fiction writers these days; it’s definitely my most favorite genre.


Unfortunately, I have not reviewed yet any of my 3 audiobooks listened to this month. But it will happen.

Lilith, by George MacDonald – 10:30 hours
I don’t know why it took me so long to plunge into MacDonald’s books. I really enjoy Lilith extremely. I felt in it the same wdith and depth as Tolkien

The Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov – 2 hours
I got this one as a free download, and I thought that was a nice way to discover Chekhov finally. I was rather disappointed.

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern – 13:40 hours
I thought that everyone just loved this book, but even though the average rating in Goodreads is rather high, there are lots of people who did not enjoy it. I’m among those. This was way too complicated for me, I probably did not understand a thing, plus I did not like at all the narrator. More about all this in my upcoming reviews.

Reading Challenges

2011 Audio Book Challenge – Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books: 10/12
My Dewey Decimal Challenge – Master Level =4.  26/4!
2011 Non-Fiction Challenge – 7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion. 22/9!
Europa Challenge – Ami Level =4. 2/4.
Japanese Literature Challenge – 1 book between June 1, 2011 and January 30, 2012: 2/1

Did you notice a little change? I now try to insert the picture of the author when I review a book, to insert a bit more of color

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November starts fantastically with 1Q84 and an audiobook I requested from my library a while ago: Before I Go To Sleep. I really enjoy it very much so far, plus the narrator Orlagh Cassidy is so good, as usual.

Before the end of the year, I plan to read 2 more books for the Europa Challenge. Murakami’s 1Q84 will fit perfectly for my Japanese Literature Challenge, and I think I will let it at that. I have another Japanese novel I really want to get to, but it will be great in 2012 for the challenge of 52 bokks from 52 countries I will probably join.

I would love also to finally read The Master and Margarita, and Rebecca!

How was your October month?
What are your reading plans for November?

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