2021: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2021 WRAP-UP

And again an awesome reading month, with some very short books as well as some very long ones!
If I keep my yearly average for this year, I will be able to read 164 books, which is about 50 more books than usual!

📚 Here is what I read in October:

13 books:
10 in print 
with 2,894 pages, a daily average of 93 pages/day
3 in audio
= 28H24
, a daily average of 54 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Double Sin and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #38), by Agatha Christie
  2. The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #39), by Agatha Christie – these first 2 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  3. La Danseuse du Gai-Moulin (Inspecteur Maigret #10), by Georges Simenon
  4. La Guinguette à deux sous (Inspecteur Maigret #11), by Georges Simenon – these 2 were read with a French student. They count for The Classics Club
  5. Double Identity, by Alison Morton – received for review through France Book Tours. This book is available for review (in your own time). My review will be live on Nov 10

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Speedboat, by Renata Adler
  2. A River Runs Through it, by Norman Maclean – these two were read for the #1976Club
  3. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield – audiobook

2 in poetry:

  1. Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku, by Richard Wright
  2. Haiku: This Other World, by Richard Wright

2 in nonfiction:

  1. A Bird Watcher’s Guide to Blue Jays, by Katherine Ponka
  2. The New Testament, (new translation) by David Bentley Hart. For the Books in Translation Challenge and for The Classics Club.

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Termination Shock, by Neal Stephenson. My review will be live on Nov 11

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  the thirteenth tale Haiku This Other World

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 86/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 37/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 138/120 (114%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 18

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

The Hands On French Cookbook  Rider on the Rain

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

A River Runs Through it
click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #28

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Stuck in a Book
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Marianne at Let’s Read
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Karen at Booker Talk
please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

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Come back on November 3
to see the books I plan to read in November,
and all the wonderful blogging events
I will take part in!

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How was YOUR month of October?

Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

18 thoughts on “2021: October wrap-up

  1. Looks like you had a great reading month, with a nice variety. I have never read A River Runs Through It, but it sounds like they captured the essence of the book in the movie production. Your description of the author’s writing style brought me right back to the movie.

    Have a great week!

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  2. Well done – is it lockdown that’s increased your book numbers or something else? I’m on target for a high year this year again myself, rather weirdly, as I haven’t really changed my lifestyle that much – but my husband does two calls a week to his parents, which must I think be where the extra reading time has come from!

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  3. You had a busy reading month. I must admit, mine was a low key I think, only four books to match September. Hopefully, November will catch up. I read The Thirteen Tale some years ago, and loved it.
    I enjoyed your various tips for blogs and reviews in the end. Good idea.

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      • I referred to the titles in the brown boxes. Didn’t know what to call them. I considered them tips on books and blogs which I always find interesting.
        No, I haven’t read anything else by DS. I think I found the book (a Swedish version) second hand and was intrigued by the story. I have not really looked for any, and none has passed by me again. I had to look her up and it seems she has only written two other books; Once upon a River and Bellman & Black. Seems like ghost stories with a hinge of magic. Stories lingering on family and other relationships. She can probably make that very interesting.

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        • Brown boxes? Oh, these just send you to my posts. Just a different way of displaying a blog, more like you would see sometimes on bookstore sites. I don’t like any of the regular themes, so I just made my own, just using HTML, alas the only code I know!
          I’m planning on listening to Once Upon a River early 2022. I hope it’s as good

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  4. I’m also on track for my reading goals and have found I’m reading more this year than ever. Now that my community band is back together, I will have less time with rehearsals and extra home practice, but I didn’t realize how much I needed my band until we returned. Great reading month for you and I hope November is going well too.

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