October reads

So pretty much every month I do the “what? This month is over already?” thing, and it’s getting old I know! But seriously, NOVEMBER??? How is it possible that in just a couple of months we will say goodbye to 2014 and hello to a brand new year? And not to mention having to get through Christmas and all that!

But yes, I am getting way ahead of myself. I have to get through November first!


And October? Well, October was a hard month to beat! Both in terms of reading and everyday things.

Because October is when Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon happens! And I managed to get through one graphic novel (Strangers in Paradise), one YA (Anna and the French Kiss), one SF novelette (The Lady Astronaut of Mars) and about a 10% chunk of an exciting new novel (The Paying Guests).

In October I ventured through the US and Japan with Ruth Ozeki, toured China with Xinran, headed to Paris and England, and even stopped over in Singapore for a while. Books even took me to outer space, to Mars. And to wonderfully made up worlds in Octavia Butler’s short stories and Patrick Rothfuss’ underground world. Then Strangers in Paradise made me laugh and cry (and cry). It surprised me with its relationships and its characters and its humanity. And while some parts did go on and on a bit, it was a sweet, heartfelt, wild read.

But November! It brings with it a month of nonfiction! And I really ought to read more nonfiction.


Here’s what I read:

Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials – Ovidia Yu
Bloodchild and other stories – Octavia Butler
My year of meats – Ruth Ozeki
China Witness – Xinran
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner – Bich Minh Nguyen
Evil under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #23) – Agatha Christie
Broken (Women of the otherworld #6) – Kelley Armstrong
Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
The Lady Astronaut of Mars – Mary Robinette Kowal
The Iron Ring – Lloyd Alexander
Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson
The Dead in their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce #6) – Alan Bradley
The slow regard of silent things – Patrick Rothfuss
Strangers in Paradise #1 to #6 – Terry Moore



    1. It was a great read! I really ought to write a proper post about it – or maybe a mini review. It appealed to that foodie in me, which I wasn’t really expecting, thinking it was just another immigrant story.


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