Sunday, November 1, 2020

Books Read October 2020 - 258-295

In October, a few unique situations occurred which had an impact on my reading for the month. I know it looks like I read 5-7 more books than normal, but that can entirely be chalked up to the seven very short Amazon Prime/Audible Originals I listened to - six from Mindy Kaling, one from Kate Atkinson. I was also a guest commentator for a round of the Super Rooster from The Morning News' Tournament of Books - that was a lot of fun but meant I reread two books - the Rooney and the Whitehead. I also got a chance to interview author Bryan Washington, coming soon to the podcast, so I prioritized reading his book as well (which, as is pictured in my 5-star reads, was great.) Oh and then Tropical Storm Zeta blew through and left us without power for 2 days, so all I could DO was read.

Pictured: October's 5-star reads, with Amazon affiliate links (Bookshop doesn't provide direct image links, sorry!)

258. Just Like You by Nick Hornby ⭐️⭐️⭐️  (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
259. Sisters by Daisy Johnson ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
260. Just Us by Claudia Rankine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Graywolf Galley Club; my review)
261. This Mournable Body by  Tsitsi Dangarembga ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
262. I Have Something to Tell You by  Chasten Buttigieg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from publisher; my review)
263. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
264. Kind of Hindu by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
265. Help is on the Way by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
266. Please Like Me by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
267. Searching for Coach Taylor by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
268. Once Upon a Time in Silver Lake by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
269. Big Shot by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
270. Shine, Pamela, Shine! by Kate Atkinson, narrated by Gwendoline Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Audible original; my review)
271. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library eBook; my review)
272. Wake Up Grateful by Kristi Nelson ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
273. Welcome Home edited by Eric Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
274. Fardwor, Russia! by Oleg Kashin, translated by Will Evans ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
275. Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger by Lisa Donovan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
276. Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
277. Summer of the Cicadas by  Chelsea Catherine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
278. The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
279. The Kill Club by Wendy Heard ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
280. Normal People by Sally Rooney ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library eBook; my review)
281. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, read by Ann Patchett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Hoopla audiobook; my review)
282. All My Mother's Lovers Ilana Masad ⭐️⭐️⭐️  (print galley; my review)
283. The Shadow King Maaza Mengiste ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library copy; my review)
284. Silences So Deep by John Luther Adams ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
285. Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)
286. Memorial by Bryan Washington ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
287. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
288. Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal eBook copy; my review)
289. Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (interlibrary loan; my review)
290. Burning Roses by S.L. Huang ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
291. Suicide Woods by Benjamin Perry ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Graywolf Galley Club; my review)
292. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (library eBook; my review)
293. Galileo by Ann McMan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
294. Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (print galley; my review)
295. How Long 'Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (personal copy; my review)

Total Books Read: 38

audio: 8
eBook: 13
print: 17

library: 8
personal or borrowed from Amazon: 12
review: 18

Around the World: 6
Booker Prize: 2
Crime/mystery: 3
Indigenous reads: 1
Memoir/biography/personal essay: 11
MiddleEast2020: 1
ReadtheWorld21: 1
Scifi/fantasy: 8
Spooktober (horror and dark fantasy, gothic too):6
Tournament of Books Super Rooster: 2

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