I had this idea. I thought it was a good idea; now I’m not so sure. Being that I read a lot and talk about books a lot, I thought maybe I would document here what books I get each month, starting with October.
The problem is, it would seem that I amassed 41 books in October. I’m not sure whether to throw my fists in the air and celebrate or hang my head in shame.
Let’s go with the former. Woohoo, I got 41 books in October!!! Now, just because I got that many doesn’t mean I read that many (or that I’ll ever read them all; let’s be honest).
Also, side note: I'm not going to link these titles like I normally do. Because 41.
So, let’s start with what I finished (or abandoned) this month:
- My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce was my favorite book that I read this month, and then I got to see Arce speak at the Hachette Book Club Brunch. Amazing! Read my full review. (received for free to review)
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is one that I started but haven’t finished and may not finish. Hachette Group sent an advanced reader copy of this book to the attendees of their Book Club Brunch. Lots of people loved it, but I have plenty others that I am more excited about. (received for free with event ticket)
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue was my Book of the Month selection in September. I started at the end of September and finished early in October. I loved this story and it pairs nicely with My (Underground) American Dream. Read my full review.
- The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury was my book club’s October selection. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I learned a few things about the history of witches, religion, and mummies. (purchased new on Amazon)
- The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer (purchased new on Amazon)
- Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz is an easy-to-read look at some fascinating women from around the world. Read my full review. (received for free to review)
- Wonder Women by Sam Maggs is another newly released look at women’s history and achievements. Those must be big topics now. It’s about time. (received for free to review)
Here is where things get complex. I acquired A LOT of books from a lot of different places this month. The book sale at my local library and the Hachette Book Club Brunch certainly boosted this number higher than a typical month. Here is the breakdown:
Book of the Month selection:
- The Wonder by Emma Donaghue -- I’m a little ways in and loving this one so far.
Bought new on Amazon:
- Earth Magic by Steven D. Farmer – Because I bought the Earth Magic oracle deck this month, and why would I not get the book of the same name? I’m all about healing ourselves and the earth.
- Womanrunes by Molly Remer and Shekhinah Mountainwater – Because I also bought the Womanrunes deck, and this is its companion guidebook.
Bought new on Womancraft Publishing:
- Burning Woman by Lucy H. Pearce – I bought this as a set with the Womanrunes deck. I’ve been excited about this book since it came out, but hadn’t gotten around to buying it yet. Problem solved. And it’s signed!
Bought used through Alibris:
- The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer – I’ve seen this mentioned several times and finally read the poem, which I loved. This book expands upon the ideas in the poem. I’ve been listening to the audiobook through my library’s association with Hoopla, and I ordered a used copy through Alibris to reference later.
Bought used at Housing Works:
- The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
- Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
- Rosie by Anne Lamott
Bought used at my local library book sale (I should mention that the entire list that follows set me back $12).
- Japanese Haiku
- A Walk With Me by Gwen Frostic
- Poetry: An Introduction to Its Form and Art by Friedman and McLaughlin
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
- Three Voices: Arthur Bramhall, Eugene T. Maleska, Herman M. Ward
- Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
- When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, edited by Sandra Martz
- Words from the Wise: Centuries of Proverbs to Live By
- Bhagavad Gita
- The Way of Life by Lao Tzu
- Extreme Faith
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
- The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
- The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
- Immortality by Milan Kundara
- Webster’s Dictionary
- The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
- Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O'Connor (these last three books I took to work--I’m a copy editor)
Received for free for review:
- Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time – I received this from Blogging for Books, and have been trying recipes. See my review.
- The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires (a children’s book)
Received as part of an event:
- Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton -- Finally! I waited and waited and waited (you may remember that story). But it’s here now, so everything will be okay. And it’s signed!
Then, of course, there are the six books that Hachette Book Group gave attendees in our goodie bags.
Does anyone else feel overwhelmed? Guess I should stop writing and start reading.