A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel by Paul Karasick and David Mazzucchelli
Kimi ni Todoke vol. 10 by Karuho Shiina
Ao Haru Ride vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka
As I was reading Girls of Paper and Fire on the train this month, someone in the seat behind me tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around so annoyed because I was clearly reading and I also had headphones in (no music playing, just like an added boundary). But the guy was like “wow you’re reading a book! no one does that anymore!” and a large part of me was like “ugh stop bothering me I’m trying to read” and a smaller part of me was like “yeah, I mean almost everyone around me on the train is on their phone.”
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 1 and 2 by Takako Shimura
Orange: Future by Ichigo Takano
Emma vol. 5, 6, and 7 by Kaoru Mori
Yostuba&! vol. 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Kiyohiko Azuma
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Horimiya vol. 6 and 7 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
Kimi ni Todoke vol. 6, 7, and 8 by Karuho Shiina
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
That’s books hauled list though… 😑
It was an accident!! All the books from Severance down were purchased at my library’s used book sale! Every November my library holds their annual book sale and it’s one of my most anticipated events of the entire year. I gave myself a budget of $40 and ended up spending only $33 on 15 books! So I can’t even be mad at myself. And it also gave me the opportunity to rearrange some of my shelves(re: the books on my floor in front of my shelf) in order to fit all of those new books! 😈 So really, was buying this many books this month a mistake? Probably. Do I regret? Not right now, at least. Maybe in like three months when I still haven’t read any of them…
Really excited to have completed another month of reading books I don’t actually own and ignoring all my unread books piling up on the floor because I ran out of room on my shelf!!
I bought a lot of books this month and all of them completely by accident!! I was only supposed to get three books: Alice in Wonderland, Bridge of Clay, and On a Sunbeam. I walked into Barnes and Noble and my former manager caught me in the YA section and promptly handed me a stack of literally a dozen books, which I had to narrow down to what I actually ended up with.
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)
September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.
My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.
Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.
I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!
I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to love A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.
My favorite book of the month was A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.
I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.
What A Month!! I honestly cannot believe I read this much this month; it’s unreal. Considering I worked overtime every paycheck and added up almost 1,200 miles on my car (just for work!!) this month, I’m shocked I even had time to sleep let alone read.
I know this gigantic “read” list is primarily because five of the books listed were audiobooks and five books were graphic novels/manga so it made it easy to read so much. I also realized I read a lot of middle-grade novels (five total but including audiobooks and graphic novels) so those are just naturally an easier read for me because of the language and format of the book. I also credit my local library to sucking me into it’s wide open mouth and swallowing me whole; a whopping fourteen books this month came from my local library, either in print or through Overdrive. (Embarrassingly I only read three of my own books this month. You can see why my gigantic physical TBR is such a problem.)
Moving past my shock over the quantity of books I read, I need to focus on the quality of the books I read but man oh man did it leave me with some HIGH expectations!!
Speak, the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Horimiya vol. 2 by Hero and Daisuke Hagiwara
This month I gave myself the unusual challenge of choosing the book I was going to read next based off how it would look next to the cover of the book I read last. It’s not perfect, but I tried to keep a slight color scheme going on.
I do not recommend this method of choosing what books to read next to anyone. Sure, my books look pretty all lined up but it was absolute TORTURE trying to line up my audiobook schedule with my print reading schedule. This is why I’m currently not listening to my audiobook because I need to finish my print book before the audiobook because my print book will look nice next to Horimiya 2 but the audiobook will look like trash.
I am currently writing this about four hours after my dog ate the cover off one of my paperbacks.
Now, I am constantly donating books in order to make room on my shelves. This was a book I was planning on keeping, but also knew I probably wouldn’t read again. After I noticed my ripped two-thirds of the cover, I tore the rest of it off, plus the first two pages in front of the title page. Now I just have a mangled paperback like the ones we used to recycle at Barnes and Noble.
(The first time I found out that we recycled books at Barnes and Noble I almost had a conniption. WHY?)