Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sunday Salon: October Reading & R.I.P. III Wrap-ups

The Sunday
I read 14 books in October, a few short of the personal goal of 18 that I had for the month. However, this puts me at 88 for the year, meaning that I've achieved my conservative goal of 75 books in 2008. Since I've already read at least 9 books so far this month, I'm fairly confident that I'll smash my goal of 100 books by the end of the year. The question now is, by how much?

My October Reads, possibly the most eclectic list so far:
  1. Tethered by Amy MacKinnon
  2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  3. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
  4. Ladybug Girl by David Soman & Jacky Davis
  5. Torchwood: Pack Animals by Peter Anghelides
  6. Belly of the Whale by Linda Merlino
  7. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull
  8. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
  9. The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen
  10. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
  11. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  12. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  13. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
  14. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

I also completed the R.I.P. III Challenge, reading 5 of the books from my original pool:
  1. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
  2. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
  3. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen
  5. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
This was my first time participating in the R.I.P challenge, and honestly, I can't wait for next year! It was a lot of fun.

I have a lot of reviews to get caught up on over the next few weeks. Some personal issues, post-election burnout and a flare up of my CFS and fibromyalgia have seen me doing more reading than writing, but I'm hopeful that the coming week will provide more opportunities to write.

What have you been reading lately? Did you read any of the books I read last month?


  1. I manage about 9 a month Ruth. 18 was certainly ambitious!

  2. I also read The Halloween Tree for the R.I.P. challenge. I preferred the movie. I love your list for October. I haven't read The Spiderwick Chronicles yet but it is on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, it's a pretty good read. I can't wait to see what you read in November.

  3. Talk about an eclectic list! I've read Tethered and loved it. The new Cody McFadyen is on my wish list. Oh, and I love that you read Doctor Who and Torchwood!

  4. I've had Tethered waiting for the longest time. I need to work on that!

    You're right, you do have a very eclectic list. Hope you're feeling better and up to blogging a bit more soon.

  5. Lots of books!
    My total for November so far-2. Not looking to good. :)

  6. You did well I think. I will be reading and reviewing Tethered. Finishing a reading challenge always feels good. Funny enough, I have fallen behind by about 3 weeks now on ARC reviews because of health. And my CFS and fibromyalgia are just awful right now too. I was just telling someone I can't write reviews when I'm like this and I keep hoping it'll lift soon and trying not to panic. I'd hate to disappoint authors and publicists but there's a point beyond which you cannot force yourself with this condition. When it gets bad enough, even reading is impossible and then I do panic. lol Sorry to hear you're struggling with this and I hope it lifts very soon. I'm sending good vibes your way to help you.:)

  7. Congratulations on going over your goal for the year! October proved to be my biggest reading month, numbers wise. I'm still not sure how I managed that.

    I hope you are feeling better soon! Take it easy in the meantime.

  8. Wow, you've been busy! :-) I know what you mean about election burnout.

  9. Wow, that is a good many books. I read one on your list, The Darker Side, a very good book I thought.

    But any sort of reading challenge would be just too much pressure for me. I couldn't take it. ;-)

  10. Holy smokes you must be a fast reader. I wish I was. Fourteen books - that's 2 days per book. Way to go.

  11. How can u read so so much :D!

    of cource I think u will reach 125?! LOL!

    I just started taking reading seriously this sept :) :)

    so i will set a realistic goal nxt year :)

    congrats on finishing the challenge :)

  12. Wow! 18 books for the month is awesome! I wish I could read faster because there are so many good books out there! I'm at 2 for November so