The Sunday Salon – November 1, 2009 (the “October reading wrap-up” and “blame it on NaNoWriMo” edition

The Sunday

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so time for a wrap-up of my reading for last month. (Links will take you to my reviews.)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (review to come)
Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor (read-aloud)
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (review to come)
The Dead of Night by John Marsden (review to come)
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (audio)
The Watsons by Jane Austen
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (audio)
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich (audio)
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (audio)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (audio)
The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Dear Fatty by Dawn French
Fire by Kristin Cashore

At 16, this was easily my best month of the year. Not only did the readathon allow me to finish a couple books, it reminded me how much I love to simply sit and read for hours on end. Blogging and Twitter are a ton of fun – but it is easy to spend so much time online that I don’t spend as much time reading as I could. I’ve changed that this past week – I have spent less time on Twitter and less time reading and commenting on blogs, but more time simply reading. It’s been wonderful!

Now the “blame it on NaNoWriMo” portion of the post: I am taking part in National Novel Writing Month. For those of you who don’t know what this craziness is, basically I’ve committed to writing a 50,000-word novel. In November.

Yes, I am slightly insane – because I will still be homeschooling my four kids. And having my birthday and my youngest, Josiah’s birthday. Oh, and Thanksgiving – though that will probably be at my parents’ house. All in November. I keep telling myself, “It’s only 1667 words a day. You can do that!” We’ll see. 🙂

I have a few posts in the pipeline to be published during the month, and I will be doing Teaser Tuesdays and possibly some other memes, since those require very little creativity to write. Other than that, posting may be sporadic and brief. I hope you will all still be here in December!

If you are also insane and doing NaNoWriMo, I’d love to add you as a writing buddy, so leave your user name in the comments.

Other bookish posts this week:

~ Book Review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
~ Book Review: The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
~ Book Review: Dear Fatty by Dawn French
Book Review: The Watsons by Jane Austen
~ 9 Children’s Novels Both Boys and Girls Will Love to Hear
~ Lines you’ll only read/hear in a Stephanie Plum mystery

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10 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 1, 2009 (the “October reading wrap-up” and “blame it on NaNoWriMo” edition

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    You are a brave soul! I am amazed at how many people are committing to this, and I’m quite impressed. You also had an insanely productive month! 16 books! I don’t think I’ve ever come close to that. I think I hit 10 this month.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Back in the Saddle =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – That’s my normal count, too – my reading stats have gone up a lot since I started going to the gym four times a week – lots of audiobook time!

  2. Melody says:

    Good luck with NaNo, Carrie! 🙂
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Monday Memes =-.

  3. You did good! I was a bit slow. I read 13 books!

    Sunday Salon: October Wrap Up
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..Crime Fiction Alphabet: Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Gautami – You’ll notice that there are a lot of audios on that list. That’s what bumped my numbers so high. 🙂

  4. What an amazing reading month, Carrie! I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately.

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo. My husband is giving it a go this year too. He hadn’t planned on it, but he got an idea for a story and decided to give it a go. He didn’t fare too well the last time he tried. Maybe the second time will be the charm!

    Have a great week, Carrie.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – I’m just glad you’re feeling better! That sounded like a rough week. I hope this week is much better. 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on a very successful month in reading! Good luck on Nano, I tried last year and got a couple weeks in but then peetered out. It’s no easy task but one that provides a great feeling of accomplishment. 🙂
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – November 1 =-.