The Sunday Salon – October 31, 2010 (the “Happy Halloween” and “October reading wrap-up” edition)

The Sunday

How will you be spending your Halloween? I hope to get a bit of reading done between church this morning and a Harvest Party at my folks’ church in the evening – an annual tradition that makes my kids extremely happy, as they bring home enough candy to last long into the New Year. If I do find time to read, it will be spent with Paranormal by Kiersten White and How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway. What are you reading? Is it scary, in honor of the holiday?

Books finished in October:

The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris – 4 starsmy review

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – 4 starsmy review

Lucy by Laurence Gonzales (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

Slam by Nick Hornby (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

Best American Short Stories 20013 stars

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (read-aloud) – 5 starsmy review

Skellig by David Almond (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause – 4 starsmy review

Room by Emma Donoghue – 5 stars

Die for You by Lisa Unger (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore – 4 starsmy review

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby – 4 starsmy review

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer – 4 stars

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – 5 starsmy review

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audiobook) – 5 stars

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 3 stars

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen – 3 stars

No Graves As Yet by Anne Perry (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank – 4 stars

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder – 4 starsmy review

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – 5 stars

Feed by M.T. Anderson – 3 stars

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger – 4 stars

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton – 4 stars

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – October 31, 2010 (the “Happy Halloween” and “October reading wrap-up” edition)

  1. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Wow. Going by your star ratings, you’ve had an awesome month!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Beth – Yes, I did have a good month – and the star-rating average was high cause I put down a few books I wasn’t enjoying. Life’s too short for reading books I don’t like!

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Wow, what a month! I can tell you are so happy to have a normal schedule, you have gone on a reading rampage! Believe it or not, my daughter was searching for our Halloween pillowcases (she needs something BIG for her candy collection) and found them in the back of our cabinet with last year’s remnants of candy in them. Yuck!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – your kids left Halloween candy from last year – and didn’t eat it? It must have been what Josiah calls the “yucky” ones. πŸ™‚

  3. You had an amazing reading month in October! But it makes me happy, since I’m always stealing reading recommendations from you – the more you read, the more I know about! :–)

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    You had an awesome month of reading! What a stack! I have no idea what I’m going to read today – probably something to inspire me in time for NaNoWriMo tomorrow.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Vasilly- I can’t start at midnight cause I have to get up super early and take Natalie to Spokane for a Remicade treatment. I’m taking my laptop – she usually sleeps through it because of the Benadryl they pretreat with, so hopefully I’ll get some good writing time in.

  5. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    Whoa. You’ve been busy, haven’t you? Out of those, the Hornby and the M.T. Anderson books interest, or have interested, me. I think my wife read Slam, but I didn’t get to it. I picked up the first Octavian Nothing book, but never got to it. Maybe it’s good I didn’t, huh?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      UP – I liked Octavian Nothing, but that one section kind of blew it for me. I’m still going to read (or listen to) volume two, though.

  6. Robin of My Two Blessings
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Great reading month. James and I are reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows right now.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      James – Noah and I are listening to Order of the Phoenix on audio right now!

  7. Michelle says:

    You had a great month! I’m working my way through The Scorch Trials right now. πŸ™‚

  8. Kathleen says:

    Hope you enjoyed your Harvest Party. They used to do those at my son’s school when he was in Elementary and he loved it!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathleen – it was full of loud and noisy kids – the kids had a blast. πŸ™‚ Oh, and brought home a ton of cookies.

  9. 26 books? Did I count correctly? You go!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Jen – yes – it was 26. I don’t know how or why October turned out to be my best month of the year, but it did!

  10. We were party poopers this year – we spent Halloween at the beach. I had big plans to read The Graveyard Book but never got around to it.

  11. Shonda says:

    26 books?! Very impressive! October was a great reading month for you.