Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunday Salon: October Reading Reflections

When I look at my October reads I am struck by a few things. the first is that I read quite a few books! Part of the reason for that is that I had one weekend where I did nothing but read all weekend which was great, although the house showed the ill effects of such indulgence. The other thing that was odd is that I reread 4 books in October, which is very strange behaviour for me as I don't normally do a lot of rereading.

The first book I reread was The Boat, which was for bookclub. The others were the first three Virgin River books. I have talked before about how that series makes me do things I don't normally do, and now I can add rereading to the list! I have actually gone onto reread another 5 of the books in the series in November. The strange thing is that the first time I read the Virgin River series I read something like 11 books in a month (not something I would normally do) and that was almost years ago exactly. I am wondering if there is something going on mentally with me that causes this kind of reading to be necessary every couple of years.

Here are the books I read during October along with the links to reviews if I have written them.

The Boat by Nam Le 4/5
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos 4/5
Cracking the Dating Code by Kelly Hunter 3.5/5
Inside Out by Lauren Dane 4/5
Playing to Win by Jaci Burton 4/5
Omamori by Richard McGill 4.5/5
Fables 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham 4/5
Saved by Cake by Marian Keyes 4/5
Flirting with Intent by Kelly Hunter 4/5
A Moment on the Lips by Kate Hardy 4/5
My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr 4 /5
Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney 3.5/5
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis 4/5
The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr 3/5
Bared to You by Sylvia Day 4/5
Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy 4.5/5
Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh 4/5
The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall 3.5/5
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day 3.5/5
I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming 4.5/5
Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren 3/5
Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon 3.5/5
All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey 4/5
Virgin River by Robyn Carr 4.5/5
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr 4.5/5
Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr 4/5
The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig 4/5

For reading challenges I made a little progress:

Australian Women Writers Challenge: Cracking the Dating Code and Flirting with Intent by Kelly Hunter, Lola's Secret by Monica McInerney, Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren

Aussie Author challenge: As above but also adding in the The Boat by Nam Le and Tigers and Devils by Sean Kennedy

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: Omamori by Richard McGill, The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

RIP VII: Fables 5 by Bill Willingham, I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren

What's in a Name: The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. I only have one category left in this challenge which is Creepy Crawly and I have NO idea what I am going to read for that!

Currently Reading

Poppy and the Thief by GabrielleWang, This is How by M J Hyland and listening to A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (disc 24 of 49)

Up Next

How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal


  1. That's an impressive reading month! I checked out How to Bake a Perfect Life on Goodreads, it sounds delightful :)

    1. The main reason why I picked it up was because the book beat both Susanna Kearsley and Deanna Raybourn for the Rita awards earlier this year. I loved both of those so I wanted to see what I thought of it!

  2. I saw that you are currently listening to 'A Breath of Snow and Ashes'. I just got done with 'Voyager' and have decided to take a break. Curious to see what you think, but also don't want to find something out before I read it. I'm so bad about that. I hope it's good. Congrats on the lots of books read in October. Happy reading.


  3. Well done, that's such a lot of books! I'm not a big re-reader, but every now and then I'll read a book and know I'll want to revisit it later. I suppose it makes sense that rereading helps with the book count because the second time round you're likely to be quicker, already knowing what happens.

  4. That's an amazing number of books! I read a lot, but most of my books are little picture books. Not quite the same thing....

    My Sunday Salon: Everything Looks Better in Underpants, or My Weekend at the 2012 Texas Book Festival (as Told in 15 Photos and 1 Video)

  5. You are having a great reading year, Marg. I hope it continues!

  6. That's a lot! You had a great reading month especially that weekend you ignored housework to read.;-)

  7. Great effort with your reading these past two months Marg! It's actually been a long time since i've re-read any book which is a shame really because i have so many sitting on my bookshelves that i really love and would like to revisit. Sounds like that Virgin River reading weekend was the perfect opportunity to drag out some of your favourites again!

  8. That is a huge amount of books to read in one month! My reading has sadly taken a downturn with the move. And the Creepy Crawly category was the hardest one for me, too.

  9. Marg you seem to be on a roll, a good Oct.! I too rarely ever reread books, but I think it is a good thing to do so. cheers.

  10. Woa that is an impressive list. I too read quite a bit then normal thanks to a holiday and two 10 hour plane flights. I can't recall the last time I did a re-read, I think it was 2009 to be precise. I used to love re-reading but now I seem barely able to keep up with the new books being released.