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Month in Review: October 2011

It's hard to believe October has come and gone already. It will be Christmas before we know it! And I've been seeing announcements about 2012 reading challenges in my Google Reader feed already. I just can't bring myself to sign up for anything yet, though! I'm determined to wait until December to sign up for the new year's challenges.

Here's what happened in October in terms of reading and reviewing. I participated in three different read-a-thons so I got a lot of reading done.

Books Read in October: 7
I read seven books in October. Six were fiction novels:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Beyond the Darkness by Leonard D. Hilley, II
Commune of Women by Suzan Still
The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

And one was a memoir:
Before the Last All Clear by Ray Evans

Reviews Written: 7
This month, I wrote seven reviews. The first is for a book I read in September: The Sandburg Connection by Mark de Castrique. The others are for six of the books I read in October. You can click on the links above to read them.

Interviews: 1
Interview with author Ray Evans

I Want More Book Challenge
I realized a few weeks ago that I had been tracking these books improperly. I had been including books in series, but we aren't supposed to do that. So, I have a lot more work to do on this one! I'll be focusing on it more over the next two months.

Fall into Reading Challenge
I've been doing well with this challenge. I've read seven books for this challenge so far, and I'm halfway through the eighth. I started with a list of 15 books to read by December 21st so I'm about halfway there.

Where Am I Reading Challenge
In October, I didn't add any new states to my map of where I am reading. I did read my first book that took place in Australia and two that took place in Wales, so I have two new countries on my map. I've added these places to my map:
Wales (2)
Washington, DC
That leaves me at 19 out of 50 states covered, plus 11 additional countries. Here's my updated map:

View My Book Retreat in a larger map


  1. A great roundup of your month.

    I enjoyed Ray Evans Memoir. So interesting hearing from a war evacuee.

    I loved What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

    have a good week


  2. Hi Julie, back from my travels and trying to catch up with all my favourite bloggers. Another busy month you have had, like you I will not be considering 2012 challenges until the year is with us!


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