Happy October! I am just thrilled that it’s finally not 90+ degrees anymore in Tennessee like it was for all of this last quarter, it seemed. The past few days it’s been chilly enough in the mornings for me to wear socks and shoes instead of sandals and to throw on a cardigan or jacket. I am deeply grateful.
Seems like I had another nice reading quarter (July, August, September.) When I do these things I’m always surprised by how much reading I’ve done, because it seems like I’m always complaining about not having enough time to read! I’m pretty psyched about my continuing exploration of graphic novels/comics. I’ve read some really terrific books this quarter:
Total Books Read: 26
Audio Book: 1 (The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker)
Juvenile/Middle Grade: 2 (Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan and The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4: The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood)
YA/Teen: 4 (All graphic novels/comics. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1 &2 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Aya by Marguerite Abouet, and Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson.)
Graphic Novels/Comics: 6 (The above 4 plus Fables Vol. 9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham and March Book Two by John Lewis.)
Authors of Color: 9
Published this year: 6
- Your Favorite Band is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life by Steven Hyden (So much fun, especially for a music geek!)
- Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa (review to come)
- Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton (I probably need to write about this one but I may not. It was just amazing.)
- Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West
- The Girls by Emma Cline (SO close to a DNF. But I skimmed a couple of chapters and made it through. Shelved it in my “i-didnt-hate-it” shelf on Goodreads.)
- Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor (My review here.)
Favorite Reads This Quarter:
- The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (You can read my review here.)
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton
- March Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (My review here.)
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
I didn’t have written reading goals for this year, aside from my Goodreads Challenge, which I’m definitely going to make. (I’ve read 65 of 70 books so far. I deliberately set my number low!) My unstated goal for every year is to read more works by authors of color. In 2014, I read a puny 7 works by authors of color. In 2015, I read 17. So far this year, I’ve read 18. My goal is to get to 25 before the end of the year.
How have your goals for the year been going so far? Anyone met or exceeded goals already? What’s your favorite book of the last few months?