October 2008 Summation

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Here is an abstract of my literary doings in October.

Books Read

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – 10/8/2008
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood – 10/13/2008
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green – 10/20/2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows – 10/21/2008
Midnight Sun, by Stephenie Meyer – 10/23/2008
Rue de la Pompe, by James Earle McCracken – 10/28/2008
The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield – 10/29/2008
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman – 10/29/2008

October Total = 8
Year-to-Date Total =71

One five-star book this month: The Handmaid’s Tale. Lots of excellent four-star reads this month too: An Abundance of Katherines, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Midnight Sun, The Thirteenth Tale, and Coraline. My pick of the month has to be An Abundance of Katherines. I know it got four stars, not five, but this is the book I’ll be rereading the most. Love the John Green.

Book Club

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens – Meeting: 10/23/2008

No one finished this month’s selection, so we continued the discussion to our next meeting.

Challenges

Ah, the cyclical challenge update. I completed the R.I.P. Challenge this month – barely. I finished up The Thirteenth Tale and Coraline on the 29th in order to complete my four books. I joined the Really Old Classics Challenge and am looking forward to my selections. At the same time, I quit the Wind-Up Book Chronicles Challenge. It ends on November 15, 2008, and I haven’t read a single one of my four selections. Sigh. Finally, I couldn’t resist adding another perpetual challenge – the Printz Project.

R.I.P. III – 4/4 COMPLETE!
The Wind-Up Book Chronicles Challenge – 0/4 [ends 11/15/2008]
The Classics Challenge 2008 – 1/6 [ends 12/31/2008]
Lit Flicks Challenge – 5/5 books; 2/5 movies [ends 2/28/2009]
Book Awards II Challenge – 4/10 [ends 6/1/2009]
Really Old Classics Challenge – 0/2 [ends 7/31/2009]

The Pulitzer Project – 7/91 [perpetual]
The Printz Project – 1/8 (+2 Honor books) [perpetual]
The Newbery Project – 12/87 (+7 Honor books) [perpetual]

Miscellany

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog this month!