October has always been my “hang on”” month. It’s the month I hold my breath for while waiting for September to release me. This October was no different. It started with a trip to Maine to see West Coast family (and a great foggy run), a trip homehome andandand Kisa got to go (yay), Hilltop got a much needed haircut, there were a ton of new Natalie sightings, and, dare I say, the promise of a Hilltop Thanksgiving? The end of the month was a little stressful – a lump in the breast and a missing ovary. No wonder I read so many books and here they are:
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis ~ sci-fi story about a man who is kidnapped and taken to Mars.
- The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis ~ coming of age story about a young girl who is a chess playing phenom.
- A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle ~ a ghost story about a man who lives in a graveyard for twenty years.
- Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters ~ a mystery about two unmarried women traveling through Egypt and being pursued by a mummy.
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan ~ nonfiction about the role of women through the ages (up to the 1960s when the book was written). Oh, how far we’ve come!
- House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier ~ a spooky tale about time travel.
- When Found, Make a Verse of by Helen Smith Bevington ~ a commonplace book full of poetry, proverbs and excerpts.
- Empire Falls by Richard Russo ~ a novel about small town life (read because October is the best time to visit New England).
- The Natural by Barnard Malamud ~ a novel about a baseball player (read because October is World Series month).
- In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu ~ a compilation of short stories all on the dark side (read in time for Halloween – you know…horror, fantasy, mystery, etc).
- The Life You Save May Be Your Own: an American Pilgrimage by Paul Elie ~ biographies of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy in one book (read for Group Reading Month).
For fun, I am rereading Mary Barney’s Ring That Bell (2003) because I want to challenge my cooking and make every recipe in the book. So far I’ve cooked/baked my way through nine recipes.
For the Early Review program from LibraryThing I was supposed to read Ostrich Feathers by Miriam Romm. It hasn’t arrived as of yet, so it may very well turn into a November book.
October is a full month of spooky. October is a small 5k charity run and a 10k walk. October is homehome and everything emotional. October is also Mary’s memorial, the death of a few trees (finally) and the end of warmer weather. For books October is the hope of:
- Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters ~ in honor of National Crime Prevention month
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Freidan ~ in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month
- The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis ~ in honor of October being Group Reading Month
- Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis ~ in honor of Halloween (sci-fi being a little scary to read)
- A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle ~ in honor of Halloween ( a story about ghosts)
- House on the Strand by ~Daphne Du Maurier~ in honor of National Starman Month
For LibraryThing ~ I did get an October Early Review book. As always, I don’t want to name it until I actually see it.