Last month: October 2015 | This month: November 2015
In Tracking my TBR, I look back on the prior month’s TBR progress — which books did I read? which books did I skip? — and feature the upcoming month’s TBR “grab-bag” (my version of a semi-scheduled TBR pile).
Happy November!! AKA the month I have to hold myself back from snapping at people who mention anything too Christmas-y before Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving is important, too, okay?! GOSH.) 😉
Anyway, I’m super excited to talk about my TBR this month, so let’s get down to it. First, though — these were the books in my October grab-bag. Out of those books (plus my audiobook to-read list), these were the ones I ended up reading in October:
Re-reads: Cress, The Hero of Ages, The Alloy of Law
New Reads: Shadows of Self, Carry On, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man,
Lioness Rampant, Passenger, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, The Song of Achilles
DNFs: Soundless, Inherit the Stars
This month, I re-read three books, and finished seven new ones. Yay! I also DNF’d two, which was unfortunate, but oh well. Check out my DNF Q&A for Soundless, if you’re curious — basically, I just found it to be hugely underwhelming on all fronts. Inherit the Stars was… okay? I didn’t do any sort of write-up for it, but essentially I just didn’t like much about it. The worldbuilding was very light, the characters didn’t really make me feel anything, and I never felt any urgency to the plot that made me want to continue reading.
But I did make a lot of progress elsewhere this month! I finished my Lunar Chronicles re-read with Cress, and finished re-reading the Mistborn series. I read Shadows of Self (which was AMAZING) and Carry On (just as delightful as I’d hoped). I also finished the Song of the Lioness quartet; the last two books were par for the course, for me — both 3 stars. And then I had to cave and read Passenger immediately when it arrived in my mailbox — it was very good (expect a review closer to release).
I also did something this month that I almost never do — read two new-to-me books on audio! I usually only read audiobooks when I’m re-reading. But this month I finally read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was really good. Its narrators are Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews — AKA, two of my all-time favorite narrators. (Nick reads the Kingkiller Chronicles, and MacLeod reads the Reckoners series.) And I also listened to The Song of Achilles. Don’t talk to me, I’m still not over it. It was so far beyond amazing I don’t even have words. Also if I think about it too much I’ll start crying again.
But even with all that progress, there were still some leftovers from my September grab-bag that I didn’t end up reading:
This is the best I’ve ever done with leftovers!!! Only four last month. I 100% know I’m going to get to Magnus Chase this month (I just picked it up from the library, which is the only reason I didn’t read it in October). I might get to Hotel Ruby and Hello, as well — those ones are definitely dependent on my being in the right mood to read them, so hopefully that’ll happen this month.
So in addition to those, here’s what I’ve got in the queue for November:
The slightly see-through books are ones I’m already reading: Wolf by Wolf, and These Broken Stars (which is an audiobook re-read). Next up will be This Shattered World on audio (another re-read), to prepare for Their Fractured Light in December! I’m also planning to re-read Illuminae as an audiobook, because I am dying to see how it was done.
And of COURSE I’m reading Winter this month. I’m going to Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Ball (aka, the release party) on November 10th, and I am soooo excited. I added Magnus Chase to my official TBR instead of just leaving it in my “leftovers” because there’s no way he’s not getting read this month. And I also have The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch out from the library because I’ve heard really good things about it. The Fixer is on my TBR this month because Angie convinced me to read it the other day, and now apparently I’m incapable of waiting. Then we have Riders and Starflight, which both don’t come out ’til 2016, but I think I want to try and read them early. And finally, there’s Wild Magic, the first book in Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals series. While I’m not absolutely blown away by Pierce’s books so far (they’ve all been 3-stars for me), they’re fun and quick, so I’ll keep making my way through them when the mood strikes.
What were your favorite books you read in October?
What’s on your TBR this month?
Anything you’re super excited about?
Let me know in the comments!