My day started about 6AM when Bailey meowed like a cat possessed and then proceeded to pee on the floor! Argh! He had a bad period a few months ago but he'd been so good lately. Anyway, I'm sure you don't want to hear about cat pee, so after dealing with that I went back to bed. I'm never a morning person and it's Sunday, the day for sleeping late and not feeling guilty about it! Course I couldn't fall asleep right away so I read a couple more chapters in Wuthering Heights before dozing off. I'm in volume two, in other words, over half, and it's going really well. I don't like either Heathcliff or Cathy, but I'm enjoying the language and the style in which the story is being told. I've even more or less caught on to Joseph's heavy Yorkshire dialect! It's definitely atmospheric and really suits the season. I had hoped to finish it in October and count it as an extra read for the R.I.P. III Challenge, but it was not meant to be.
As for the books I did complete in October, they're essentially what I finished or started during the Read-a-thon, since the book I'd been working on before it was taking me forever! So I ended up with a total of five books read in October, not nearly as many as I'd hoped but thankfully not worse.
Books completed in October:
(click on a title to read my review)
43. Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence - Nick Bantock
44. The Secret Lives of People in Love - Simon Van Booy
45. Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
46. The Sandman: Endless Nights - Neil Gaiman
47. Dingo - Charles de Lint
Favourite of the month:
Grotesque was my least favourite of the month, as I've mentioned elsewhere, but there is no clear favourite as I rated 3 of them the same. Griffin & Sabine, and The Sandman: Endless Nights both for their great art, and The Secret Lives of People in Love, a wonderful collection of stories. I look forward to reading more by all the authors I read this month.
Books in: 7 (5 bought, 2 won in giveaways)
Books out: 4
Reading Challenges- Progress Report:
My current status on all active challenges. See sidebar for links.
Ended in October:
R.I.P. III Challenge (Sept. 1 - Oct. 31, 2008) - completed!
Herding Cats Challenge (May 1 - Nov. 30, 2008) - 4 out of 3 - completed!
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (Apr. 1 - Dec. 20, 2008) - 4 out of 9
2nds Challenge (Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2008) - 1 out of 4
My Year of Reading Dangerously (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 8 out of 12
What's in a Name Challenge (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 5 out of 6
Graphic Novels Challenge (July - Dec. 2008) - 4 out of 3 - completed!
Reading Jane Austen (Jan. - Dec. 2008) - 1 out of 2
Japanese Literature Challenge 2 (July 30, 2008 - Jan. 30, 2009) - 2 out of 3
1% Well-Read Challenge (May 1, 2008 - Feb. 28, 2009) - 2 out of 10
Book Awards II Challenge (Aug. 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009) - 4 out of 10
2nd Canadian Book Challenge (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) - 3 out of 13
Reading Japan - I've read 12 books so far this year (1 in October).
Orange Prize Project - I've read 2 books so far this year (none in October).
Reading plans for November:
First up, the rest of Wuthering Heights of course. Then, and I've said the exact same thing the last couple of months, but I really need to read some more international titles for the Orbis Terrarum Challenge. I'm thinking maybe some Amélie Nothomb, Dai Sijie, or maybe Henning Mankell. Other books have a way of jumping the queue though, so we'll see how it goes. Plus I'll also be taking part in my first blog tour later in the month, Lighting the Dark Side by William R. Potter for Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
Hope you all have a great month of reading!