Sunday, November 02, 2008

Sunday Salon: October in Review

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!


  1. I was awakened by animals this morning too. A cat wanting to be fed and then a dog and kitten that wanted to play. As much as I wanted to stay in bed, I decided, for my husband's sake, I'd take the motley crew in the living room so he could sleep. I am glad at least I didn't have to deal with cat pee so early in the morning. :-S Poor you!

    It looks like you have a good plan for November in place. I look forward to seeing where the reading winds take you. I have a lot on my plate this month. We'll see how far I get. :-)

    Have a great week, Nat!

  2. I read WUTHERING HEIGHTS a few months ago and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I disliked Heathcliff and Cathy too, but I got so caught up in the language and the atmosphere that I didn't really care. It was a great read.

  3. I like all 3 writers:Amelie Nothomb, Dai Sijie, and Henning Mankell. Amelie Nothomb's books are usualy short quick reads with a lot of quick wit. I like her a lot. Which title/s do you have by her? I believe I have read everyone except the last 2 years (she comes out with a book every year).
    Dorothy of "Pump up your Book Promotion" lives a couple of miles up the road from me, on this island :} I am not ready for a blog tour, probably not for the next year or two. I'll review books. The last one was a disaster. I came in late and the book choices where very limited, so I picked up a book on Paris thinking...great! The author used the words "French B...h" on page 3 so it wasn't a good read for me. I hope she forgave me.I didn't have the heart to review it properly.

    Have a nice week Nat

  4. I didn't like Heathcliff or Cathy, either, and I found the story very unromantic. It's been too long to remember, but I'm sure I liked the language or I'd have hated it rather than just disliking it.

    I love your "books in, books out" thing. I never keep track of that, but have a feeling outgoing books may have finally won out, this month. Good, good. I should try to keep track in November.

  5. Wendy - Those darn animals, eh?! ;)
    I've definitely had very little uninterrupted sleep since we got them, Bailey especially (Jiro will just curl up and snooze until it's time to get up but when Bailey wants to be fed, he wants to be fed NOW!), but they do make up for it in many other ways. :)
    Sounds like you have a busy month ahead of you, good luck with your reading.

    Memory - I agree, that's exactly how I feel! Even though I don't like them, I'm loving the language and atmosphere.

    gautami tripathy - It really is wonderfully written.

    Sylvie - I've read Fear and Trembling and the one I have on hand is The Book of Proper Names. I also have one in French, I don't remember which one, that I'll have to try someday but reading in French takes quite a bit of effort so who knows when that will be. :P

    Nancy - I don't find it romantic either but I'm quite enjoying the story. And even though I know it's leading to more misery, it's compelling me to read on.
    I really want to have more books going out, maybe I'll get more organized next year and join BookMooch or something.

  6. You are doing so well with your challenges! I've really slacked off on a couple of them but oh well... Looking forward to the blog tour :)

  7. Iliana - Well, time is starting to run out but we'll see how far I get in the next month and a bit. :)

  8. I guess Joseph's accent didn't bother us too much because we're used to accents!

  9. Bybee - LOL. That's probably true. :P


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