Saturday, October 10, 2009

September in review

September was a pretty busy month both in real life, and blog land, what with Book Blogger Appreciation Week and everything, so I didn't get nearly as much reading in as I would've liked, and only finished 3 books. Despite the small number though, it was still an interesting month as my reading took me from Japan and a different kind of love story, to Iran for a chat about love, and sex, and lastly to Darfur, and later England as I followed the life of one very courageous woman.

Books completed
(click on the titles below to read my reviews, the book covers above are linked to Amazon)
47. Be With You - Takuji Ichikawa
48. Embroideries - Marjane Satrapi
49. Tears of the Desert - Halima Bashir & Damien Lewis (review pending)

I only read the three but my favourite book of the month is Tears of the Desert. It was just such a moving story. Embroideries would be a close second though. I didn't enjoy Be With You as much as I'd hoped but at least it was a quick, easy read.

New-to-me authors: 2
Books in Translation: 3

Books in: 9
Books out: 0
I've been trying to be good but I had a little book-buying splurge at the end of the month, plus I received a couple of books for review. Most of the books are either YA dystopian, or Japanese literature for the new Japanese Literature Book Group that I launched recently along with the Japanese Literature Read-along group. You can see all of my new acquisitions in last week's Mailbox Monday post.

The Year of Readers: Reading for the Book Wish Foundation.
Money raised this month: $12
Total raised (year to date): $141

Reading Challenges Progress Report
(see sidebar for current challenges)
Non-Fiction Five Challenge:  5/5
World Citizen Challenge:  4/3

R.I.P. IV Challenge (by Oct. 31, 2009): 0/4
Dewey's Books Reading Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): 3/5
Lost in Translation Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): Completed - 14/6
Orbis Terrarum Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): 8/10
What's in a Name? 2 Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): 5/6
Herding Cats II: Attach of the Hairballs (until Dec. 31, 2009): Completed - 3
Manga Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): Completed - 6/6
Graphic Novels Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): 3/6
ARC Reading Challenge (by Dec. 31, 2009): Completed - Current ARC/Review status (for 2009): 14 read, 7 to go
Everything Austen Challenge (July 1, 2009 - Jan. 1, 2010): 1/6
Japanese Literature Challenge 3 (July 30, 2009 - Jan. 30, 2010): Completed - 3/1
Canadian Book Challenge 3 (July 1, 2009 - July 1, 2010): 1/13

Long-term Reading Projects (Total read in 2009)
Reading Japan Project: 15 (including manga, 1 in September)
Orange Prize Project: 0

Reading plans for October
Well, I have a couple of review books I should read this month, but I also want to read some more books for the R.I.P. Challenge, as well as hopefully read something for the first Hello Japan! task. Plus I've signed up for the Wilkie Collins author tour with The Classics Circuit and need to read my selected title by early next month. Thank goodness for the read-a-thon coming up in two weeks. I'm hoping to catch up on some of my reading then. I can't wait!


  1. That's three quality reads and I consider that well done! I hope October will be a better reading month for you.

  2. I read Asa Nonami's Now You're One of Us, but for personal reasons I felt that I can't write a review for it. It's a shame really since at first it started well for me.

  3. Wow! You sure join a lot of challenges! I'm overwhelmed... I also need to catch up with the RIP challenge. I only listed one book but I'm still less than halfway in finishing it. And it's a thick book (The Historian).

  4. September proved to be a slow reading month for me as well, Nat.

    I am trying not to go on a book buying splurge right now, but I have that urge. I do have gift cards to spend, so it wouldn't cost me anything if I did. I'm trying to be good though.

    You are doing so well with your challenges. I decided to post brief summaries of three this week that I completed. I had initially wanted to go to the end of the year with them all, but then I thought of the relief closure might bring me and went that route instead.

    I hope you have a great week, Nat!

  5. Alice - Thanks, I hope October will be a better month too. The read-a-thon should help a lot.

    Mark David - Now you've made me curious about Now You're One of Us, and what about it made you feel that way. I hadn't heard of it before but I'll have to look it up.

    I'm planning to join in fewer reading challenges next year, but they are tempting, and generally are helpful at getting me to read some of the books that have been languishing on my shelves for a while. Good luck with The Historian. I've heard great things about it but the size has always daunted me a little.

    Wendy - You're good to resist the allure of new books! Last month was quite busy so I was 'allowed' to up my monthly budget for books as a 'reward' and I couldn't say no to that! :P

  6. Oops, I just realized I placed both comments on the same post. I was supposed to comment about Now You're One of Us in the Hello Japan scary reads post. Sorry :)

  7. Mark David - No worries. I wondered if you'd meant to post one of them elsewhere. I'm sorry you had a disappointing experience with that book. I hope you'll get a chance to read or watch something else for the Hello Japan! task this month then since you don't think that one fits. Remember it doesn't have to be a full-length book. :)


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