October goal:

I’m setting a goal of 5 books for this month, plus so many other things that go bump in the night.

Later this week, I’ll post my Poe-tober report.


What I read: (Link to my Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge

A Perilous Undertaking
(Veronica Speedwell #2)
— Deanna Raybourn
3.75* (Oct 9)
Review

Frankenstein—Mary Shelley

2* (Oct 23)
Review

The Haunting of Hill House—Shirley Jackson

5* (Oct 29)
Review

25 Icelandic Ghost Stories—Jón R. Hjálmarsson

2* (Oct 31)
Review


Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: I read 4, which is one short of my goal because Frankenstein and 25 Icelandic Ghost Stories were both awful. But there were also some travel and a lot of Poe-tober activities happening.

Diversity? A classic, a foreign translation of lore, a modern classic, and historical fiction.

Star Ratings: I base this on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews. (I made it to July this year before realizing I’d screwed up the math somewhere along the way.)

  • 5 stars:  8 books
  • 4 stars:  12 books
  • 3 stars:  15 books
  • 2 stars:  3 books
  • 1 star: 0 books
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 2 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, or Coffin Bell)

  • January – 993
  • February – 1232
  • March – 454 (ouch)
  • April – 1615
  • May – 1248
  • June – 1076
  • July – 375 (ewww)
  • August – 1603
  • September – 1196
  • October – 929

Coffin Bell Submissions: I used to include these because they took up so much of my time. I resigned my position as their short story editor in March 2019 so I could prioritize other projects.

  • January
    • 20 short stories
  • February
    • 14 short stories
    • 1 CNF (creative nonfiction)
  • March
    • 15 short stories

Reading Goals:

1. Read 40 books I’m 5 books ahead with 38 books.

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 73 physical21 Kindle
  • Feb 1 – 71/22
  • Mar 4 – 71/22 (huh)
  • Apr 3 – 73/23 (it was my birthday month)
  • May 1 – 73/23 (how?!?!)
  • Jun 1 – 72/22 (it was a good month for reading books I already own)
  • Jul 1 – 71/22 (surprising – I visited 2 bookstores this weekend)
  • Aug 4 – 71/22
  • Sept 3 – 71/23
  • Sept 30 – 73/21 (books = souvenirs and I was in Iceland)
  • Nov 1 – 73/21

3. Read 6 short story/essay/poetry collections – I want to double that if possible. Not sure that’s going to happen. (I realized in late September that I’d missed one and messed up the months.)

I had such high hopes for October with my plans for reading spooky stories. Instead, 2 of the books were so lousy that they took forever to finish. In November, I’m setting a goal of 4 books.

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