October goal:

I’ll set a goal of 4 books to keep up with my goal for the year.

A full Poe-tober report will follow later this week.


What I read: 

  1. The Turn of the KeyRuth Ware
  2. RebeccaDaphne du Maurier
  3. Mexican Gothic—Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  4. The Yellow Wallpaper—Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Excuse(s) for Not Reading More: It’s 2020.

Diversity? A classic horror novella, 2 recent novels, and a classic.

Star Ratings: Based on the flat stars Goodreads displays in list-view, not the quarter-star system I assign in my reviews.

  • 5 stars:  6 books
  • 4 stars: 17 books
  • 3 stars:  13 books
  • 2 stars:  2 books
  • 1 star: 1 book
  • 0 stars: 0 books
  • Abandoned: 0 books
  • Not rated: 0 books

Pages Read: (does not include abandoned books, edited manuscripts, etc.)

  • January – 1085
  • February – 880
  • March – 1753 (in part due to an audiobook that I started way back mid-February)
  • April – 837
  • May – 789
  • June – 1333
  • July – 1702
  • August – 1219
  • September – 1309
  • October – 1184

Reading Goals:

1. Read 48 books I’m not sure how, but I’m a book behind again. (my Goodreads Challenge)

2. Decrease my TBR – 

  • Jan 1 – 77 physical22 Kindle
  • Feb 3 – 74/22
  • Mar 2 – 74/26
  • Apr 16 – 73/26
  • May 1 – 73/26 (no change)
  • Jun 1 – 72/27
  • Jul 1 – 72/26
  • Aug 6 – 72/26
  • Aug 31 – 71/25
  • Sept 1 – 71/25
  • Nov 2 – 71/26

3. Read 12 not-novels – Nonfiction, poetry, essays, or fiction anthologies all count. (Status: Met goal in September)

  • Jan – 2 (pocket quotes, nonfiction zen)
  • Feb – 0
  • Mar – 2 (vignettes, audiobook/memoir)
  • Apr – 1 (audiobook/memoir)
  • May – 0
  • Jun – 1 (book of speeches)
  • Jul – 3 (graphic novel/memoir, social activism, essay)
  • Aug – 2 (1 nonfiction, 2 audiobook/memoir)
  • Sept – 3 (graphic novel/memoir, audiobook/memoir)
  • Oct – 0

Those star ratings indicate an enjoyable reading month, but both 5* books were rereads specifically chosen because I was so sour about other books I’d read. November’s goal is 4 books—otherwise, I won’t make my annual goal.

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