At the beginning of October I wrote a post regarding whether or not I would actually manage to read 100 books this year like I wanted. I mention in that post about October needing to be the “make or break” month in the process because if I didn’t reach a certain threshold it would be very difficult to reach my goal. I took that thought to heart and really, really pushed myself hard to reach 85 books completed by the end of the month.
There was a stretch of October for about 10 days where I read a book a day, which is both amazing and disorienting at the same time. Over the course of the entire month I read 16 full-length novels as well as five issues of Bastion Magazine and two novellas. I suppose I could have traded the magazine issues and novellas for another two books, but I used the shorter works as a way to cleanse my palate between novels and as a way to bring the number of unread items on my Kindle back down to a reasonable level.
All in all, I managed to make up all the lost ground from earlier in the year when I had months where I didn’t meet my quota. I am not officially back on pace with 85 books completed, leaving me with 15 remaining to be read. That puts me in a very good place as I head into the last two months of the year. I’d like to get six or seven books finished before the World of Warcraft expansion on November 13th, and then another three or four finished in the last two weeks of the month. It would be wonderful if I could arrive at December 1st with only four or five books left to read and be stress free with the goal.
Here are the books I read in October:
- Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
- Paradox Series: Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach
- Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole
- Shadow Ops: Breach Zone by Myke Cole
- The Trilisk Hunt by Michael McCloskey
- The Trilisk Revolution by Michael McCloskey
- Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos
- Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos
- The Dresden Files: Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
- The Dresden Files: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
- The Dresden Files: Death Masks by Jim Butcher
- The Dresden Files: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
- The Dresden Files: Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
- Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
- Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Here is the list of short fiction I read in October:
- Bastion Magazine, Issue #1 edited by R. Leigh Hennig
- Bastion Magazine, Issue #2 edited by R. Leigh Hennig
- Bastion Magazine, Issue #3 edited by R. Leigh Hennig
- Bastion Magazine, Issue #4 edited by R. Leigh Hennig
- Bastion Magazine, Issue #5 edited by R. Leigh Hennig
- Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson
- REMO by Thomas A. Mays
As you can see, that list is enormous compared to the lists from all the previous months in 2014. It did help that I chose books I was almost guaranteed to enjoy for the entire month, which meant none of them turned into a big drag that lost me time. I also focused on catching up with and/or finishing series so I don’t have so many left open-ended.
I think my favorites for the month were the Shadow Ops books by Myke Cole, and the two books by Marko Kloos: Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure. Of course, I also very much enjoyed Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie as it’s a wonderful follow-up to the first book in that trilogy. And, while I have not “caught up” with the entire series of The Dresden Files, I am now at least halfway through after finishing all the books I had purchased via a Kindle Daily Deal a few months ago.
Steampunk is a sub-genre that fascinates me, but I haven’t found the time to read. The two Romulus Buckle books were wonderfully written and very vibrant in their world building and characters. I’ve had those books sitting on my Kindle for nearly a year and decided it was high time I got them read. I’m glad I did because they were spectacular. I hear the third book is due out sometime in the first few months of 2015. I’ll be sure to grab it.
For November I have some good stuff on deck. There is the second of the new Star Wars canon being released, as well as the final book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy, both of which I’ll be reading immediately when they load onto my Kindle. There is also the second book of a series about superheroes from a self-published author I’m looking forward to diving into and then I’ll be walking back into the Dragonlance books I exposed myself to earlier this year to try and make some progress on catching up.