October saw a decrease in how many books I read – only 18 instead of my normal 30+. It’s quibbling, I know, since 18 books is still a large number of books to read in a given month. My decrease was caused by an increase in other obligations: Girl Scouts, deep cleaning my house, swim meets, etc… There wasn’t a way to make time for everything, and books got the boot because even I get sick of looking at my disaster of a house sometimes.
Of the nine books I listed to this month, three were in the magical boarding school genre: Dark Waters, Schooled in Magic, and The Bronze Key. I loved all of them. Dark Waters was an adult book, with the school being a college, and the plot focusing on a murder mystery. Schooled in Magic was YA, with the main character, Emily, being transported to a different universe because a necromancer wanted to sacrifice a “child of destiny”. She was rescued by a sorcerer, and then then shipped off to a boarding school to figure things out. Both this book and The Bronze Key followed the standard trying-to-keep-evil-from-taking-over-the-world plot line. The Accidental Alchemist was surprisingly entertaining. It was unique story idea that was well executed. Oliver Twist was very good as well. Very tongue in cheek and sarcastic. And horrifying to know that the squalor and treatment of children it depicted was a part of life back then. A Bollywood Affair was another book I enjoyed more than I thought I would. A light, fluffy romance read.
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, The Gunslinger, Clash of Eagles, and The Hopefuls were all PopSugar books, so there will be another post with my thoughts on them. Do You Want to Start a Scandal was a fun romp. Two characters who needed a book finally got one. I loved Charlotte’s straight forwardness. I attempted to read Restoree for PopSugar, but while it was a romance, it wasn’t set in the future (even though I’d seen it on lists for that very thing). The concept of being abducted and then resurrected on an alien planet was well done.
Read Aloud (1)
I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to my younger daughter (with my son listening in on most of it, but it didn’t always hold his attention). She absolutely loved it! To the point that she dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween, complete with silver shoes. I know the movie is much beloved, but I still think the book is incomparably better.