This Month I ‘ave Been Mostly Reading… October 2014 Edition

IMAG0074_1October was a slower reading month than the past few. My day job was a lot more intense than usual, my creative writing course was keeping me busy and I’ve been prepping for NanoWriMo (if you’re reading this I’m probably huddled in some dark corner, tapping away at my keyboard as if my life depended on it).  So reading time was considerably cut.  It might also be something to do with tackling some denser and longer novels.  These books simply required more of my concentration and so progress was slowed.

I think I’ve accepted that I’m not going to get through my 50 books (again) in a year.  I”m still 11 behind schedule and so if I break into the 40+ category before January first I’ll count it as a victory. Anyway, on to the books.

Books I Borrowed this Month:

As many of you know at this stage I’m on a book buying ban till December 1st in support of my local libraries. But below are the books I’ve borrowed.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Beloved by Toni Morrisson

A Pelican at Blandings by PG Wodehouse

Here are the Young Men by Rob Doyle

Books I read this Month:

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Beloved by Toni Morrisson

A Pelican at Blandings by PG Wodehouse

Bookish things:

Not much.  I tried to participate in #bookadayuk this month but became too distracted.  This is a pity because I love #bookadayuk.

Book of the Month:

I’m going to stump for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as my pick of the month. I was impressed by it’s complexity for such a short novel and can see why it has been rated as a classic by so many. You can find a full review here.

So what about you. What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to post your links.

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  1. Glass says: Reply

    Good luck with writing challenge! I hope you will manage to pull it off.

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks!

  2. I think all those who participate in NaNo are so freaking brave… like, I would not be able to write so much in a month. No way. Anyways, good luck with that and your Goodreads challenge!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Hehe, my problem is I love a challenge and I take on too much at once and get all stressed out about meeting targets! I also think I’m being lured into a false sense of security because NanoWriMo started on a weekend leaving me plenty of time to write. The real test will be when I go back to work tomorrow.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes. 🙂

  3. My mother and I are planning to read The Circle soon, so is it good?
    I’ve been reading quite a lot of books this month (Well, relatively..) and my favorite has definitely been Anna and the French Kiss 😀

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks for dropping by. There was lots that I loved about the Circle but a few things that frustrated me about it too. It’s a very fast paced thriller but there are few plot twists that didn’t feel all that believable. I’m working on a review of it that I hope to post later this week so you can get my full thoughts on it.

      I’ll have to take a look at Anna and the French Kiss (I’ve seen it popping up on quite a few blogs at the moment 🙂 ).

  4. I’m now curious about The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The title sounds vaguely familiar but I can’t place it. I love the idea of doing a new book ban to support your library. I see so many great books at mine though I rarely get them because I’ve got so many new review books or other books taking up space on my shelves that I feel guilty. Have a great week!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Hi Katherine, I hope you have a good week too. So far, only buying books at the library has been great. I have felt a bit guilty that there are so many unread books on my own shelves but I really recommend the experience. 🙂

  5. Good luck in your dark corner. LOL
    I’m reading two very large books right now and have slowed down on my review pile because of it. But I don’t want to rush myself and miss all the goodness in them.
    Here’s my Sunday Post – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/11/02/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-85-and-the-sunday-post/

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      *Squints in the darkness* Thanks 🙂

      It’s a dilemma isn’t it – slow down and tackle those large books at risk of not meeting your targets. #bookwormproblems.

      I’ll be sure to check out your post.

  6. Nyze says: Reply

    A pretty busy week you have 🙂 Good luck with NanoWriMo!

    Here’s mine:
    NYZE@everythingnyze

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks a lot. I’ll be sure to check out your post soon 🙂

  7. The Circle and Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, both good books in their own way but Spark definitely wins. I hope nanowrimo is going well!

    1. thenovelprojectchronicle says: Reply

      Thanks a lot. I think I agree. I enjoyed both for different reasons but had problems with them as well. For sheer longevity Spark is the better of the two though.

      Nanowrimo’s going ok so far, thanks for asking. 🙂

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