Monthly Archives: November 2018

October 2018 Books

November 29, 2018

Ridiculously late with this post, but for the sake of continuity and my desire to keep up with reviewing, here are all the books I read in October! I’m obviously once again trying a new format – I can’t seem to decide how I want these posts to look. Maybe the only constant is that they’re constantly changing.

One of my main reading goals for this year is to finally complete the Harry Potter reread I’ve been intending on doing for years. This was the furthest I’ve made it in a long time, which feels like a victory. My childhood copy of this book split into three parts because one, it was so heavy, and two, we read it so frequently. It always feels difficult for me to review the Harry Potter books objectively because they feel like such a part of the fabric of my life, but it’s safe to say that I still really like this one.

I’ve read a number of Backman’s books (I read A Man Called Ove last December and Beartown earlier this summer) and this was by far my least favorite. It was fine as a story, looking back, but it just didn’t grip me like the others did. It’s about a woman who separates from her husband and, terrified that she’ll become isolated and no one will notice she’s dead when she eventually dies, decides to get a job that she has to show up to every day. She ends up moving to a run-down town to care of kids, inadvertently becoming a soccer coach in the process. You’ll like it if you enjoy books that are character driven or set in small towns.

Ugh. I swear this book halted my reading for over two weeks just because it took so. damn. long. to read. I read the book jacket and expected one thing, and what I got was a different thing entirely, though not in a positive way. I just didn’t enjoy it whatsoever and I really don’t recommend it. It reminded me of Jodi Picoult in that there was a drama and a mystery and it was very focused on the town’s issues, but her stuff is much better.

I liked this book! I preordered it last year and finally got around to reading it. I always thought it was more about actual books, but instead it’s about viewing people through the lens of different personality tests. If you know that you’re an INFJ and an Enneagram 3 and a [insert personality test of your choice here], you’ll like this book. If you’ve always wondered what the heck those tests are talking about, you’ll like this book too. If you’re in the first camp I don’t think you’ll learn many new things, but you’ll like having your feelings confirmed.

I thought this was a nice book. It was various writers sharing their thoughts + memories of Paris. I studied abroad there nearly five (!) years ago, and I like to say that I’m gonna be emotional about it forever. This collection of memories made me miss my time there a lot. I also don’t think it was anything particularly special – I’d be much more likely to recommend A Paris All Your Own, which I apparently never blogged about.

I read this after watching the movie earlier this year. It was….fine? I felt like I learned much more about Orthodox Jewish culture from reading this book rather than watching the movie. I have complicated feelings about sexuality and religion and the depiction of them in media. This was a good story and it made me sad and I learned a lot and I was left feeling a bit “ok now what?” at the end, so make of that what you will!

In total this month:

Total number of books: six
Number of fiction books: five
Number of nonfiction books: one
Books by people who are not white dudes: four
Total number of books this year: seventy one