October was mostly a medical month for me: a colonoscopy (my first, yay) on Oct. 14, followed by a blood test on my prostate on Oct. 15, and then on Oct. 22 an arthroscopic surgery on my left knee for a small tear of the meniscus. The short of it is this: one polyp removed, all good on the blood test, and a small mass of torn meniscus removed and cartilage smoothed during the surgery.
But the month also included two book blogging events in which I was able to participate partially as the result of recuperating since my surgery: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon last Saturday, Oct. 26, and Nonfiction November, which started this past Monday, Oct. 28. Before the readathon, I read two books:
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which I started earlier in September.
- The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland, which I picked up while “shelf-reading” at the library.
- A Story To Tell by my sister Lisa Howeler
- The Best American Poetry 2014 by series editor David Lehman and guest editor Terrance Hayes
I started the month out with a couple of ideas for the readathon, then I changed my mind later to start with a clean slate and ended up with a different list of possibilities. When I finally did the readathon last Saturday, I finished two books:
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- The Score by Richard Stark
I also started a third that I just finished last night: Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story of Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M.M. Blume. While overall I enjoyed this one, my favorite for the month probably was the book it was about: The Sun Also Rises. I had forgotten how much I like Hemingway’s sparse prose.
As for Nonfiction November, on Monday, I looked back at my year in nonfiction and picked my favorite nonfiction book of the year. Then over the next four weeks, I’ll be posting on prompts from the event. To see more about the event, see this post from one of the hosts, Julie, from the blog Julz Reads.
- Mindhunter, Season 2, on Netflix
- Schitt’s Creek, Season 5, on Netflix
- Letterkenny, Season 7, on Hulu
- Narcos Mexico, Season 1, on Netflix
& listened to
- All Mirrors by Angel Olsen,
- Ode To Joy by Wilco
- Crush by Floating Points
But my favorite new show, to me, has to be hands down: The Brokenwood Mysteries, of which I watched Series 1 earlier this month and reviewed briefly here. I am looking forward to watching more in November via Hoopla.
November starts with more recuperation, at least for this weekend, before I head back to work at the library on Monday. Also on Monday, I continue with Nonfiction November, which I will be doing throughout the month. The middle to end of the month promises days off for Thanksgiving and possibly for our anniversary the week before (I put in for a couple days before I left, but I won’t know if I got them until I return on Monday). If she still is doing it this year, I also hope to be participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend with Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves over Thanksgiving.
Among possibilities of what I might read this coming month are the following:
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Mystery Book 2) by Attica Locke
- Orphan X (Orphan X, #1) by Gregg Hurwitz
- Ruth Galloway Series: The First Three Novels by Elly Griffiths
- The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small Book 4) by James Herriot
- The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by Robert Galbraith
- A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1) by Ellis Peters.
- The Irishman on Netflix
- Brittany Runs A Marathon on Amazon Prime
- Good Omens, Season 1, on Amazon Prime
& To listen to
- MAGDALENE by FKA twigs, due out on Nov. 8
- Miss_Anthrop0cene by Grimes, hopefully out in November
How was your month of October? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you most looking forward to in November? Share in the comments.