October was largely spent preparing for Witch Week and Nonfiction November, but I did manage to get some other good reading in. I’ve definitely been in a genre/pop culture mode, I notice — I read my first (and probably last) James Bond novel, a set of latter-day Sherlock Holmes stories, a book about the making of the movie The Princess Bride, and a collection of stories by the creator of the Regency romance, Georgette Heyer. Even the serious nonfiction book White Trash spends a good bit of time on pop culture phenomena such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Elvis. I did not make much headway on any of my challenges, but I had a lot of fun.
I’ve been giving the new illustrated Harry Potter editions to my son for Christmas each year as they come out, and enjoying rereading them at this leisurely pace. I’m looking forward to the next one coming up this year, Prisoner of Azkaban — it’s my favorite!
- Funny and sad, Excellent Women by Barbara Pym reminded me of another mid-century comic classic.
- Four reprints from Dover contained some wonderfully imaginative stories and drawings.
- The Buried Giant, our readalong for Witch Week, left me a bit befuddled, but led to some interesting discussion.
Other Books Read
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – Reread
- Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
- The Whole Art of Detection by Lindsay Faye
- White Trash by Nancy Isenberg – Review to come
- As You Wish by Cary Elwes
- Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer
Other Features and Events
- I made peace with my TBR progress at Mount TBR Checkpoint #3.
- In spite of hosting a fantasy-oriented event for the fourth year in a row, I had to ask Have I gone off fantasy?