I read 6 books in October. Book number 49 for the year was Nothing Good Can Come From This. It’s a memoir about becoming sober and about how alcohol has become the norm in our culture. I enjoyed it and it really made me think about how we drink just because it’s what is expected in a situation.
I read Conversations with Friends for my 50th book this year. At first the conversation style of this book really bothered me. There’s no quotation marks and it’s he said, she said. But then I got into it and it was a really nice escape kind of book. I’m still disappointed it’s over.
Half of my books this month were loaned to me by my friend Brittany including this one. It was also a good book to get lost in for a weekend. I was less than thrilled with the ending but I enjoyed the rest. I’ll have to watch the movie, maybe the ending is better.
Draw Your Day was our year of creative habits book club selection this month and book number 52 for me. I thought it was good for getting ideas of what to draw; that’s always the hardest part for me. It got me drawing and telling some stories so that’s a good thing.
I get 2 or 3 books each month about the artist I’m studying but I don’t usually read them cover to cover so I don’t include them in my report. This month I did. This Keith Haring book was over 500 pages but it was like 2-3 pages images for every 1 page of text. The text is excerpts from Keith’s diary and that’s the kind of stuff I love! It was really good.
And book 54 for the year was the graphic memoir Passing for Human. I love Liana Finck’s drawing style; it’s loose and expressive. I didn’t know what to expect with the book because her comics are so succinct. The book is quite the story though and exceeded my expectations. I really loved it, definitely in the top few graphic novels I’ve read this year.
So 54 books in 10 months. I’m not sure I’ll reach my stretch goal of 75 but I’ve got 50 wrapped up. I’m just going to keep on reading. :)