Happy Halloween! It’s officially the end of the month, which means it is time to talk about everything I read. And it was not the best reading month. I’ve been working a bunch of overtime at work, so I’ve had less free time. But also my eyes decided that it was time for new glasses RIGHT NOW, which means I’ve had to stick to audiobooks for the last few weeks since it took a while to make an appointment and get my glasses (I got them Friday, but my eyes are still adjusting). So this month has not gone according to plan at all.
I abandoned most of my reading list – including my Stephen King read. That’s right, for the first time in eight years, I will not be reading a Stephen King book this Halloween. It’s been a rough month and I’m just not feeling it right now. I actually didn’t read very many spooky books this month, which is kind of disappointing. I will definitely have to make up for it next year. But for now, here’s what I did read:
What I Read
If you are not already aware, October 11th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day here in the US. And I decided to celebrate this year by reading (and blogging about) five popular books written by Indigenous authors. Because despite my attempts to read more diversely, that is a group I felt I had been overlooking. Click here if you want to read the full post and my detailed thoughts (plus more about the one book I read before October), but I’ll briefly talk about these books before jumping into the rest of them:
Elastoe by Darcy Little Badger – ★★★★☆
This is a young adult supernatural murder mystery (though it reads much more like middle grade). and I have heard great things, so I was excited to read it. It was really good, it just wasn’t totally my jam. I didn’t connect to it as much as I wanted to. I didn’t dislike the writing, but I don’t think it worked well for me, personally. I would definitely recommend this to younger readers, though.
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones – ★★☆☆☆
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I enjoyed how it portrayed Indigenous culture. But on the other…. I could barely get through this because of how many animals suffered in this book. If there is one thing I cannot read about, it is animals in pain. This was absolutely not for me.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline – ★★★★☆
This is another book that I probably wasn’t the target audience for, but it was pretty good. I liked how this addresses racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in a creative way. I don’t typically enjoy much YA at this point in my life, but I would definitely recommend this to younger readers.
Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq – ★★★★★
This one saved the experiment! Not totally, but it made me feel slightly less bad about picking the wrong books for me to read. I didn’t know too much about this one going in, but I had a good feeling about it. And I was absolutely right! This is probably my favorite book I read this month (and I think it has a decent chance of ending up on one of my yearly favorites lists.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – ★★★★★
Even though this is not a horror novel, or even fiction, this might be the scariest book on this list. It’s about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, for which Krakauer was actually present. And it was not great for my anxiety to read about a group of people stranded at the top of Everest during a storm. It was honestly pretty terrifying to read about. But I did really enjoy this book. It is the closest I will ever get to Everest.
From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty – ★★★★☆
I read Caitlin Doughty’s other books (Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) and thoroughly enjoyed them. So I thought it would be fun to read another book about dead bodies during spooky month. This one is about different burial practices around the world (for the record, I would like a sky burial), and it was really interesting to learn about.
The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson – ★★☆☆☆
The first thought that popped into my head when I thought about this book is so loooong. This book is so long. I appreciated what it was trying to do – this is about the effects of climate change on future generations – but I think I would have liked it a lot more if there was a character or two I connected to. It was kind of like watching a documentary about something that hasn’t happened yet. I didn’t dislike it, but I was very bored.
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth – ★★★☆☆
I wanted to love this so much. It started out so strong, and I was very into the historical storyline. And then we get the modern storyline (they’re making movie about the historical events) and I started to kind of get into it. But then the whole thing just started to drag. By the time we got to the end, I kind of didn’t care. This was a twenty-hour audiobook (the book is 640 pages) and it did not need to be that long. It wasn’t as spooky as I wanted it to be, and it couldn’t keep my interest long enough to get to the end. I didn’t dislike it, but I am pretty disappointed.
What I’m Currently Reading
The Undocumented Immigrants by Karla Cornejo Villavincencio
This got put on pause this month because my eyes rebelled against me. But I have new glasses and will definitely be picking this one back up in November.
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
I wish I could blame this one on my eyes, but I am just not feeling excited to read this. Maybe I’ll be in the mood for it at some point next month.
What I Watched
Like everyone else, I watched Squid Game this month. I binged it in two days, and loved it so much. This was the kind of Halloween-esque story I needed. If you haven’t seen it yet, just know it is brutal. But it also confirmed my theory that Korean horror is so much smarter than American horror. It’s not just scary to be scary, it messes with your brain. I need there to be a season two, because I really need more of this.
You season 3
I also watched the new season of You. And it was not like book three of the series, but that’s honestly for the best. This was good. There were some parts of the story I didn’t particularly enjoy, but it was a fun dark season (I watched the whole thing in a day, so I can’t say I didn’t like it).
Like I said before, this was a fun way to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I didn’t love all the books I read, but I did learn a lot. I feel like that was kind of the point. I do want to read more Indigenous literature, though, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know.
That’s it for October! I cannot believe we are two months away from 2022.
What was your favorite book this month?