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September and October 2012 Reading Wrap-Up

November 25, 2012

September:

Books Read: 10
Pages Read: 2798
Hours Listened To: 9

October:

Books Read: 2
Pages Read: 461
Hours Listened To: 0

Books read:

  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by Steve Dublanica
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Zarhar the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
  • Ender’s Game by Scott Orson Card
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
  • The  Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin
  • The Survival League by Gordan Nuhanovic
  • Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing up Latina by Rosie Molinary
  • Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Desctruction
  • Swoon by Caledonia Curry (Swoon)
  • Judging a Book by Its Lover: A Field Guide to the Hearts and Minds of Readers Everywhere by Lauren Leto

Bloggers (and other online friends) visited: Rhiannon, Carin, Eva, Colleen, Kelly, Cait
Places visited through reading: USA, Nigeria, Croatia, Dominican Republic
Places visited irl:
 Toronto, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, California (Sacramento, Lake Tahoe), and Albuquerque, NM

Book Purchases: I refuse to admit anything ;) In September I made a purchase from the Book Depository for some really great books, as well as picking up a few sequels to titles I had read earlier in the month (Octavia Butler and NK Jemisin). I also bought some great titles on Amazon when I found them on sale (This Bridge Called my Back, for example). In all, too many to list, and slightly embarrassing given that I hardly read for half of the period we’re discussing.

ChileFestival

Carin, Kelly and I at the Chile Festival in Los Lunas.

Thoughts and ramblings: This has been an incredibly busy and roller-coaster fall for me. As you can see from my reading, things have changed quite a bit in my life. To begin with, September was a month of travel. If you recall, I ended August with a mini-cross-Canada road trip to a wedding in New Brunswick. I began September with the long drive back home to Toronto, only to fly out the very next morning for work. Between the two busy weeks of work, I was incredibly lucky to fit in the highlight of my month: finally meeting Carin in person! We did a chile festival, ate great food, and did some hiking in the mountains.

After the work trip, I flew back to visit my parents in PEI. Here I foolishly agreed to do some biking with my mother and aunt… and biked halfway across the island before my knees gave out. I then travelled with Colleen to Halifax for their first book launch with Fierce Ink Press, which was a fun party. I spent a few days there and then it was back to Toronto again.

Trail

Part of the trail Carin and I hiked.

Back in Toronto… I crashed. It’s hard for me to admit how much being back in PEI is still a struggle for me, but it just drains me completely and leaves me nervous, terrified, and hyper-vigilant. I came back home to stress around work and not knowing if my new position was going to start in less than a week or not, and that combined with the fact that I was already drained meant a couple of weeks of basic survival until I got myself back to normal (well, close enough, still working on that). I am very thankful that I don’t need to go back any time soon, as my parents have agreed to visit me for the Christmas holidays, saving me a trip there.

The first of October for me meant the start of a new position at work. I was really excited for this as it is allowing me to try out a few new skills and utilize the ones I’ve already learned in my time with my company. Unfortunately it also means a daily commute of anywhere between one to one and a half hours, and work days stretching to ten or twelve hours. This fully explains the fact that in October I managed to read only two books – my lowest since university when I was reading only textbooks.

Oleary

My Aunt and I at the Potato Museum.

October was a great month still though, for two reasons. The first was that I got to cat sit for Rhiannon. You may remember her cats from her Feline Friday posts, and now you can be jealous that I got to hang out with them for a few days. They are the cutest cats, and if I could, I’d have tried to sneak them out to keep them. The second great event of the months was a visit from Eva! It is always so great meeting online friends in person, and I was extra excited to finally being the one hosting.

So that has been my past couple of months. I am on vacation now, which is why I’m finding time to write this post. I am hoping, though, that work will settle down, giving me more time to read and to review. I hope that everyone else is enjoying their fall, and that everyone has had a great Thanksgiving. I miss you all!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2012 12:42 pm

    I know… I just hit up Bookcloseouts and bought more books in one stop than I have read in about 3 months…

    • November 25, 2012 12:44 pm

      At least we all succumb to the same temptations right ;)

  2. bookgazing permalink
    November 25, 2012 12:54 pm

    Hope you have a relaxing time off, as you’ve been busy! Is your new job the opp you talked about when I visited?

    • November 25, 2012 1:09 pm

      Thanks Jodie, so far it has been lovely having a few days off! And yes, it is.

  3. November 25, 2012 3:40 pm

    You’ve been super busy! I’m sure you’re going to rock that new job!!

    • November 29, 2012 8:37 am

      Thank you Kathy! Here’s hoping I get sent back to your area at some point still :)

  4. November 26, 2012 4:33 am

    Congrats. Congrats. Congrats. And you’re doing great still if one factors in all the other activities. Wish you all the best in your new position and I believe you’ll do well. And still read.

    • November 29, 2012 8:36 am

      Thank you Nana. I hope that all is well with you also and that you’ve been reading some great titles!

  5. November 26, 2012 11:16 am

    Oh, Amy! You have been one busy girl, and I wondered where you were! I can’t wait till you schedule a trip to Florida, and I can get the chance to meet you too! I would recommend lots and lots of audios for that long commute, and wanted to say Congratulations to you on the new job! So much has happened, and most of it has been good! Good on you, my friend!

    • November 29, 2012 8:36 am

      Thank you Zibilee! I was in Florida when I wrote this post, but way up in Tallahassee for a quick trip. Next time I have to make it closer to you! I hope that things are also well with you!

  6. November 27, 2012 1:33 pm

    seems like you have had fun last couple of months and been loads places ,all the best stu

  7. buriedinprint permalink
    November 27, 2012 3:14 pm

    Wow: all THAT and you still managed to read that much. I’m impressed. Hope December is more restful and peaceful (but still bookish and friend-filled) for you.

    • November 29, 2012 8:33 am

      Thank you Buried in Print. I hope your December is the same – and perhaps we can even meet up at some point :)

  8. November 28, 2012 10:12 pm

    You’re a beast, Amy! Congrats.

  9. December 9, 2012 7:57 pm

    Given you travel schedule the sudden dip in reading now becomes clear! Ditto blogging. What adventures you’ve had! Welcome back and enjoy your vacation!

    • December 12, 2012 10:49 am

      Thank you Howard, I do hope to be back here regularly soon!

  10. January 20, 2013 5:40 pm

    Lots of #diversiverse reads here, yes?

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