books I read this month

What I Read in October

Where We End & Begin by Jane Igharo (ok, made some odd choices)

Stay True by Hua Hsu (ok, thought I’d like it better)

Walking In My Joy: In These Streets by Jenifer Lewis With Natalie Guerrero (not as good as her first one)

My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family by Nabil Ayers (serious lack of introspection)

The Year of Miracles: Recipes About Love + Grief + Growing Things by Ella Risbridger (not as good as her first one)

The Furrows by Namwali Serpell (good)

The Clown Egg Register by Helen Champion and Luke Stephenson (cute)

Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala (better than the last one but not great!)

Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World by Clara Parkes (something about her irks me)

The Hero of this Book by Elizabeth McCracken (ok)

What We Saw by Mary Downing Hahn (still good at age 85!)

The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings (good)

Jackal by Erin E. Adams (good)

Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions by Temple Grandin (disappointing and made weird assumptions about other people’s methods of thinking)

1979 by Val McDermid (good)

Making a Scene by Constance Wu (good)

Scenes from My Life: A Memoir by Jon Sternfeld, Michael K Williams (sad)

Rough Draft by Katy Tur (her parents are bonkers and I wish the book was just about them, the rest was kind of boring)

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (Halloween-y take on And Then There Were None)

This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Crane (good)

All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire Rebecca Woolf (not great! I think I requested it thinking she was someone else, still don’t really know who she is, she seemed to think she was famous)

A Gamut of Girls: Memoir by Elsa Lanchester (fun)

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn (one of the worst books I’ve ever read)

Weaving Rag Rugs: A Women’s Craft in Western Maryland by Geraldine Niva Johnson (interesting but I never understood why Western Maryland)

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson with Jay Cooper (Illustrator) (cute)

Shady Hallow by Juneau Black (cute!)

The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal (good)

Crying in the Bathroom by Erika L. Sánchez (disappointing, oddly circuitous)

Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History by Kristina R. Gaddy (very informative)

Where are the Children? by Mary Higgins Clark (I read this as a child!! Apparently there is a sequel coming out?)

Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution by Nona Willis Aronowitz (not great!)

Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison (disappointing)

Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry (not great! bad writing and weird mistakes about names/geography)

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