Daily Archives: October 31, 2009

What I Read in October 2009

Tithe by Holly Black (reread)
Pilgrim by Timothy Findley (reread)
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
A Pale Horse by Charles Todd
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
An Indulgence a Day by Andrea Norville & Patrick Menton
Spin Control by Amy King
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (reread)
Things I Learned From Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (reread)
The Drowning City by Amanda Downum
The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede
Howards End by E.M. Forster (reread)

Lots of rereads this month. Hmm. I have a bunch of newish books on hold at the library, though, to be read whenever my turn come sup on the reserve list.

I loved The Thirteenth Child, despite the furor it caused when it was published (OMG, she writes an alternate history of frontier America and doesn’t include Native Americans!!! Well, yeah. So? That’s why it’s called alternate history.) The other book I really enjoyed this month was Justine Larbalestier’s Liar, although it was very problematic in that one has no idea what’s happened at the end of the book. (This isn’t due to authorial incompetence; exactly the opposite, as a matter of fact. It’s brilliantly written and very successful in what it sets out to do with an unreliable narrator.)