Books I Read in October (and Honest Reviews)

I read a lot this month. Don't expect this every month. I do have kids, but this month I fed them nothing but cereal and power bars. (Just kidding. I gave them carrot sticks too.)
  1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Smart, beautifully written, thought-provoking, world-shaking... This book should be required reading for everyone. Everyone.
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir
    Absolutely worth all the hype! Funny, suspenseful, with WICKED awesome science. Better than the movie. (And I really loved the movie!)
  3. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
    Holy hell, how have I not read this before?? Short and concise, mind-f*#@ingly religious and mysterious, with just the right amount of titillation. Perfect Halloween read.
  4. Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
    A good story, but SO MUCH nautical description! I felt like I was using tweezers to pick a thread of a story out of a tapestry of oceanic snarls. I liked it, but took me forever to finish.
  5. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
    NOW we're talking high-quality disturbing short stories! I'm only halfway through, but once again, Gaiman delivers. I highly recommend picking this one up.
  6. Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman
    History told through the stories of royal mistresses. This sounds awesome, and in reality it's not bad, but the format is confusing and repetitive. Some salacious stuff in here, I would have liked this better if it had been organized by mistress rather than subject.
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
    A very worthwhile read. Bit of a mystery, bit of a family tell-all, every bit a study of human spirit--Haddon does a fantastic job of capturing the voice of an autistic teen.
  8. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
    I hate to say I didn't like something by Ray Bradbury, but I didn't like it. Aside from "The Veldt" I thought the short stories were obvious, pushy, and simply preposterous. Move on to better Bradbury.
  9. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
    A classic novel about the industrial revolution, and the conflicts it brings, from the feminine POV. Gaskell isn't as well known as Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, but her writing style is a blending of both. Every page is a pleasure to read!
  10. Between You & Me by Mary Norris
    Mary Norris worked as an editor for the New Yorker, and she just can't get past it. Who knew Grammar Nazis could be so hilarious?! But then, I'm a language nerd, so not everyone may feel this way.