An Open Book: What I Read in October

I spent more than 30 hours on airplanes this past month, and yet I did a miserable amount of reading. I admit to binge watching a trashy show on my flights instead of spending my time reading, but I don’t regret it. Sometimes the brain just needs a break.

That said, I did finish two books this month. What did you read?

october books

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (3/5 stars)

Three-line review: A relatively quick and easy-to-read story about the process of compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and the man who did a lot of the voluntary legwork to make it come to life. Though this story was generally interesting, overall it wasn’t as engaging as I anticipated it would be. Nonetheless, Winchester does a great job of humanizing characters through his conversational writing, and I’d consider reading his other books as a result.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (3/5 stars)

Three-line review: This accessible novel has a very likable protagonist with a life-threatening illness, and her voice made the story a quick and simple read. I enjoy young adult novels like this one that mix a variety of content types — emails, diary entries, online chats. The one major downfall of this book, though — and it’s a major downfall — is the “surprise” twist in the story could be seen a million miles away, and it’s incredibly overdone in stories based around this theme.

2 Responses to “An Open Book: What I Read in October”

  1. Jill

    Glad to see your comments on the Winchester book. My book group keeps “considering” this as a possible pick, but it never gets enough votes to be selected. I think I’ll take it off the list now.

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    • JoAnna

      I was chatting with a friend of mine about this book the other day. She absolutely loved it – it was a five-star book for her. So, opinions differ on this one.

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