Hello all! I can’t believe it’s wrap-up time again. October ended up being a much busier month than I had expected as I got a last-minute invite onto a diploma course (and obviously, I jumped at the chance!) So I’m now back studying as well as working full-time and, unfortunately, that leaves less time for reading. But I still managed to get through some good books. So without further ado, let’s take a look at what I read in October!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This was one of my most anticipated reads. I bought this book back in January but wanted to save it for the dark Autumn nights as I just knew it would be so atmospheric. And I was not disappointed. This is a Gothic masterpiece and the characters were absolute works of art.
Review books/Books I was sent
The Black Prince by Adam Roberts
I struggled a little with this one as it felt quite disjointed and the battle scenes were very visceral, but it was an interesting take on a period in history that I knew virtually nothing about.
Perfect Death by Helen Fields
The third instalment of this thriller series was just as fantastic as its two predecessors and kept me up reading far too late. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of gender roles that the author tackled in this one.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
A strange but compelling story that was quite dark at times, I really liked this powerfully feminist read. Some of the descriptive writing was gorgeous and the rep was awesome.
Books from my TBR
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
By far my favourite read of the month, if not the year, Muse of Nightmares didn’t just live up to all of my gigantic expectations but surpassed them. Laini Taylor is a true queen of words and I will be eagerly awaiting news of her next book.
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
This was a great little coming-of-age story about the origins of Halloween. My only complaint was that I wanted it to be longer!
Sweet Pea by C. J. Skuse
This thriller written from the perspective of a female psychopath was absolutely hilarious. Its twisted humour had me laughing out loud at every page and I will definitely be picking up the sequel at some point.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
I thought this was a really gripping and original dystopian. The author got across some excellent points about birth control, sex positivity, sexuality and consent, while painting a terrifying picture of a world where 99% of the female population has been wiped out.
The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown
This book had the unfortunate position of following Muse of Nightmares; I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I could have because I was in the biggest book hangover! I thought it was an interesting premise but it was very slow in pace, though it was still impressive for a debut and I genuinely think it was just a case of bad timing.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
I adored this spooky middle grade with a heart. I felt a real connection with the protagonist, Ollie, and was so invested in her story. Arden’s portrayal of childhood grief was superb.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
This was an interesting story but not really what I was expecting. I can’t honestly say that I liked the protagonist but I still found it to be compelling, and I’d like to maybe revisit it in the future to pick up on all the foreshadowing I undoubtedly missed this time round.
Total pages: 4001
Average pages per day: 129
Longest book: Muse of Nightmares (528 pages)
Shortest book: The Halloween Tree (145 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Muse of Nightmares
Biggest disappointment of the month: The Black Prince
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 9
Books read towards Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: 1
Those of you who are eagle-eyed might notice that Toil and Trouble features in this picture. Unfortunately, I overestimated my ability to get through it in time! So just pretend that it’s The Book of the Unnamed Midwife instead, since I didn’t have a physical copy of that 😉
Have you read any of these? What was your favourite book that you read in October? x