Reading Wrap Up
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Good day to you Bookworms!
I hope October has been kind to you, I’ve had a weird one, not going to lie!
I’ve always had an incredibly vivid dream life, ever since I was little but this past month it’s been on overdrive; clearly, my subconscious is trying to tell me something.
Anyway, enough of that! It’s time for me to share with you the books I’ve finished this month.
In October I have read a total of 8 books, although I’m hoping that by the official end of this month which is Wednesday of this week I’ll have made it 10.
There have been books by 3 male authors and 5 female authors, 3 YA novels, 1 non-fiction, 1 Contemporary, 2 Classics and One Middle Grade.
Ratings-wise there is 1 three star read, 1 four stars read and six, yes, SIX 5 star reads. I’ve really had a great reading month this October.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.
The first book I finished in October was Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, I read this between the 7th and 8th of the month as part of the Gribbathon (Green Ribbon book club-a-thon)
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It centres around a kind of mystery involving the disappearance of a billionaire and the subsequent reward for any information which may help lead the police to his person. Aza is a teen who teams up with her best friend Daisy in order to obtain the reward, all the while Aza is battling her own inner problems with regard to her mental health.
This book is rated 4/5 stars on Goodreads, I gave it 5/5 stars. I loved the characters, I loved the story progression and pacing and I felt it depicted Aza’s mental health issues in a relatable and well thought out manner.
Between the 8th and 9th of October, I read a book called Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This YA novel is a tale of a young man who suffers from alcoholism and disassociation following a traumatic experience. It centres around his time in a rehabilitation unit and his journey in coming to terms with the circumstances which lead him to his current position.
I adore this book, it’s one of the best I’ve read this year and I will definitely read it again soon, it’s harrowing, emotional and thought-provoking. It’s rated 4.1 / 5 on Goodreads but I rated this novel 5/5. I don’t know whether that’s just because I adore books centred around mental health or what, but I fell in love with this novel.
Next, between the 9th and 13th of October, I read You do You by Sarah Knight.
This is a self-help book which encourages the reader to embrace themselves, warts and all, and be unapologetically themselves. Understanding that everyone has flaws but asking the reader to come to terms with these issues and redecorate them into something wonderful.
I loved this idea, the concept is fantastic and I want nothing more than to embrace my full identity, from my binge eating, procrastination and need for approval to my laziness and inability to take criticism, however, I’m not sure these are things I can twist into positives very easily. I’m not a binge eater, I’m a food lover. I’m not a procrastinator, I’m chill. I don’t always need approval – I like input from others. No. A piece of poop covered in glitter is still a piece of poop. Sorry. I have flaws, we all do and maybe I’m already sort of OK with them and that’s why I feel like I can state what mine are without really caring but I don’t think to redecorate what you dislike about yourself is going to stop it affecting you. This was a great book, don’t get me wrong, but not the book for me. However, I enjoyed Sarah’s writing and as I say, the concept was nice. Goodreads rated this book 3/5 and I did as well.
Between the 14th and 16th of October, I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
This is a contemporary novel which takes place both in the present and in the past. It centres around an actress and her secretive life – she offers a young journalist the opportunity of a lifetime – to write her biography and learn all of her dirty secrets when it comes to her many husbands.
It’s written from both the perspectives of the journalist and also Evelyn herself and it’s so well written.
I loved this novel, it was compelling and enchanting, the characters were easy to get to know and empathise with. Goodreads rated this novel 4.2/5 and I rated it 5/5.
Next up, between the 17th and the 21st of October, I read Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.
This YA novel is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer which I was obsessed with last year. I don’t want to say too much without including spoilers but this book picked up pretty much exactly where Strange the Dreamer left off. It was enjoyable, I love the writing style which is dreamy, whimsical and enchanting, however, I didn’t enjoy it as much as its predecessor. Goodreads rated this novel 4.59/5 and I rated it 4/5.
Between the 24th and 25th of October, I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. This is a classic which was originally published in the 1960’s and I was a little scared I would find it boring and struggle to relate to the characters due to its publication being so long before I was born. How wrong I was.
I loved this novel – it follows a young woman called Merricat who lives with her uncle and older sister. The rest of her family are poisoned and her sister has been acquitted of their murder – unfortunately, the townsfolk feel differently to the police and use every opportunity to mock and ridicule the remaining family members.
When Merricat and her sister’s cousin, Charles, comes to stay Merricat is almost certain he is up to no good and decides to try and warn her sister in whatever way she can.
I loved this novel, I laughed so much. I know that perhaps sounds odd, but some of the character interaction was so well written and so funny I couldn’t help myself. Merricat is deliciously wicked and humorous – she is 18 years old yet written as though she is much younger at times, almost flitting from a school-girl type persona to an intelligent and shrewd young woman the next. I really enjoyed this classic fiction. Goodreads rates it 4/5 and I rated it 5/5.
Next up, between the dates of 25th and 26th of October, I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling.
This is my 4th or 5th read of this novel and it never gets old. EVER.
Harry Potter is a young man with a torrid, mysterious past he knows nothing about having been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Surrey, England when he was just a little baby.
Turns out, Harry is actually a wizard and it’s time for him to go to a prestigious school of witchcraft and wizardry – Hogwarts.
Obviously, I loved this novel. Goodreads gives it 4.4 / 5 and I gave it 5/5 because I adore Harry Potter.
Finally, we have the book I am currently reading which I started on 26th October and hope to finish on the 28th (Which is Sunday just gone if you’re reading this as it’s published)
The book is The Exorcist and it’s by William Peter Blatty.
This book is possibly better known by its film counterpart which I have seen but don’t remember much about besides projectile vomiting and heads spinning around.
Anyway, the book is good. It’s confusing in places and inexplicably grotesque to the point that I actually think it’s one of the most disturbing books, if not the most disturbing book I have ever read.
It centres around a young girl who is possessed by a demonic entity and her film star mother who is desperately trying to work out what on earth is wrong with her daughter.
I haven’t finished this yet so obviously, I don’t know the full story, however, I am enjoying it despite the fact that I am cringing every time a crucifix is mentioned.
I can completely understand why this novel was banned in various places, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart and if you’re easily offended or upset then I’d definitely advise giving this a miss.
Goodreads rates this novel as 4.1 / 5 and so far I reckon I’m going to give it 5/5 stars. It’s well researched, intelligent and oddly fascinating.
So that’s it!
I’m hoping I can also finish Gods Own Country by Ross Raisin and The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill this month too, but we’ll see! It’s Sunday night as I write this and Wednesday is the last day of October so wish me luck!
What have you been reading this month? Let me know in the comments below!
If you’ve read any of these novels I’d love to hear your thoughts, you can contact me via this website or on Twitter and Instagram, my handle for both is @bookwormheath
Until next time,
Have yourselves a really good one.