This is a couple days late but I have been suffering since Halloween and could barely lift my head let alone type out a whole blog post.
So October has come and gone and I managed to read four books! *fist pump* I'm not sure how this happened, but I suspect it's due to the fact that I just seem to get through real books rather than the ones on the Kindle. I did however read a book on the Kindle because after I finished my last book, I remembered that I had purchased The Cuckoo's Calling when it was like 99p so I went off to read that before ordering some more books.
I started off reading Low Expectations in October and whilst it was okay I really didn't feel that it had any substance to it personally. It wasn't terrible but I finished it and thought meh. I next moved on to Me Before You and if you've read my book review then you'll already know that I thought it was fantastic. It struck so many chords with me and every time I had to stop reading it on the tube I was so upset. After this I went on to Only Ever Yours, again this book was just meh for me. It had a edge because of the dystopian setting but in the end it was just underwhelming, it did raise some good points about women and society and the roles we're expected to play but it wasn't anything new and for me didn't shed anything exciting or revolutionary. I finished this on the 23rd of October, so I was able to go on to The Cuckoo's Calling. I've read all the Harry Potter books and The Casual Vacancy and from those two I was thoroughly convinced that JK is an awesome writer, reading The Cuckoo's calling further confirmed that. She does every genre so well and she just takes the reader on an awesome journey. I was happy to find out that The Cuckoo's Calling actually has two more books after it. If you don't know it's about a detective, so I think there's definitely room for more books!
So on to this months books! I have decided I will purchase more actual books as I do want to meet my goal and if they help me to get there faster, then so be it!
Island by Aldous Huxley - This has been in my saved for later basket for ages and I can't really say why. I know it's a very well known book but that isn't what usually compels me to read something, so I think I must have seen a really good quote from it somewhere. I have read Brave New World by him back in 2013, but I seriously cannot remember it. This is meant to be the other part to Brave New World, as it talks about a utopia, whilst Brave New World is about a dystopian society. In a nutshell the story is about a man who ends up shipwrecked on an island.
The House Girl: A Novel by Tara Conklin - This book again has been sitting in the basket and I just really have no idea why as I can't really seem to even explain what the book is about, so I will just have to point you guys to Google for this one. I must have seen a snippet of the book somewhere and thought it would be a good read. I wanted to have a range of books for November and this sort of bridges the gap from smart and depressing.
The 10 PM Question by Kate De Goldi - I love young adult novels and this book has featured in a lot of top ten lists when it comes to depression. Again this has been sitting in my basket for a while and I'm in the mood to delve into another book around this topic, so I just purchased it. I'm not really sure what this book is about, other than a 12 year old boy and something do with 10pm and his mum. The blurb doesn't really give anything away, but all the reviews I've read about it are very promising.