Yes I am back doing a wrap up. I haven’t done these in a long time so it is nice to get back into the swing of things.
Ok, here goes.
October has been a pretty good month for me. I have been off work because I have recently been ill. I was hospitalised at the end of August after having a particularly nasty flare up of my Ulcerative Colitis. Whilst recuperating there wasn’t really that much I could do except read and watch TV so that is exactly what I did.
I binge watched Riverdale. It is pretty good. If you haven’t watched it then I totally recommend it. I have also bowed to peer pressure because curiosity has gotten the better of me and now I am watching Stranger Things. So far (after one episode) I like it!
Back to books though. Obviously, being off and being poorly sick I may have treated myself to a few pick me up books. I bought the following:
The Gatekeepers – Jen Lancaster
Mirror Mirror – Cara Delevigne
This is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay
Turtles All The Way Down – John Green (review coming soon)
Nevermore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend (review coming soon)
Hunger Makes a Modern Girl – Carrie Brownstein
The Group – Mary MCCarthy (an absolute bargain at only £2 on Amazon)
I Believe in a Thing Called Love – Maurene Goo
I was also really blessed to be sent a few review books in October. They are:
Hamilton – Elizabeth Cobbs
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe – Melissa de la Cruz
Welcome to the Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club – Sophie Green
I was particularly lucky this month when it comes to winning competitions. I have a few thank you’s to give out (I feel like I am at the Oscars). Thank you to:
Margot Weale (@margotbookpr) for a copy of Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster by Karen Lee Street.
Killer Reads (@KillerReads and @HarperCollisUK) for The Missing Twin by Alex Day. You can find more information about Killer Reads by visiting their website www.killerreads.com.
Ex Libris Live (@ExLibrisGame) gave me a particulary generous prize of the Ex Libris Game, The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty, The Escape by CL Taylor and Another Justified Sinner by Sophie Hopesmith.
HQ Stories (HQ Stories) for the two Fiona Harrison books A Pug Like Percy and A Puppy Like Hugo. I will be donating these to the school library in which I work. For more information about HQ Stories make sure you follow them on Instagram at instagram.com/hqstories.
The lovely people over at Popshot Magazine (@popshotmag) for my two Anne Michaels books: All We Saw and Fugitive Pieces. For more information over what they do please visit their website www.popshotpopshot.com.
A special thank you to fellow blogger Louise (@foxesfairytale) over at Foxes Fairytale. She sent me two books: Under My Hat a collection of short stories from various authors and Feed by Mira Grant.
I have managed to get plenty of reviews out this month. If you haven’t seen them already then click the links below.
All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Bad Choices Make Good Stories: Going to New York by Oliver Markus Malloy
Dyslexia is My Superpower (Most of the Time) by Margaret Rooke
Earth Hates Me: True Confessions of a Teenage Girl by Ruby Karp
Grand Theft Octo by Niels Saunders
No Shame by Anne Cassidy
Tell Me by Abigail Strom
Ten Birthdays by Kerry Wilkinson
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
The Note by Zoe Folbigg
So that is it folks. October was a good month. Happy Halloween!