Another month gone, and the shops are already full to the brim with Christmas items. I personally treat Christmas as a swear word until December, although that is at least partly because my birthday is in November and I like to focus on that without diluting it with talk of Christmas! Selfish, I know 😂
October was quite a good month for reading. I’ve read more and I think that my reading mojo has now returned in full. I’ve even managed to keep on top of blogging (well, mostly!) and I’m trying to write my reviews within a few days of finishing a book. While life sometimes interrupts, it does make it easier for me to get my thoughts down in a vaguely coherent fashion.
Books Read and Reviewed
- Read in September and reviewed in October:
- Read in October:
- Ezra Slef: The Next Nobel Laureate in Literature by Andrew Komarnychyj
- Phosphate Rocks: A Death in Ten Objects by Fiona Erskine
- Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds
- Hermit by S. R. White
- Matrix by Lauren Groff
- Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
- Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu
- Babes in the Wood by Mark Stay
- Dog Rose Dirt by Jen Williams
- The Red Monarch by Bella Ellis
Favourite Reads This Month
The observant amongst you will notice that while I intended to read all of this year’s Booker shortlisted novels, I haven’t. I did try, but had two that I just didn’t get on with. I gave it up as a bad job at that point. I’ll watch the winner announcement next week, but my money is on Richard Powers.
I received three books for review this month:
And purchased ten 😬
When I started prepping this post, I was all set to gloat about another month in which I’d been relatively restrained and managed to reduce my TBR a little. Then I went to a book shop on Saturday and added an extra three! I regret nothing! 😃 And, I have managed to read all of the books I purchased prior to 2021 now, so that’s something!
- Books out = 10 read + 2 DNF* = 12
- Books in = 3 ARCs + 10 purchases = 13
- Equals an increase of 1 in my TBR
*I may come back to some of the DNFs at a later date, but for now they have been removed from my TBR.