October Wrap-Up: ‘Blackbirds’, ‘The Power’ and More

I know I’m a few days late on this, but better late than never right? This concludes the first full month of my blog being primarily book orientated, and I’ve loved every minute of it. For a start, it has given me the motivation to read way more than I was accustomed to in the past, which has been a nice anchor in these tumultuous times. I’ve read and reviewed 13 books this month, and I’ll link my favourite reads of the month below.

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

A visceral, violent adrenaline-filled noir thriller (7 out of 7).

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Fantasy set within the English civil war, with rich characters and complex themes (6.5 out of 7).

The Power by Naomi Alderman

A shocking dystopia; one of the most relevant I’ve read in a long time (6 out of 7)

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People by Reni Eddo-Lodge

A blistering review of racism within the UK – critical to moving forward (7 out of 7)

Imperium by Robert Harris

Witty and powerful, Harris superbly captures Cicero’s heft (6.5 out of 7)

Here are the other books I’ve read this month (some of which are also great; I can only spotlight so many):

The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessin

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Let me know your favourite book(s) of October. What are you most looking forward to reading this month? Have you enjoyed any of my October reads?


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