Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | October 2021 | a great reading month, finally!

Well I managed to actually achieve one of my goals for October, which was to make time for reading! I’m so used to reading goals passing me by that hitting one has filled me with such joy!

I tried to make at least 20 minutes of reading time per day, which for me is an achievable amount of time where I can also make a decent dent in whatever I’m reading at the time – whether it’s audio or physical. I did also have half-term during October, which meant that I had chance to just sit and read the whole afternoon away, something I’ve not done for a while because even on the weekends I have things to do almost all the time!

Overall in October, I read 9 books! As that’s quite the number, I’m only going to do short reviews for these books. I didn’t actually post any book reviews this month as I was doing my Preptober series, and I won’t be posting any in November due to NaNoWriMo, but if you follow me on Goodreads or Instagram, I share a lot of my thoughts there.

What I Read in October

  • My average rating was 3.88
  • 3 books were eBooks, 5 books were physical, and 1 book was audio
  • 3 books were from the library
  • 3 were children’s
  • 2 were classics
  • 1 was crime fiction
  • 2 were historical fiction
  • 2 were YA fantasy
  • 2 were ARCs
  • 1 was a graphic novel

And, I completed my Thriller October readathon! Victober was too much for me this year, but I’m definitely going to be reading all of those Victorian books and trying again next year!

#1: The Skylark’s War by Hilary Mckay (4/5; library book; paperback; middle grade historical fiction) [Goodreads]

This was a heart-wrenching read. The Skylark’s War, set against the backdrop of World War One, follows one girl and her family and friends through the war. I cried at the end!

#2: Murder in the Cathedral by TS Eliot (4/5; library book; paperback; script; classic) [Goodreads]

A classic script that help propel Eliot to fame! I enjoyed this writing so much more than I expected, and need to get my own copy so I can annotate in more detail.

#3: Muck & Magic by Michael Morpurgo (5/5; library book; hardback; children’s) [Goodreads]

If you’re after an adorable book to read in an hour or so that might just make you cry at the end, this is it! This book is illustrated with wonderful illustrations that made me gape, and whilst the story is simple, it is tear worthy.

#4: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with The Merry Men and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (3.5/5; classic; short stories; paperback) [Goodreads]

There’s so much to unpack with this small book! Jekyll and Hyde is obviously a classic, but Stevenson’s other stories are just as unsettling. My favourite of this collection was The Merry Men (aside from J&H) and I’m still proud that I managed to read a whole story in Scots!

#5: In Dark Water by Lynne McEwan (5/5; paperback; crime fiction) [Goodreads]

You may expect me to be biased as I am friends with Lynne, but this is genuinely a fantastic crime novel from a fantastic debut author! Set in modern-day Scotland, this book takes you on so many twists and turns.

#6: The Glamourist by Luanne G. Smith (3.5/5; eBook; historical fantasy; Kindle Unlimited) [Goodreads]

This is the second in The Vine Witch series, and even though I only gave it 3.5/5, I will be finishing the series. This series is set in a historical fantasy France, and I really enjoy reading about the main character, Elena, as well as Yvette who had a great arc in this story. The ending was a little too cliché for me though!

#7: No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen (4/5; eBook; gifted; YA fantasy/mystery) [blog tour, Goodreads]

I read this book for a blog tour, and it was so good! The ending disappointed me a little, but I had such a great time participating in the blog tour and making the character quiz.

#8: Magic: The Girl With Purple Hair by Lylian K, illustrated by Audrey Molinatti (5/5; eBook; Netgalley ARC; children’s fantasy; graphic novel) [Goodreads]

I downloaded this book on a whim from Netgalley, and it was the most adorable thing I think I’ve ever read, and I will definitely be reading it again in the future. Unfortunately, you can only by the graphic novel in paperback in French, but hey, it’d give me a chance to improve on my languages!

#9: Homeless Bodies and Other Stories by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Haroun Khan, Andrew Michael Hurley, Laura Purcell, and Sarah Moss (4.75/5; audiobook; short stories; crime) [Goodreads]

This was a collection of short stories I listened to on audiobook, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! They were super spooky and Gothic, and drew on an assortment of objects from a collection at a museum. It was free if you have Audible, and I definitely recommend it!

So I had a pretty great reading month – what about you? Did you read anything you loved? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Hannah

3 thoughts on “Monthly Reading Wrap-Up | October 2021 | a great reading month, finally!

    1. It’s hard to keep up, but I like having a goal that’s manageable! I haven’t done it for about 4 days straight now, oops! I feel so much better when I read though – it’s real self care for me – so definitely worth building in to my routine 🙂

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