Welcome to my fashionably late October wrap-up 💕
Only a couple days ago, on the 15th of November, I realised that HEY it’s not October anymore 😂 I’m still living that autumnal life although it’s so cold outside that I’ll attempt to stuff my shoes on while wearing fluffy socks and I stopped by a Christmas market yesterday. Actually, now that I stop and think about it, I have already started making a list of Christmas gifts! Whaat where did the fall go?? (Although I’m also a huge Christmas person so I guess it’s fiiine.)
But anyway – here’s everything I read during the month of October!
I read 4 books in October! They were all from different genres: fantasy, scifi, nonfiction and historical fiction. Half of them were ebooks whereas the other half was made up of audiobooks. In total I read 1667 pages, which amounts to about 417 pages on average per book. Two of these reads were directed at adults and 2 of them fell into the young adult age-category.
Since starting my PhD, the amount of books I’ve read has dramatically plummetted. To work back up to about 6-8 books a month, I’ll try to read a bit more, a bit longer books or have a bit higher star-ratings each month in comparison to the previous month. In this regard, I did well in October! In September I read 3 books with an average page count of 287 pages, and my average star-rating was 3.17 stars out of a maximum of 5 stars. That means that in October I read 1 book more, I read longer books and my star-rating average was slightly higher as well (3.38 stars/5 stars)!
I’m currently taking part in the Tome Topple Readathon, for which I’m reading massive books. I haven’t made much progress but I’m slowly going through A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I’m also re-listening to Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 😊
The Books I Read with Mini-Reviews
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
AH I loved this book so much! Filled with action, humour, heart-break and relatable characters, I can’t recommend this one enough. It is one of those books that will get you out of a reading slump and make you completely immersed into its world. I’m still considering changing my star-rating to full 5 stars, I can’t forget about it. The sequel, Starsight, is coming out at the end of the month!
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by various authors edited by Scarlett Curtis
Nonfiction, Feminism, YA
This book consists of essays by various contributors. The voices are diverse, and they cover many different perspectives on feminism. It is directed at soon-to-be-feminists and it gives an easily approachable infopack of what feminism is. Some of the essays were very impactful, and others less so. As a whole I would recommend this wholeheartedly, but don’t feel pressured to read it from cover to cover if you don’t like every story.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I loved Uprooted a few years back, and I have been eagerly awaiting Spinning Silver and my expectations have slowly climbed higher and higher with time. Now that I finally read it, I need to say that I have incredibly mixed feelings. I was invested in the beginning of the book and the characters were fascinating – but then the pace slowed down, the characters started to act oddly and annoyingly and I almost dnf:ed Spilver. But I’m so glad I kept going because the ending was spectacular and from the last half I highlighted quotes on nearly every page. The writing and the atmosphere were spectacular, the pacing, action and politics less so.
The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber
Historical fiction, Adult
The Glovemaker follows Deborah who lives in the outskirts of a Mormon community in Utah at 1888. Plural marriage is illegal – and although Deborah isn’t a big fan of it herself, she helps men with multiple wives to hide from the government officials. This is a delicate tale of everyday life, the characters are relatable and it did have an emotional impact on me. But something was missing – the writing style is slightly repetitive and I found the story thoroughly predictable. This wouldn’t have been such a big problem if the characters had a bit more complexity to them. An ok read but nothing exquisite.
Those are all the books that I finished in October! I’m already doing super well for November, although I haven’t made much progress with my Tome Topple reads 😆
How was October for you? How have you found November so far? What are you currently reading?
Also, the next round of Currentathon has been announced!! We will have a month-long readathon for the duration of December. There will be challenges, a bingo board and a bunch of sprints. It will great for finishing up your current reads ahead of the New Year! I’ll post more information very soon, I hope you will join 😊 😊 😊 😊
Thank you so much for reading ❤️ ❤️