October Roundup


October has been a great month for reading for me. I started a new job three days a week which has put me back on the tube for an hour each way. In the morning I travel with my dad, and we compete to see who can do the crossword faster (it’s ALWAYS him), but in the evenings I can get in some uninterrupted reading time. I’m also trying to get more audiobooks playing when I’m doing things other than driving. As well as that, I’ve been just hanging around and reading at home since I don’t need to dedicate my spare time to jobhunting any more (or feeling guilty about not jobhunting). All in all, October has gone pretty well.


  1. The Riddle – Alison Croggon
  2. More Than This – Patrick Ness
  3. There’s Someone Inside Your House – Stephanie Perkins
  4. The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
  5. Hekla’s Children – James Brogden
  6. Just Haven’t Met You Yet – Cate Woods
  7. Windfall – Jennifer E Smith
  8. One Perfect Summer – Paige Toon
  9. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  10. The Memory Game – Nicci French
  11. Fortunately, The Milk – Neil Gaiman
  12. The Deviants – CJ Skuse
  13. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
  14. The Ice Dragon – George RR Martin
  15. Going Viral – Amy Alward
  16. Havoc – Xavier Neal
  17. Ten Thousand Skies Above You – Claudia Gray
  18. It Only Happens In The Movies – Holly Bourne
  19. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  20. Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard

Short Stories

  • One Perfect Christmas – Paige Toon

Cover Art


Favourite Book This Month

Gosh, tough one. I had two five-star rated books this month – Fortunately, The Milk, and It Only Happens In The Movies. They were both brilliant in totally different ways, and I found it really hard to pick between them. I’ve plumped for Fortunately, The Milk as my favourite book simply because I wasn’t expecting it to be as funny as it was. I kind of expected IOHITM to be amazing. Is that unfair on Holly Bourne? Can they both be my favourite books of the month?

Least Favourite Book This Month

So easy. I really, really didn’t enjoy Havoc, for many, many reasons, all of which I enumerated in the blog post itself. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Favourite cover art

Joint award this month, to both of the Firebird books. Those covers are gorgeous, and the third in the series is just as incredible. I’m kind of upset that I’ve listened to audiobooks of these, because they would look superb on my shelves!





I’m only one book away from being able to shrug off my self-imposed book buying ban (which I mostly ignored anyway, only refraining from buying hard copies), and I’m now utterly torn about what I should get myself when I permit the purchasing of books again. I want Tower of Dawn and King’s Cage, because I need to continue the serieseses I’ve been collecting, but I also want La Belle Sauvage, because hello, new Lyra’s world? I also think I’ll reread His Dark Materials next month, in preparation for La Belle Sauvage – have to ensure that I’m ready to go back to those worlds! Exciting times.



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