Daily Archives: November 5, 2019

October Roundup

Every month I’m still shocked that time is passing. I don’t know why I’m so surprised by this, but I definitely am, every time. It’s November now, and we’re halfway through this term at uni. I’ve got so much work to do, but don’t worry, I’m still squeezing in books everywhere I can.


  1. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History – Sam Maggs
  2. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  3. Little Monsters – Kara Thomas
  4. A Love of Two Halves – PJ Whiteley
  5. To Keep You Safe – Kate Bradley
  6. The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2) – Philip Pullman
  7. The Iliad – Homer
  8. Crownbreaker (Spellslinger #6) – Sebastien de Castell
  9. Impossible Causes – Julie Mayhew
  10. The Demon World (The Smoke Thieves #2) – Sally Green
  11. Shadows of Hemlock (Apricots and Wolfsbane #2) – KM Pohlkamp
  12. Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri
  13. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
  14. Unexpected Lessons in Love – Lucy Dillon

Short Stories/Novellas

None this month

Cover Art

Favourite Book This Month

Crownbreaker is an incredibly good finale to a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Joe Jameson, and it added so much to Kellen’s story, rounding it out wonderfully and tying up all the elements of his story that were laid out in the previous five books. Plus, I particularly liked the nod in the final book from Ferius that she was going to Tristia, the world in which de Castell’s other series, the Greatcoats, is set. That kind of wider worldbuilding is fun.

Least Favourite Book This Month

I disliked one major aspect of The Secret Commonwealth, which I went on about At Length in my review, and I disliked the character of Madame Bovary, which made it hard to like the book as a whole, but the book that was my least favourite this month, probably because of the huge disparity in terms of what I was expecting and what I actually got, was Wonder Women. The content of the book was brilliant, with profiles of women who did amazing things, rebelling against the societal weight of expectations placed on them. Illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino, it’s visually beautifully and physically very well presented, with a gorgeous choice of typeface, lovely paper weighting, and really great design thought going into it. But it was really let down by the writing style. I reviewed it on Goodreads, which is pretty rare for me, because I was so mad about it:

Packed with interesting information, but written in an infuriating and at times nauseating style that tries too hard to be accessible and ‘cool’. Disappointing that the brilliant research in this book is obscured by a stylistic choice that dates it and limits its appeal.

Favourite cover art

Despite how much I love the Spellslinger series art, I feel like it’s time for me to move on. Plus, I put the Crownbreaker art in my August roundup post, so it’s already had lots of attention. This month my favourite cover art is Emma Dabiri’s Don’t Touch My Hair. It’s simple. It’s striking. It’s excellent. Two thumbs up.



This week is Reading Week from uni – you would think this means I get to do lots of reading, but actually it means that I catch up on all the paperwork I don’t have time to do while lecturing. But I’m still eking out the time to write blogposts. I’ve got my priorities!

Leave a comment

Filed under Books