October Reads | Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I did a proper wrap up post I think – sorry! Work and life has been a little bit more hectic this year and my wrap ups have been spotty at best, but I’m BACK for one and we’ll see if I can finish the year strong 😉

I’ve also hit my reading goal for they year (50 books) and exceeded it now by 8 books, which is kind of insane and probably owing to the couple of graphic novels I’ve picked up this year which are great to whizz through for a quick pick-me-up.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading this year – any standouts so far and any books you’re hoping to get to before 2020 rolls around (don’t worry, we still have 2 months to go!)


Naturally Tan – Tan France

Naturally Tan

You can read my full review of this one here, but in a nutshell I really enjoyed this memoir! I’d say it will mostly be enjoyable to fans of the new Queer Eye show, or anyone in to fashion/fashionistas. I definitely fall into the former category, and wish I had my own Tan France to style me because lord knows I can’t do it myself!


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

It took me a few chapters to really get in to this book, but I loved the setting & the story really drew me in as it unfolded. It’s an interesting look at overnight fame & the possibility of extra-terrestrial contact, definitely worth picking up if you’re interested in science fiction/contemporary genre blends!


Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee

Eggshell Skull

This book blew my mind and made me sorry not to have picked it up earlier (it landed on my shelves a few months ago and I should have started immediately!). I’ve posted a full review with my thoughts on it, which you can find here. Highly recommend!


The Travelling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Another book that has been sitting on my shelves for a while (it’s been a good month for clearing the backlog!), which finally got the call up thanks to a lovely dinner with some friends who recommended it moved up my list!

I loved this book – it moves along at a lovely slow pace but every sentence is just so beautiful and full of emotion and warmth. I absolutely adores that it was written from Nana the cat’s point of view too, I’ve always wondered what Patti gets up to thinking when we’re gone 😉


The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler – Lisa Shanahan

The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

Well this one was always going to have a place close to my heart because it was written by my aunt. But on top of that, it was such a gorgeously nostalgic look at summer camping trips as a kid and I spent a full day wrapped up in it lying in the warm sun patch on my couch.

Henry was such a softly-spoken and anxious young boy, but it was so great to navigate the world (and big scary things like learning to ride a new bike!) with him, and in my opinion not enough books champion the introvert!


Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman

Call Me By Your Name

Aaaaand that brings me to my DNF for the month. I know, I KNOW. Everyone seemed to love this book but it was really not my cup of tea at all. I haven’t seen the movie, but the book reads like a foreign film and after struggling through over 100 pages of listening to almost nothing but internal pining I had to put it down. Maybe it works better as a movie, I’m not sure, but I do know the book wasn’t for me (and there’s way too many others waiting on my shelves to be read instead!).


Let me know what you read this month! Did anyone else have a book they put down partway through this month?

Or if you’ve read any of the above books, what did you think of them?

M xx

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