My October wrap-up is a whole lot later than it usually is. I’ve had some time off writing for the blog because honestly everything just got a little too much for me. My mental health hasn’t been the best and the pressure of a new job along with blog work has just been too much to balance. That all being said, i had quite a good reading month in October!
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
The first book that i finished in October was Hot Dog Girl. I’ve been wanting to read this for quite some time now, gays that work in an amusement park might be my niche love at the moment. I loved how fun this book was, and how quick of a read it felt. Admittedly it wasn’t the greatest written or have the most memorable characters, but it really did entertain me and i loved it.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon
Again, this was a book that had been on my radar for quite some time and i was incredibly excited to get around to. Frankly In Love is the debut novel from the husband of Nicola Yoon, David. I had a high expectation of this book admittedly, and it didn’t meet all of them. I really enjoyed the story, and the bits of culture that were added in to it, however for me this book felt like two very separate books in one. The first half was completely different to the second, and it worked but not as well as i hoped it would. It was well written and the story was interesting but not pulled off incredibly well.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
It’s taken me years to finally get around to this wonderful, wonderful book. I never loved the parts of Carry On that were linked in to Fangirl so i honestly had little hope for the story as a separate entity. However, i absolutely adored it. It’s such a different story to what i thought it would be, it was so fun and had a lot of elements i thought were well done. If you want to know about me falling in love with this book more, my post is HERE.
Seeds by Ross Mackintosh
I picked up this graphic novel on a trip to Halifax i took at the end of October. The author is local to the area (which isn’t super far from Manchester) so it was an excuse really to pick up and support a local author. The graphic novel is based on the authors journey as his dad passed away. It’s an incredibly heartbreaking and real read, something that was also uncomfortable in certain parts, but i love the art style and the notion of creating something so painful. Incredibly done!
The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell
I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for years, so when i was looking for an audio book to listen to at work, i jumped at the chance of finding this one. I listened to the whole thing in two sittings. I loved the feel of the book and the characters, i loved how realistic it felt and how important it felt to be discussing things like ALS in children, i also really loved the characters and their different personalities. It was really well written and definitely worth the wait of reading.
My Brother’s Husband vol 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
This is the first manga that i’ve ever read, and what a place to start! My good friend Lois has started a job at a library, which has then allowed me to read loads of cool stuff for free! I have been wanting to try My Brother’s Husband for a long time, and to finally have read it feels like a relief of sorts. This book talks in depth about supposed homophobia in other countries and cultures and was really an eye opener to situations like that. It’s soft, and cute and really wonderful whilst talking about some pretty intense stuff. I loved this, and cannot wait to dive in to volume 2!
Books read: 6
Books read this year: 64
Pages read: 1,876
Pages Per Day: 60
Average Rating: 3.5