October 2020 Wrap-Up

I didn’t fully realise how much i had read in October until i sat down to write my wrap up. I can hardly believe there are two months left of 2020, and not long left to continue with my reading goals for the year!

A Snowfall Of Silver by Laura Wood
I was kindly gifted a copy of Laura Wood’s latest YA novel by the publisher. I’ve loved Laura’s writing for a few years now, it’s pure escapism and generally quite joyous. I love diving in to one of her books and forgetting everything. Her latest addition to YA is based around theatre which gave the book an incredible and theatrical feel, as well as being perfect for autumn and winter.

How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi
I was also kindly gifted this book by the publisher. Originally, i was incredibly excited to pick up a copy of How It All Blew Up, and then the book started to gather a little bit of controversy. I left it on my shelf for a little while to figure out if i wanted to read it or not, and the story and good reviews i’d then heard made me want to grab it again. The story is of Amir who is scared of coming out as gay to his parents, so he hops on a plane to Europe and discovers himself in a new life away from the USA. Obviously, what follows is gay scene chaos, and was wonderfully told with some very excellent characters. I overally really did enjoy this book and i’m glad i picked it up.

Sisters by Daisy Johnson
I then picked up Sisters, as i kept seeing the cover around everywhere and one of my book club members had said they recently read it. It’s spooky and atmospheric and perfect for this time of year. I knew nothing going in to Sisters, and i think it should stay that way for anyone that wants to pick it up. I definitely recommend reading it for the atmosphere and story telling, even if i gave it a middle of the road rating.

Agent Zaiba Investigates The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami
The Little Tiger team gifted me a copy of this book, along with Sophie and Lois for our crime readathon. In the last few years i’ve really found a love for middle-grade. An easy read with a good story to break everything up. Agent Zaiba was no different and i loved the story of these friends investigating crimes on a family’s big night. I didn’t connect with the novel naturally, however i didn’t expect to due to it being a middle-grade novel. But i had a lot of fun reading it!

Beyond The Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon
I listened to this pocketsized book on audio whilst i was working in October, and i absolutely loved it. It’s a wonderful exploration of gender binary, and only an hour long so easily bitesizable. There isn’t much to say about this book, but i really did enjoy the experience and i definitely learned some things.

Books read: 5

Books read this year: 73

Pages read: 1,204

Pages Per Day: 38

Average Rating: 3

New to me: 4

Rereads: 0

Off my shelves: 4

Borrowed: 0

Review copies: 3

Library books: 0

eBooks: 1

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