Goodbye, October. Hello, November.
Click here to read about all the books I read in September!
After an amazing reading month in September, it’s almost as if I was destined to come crashing down from my high. In September, I read 15 books in total, whereas in October, I only managed 2. However, I am not too down on myself – every book counts!
Let’s see what I read…
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.
This book took me a long time to get through, both because I was burdened with a lot of school work, and also because it just wasn’t as thrilling as I had hoped. I found it quite repetetive, and wasn’t exactly inclined to keep coming back to it. I did, however, enjoy it enough to award it 3/5 stars. You can read my full review here. ★★★☆☆
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
It’s 1895 and, after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped from the she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true. Gemma finds he reception a chilly one. She’s not completely alone, though… she’s being followed by a mysterious young man, sent to warn her to close her mind against the visions.
It’s at Spence that Gemma’s power to attract the supernatural unfolds as she becomes entangled with the school’s most powerful girls and discovers her mother’s connection to a shadowy, timeless group called The Order. Her destiny awaits… if only Gemma can believe in it.
This was another disappointing read for me – no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t enjoy it or really get into it, which is a shame, because I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. In short, I’d say the characters didn’t really stand out to me, and I tend to prefer character-driven books. Full review to come. ★★★☆☆
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since it was announced, and when i saw it on offer for £1.99, I knew I just had to read it. Hopefully it won’t disappoint!
It’s crazy that November is actually here – it’ll be Christmas before we know it! Here are the books I plan to read in November:
What was your favourite book you read in October? What are you currently reading? What do you want to read in November? Tell me in the comments!
Thank you ever so much for reading, and I really hope you enjoyed!
Love, Olivia x