October Round-Up – The Books I Read In October 2017

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This month I managed to read and review eight books as well as reviewing two more as part of blog tours! I also shared my unboxing of my regular subscription box. Here is a reminder of what I blogged about this month with links to each in case you missed any!

The first book I read this month was Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo which is the first in the DC icons series in which bestselling YA authors tell the stories of iconic comic book heroes. This was an enjoyable read which was packed with action and interesting characters which explored the strength of female friendships. My next reviews were both as part of Orenda Books blog tours – the moving and thought provoking Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech and the tense and creepy House Of Spines by Michael J Malone. As always with books from this publisher, I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books!

Next up I read The History Of Bees by Maja Lunde. Told from three perspectives and spanning three different periods of time, it explores the significance of bees on the human population and in particular the life of beekeepers through the generations. This was a fantastic read which providing fascinating insight into bees and also the bonds between the families who depend on them. Then it was onto my first experience of reading Agatha Christie. I enjoyed Murder On The Orient Express which kept me guessing throughout – it is easy to see why Christie’s stories are still captivating readers decades on from their first publication.

I was lucky enough to attend a Man Booker Prize event at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham on the 10th October. Here I got to see three of the shortlisted authors read from their books which I then read in quick succession. All three of these books left me with plenty to ponder and were wonderfully written – Autumn by Ali Smith, History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund and Elmet by Fiona Mozley.

The final books I read this month were The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchell, a heartbreaking yet uplifting story about the lives of domestic workers in modern day Singapore. And then there was Sealed by Naomi Booth, a memorable and disturbing novel which looks at what happens when humans come under threat from their selves, and how far a mother would go to protect her child. And finally this month, I also unboxed my regular subscription box, the ‘Villainous’ box from Fairy Loot!

As always I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog this month, everyone who has read or shared my reviews or commented on my tweets and Instagram posts – It is much appreciated! I will be back next month with more reviews and subscription box unboxings!

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