October 2017 | Wrap Up

Welcome one, welcome all to my Wrap Up post for October. October was a funny sort of month, reading-wise (more on that in a moment) and I feel like I started and abandoned a lot of things. I spent some time at home and although that requires train journeys to get there which ought to mean book-reading time, the journeys were horrendous, to say the least, with missed connections and cancelled trains leaving me in a foul mood by the time I was on a train. Also, my birthday was a week ago and I turned 25 so that put me in a bit of a strange mood, reading-wise, blogging-wise, and just generally speaking. I think I’ve worked my way through it though and, if nothing else, my birthday meant Thor Ragnarok was released and I bloody LOVED every ridiculous and funny second of it. But that’s not reading so, let’s concentrate on what I did read in October instead – there’s not a lot of it, so brace yourselves…

In October, I read a total of 2 books fiction and non-fiction. (Yep, only 2.)

In terms of format: 1 was paperback and 1 was an audiobook.

And as for genre, very broadly speaking, 1 book was fantasy and 1 was a classic.

Onto the books themselves…

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Rating: 4/5
Genre: fantasy; young-adult
Pages: 399
Read: 20th September – 6th October
Challenges fulfilled: Around the Year in 52 Books (Week 38)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

Rating: 4/5
Genre: classic
Pages: 537
Read: 12th – 30th October
Challenges fulfilled: Victober, Book Riot Read Harder (challenge 10), Mount TBR Challenge

All in all, I’m not sure what happened in October really, aside from wanting to participate in Victober meant my reading pace naturally slowed down as I had to read more carefully. I’m happy I did because I really enjoyed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and firmly concreted my suspicions that Anne might well be the right Bronte for me. During October, I also started to read In A Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu, for Victober too, and I’m really enjoying it (it has a pretty chilling vibe so it’s perfect for Halloween, if you’re into that sort of thing) but at the time of writing this post on the evening of 31st, it’s more than a little unlikely that I’ll finish it before midnight because tonight is the Great British Bake Off final and, you know, priorities. Likewise, I’ve been listening to the audiobook of The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman but I haven’t spent as much time on it lately as I would like. In fact, I might very well switch over to the paperback if I get antsy about taking too long to finish it, but we’ll see next month. 

Clearly I need to step up my game in November. I (rather foolishly) upped my Goodreads goal from 52 books to 75 – so fingers crossed I make it there! November also means NaNoWriMo, in some form or another, so we’ll see what that does for my reading – eek!

How did your October reading go?
What was your favourite book you read this month?
Please do share in the comments below and let’s chat books!

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One response to “October 2017 | Wrap Up”

  1. I love Sheridan Le Fanu. You should try Wm Hodgson Hope’s haunted house stories. I’m also doing NaNo this year! Yeah, my reading (and reviewing) always goes way down in November.


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