October was busier than I ever thought it could be. September, in my mind, is the busy month, and by October I expected life to slow down a bit. Unfortunately, this was not the case (although I did have a lovely month), and so I found myself with much less time for reading than I would have liked. Still, I managed to read six books this month, most of which I absolutely adored.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu was my first read of the month, and it was a really great way to start the month – Moxie is such a powerful book, and I loved how proudly feminist it was. I think this is just the sort of book that will empower young girls, and after finishing it I wanted to recommend it to everyone I know. If you want to hear me rave about this book more, you can read my review of it here!
As part of Victober (and in fact the only book I managed to read for this challenge) I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and to be honest, I was slightly disappointed by this book. I had high hopes going into this book, as several people had recommended it, and I thoroughly enjoyed the middle. However, I found it quite slow at the beginning and the end, and really had to push myself to keep reading some of the time.
After that I decided I needed a scary read for Halloween, so I picked up Charlotte Says by Alex Bell, which is the prequel to Frozen Charlotte; I loved the first book, and was really excited when I got an ARC of Charlotte Says at YALC in July. I read this in one go – I picked it up one evening, and soon realised that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I’d finished it!
Then I read Candide by Voltaire – this book was recommended to me by my History teacher, and is from the Enlightenment period in France. Despite this book being just a hundred pages long, it was very dense and took a while to read. I found the story quite random, but once I got into it I enjoyed it and found it really interesting!
Next I read It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne, which I had been looking forward to for months – and it definitely delivered. I loved the story and the characters, and I never knew what was coming next. Holly Bourne is fantastic at smashing stereotypes and infusing her books with feminism and wit; I will be gushing more about this book in my upcoming review!
The final book I read this month was The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers – I was recommended this book by my English teacher, and decided to read it over the half term. I actually found this book really interesting, and enjoyed reading it; the main character, Frankie, I thought was very complex, and well characterised, even if I found her character extremely irritating a lot of the time.
This month I have decided it is time to finish up my reading for the Beat the Backlist challenge that I started at the beginning of the year – the seven remaining books on my list are:
- Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
- The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
- Unboxed by Non Pratt
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Blame by Simon Mayo
- The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Hopefully, I will be able to read a lot this month – I am still hoping to meet my goal of 100 books this year! Let me know what you’ve read this month, and if you have any reading plans for November!