In October I Read | 2017

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.

November’s reading

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!

happy readding

10 thoughts on “In October I Read | 2017

  1. I can’t wait to read Moxie, everybody has such positive reviews about it and it sounds like a feminist heaven. I’m sorry you hadn’t enjoyed Frankenstein, but I can see your point, these parts were really slow, but I still loved it despite it. ❤

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  2. You read some brilliant books this month! There all on my TBR except Frankenstien which I read a few years ago and admit I was a bit deflated when I read it too. I like your TBR for the month, Unboxed by Non Pratt is brilliant!

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