A Bookish October

Honestly, it feels like every time I sit down to catch up on blogging recently, it’s the end of another month. And here we are again.

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October seems to have passed me by very quickly, although a lot has happened. I’ve not blogged much; I’ve been heavily involved in a big work project, and had a lot going on at home too. We started the month with a trip to A&E for S, which turned out to be a sprain. We have been visiting high schools and finally made a decision about where we’d like S to start in September. I’ve had a weekend away in Edinburgh visiting the lovely Sarah for the first time since Covid started, and breakfast out with a seaside walk with my best pal, Steph. I’ve just started what is swiftly becoming an annual cocktail of steroids and antibiotics to treat an asthma flare and I am just wiped out!

I used my TBR jar to choose my books for this month and read a great selection of books I’ve been wanting to read for a while and not got around to, and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read this month.

reading stats

Number of books read: 16 Pages Read: 4337

StoryGraph Stats: This month I have read one non-fiction book, everything else was non-fiction. They were mostly young adult contemporary books that were medium-paced and 300-499 pages.

T.I.G.E.R.S by M.A.Bennett: I adore this series and this book is a great addition. I loved the introduction to the TIGER club and the love story at the heart of it. The history packed in fascinated me. A proper page Turner and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Greer. 

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston: The most gorgeous book. I loved the setting, the search for the shark, the exploration of mental health and the impact on Julia and her family. Another absolute stunning story from Kiran and I adored Tom’s illustrations. A new favourite. 

Birthday by Meredith Russo: Brilliant friends-to-lovers story told over six birthdays. Morgan is trans and struggling with her identity and her grief after her mother’s death. I loved the way their friendship changed and grew. 

Passing by Nella Larsen: An intriguing story about race and friendship. I’m not a huge classics fan, but this one kept me turning the page right to the unexpected ending. 

Afterlove by Tanya Byrne: This was a re-read via audible and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favourite authors. Everything she writes is magical. This is a stunning book about family, friendships, passion and good! I adored Emoni and her story. 

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters: This book is absolutely worth the hype. A very cleverly written, thought-provoking exploration of womanhood, parenthood and queerness. I loved Reese’s voice and her relationship with Ames and Katrina. 

Blackout by Angie Thomas, Dhonielle Clayton, Ashley Woodfolk, Nic Stone, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D. Jackson: Loved this collection of stories celebrating Black voices and different types of love during a blackout. I loved the way the blackout added to the characters stories. Such a great read. 

A Crown of Talons by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr: A brilliant conclusion to this duology. Action packed with some shocking twists and betrayals.  I loved seeing Aderyn grow into her role and find her way.  

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare: Another brilliant book in the Shadowhunter series. I loved James and Cordelia and the adventures the young Shadowhunters have in this book. I am desperate to find out what happens next. 

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga: Absolutely lush story about Jude, who has left Syria with her pregnant mother and is trying to find her place in America. Touches on being a Muslim after a terrorist attack. A great read, definitely recommend this one. 

Bookishly Ever After by Lucy Powrie: I inhaled this in one sitting. Loved being back with these characters and following their adventures. I enjoyed how the story followed Ed through his first job, family issues, and a new friendship. The epilogue was brilliant. I’m sad to see this series end. 

As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson: Wow. I had high hopes for this last book in the trilogy and it did not disappoint. Pip and Ravi took me through every emotion. Kept me on my toes until the last (exceptionally brilliant) page. 

When Stars are Scattered by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson: This was a heartbreaking read. Stunning graphics and told in a way that would be accessible to younger readers and raise awareness of life as a refugee. This one is going to stick with me for a long time.

A Three Dog Problem by S. J. Bennett: I absolutely love this series of books with the Queen and her assistant Rozie solving crimes around the Palace. I really enjoyed seeing how this particular mystery came together – it kept me guessing until the end. 

challenge updates
Time to check in and see how my reading resolutions are going.

Storygraph: 132/150. Even after increasing my target, I am 9 books ahead, so I guess my reading is going better than expected this year.

Read Diversely Challenge: 19/20. I’ve ticked another book of this challenge for this week and have only one left to complete it, which I have tentatively on my December TBR (yes, I have my next two months plotted out, don’t judge me).

Diverse Reading Challenge: 32/38. I prioritised reading for this challenge this month and have completed a good number of prompts. I am currently reading one more book for this challenge, and I have one on my November TBR and one on my December TBR. The others I am hoping to fit in amongst my planned reads.

TBR: I ended September with 76 books on my shelf and I am now down to 65. I have added a couple of books this month, in line with the official rules and because I was running out of e books to read, which is frankly unacceptable.

Unread Shelf: 16/24. This continues to go not very well as a challenge! I have planned to read 3 of the remaining books in November and a further 4 in December, and I am sure I can squeeze the last one in there somewhere.

Beat the Backlist: 42/52. This one is also not one I am winning at, but has some overlap with other challenges and I have six on my upcoming TBRs. It will still be a challenge to complete them all by the end of this year, but I am determined to achieve it.

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Next month releases I am looking forward to are:

Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix

You’ve Reached Sam by Duston Thao

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery

What books are you looking forward to this month?

2 thoughts on “A Bookish October

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  1. I’m so glad you loved Julia and the Shark, it’s one of my favourite reads of the year and I’m so glad it’s on our book of the year shortlist at work, as you know!
    I think With the Fire on High is my favourite of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books.
    Other Words for Home sounds good too.

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