We’re just reaching the end of October – where has this month gone? It’s flown by! I read a real mix of books this month – some of them new and some of them that I’ve had for a while and never gotten around to. For the first time in a long time, I have a commute into work which typically means about half an hour each way to catch up on my current read and I’m loving it! 😂 I wish I could say that I’m really getting through my TBR pile but in all honesty, I’m adding more than I’m reading! Oh well.
This month, I read:
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Blurb: My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
Genre: Fiction, Children’s
This book was such a sweet and uplifting read! I feel like it has some really important morals that we can all take away and learn from and I loved that we got to experience life from a few points of view, meaning that readers are able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of events and how the characters react to them.
You can check out my full review for this book here!
- The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Blurb: Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Genre: Fiction, Horror
I really loved the classic ghost story vibe from this book and thought that it was particularly well written and full of detailed descriptions that really added to the chilling narrative. However, if you’re a fan of the film adaption and are hoping for a book that will really scare you then this might not be exactly what you’re looking for. It was most definitely an enjoyable read but wasn’t a book that made me need to keep checking over my shoulder.
You can check out my full review for this book here! 👻
- Once by Morris Gleitzman
Blurb: Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once. Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story.
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Historical
I adored this book and, so far, it’s the only one that I’ve given a 5-star review! This book is so important in the discussion of WW2 and the persecution of Jews and other minorities during this time. If you’re someone who isn’t a fan of non-fiction books on this subject, I’d definitely recommend this book to add to your understanding of these events and the social climate of this period. Also, this story was based on true events and recounts from people who experienced these events firsthand which really adds to the emotional angle and gives a more personal look into the Holocaust.
You can check out my full review of this book here!
- The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor
Blurb: None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological
So I’m still reading this book but am thoroughly gripped. Some of the scenes are pretty graphic but I feel like that really adds to the creepy and mysterious narrative. The book is well written and I’m so hooked in the plot that I struggle putting the book down 😂
You can check out my final thoughts on this book here!
What books did you read this month? Did you manage to work on getting through that TBR pile? What did you think of them? I’d love to know! 😌📚