September/October wrap up

wrap up sept oct

I missed my wrap up post for September thanks to an unplanned break from blogging, so this month I’m combining both September and October into one big post.

Books read: 14
I’ve managed to read some really great books over the last couple of months. In particular, City of Circles, The Ninth Rain and American War all stand out as favourites.

  • City of Circles, Jess Richards
  • Three Days and a Life, Pierre Lemaitre
  • The Last Tudor, Philippa Gregory
  • The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams
  • American War, Omar El Akkad
  • Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Mercy, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • The Children Act, Ian McEwan
  • The Break, Marian Keyes
  • Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey
  • The Thousandth Floor, Katherine McGee
  • Artemis, Andy Weir
  • Death is a Welcome Guest, Louise Welsh
  • The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman

Books acquired: 18
Over the past couple of months I’ve been on a tighter budget for book buying, so all of the books I’ve acquired have been ebooks on sale on Amazon (£2 or less), found in second hand shops or got through my Audible membership.

  • Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Dead Man’s Blues, Ray Celestin
  • The Thousandth Floor, Katherine McGee
  • Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  • Unwanted, Kristina Ohlsson
  • Relics, Tim Lebbon
  • Nod, Adrian Barnes
  • Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones
  • Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner
  • The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman
  • Under a Pole Star, Stef Penney
  • The Girls, Emma Cline
  • Starborn, Lucy Hounsom
  • The Kind Worth Killing, Peter Swanson
  • The Children Act, Ian McEwan
  • Mercy, Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • The Break, Marian Keyes
  • Le Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman

Blog posts published: 4
As mentioned, the last couple of months have been dismal for posting. I’ve had a month and a half off and so the only thing posted in September was my August wrap up. I was slightly better in October and hope to get properly back into blogging again in November.

  • August wrap up
  • American War, Omar El Akkad
  • Three Days and a Life, Pierre Lemaitre
  • Top 5: Books about time travel

TBR for November:
I’m trying not to be too prescriptive about what I’m reading at the moment, as the pressure to read and review ARCs was one of the reasons I stopped blogging for a month, but there are a couple of books that I’m really keen to get to in November.

  • Le Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman
  • Red Sister, Mark Lawrence
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
  • Days Without End, Sebastian Barry

Challenge progress:

Goodreads Challenge: My Goodreads reading goal is to read 50 books this year, which I’ve met, so everything after this is a bonus. I’m currently at 68 books for the year. (68/50)

Beat the Backlist Challenge: The Beat the Backlist challenge is all about knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while. Books need to have been published prior to 2017, and I’m only including books that I actually bought before 2017 and that have been sitting around waiting for me to read them – so no new purchases or library reads. In September and October, one of my reads qualified, so my total is now six books towards a goal of twelve. I feel like I might fail on this challenge! (6/12)

How was your October? What was your favourite read? What do you have planned for November?



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