October Reads

October Reads

Wow, how is it November already? This year has been a blur. As we get further into the academic year I haven’t been able to spend as much time reading as I would like to. My goal for this month is to find more time to relax with a good book. I had planned for this post to go up yesterday but thanks to a monster migraine all my plans got put on hold. Anyway it’s here now, without further ado here are my October reads.

The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse.

Rating 5/5.

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This was the first book I read this month and wow did I start the month off with a bang. This is book is haunting, mesmerising, thrilling, I can’t even put into words how much I loved this. It does tackle some dark topics, but it does so with realism and sensitivity. The novel is set in the 1960’s and follows twins Maisy and Duncan, at the being of the book they are sent to live with their grandmother after there mother is sent to an asylum. They are given freedom and make new friends, everything’s going fairly well, until one day Duncan doesn’t come home. Soon after the bodies of other young boys are found in the local area, crushing the polices hope of finding him alive. Again, such a great read.

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.

Rating 5/5.

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Another five star read, the blue castle follows Valancy Stirling an unmarried twenty-nine year old striving to escape her strict household and fine the true love she has waited her whole life for. This novel has been on my reading list for far too long, and I regret not reading it soon. It’s an enchanting tale, a really cosy read for cool Autumn nights.

Miss Clare Remembers by Miss Read.

Rating: 4/5.

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This is another novel in the Fairacre series, in which Miss Clare looks back on her life growing up in the countryside. I really enjoy these novels, they’re the ones I go to when I wanted to feel comfort, something that I feel often since the pandemic started. It’s nice to just escape reality for a while.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.

Rating 3/5.

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Two cheerleaders were killed in an driving accident, then two more were murdered but since the man who committed the crime was shot at the scene, the families are left with no answers. Then the last death, Monica’s sister, who took her own life. Everyone around her wants to remember but Monica just want’s to forget, but things aren’t what they seem and soon everything starts to unravel around her. I actually started this novel back in March, read a few pages and tucked it away in my bookshelf. I enjoyed this novel, it was well written, and an interesting plot.

Thanks for reading! What novels have you read this month? Would you recommend them? x

September Reads

September Reads

September was a busy month for me, and I enjoyed lots of amazing novels. Autumn is my favourite time of year, cool walks watching the leaves fall from the trees is paradise for me.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Rating:5/5.

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The Miniaturist was by far my favourite read this month. We follow eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman who travels to Amsterdam to start her life as the wife of a very successful merchant. I really enjoyed the storyline and the strength of our main character, she was witty and determined. She receives a dollhouse replica of her home, but when she enlists a miniaturist to furnish it she ends up getting more than she bargained for.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Rating: 5/5.

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First a big thank you to Mridula over at ecstaticyetchaotic.wordpress.com, for this recommendation. A Monster Calls is a heartfelt, raw and honest tale of grief, of acceptance and of guilt. It forces us to re-examine our own judgements and understandings as we hear the story of Conor, a thirteen year old boy who’s mother is battling cancer. Every night he has a dream, but one night something changes, when he wakes the dream doesn’t end, and a visitor is at his window. This book honestly blew me away in so many ways, I cried at many times and just wanted to reach out and hug Conor.

Storm in the Village by Miss Read.

Rating: 5/5.

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Another heart-warming read in the Fairacre series. This time theres trouble in the village as Farmer Miller’s Hundred Acre Field is slated for a real estate development. A familiar cast of characters, a story filled with hope, community and love.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

Rating: 4/5.

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Another by Ness, if you haven’t noticed he is becoming a firm favourite of mine. This novel is focused on Todd Hewitt, the only boy in his town, a town filled with men who can hear each others thoughts after becoming infected with the so called Noise germ. He has lived there his whole life, and yet they are hiding something. Forced to flee with only his dog by his side, he makes his way into the outside world where he stumbles across the one thing he never thought he would see, a girl. This was a great read I felt really engaged with the story, it really packed a strong emotional punch. It’s the first in the series, and I am very much looking forward to reading the rest.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

Rating: 4/5.

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I started reading this novel back in March it took me a while to really get into it. I actually ended up watching the film which ironically made it easier for me to really understand and get into the book. It is brilliantly written, I love to read the classics because they are so varied, it’s interesting to see which novels have been favoured by readers over the years. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, is as the name suggests centred around a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime. She teaches at a school for girls in Edinburgh, Scotland. There she has her most cherished students and confidants, the Brodie Set.

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop By Rebecca Raisin.

Rating: 3/5.

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This was a fun read that dealt with grief and loss with great respect and understanding. Aria Summers lives the perfect life free with her best friend on the open road. She travels in her campervan book-shop making enough to live the life she loves. After her husband died she swore she would never love again, but when Jonathan enters her life will all that change?