01. RR Philip Pullman - The Amber Spyglass [30 for 30] 02. RR Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand That First Held Mine [30 for 30] 03. NEW David Mitchell – Ghostwritten [30 for 30] 04. RR Stephen King – Duma Key [30 for 30] 05. NEW Zadie Smith – NW [book club] 06. NEW John Green – The Fault In Our Stars [30 for 30] 07. RR Joe Dunthorne – Submarine [30 for 30] 08. NEW Scarlett Thomas – Our Tragic Universe [30 for 30] 09. RR Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha [30 for 30]
Oof, October felt like a short month. I started a lot of books but didn’t finish them, oops. I’ve mostly been plugging away at my 30 for 30 books, and am pretty close to finishing my lists. I think I should have one of them done by Christmas, certainly by the end of January they’ll be done and dusted. I have 13 books left to read from the two lists combined, which is fun. I’ve read so much since my birthday!
This month was a bit of a mixed bag – the re-reads were, as always, enjoyable – I don’t think I’ve adjusted any of the ratings that I gave originally, which is nice. It’s comforting to know that the books that I loved continue to stand up against a second read.
Ghostwritten was a little odd but I liked it (altho I do think the very, very last chapter was perhaps a bit out of place, but hey, what do I know, I’ve never written a book). Our Tragic Universe was my least favourite of the Scarlett Thomas book’s I’ve read so far – the ‘storyless story’ perhaps a genre that I’m not destined to enjoy. NW was a book club pick but not a stand out one for me to be honest. A little bland, a little “what’s the point?”. I know people rave about Zadie but I’m not sure if I’ll ever love her books.
The stand out for me this month was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green which was beautiful, funny and so, so readable. I devoured it in a day and a half and was sad for it to be over – always the best kind of book in my opinion.
Want to see all the books I’ve read this year? I’m currently up to 99!