Well summer is now over and autumn is in full flow in my garden! The leaves are starting to drop and the nights are drawing in. My thoughts are drifting towards books that will keep me company on the dark winter nights. I can’t wait to delve into stories that have sat on my shelves for a long time and new exciting releases soon to come.
The first book I finished is by one of my favorite authors and of my very favorite publishers, Orenda Books. The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen is a funny, quirky and moving.
Next came Helen Fitzgerald’s Worst Case Scenario. The humour is dark, the story equally so, with a phenomenal main character that will have you constantly changing your mind about liking her or not! But one thing is sure, you will never forget her. Stunning read.
One of my very favorite reads this month was Babes in the Wood by Mark Stay. I love historical fiction, I love fantasy and magic and this YA novel is the perfect mixture of them all. I can’t recommend it enough!
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed is stunning. A story about a miscarriage of justice set in my home city Cardiff! It is a haunting tale, beautifully written, full compassion for a man who places in trust in a judicial system riddled with racism.
Then came the one and only non fiction book I read in October, Dear Read – The Comfort and Joy of Books by Cathy Rentzenbrink. This is a love letter to the power of reading to heal, to provide a haven during moments of crisis and it is both moving and heightening to read. Definitely one that will remain on my bookshelf, so that I can one day delve back into it’s pages in search of wonderful books to read.
I read less books than normal in October, but I visited family in Colchester for the first time in two years and we visited a wonderful independent bookshop, a trip full of laughter and fun.
I’m looking forward to sharing more fabulous books in November as Christmas draws ever closer. Happy reading all.