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October Books | 2019

Here are all of the books I read in October.

- I continued with my reread of Harry Potter and got through the Prisoner of Azkaban to the Half-Blood Prince. I am enjoying this reread immensely but I am struggling with the movies, especially since the fifth one. I'm currently taking notes on the sixth one and dear goodness, I wanna punch someone. My posts about the comparison between the movies and books are on my instagram if you wanna have a look.

- El clamor de los bosques (The Overstory) by Richard Powers. I did a full review on this one if any of you are interested in it you can read it HERE (8.5/10).

- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. It was a fun read but it didn't have enough world building for a fantasy book. In fact, it didn't feel like a fantasy until the end because this read more like a romantic historial fiction so keep that in mind. It does have some magic but not enough in my opinion. Apparently the sequel will expand the world (6.5/10).

- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. Absolutely brilliant. I am planning on doing a full review on the blog to have one also here but you can check the one I did on instagram HERE (10/10). 

- Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. Completely forgettable. No need to waste my time on a full review because I wouldn't have much to tal about other than it was predictable and annoying and I don't like when characters use trauma they've suffered to justify being mean (4/10).

- Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman. A nice short story but it wasn't particularly mind-blowing or anything. I read it in preparation for The Secret Commonwealth which I'm planning to read before the year ends (6/10).

- The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I am planning on writing a full review later this week but I can say here that I loved the setting but the pacing was off for me. It is a very subtle story about the decadency of the higher classes in post-war England and the frustration of those who want to rise above their status (7/10).

- Other: Writers on the power of words to help us see beyond ourselves by different authors and edited by Charles Fernyhough. This collection had a bit of everything (poetry, essays, fiction...) but most of it was a hit or miss for me. I actually dnfed a couple of stories and didn't care much for the poetry. Looking at each individual ratings I see I enjoyed half of the contents and the other half, not so much but I didn't know how to rate it globally in a proper way. However, I'll say it touches upon very important issues and the ones I enjoyed, I enjoyed a lot and a couple of essays were incredibly eye-opening.

All in all I did manage to read quite a lot but it's all Harry Potter's fault because I do fly through those books. So, how was your October? Any new favourites?



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