Can you believe it is November already! Crazy!
October started really well when I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge <happy dance>. At the time of writing I am reading book number 94 of the year (Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman if you were wondering) which is the most books I have ever read and I am inordinately proud of that!
I also went on holiday this month. A whole 6 weeks after I came back from my last one. In my defence we were celebrating my Husband’s 40th Birthday and took a trip to the Peak District where we stayed in the most amazing converted barn (with the best fully stocked bookcase I have ever seen in a holiday cottage). I also saw some absolutely stunning sunsets too.
I also visited Chatsworth House which was just beautiful in the Autumn sunshine and I got serious library envy – when I grow up I want a library like this!
I also managed to do lots of reading (of course!) and did something a little different this month and kept a track of the books I read on my Google Calendar. I have found it really interesting to look back at and see how long it took me to read my October books.
As you can see some took way longer than others!
Read on to see which books I read, bought and was lucky enough to receive advanced copies of in October.
Books I Read
Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen and he is quickly becoming one of my favourite writers. Dry, acerbic wit with a dash of fine storytelling and great characters combine to make this a cracker of a book.
Sarah Hilary is a new author to me but Come and Find Me will not be the last book of hers that I read. I loved this clever thriller which follows a prison riot, its aftermath and the hunt for a very dangerous escaped prisoner.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty was another book that I was looking forward to which didn’t quite live up to expectations. I found it all a bit odd if I am honest.
Bitter by Francesca Jakobi was an absolute gem of a novel and one I won’t forget in a very long time. Weeks after finishing it I am still thinking about it and its incredible and compelling protagonist, Gilda.
Trap is another brilliant instalment of Icelandic crime from Lilja Sigurðardóttir. This book picks up where Snare left off and I loved the fast. pacy, prose and strong female characters.
What Happened to Us? by Faith Hogan is a perfect wintry cosy read. It is about love, both romantic and the love we have for friends and family.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton was a sprawling epic book that spanned 150 years. It opened with a shocking crime and examined how the shock waves from that day continue to affect people in the present day. Gorgeous.
I’ve had Social Creatures by Tara Isabella Burton on my to read list for ages and I finally got round to reading it. I’ll have a review up soon but needless to say it made quite an impression on me. It is about two young women who are friends in New York and live a glamorous life, but is all at it seems?
Books I Bought
The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper
If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.
If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.
But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.
Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
The Little Drummer Girl – John Le Carré
Charlie, a jobbing young English actress, is accustomed to playing different roles. But when the mysterious, battle-scarred Joseph recruits her into the Israeli secret services, she enters the dangerous ‘theatre of the real’. As she acts out her part in an intricate, high-stakes plot to trap and kill a Palestinian terrorist, it threatens to consume her.
Set in the tragic arena of the Middle East conflict, this compelling story of love and torn loyalties plays out against the backdrop of an unwinnable war.
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
Working as a lady’s companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .
Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never gone out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young girl consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.
Books I Received
Golden State – Ben H. Winters
Published by Century on the 24th January 2019
Welcome to Golden State, where the worst crime you can commit is to lie.
Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State’s special police. As one of the few individuals allowed to ‘speculate’ on what might have happened when a crime is committed, it’s his job to find the full and final truth.
But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz’s world for ever.
Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back.
The Lost Man – Jane Harper
Published by Little, Brown on the 7th February 2019
He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.
Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.
Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
The Suspect – Fiona Barton
Published by Bantam Press on the 24th January 2019
‘The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.’
When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling. This time it’s personal.
And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .
Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Cornerstone Digital 7th March 2019
Drift down sun-bleached streets
Lose yourself in the California sound
Find beauty in a dirty bar
Love like your life depends on it
Carry on after the party stops
Believe in what you’re fighting for
Fall for Daisy Jones and the Six
Stone Mothers – Erin Kelly
Published by Hodder & Stoughton 4th April 2019
You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past…
Marianne was seventeen when she fled her home, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.
Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.
Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy…
But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.
The Rumour – Lesley Kara
Published 27th December by Bantam Press
When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .
Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.
Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.
So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?
Thanks so much for reading! Please let me know if you have read any of these books or if any have caught your eye, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂