Friday, 6 November 2015

Books I Read in... October!

October was such a busy month on my blog! I posted the most blog posts in a month than I ever had without it being Blogmas. And still had time to read! A little. I read 2 books and four of the Penguin Little Black Classics so- 3 books as far as page count goes. I've already read more in November and we're six days in. Anyway!



Mrs Rose and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio
You can read my review of this here!


As Kingfishers Catch Fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins
You can read my review of this here!


The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
You can read my review of this here!


On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey
You can read my review of this here!


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I bought this back in June because of the hype and just got around to picking it up off my shelf. I don't regret reading it but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. 
The minor characters were easily my favourite because they weren't a part of the romance and therefore had more personality to me. I have nothing against romance, I like it, but this book- I've never really read anything that I'd describe as 'insta-love' before but this fits the bill for me. Maybe because it is, maybe just because of the way it was written, with large chunks of time missing when Feyre and Tamlin were together. It just didn't click for me. I want to see a relationship develop, the interactions, the back-and-forth, but it was all missing between the two of them. And there's all sorts of consent issues in this that make me a little uncomfortable.
I know this comes across a little negative but I did like it while I was reading it, I'm conflicted. The second book in the trilogy, A Court of Mist and Fury, is out May 2016 and I'll probably pick it up. Eventually. Maybe. Who knows.


Pompidou Posse by Sarah Lotz*
I'm a big Sarah Lotz fan. The Three was an amazing book and remains to this day, one of my favourites. And Day Four wasn't half bad. So when I was asked if I wanted to read her semi-autobiographical first novel that had never been published in the UK before? You bet I jumped at the chance.
Pompidou Posse was different from books I normally read, the story of two young teenagers, Sage and Vicki, homeless in Paris in the 80's. It was an interesting read for me. Since it's semi-autobiographical, it doesn't feel like it has the same story arches and pacing I'm used to, there were times that felt quite dramatic and times that were slow. It was hard with some chapters not to want to reach into the book and shake the characters, but it did feel very real. Teenagers make mistakes and I'd be happy to pass this on to someone around the age of Sage and Vicki, almost as a warning. Don't run off to Paris without telling your mother! 
It was really interesting seeing where one of my favourite authors began. 

What did you read in October?

*This was sent to me for review. It has not changed my opinion.

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