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My October 2018 TBR

September was not big on reading so my October TBR is going to look mighty familiar…

Here’s the low down on what I did read though –

From my September list:

I read On Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts, and was mightily disappointed that it didn’t live up to its amazing title. I think it was very clever and witty if you were the target audience in the last 1820s. Mostly it was all lost on me. 2/5*

I really enjoyed The Invasion and found it a very satisfying end to the story started in The Call. I am a big fan of stories that stay true to the original fairy tales where the fairies aren’t nice in the slightest despite their beauty. It’s a clever story and a bit different from anything else I’ve read recently. 5/5*

The Smut Club read The Owl Killers was very good, and I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Pagan witchcraft, over-zealous religion, darkness, death and mystery – it was a great romp through the Dark Ages and I will talk more about it in a Book Club Reads post later after our Smut Club meeting. 4/5*

I quite enjoyed reading Counting Stars after The Owl Killers as it was a great palate cleanser – light and fluffy to contrast the creepy evil! 3.5/5*

Then I fell off the list and read:

The Humans by Matt Haig, I actually started a while ago if you remember but struggled with the book. This time I listened to the audiobook version and whilst I got on with it better than the paper copy, it still wasn’t for me. It just didn’t grab my attention and though there were moments and passages of genius and beauty I found the whole thing went on for much longer than I was interested in. This has horrified a few of my friends who re-read it regularly and utterly adore it, but that’s the beauty of life – we are all different. 2.5/5*

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (Illustrated Edition) was a lovely bedtime read with The Smalls, reading a few creatures a night over a week or so. 5/5*

The Magician’s Nephew was my first visit back to the Chronicles Of Narnia in a long time, I shared this one with Tori and she has since gone on to devour the series. She’s on book 6 of 7 now and has enjoyed them all so far. 3.5/5*

I have started reading The Hobbit with The Smalls at bed time now, it is great to be back in Middle Earth again.

I’m a little over half way through listening to Stephen Fry’s Mythos as an audiobook and I am really enjoying it.

I also read a couple more sections of The Book Of The Year by No Such Thing As A Fish, I’ll finish this one eventually!


My October reads pile is basically the ones I didn’t read in September plus a new Little Black Classic and a book I preordered back in February and will immediately bump everything else down the list the second it arrives! Oh, and the new Smut Club book, of course:

Hurrah For Gin by Katie Kirby – I have loved all Katie’s things I have seen in the blog world and I am looking forward to reading the book version which I received for my birthday.

Aphorisms On Love And Hate by Friedrich Nietzche (Penguin Little Black Classics #5) I’ve never heard of this author so I have no idea what to expect – I don’t even know if it is fiction or non-fiction!

Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – (Not pictured because it hasn’t arrived yet) The much anticipated follow up to Strange The Dreamer which I will immediately abandon everything to read immediately on its arrival. Unapologetically.

How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne – I love Holly Bourne’s YA fiction and I am looking forward to reading her novel aimed at adults. The blurb sounds awesome: ‘Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.’

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – I am in a YA kind of mood at the moment so I pulled another one off my shelf that has been waiting patiently for me to pick it up for… quite a while.

The Book Of The Year by No Such Thing As A Fish – Still nibbling away at this one!

Smut Club Book – Whatever that may be!


(The Smut Club book hasn’t been picked yet so that isn’t on the photo either. I added a kitten to make up for the two missing books.)

What have you got on your October TBR? Anything spooky?

2 thoughts on “My October 2018 TBR

  1. Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit are definitely books you can come back to again and again, love them!!

    Nietzsche is the philosopher who developed the idea of nihilism, that life doesn’t have any single meaning or purpose. Pretty different from the rest of your list! How did you pick it?


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