October wrap-up

Well this month hasn’t been very successful for reading at all! I only managed two books even though I’ve read the majority of another. I entered into bit of a reading slump with the one book I’m still currently reading as the story has completely lost its intriguing edge from the first book in the series. I’m struggling through the second in the trilogy and I can only hope the third is better than its predecessor, otherwise I fear I will have a DNF series on my hands.

I’ve had a busy month starting a new job after graduating not four days before! It’s been a very hectic month settling in and actually being a vet which is what I had been working towards since I was in primary school. Getting used to being on call has been another thing to get used to, and I’m happy to say I have definitely improved since my first week! So I haven’t really had much chance to read this month as it’s all been about the job. I’ve barely been getting enough sleep to keep going, let alone having down time and chance to partake in my hobbies like reading, so it’s no wonder I only managed the two and I needed a bit of November to finally finish.

But enough dwelling on the negative! I did at least read two books and read a chunk of another I have yet to finish. So here are the two books I read:

The Places I’ve Cried in PublicImage result for the places i've cried in public

Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 368
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥♥
Goodreads link
Full review here

This was very different to Holly Bourne’s usual books with the slight lack in wit and humour to uplift you as you read about Amelie’s story of a toxic relationship, as she revisits the places she cried in public.

It was quite a serious and solemn read and not one to take lightly. There are some horrid scenes but it’s so interesting to see how someone can easily be pulled under by a seemingly charming character.

What She Found in the Woods ARCImage result for what she found in the woods

Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 367
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Goodreads link

This was a strange book – marketed as a thriller, it took on a very slow start and about three quarters of the book is spent building up to the ending where suddenly, lots of things happen and then it’s over.

It didn’t keep my attention a lot of the time in the middle, but I did like the ending and the direction the story went in, and you do find yourself second guessing a few things along the way.


What did you get up to reading in October? I didn’t get round to reading all the Halloween reads I had my mind on, but I did think the thriller, What She Found in the Woods was in keeping with the holiday spirit!

Let me know if you’ve read either of these books and what you think of them in the comments below.


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