wrap up: October 2018

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers ★★★☆☆ | review
  • The Line That Held Us by David Joy ★★☆☆ | review
  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan ★★☆☆☆ | review
  • The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • The Long Take by Robin Robertson ★★★☆☆ | review
  • Dopesick by Beth Macy  | review
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★☆ | review
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh ★★★★☆ | review
  • You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin ★★☆☆☆ | review
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata ★★★★☆ | mini review
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy ★★★★☆ | review
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut ★★★★☆ | review

Favorite: Dopesick by Beth Macy
Honorable Mentions: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Least favorite: The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin


After the spectacularly poor reading month that was September, I read over twice as many books in October.  Quality-wise it was a bit all over the place, but one huge milestone that I completed was reading the entire Man Booker longlist before the winner announcement – you can read my thoughts on the longlist here, and my reaction to Milkman winning here, in case you missed it.

Currently reading: The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (re-read), and The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

What was the best book you read in October?  Comment and let me know!

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24 thoughts on “wrap up: October 2018

  1. VERY excited to see how you get on with Shirley Jackson! Also, that edition of Frankenstein is gorgeous.

    I meant to read You Should Have Left around Halloween last year, and again this year… I don’t think I can wait another year 😂

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    • Oooh yay I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Especially as you’ve read other books on the same subject; I’ll be very interested to hear your assessment from that angle.

      I’m approximately 2 pages into Hill House but I’ve heard nothing but good things, so I’m very excited! Plus, Jackson used to live in Vermont, so it’s a shame I haven’t read anything by her (other than The Lottery).

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      • I think I’ve liked most everything I’ve read by her. Some of the short stories were hit or miss but I find most short story collections like that anyway. She’s just a great writer!

        I’ll keep you updated, I hope I can get to it soon!

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      • I hear you. The best one for me so far is White Walls, that I mentioned before, it was consistently fantastic in my eyes. Otherwise theyre always kind of hit or miss in my opinion!


      • I’m midway through and wondering how one can review and incredible voice like this, I think it needs to settle a while, and I get why it benefits from the three reads the judges gave it, how many books still stand out after three readings I wonder?

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      • The fact that they have to read the shortlist three times is interesting to me; obviously you end up with a deeper understanding of each novel, but it does put you on a slightly different playing field than your average reader who’s following along with the shortlist. But I am glad that it means the award ends up being given to a novel which withstands that test; of the entire shortlist I absolutely think Milkman is the only one which would continue to reward the reader the third time through.

        This was my attempt at a review, and it was indeed very tricky to explain the magic of this book https://paceamorelibri.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/book-review-milkman-by-anna-burns/


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