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October Wrap Up

University took over my reading this month. I'm always a lot slower reading when I'm reading anything like this. I find it takes more concentration and I have to read pages multiple times. I didn't have a great reading month, I ended up ill a fair few times I couldn't cope with reading whilst I had migraines. Hopefully, I'll pick up my reading over November...

Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy

I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it. I loved the concept behind it. A man falls asleep in 1887 under hypnosis and through a series of unfortunate events only wakes up in the year 2000. He finds everything has changed so much and can't understand how he ever managed to live in such a hierarchical world.

Though the concept was great I've found with Utopian novels they read more like manifestos. There's a plot to a degree but only insomuch as it's main point is to explain the news laws of this world. It takes me a while to get through books like this as a result as I find myself disinterested in them.

Rating: 3/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Millenium Hall by Sarah Scott

I still have no idea what this book is really about. It seemed to be merely a recollection of the characters histories, particularly the women that founded Millennium Hall. The women were hard to differentiate simply because there were so many of them and they all seemed to be referred to by different names.

This could've been such a good book, but it felt too cluttered. That's the issue with most of these Utopian novels. There's so much information packed into them that it's difficult to actually discern what's going on.

Rating: 2.5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son by Gordon Burn

This was an absolutely fascinating read. An incredibly detailed look at the life and crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper. You could tell how much effort Burn had put into researching this case from how many small details about each member of the Sutcliffe family there were and also their acquaintances. I couldn't believe how compelling a read this was. It's a hefty book but when I was able I found myself flying through it.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

This is such a harrowing read. Important but harrowing. A child narrator provides a unique perspective that cannot be mimicked in any way. They are innocent, naive and questioning. They don't understand certain things and are not born with preconceived notions of race, gender or sexuality. Viewing the horrors of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child creates a nearly indescribable feeling. One that you can see the characters struggle to vocalise. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is an astounding novel.

Rating: 5/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Blow Your House Down by Pat Barker

Blow Your House Down is supposedly not inspired by the Yorkshire Ripper case, however I find that hard to believe when the entire novel is a look into a group of prostitutes lives, whilst a murderer who is targeting prostitutes is on the loose.

It's a good book, a quick and often difficult read. It certainly was a bit of a dodgy one to read on the train. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but I did enjoy my time reading this.

Rating: 3/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

 

Those are the books I read in October!

What have you been reading lately?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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