Books Wrap Ups

October Wrap Up

December 11, 2019
October Wrap Up

I promise that come May my Wrap Up's will be on time! That's when I finish my final year of uni. Scary to think it's not all that long off. Anyway, here's my October Wrap Up. I certainly read an awful lot this month and it was so diverse. From Shakespeare to picture books. I loved a lot of what I read...others not so much. November wasn't a great month for reading as you'll soon see. I hope December is better...

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner

Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction by Marina Warner

I adored this little non-fiction book. It was the perfect introduction into fairy tale lit-crit and gave me some super helpful jumping-off points. I really enjoyed how Marina Warner wrote it. It was easily digestible and one I found myself wanting to read, not feeling like I HAD to read it. I'd definitely check out more of her work now and also read through more of the Very Short Introductions collection.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

The third book of the Lunar Chronicles. I marathoned the series and absolutely adored it. Whilst Scarlet and Wolf are still my favourite pairing I found the hesitance with which Cress and Thorne treated each other so refreshing. There was an innocence to their relationship that wasn't present in the others. Cress was convinced Thorne couldn't possibly like her and Thorne believed he was 'good enough' in the literal sense of the word. For me, this was the book where the series really came to life. The stakes were raised to impossible heights and I devoured it.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer

I'm glad I still have Stars Above and Fairest to read. I'm not sure what I'd do if I had no more books set in this world left. I adored the entire series but Winter was my favourite. I'm still in awe of how Marissa Meyer managed to wrap up every plot thread she had weaved in previous books. It was a phenomenal end to a brilliant series. I'm so glad I finally picked them up. Everything I wanted to happen, happened and more occurred besides. The long-awaited kiss between Cress and Thorne broke my heart. It was pure perfection.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Angel Mage* by Garth Nix

Angel Mage* by Garth Nix

Shock, horror, the first Garth Nix book I've ever read. Now, most definitely not the last. Angel Mage had the most unique magic system I've ever had the pleasure of coming across. It blended art with magic and religion to create a truly cohesive world. One that you could imagine having existed once upon a time. Each of the characters were so very different but worked together beautifully.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

First Stories Little Red Riding Hood

First Stories Little Red Riding Hood

Again I do read some strange books for university. I read a raft of children's versions of Little Red Riding Hood and this was one of my favourites. It's the cutest and I really enjoyed the interactive aspect. Yes, I, an educated woman played with the baby push and pull slides...

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan

Little Red Riding Hood by Ed Bryan

More Little Red Riding Hood, shockingly I'm not actually sick of it yet. I thought I would be. I loved this version as Little Red saves herself using her intelligence and the rewards she got for helping people. The flat cap on the wolf really made me giggle.

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Peep Inside Little Red Riding Hood

Peep Inside Little Red Riding Hood

I loved the art style of this board book. It was utterly gorgeous, however, this really adheres to the women needing to be saved by a man trope which is why I didn't rate this higher. I wish the plot had gone differently.

Rating: 3/5

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland

Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland

One of my new favourite picture books. I love how Lucy Rowland took a well-known fairy tale and put her twist on it. It's a clever pun with a brilliant plot. One I'll be keeping and using one day hopefully... I also loved the illustration in this. It's so bright and just magical.

Rating: 5/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Richard III by Shakespeare

Richard III by Shakespeare

This was not the play for me but I do think the edition wasn't the best. It was difficult to read and the names seemed to swap and change depending on who was in the situation at the time. If lords were in one scene they official name would be used. If not simply their first name was used. It made for a really confusing reading experience.

Rating: 2/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

King Lear by Shakespeare

King Lear by Shakespeare

I preferred King Lear much more than Richard III. It's one I'd love to go and see on stage now. I found it intriguing, thought provoking and very entertaining. I still just don't vibe all that well with plays. I'm also wondering if I'm cool enough to say vibe...

Rating: 3/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Lost Ten* by Harry Sidebottom

The Lost Ten* by Harry Sidebottom

I adored this book and binged it over a few days. All of the characters were so interesting and layered. The setting was fantastic. I'm a massive classics nerd so I was in my element with this. Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive when I agreed to review this, simply because I've never read historical fiction really. I'm a convert now.

Rating: 4/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

The Arden of Faversham by Anonymous

The Arden of Faversham by Anonymous

This was my favourite of the plays we've studied this semester. Which in all honesty isn't saying much. The Arden of Faversham's plot is fit for a telenovela. The Lady of the house is planning to off her husband in order to enter a relationship with another man. They get so many people involved in their murderous plots that it becomes comedic. I enjoyed this one a lot more.

Rating: 3/5

I have a full review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

 

The Malcontent by John Marston

The Malcontent by John Marston

I want a book form of this. Whilst I adored the plot I cannot get on board with enjoying reading scripts. I'm always thrown out of the scene by stage directions and names. This was so intriguing and I imagine on stage it would be phenomenal.

Rating: 3/5

I have a full 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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