Spooktober is over… how I’ll get through November

So, October really has been a crazy busy month for me! I have been reading a lot, trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo, I went to Lisbon for 3 days, followed by a wedding AND ended the month spectacularly by moving to the infamous Abbey Road, where I have beautiful new bookshelves. Needless to say, not everything I wanted to read got read, but I have made it through some brilliant books and was sent the new Stephen King which I just had to put everything on hold for (sorry).

Without further waffling, my read and reviewed list for October:

Blog tour: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman 4*

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 2*

IT by Stephen King (audio) 5*

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Aaru by David Meredith 4.5*

Blog tour: Dead End by Rachel Lynch – Q&A with the author

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin 2.5*

Elevation by Stephen King 4*

Tradition by Brendan Kiely (audio) 4*

So, a slow month for me, but I must say that I have to blame some of it on a couple of the books I forced myself to complete. Both Rankin and Moriarty’s novels were not worth the time nor energy I put into them, and I will not be making the mistake again of requesting popular authors’ books to review unless I am 100% sure it is worth my time. It helped me to remember why I love debut authors’ work and how excited I get to discover a new author to love.

My standout book for October was definitely the audio version of IT, mostly down to the narration by the talented Steven Weber.

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So, in November, I will be focusing 50% of my time on reading and reviewing, while the rest of my time will be focused on National Novel Writing Month. I really hope that I reach my goal of 50,000 words and would love to know if any of my readers or fellow bloggers are taking part so we can support one another!

What I’ll be reading and reviewing in November:

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (audio)

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

BLOG TOUR Monday 5 November: Halcyon by Rio Youers

BLOG TOUR Monday 12 November: Good Samaritans by Will Carver

BLOG TOUR Friday 16 November: None So Blind by Alis Hawkins

These are the only books I am committing myself to reading at this stage, as my life keeps taking many turns and I get very busy, so be prepared for out-of-the-blue reviews, extracts from my writing and who knows what else?!

 

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