October 2021 Wrap Up

Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. I can’t believe we’re in Novemeber already, it’s utterly bizarre. It’s also going to be a really intense month for us, with our house move happening, and no exact plan for it to go ahead so far. Living on a wing and a prayer at the moment!

Ocotober was a tough month for me. As you might have seen on my Twitter – because I’m determined not to be silent in the face of the taboo that faces us – I had a miscarriage during the early weeks. It’s my third, and it hit both of us very hard. I found it difficult to pick up books for a little while, so I haven’t ended up managing to read as many as last month, for example. As I say, I’m determined to keep talking about things because there is a wall of silence around pregnancy loss, and it makes it twice as hard to suffer.

Trying to bounce back and stay ‘normal’ in front of my son – he’s already devestated to not be an older sibling, after all our years of trying and failing to get pregnant – really took it out of me, and with all the stress of our unknown destination house move approaching, it really has been some of the hardest weeks of my life. But I’ve had some brilliant books to get lost in, that have really helped me feel a little bit more like myself again towards the end of the month.

Here’s how I got on.

Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow – Audio – Review here
Ghost Story – 3 stars

The Tale of the Tailor and the Three Dead Kings – Hardback – Review here
Ghost Story – 4 stars

Once Upon A Broken Heart – Hardback – Review here
Fantasy – 4 stars

True Crime Story – Audio – Review here
Crime Fiction – 4 stars

The Babysitters Coven – Hardback – Review here
Fantasy – 4 stars

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales – Hardback – Review here
Fairy Tale Retellings – 4 stars

White Smoke – Paperback ARC
YA Thriller – 3 stars

F.O.X.E.S (S.T.A.G.S #3) – Audio – Review here
YA Thriller – 4 stars

Little Thieves – Audio – Review here
Fantasy – 5 stars

The Thursday Murder Club – Audio
Mystery – 4 stars

The Twyford Code – eARC
Mystery – 4 stars

Vespertine – Audio
Fantasy – 5 stars

So there we are. Twelve books this month, which, all things considered, isn’t too bad. It pushed me above the 130 books for the year mark and that’s one I was really pleased to cross. If I can read 150 for the whole year, I’ll be not-so-secretly very proud of myself!

As I’ve mentioned a few times in previous posts, this is going to be a weird, busy, manic month for us, so I really want to try and get a good number of books in where I can, without giving myself too much of a hard time when I can’t. It’s a difficult balance to strike! Wish me luck.

I read some really brilliant books in October, and I can’t wait to see how November ends up looking!


  1. Your loss absolutely breaks my heart. I wish I could just reach through the screen to hug you. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you’ve been working through but I’m sending all my love your way. You have several titles on here that I’ve been looking forward to (and you rated them all highly, so that’s exciting). I’m glad you were able to enjoy a few good books in October. I hope November brings much more joy your way.


  2. I’m so sorry for your loss, and respect you hugely for talking about this often-tabooed topic. I’m glad people are talking more about such matters – endometriosis, menopause and failed IVF being other examples I’ve experienced. It’s only by talking that we can realise our community in the world and support one another.

    Well done on getting so much lovely reading in, and best wishes for your upcoming move. You’re strong and resilient and open and that’s all wonderful and a very good example.


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