Literary Life: October in Review

My reading slump well and truly ended in October, hurrah!

It was an unfortunately warm, though pleasantly colourful month. I cannot express quite how happy I am that the temperature dropped Monday. Getting soaked by the rain on the way to work, however, was another matter.


Books Are My Bag was probably the highlight of my bookish month, and I found myself once again caught in the realms of fantasy – straight after writing a post on self-respect and my predilection for realism.

Currently Reading:

Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling




  1. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  2. Us by David Nicholls
  3. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  4. About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  5. A Vision of Fire (Earthend Saga #1) by Gillian Anderson
  6. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
  7. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  8. Chéri by Colette
  9. Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates
  10. Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1) by Eleanor H. Porter
  11. The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling, Lynn


Poetry Discovered:

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
An Autumn Evening by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin
Put Out My Eyes by Rainer Maria Rilke


In other news:

 Nothing I’ve clearly been lazy this post to report.

How was your October?


8 thoughts on “Literary Life: October in Review

  1. I’m glad your reading slump decamped. Being unable to read anything is a horrible feeling. It looks like you read a mixed bag of books in October. What’s Lena Dunham’s book like? I keep seeing it around but I don’t think it’s my kind of thing, really.


    1. I’m glad I read it, and I enjoyed it. But, she didn’t tell me much I didn’t know (not about her personally – but feminism). I would read it knowing she is speaking from a point of white privilege (which she is fairly open about) but I wouldn’t claim it’s the best book ever.

      Essentially, I liked it, and it made me like her a whole lot more.


    1. I think you’ll really like it. It made me like and understand Dunham a whole lot more. She doesn’t say anything new about feminism, but it’s a very honest and entertaining book.


  2. Glad your reading slump ended! It looks like you read a good selection of books in October. I’ve got Us by David Nicholls on my to-read list but for some reason I feel a bit hesitant about picking it up, perhaps because I enjoyed One Day so much when I read it a few years ago. Your review has given me a good idea of what to expect, so thank you! 🙂


    1. You’re welcome 🙂 I think it’s an enjoyable book, but it wasn’t One Day. Although, I think if I had any of the same experience as the characters I would have felt more connected to the story.


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