Book Bought and Read – October 2018

I’m slightly late with this one! But it is just about still November… for another 5 hours anyway. I read seven books in October! This compares with only two so far in the whole of November. I guess I was having a quiet social life month back then.

Books Bought


Wake by Anna Hope for book club. This was chosen to tie in with the 100 yr WWI anniversary this year and remembrance day.

mythology1    mythology2

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition
by Edith Hamilton. This book is beautiful. The cover is all shiny and there are several colour illustrations inside that are just gorgeous. 
The Gallows Pole Ben Myers. I bought this because I was going to another Manchester Literature Festival event in December with Ben Myers and Adelle Stripe (see two books further down!). I can’t go now because now my daughter’s school play is on the same evening – for one night only! I will have to relinquish my tickets… so two more may become available! This book looks great. I have seen it around a lot – probably just remembered because of the distinctive cover. It’s about coin forgers in Yorkshire!

I next bought the kindle version of The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson because it was 99p and I’d been reading great things about this translation.


Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile by Adelle Stripe. Bought because I was going to be going to that Lit Fest event.This book looks amazing though. It’s based on the life of Andrea Dunbar, who famously wrote the play Rita, Sue and Bob Too. 


I’m a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes us Human by Robin Ince. A supermarket bargain!

Books Read

Seven this month! Click the book name to be taken to my review.


Miss Nightingale’s Nurses by Kate Eastham


Ponti by Sharlene Tao


In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratane


The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit


Heartburn by Nora Ephron (I somehow completely missed reviewing this one!)


I’m a Joke and So Are You: A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human by Robin Ince


Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Other Posts this Month

I’ve been making an effort to do a few more general book posts – top tens etc. In October I managed to do:

Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Read. Spoiler alert: it contains a lot of Jilly Cooper and a lot of A Song of Fire and Ice books.

Top Ten Villains in Books. Starts out well, then gets a bit ranty!

and a Review of Manchester Literature Festival Events I attended.


Pat Barker and Kamila Shamsie!

Well then, now I’m immediately going to go and write my November wrap up!

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