October 2020 Book Haul
In October I went on a bit of a book-buying spree. There were several great deals on Audible, not to mention some stunning Kindle Daily Deals and charity shop finds. Today I thought I would share my October 2020 Book Haul.
I recently read Ghosts by Dolly Alderton (which will feature in this list) and in that book there is mention of the Mitford sisters. I’ve never read any of the Mitford sisters work, but I know their names. They’re infamous style and talent icons of the 20th Century. When I was shopping in charity shops I came across an old-fashioned hardback copy of the creative non-fiction Madamde de Pompadour. A biography – which is more fiction than fact – written by Nancy Mitford.
In the same charity shop as above, I also came across a yellowed penguin paperback of The Pursuit of Love. Nancy Mitford’s most famous novel about love. I’ve heard only good things, so I look forward to diving into it.
I’ve only read one book by Jeanette Winterson, which was Weight a greek myth re-telling about Atlas. Sexing the Cherry is another historical fiction but it focuses on love and sex. Following 12 princesses who all live happily ever after, but not with their husbands.
At work we have a monthly Book Club which focuses on reading books by people of colour. Last month we read All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle and this month we’re reading Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola, a collection of myth re-tellings from around the globe.
Originally Ghosts was meant to publish in the Summer of 2020, but due to COVID was pushed back until October. On the day it was released I downloaded it on Audible and listened to the audiobook over three days. It was great. A very relatable women’s fiction set in the heart of London, covering topics as varied as friendship, dementia and the title-issue ghosting.
I’ve never read anything by Stacey Halls, but I see her name everywhere as the marketing campaign for her books have been immense. Her second novel The Foundling was in a recent Audible promotion for £1.99 so I swiped it up to listen very soon.
I’m not a massive fan of Neil Gaiman. His books make great TV and films, but I find the books themselves irritating. That being said, I’m hoping his collection of stories on Norse Mythology will be an enjoyable audiobook.
I recently read Animal Farm but I’ve yet read George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984. Although… I don’t think I’ll be rushing to read this one anytime soon though. Not with the current situation we’re.
One Day was a great novel by David Nicholls that I’ve read and enjoy many times. His latest fiction novel is about a drama class and a boy who’s fallen for one of the leading ladies I believe. David Nicholls was once an actor himself so he loves to include this element in his books. A friend of mine read it and really enjoyed it, so I’ve downloaded the audiobook in the hopes that I will as well.
I’m a fan of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels set in the Tudor period, but I’ve not read much else by her. Tidelands is set in the 1600s in the era of witches and the Salem Witch Trials. I’ve been after a bit of a witchy book lately, so fingers crossed this will do the trick.
And finally, rather strangely for me, I’ve bought a historical fiction/saga novel. I don’t tend to read saga – it’s not my generation’s go-to read. But, my dad is a Station Master at a heritage railway so that makes me the Station Master’s Daughter. With that in mind, how could I not pick up this book when it was only 99p in ebook. I’m looking forward to diving in.
What books have you bought recently? Let me know in the comments below, and shout if there are any you would recommend I pick up in November.