What I Read in October 2020
October 2020 has been a considerably busy, What with it being Super Thursday (again and again!) in the publishing industry. And my sister got married, so we had a wedding to sort! But I still managed to read seven books!
Here’s what I read in October:
On occasion I’ve listened to to the High Low Podcast, hosted by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. Both women feature in my ‘what I read in October’ list. First up was Pandora’s non-fiction collection of essays. The essays were well-written and interesting, but I haven’t retained much of the information. Unlike Dolly’s collection of essays on love and life, Pandora’s was more about fashion and lifestyle and it didn’t click with me. Not bad, but I’m not likely to re-read it.
For my Books Before Boys book club we read The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. Back during lockdown I was hearing about this book everywhere. The story follows twin sisters in America in the 1960s until the noughties. They are black, but their skin is so light that they can pass as white women. They leave their small village to start their lives afresh, but one returns with her daughter who is very dark-skinned whilst the other twin decides to live life as a white woman causing a rift between the twins that lasts generations. A very intense and emotional read.
Adele recently revealed that her weight loss journey started when she read Untamed by Glennan Doyle. I’ve never read Glennan Doyle, and had never actually heard of her until this book. She’s certainly an interesting character. Previously addicted to alcohol and drugs, she turned her life around when she got pregnant and married. She had three children with her husband, but a few years later fell in love with a woman. She divorced her husband and married Abbie, and the book follows their journey as a new family. It is inspirational and moving, but I struggled with the religious aspects and the parenting sections don’t apply to me yet. Still, worth a read.
This book is going to be everywhere in 2021 and rightly so! It’s addictive and dark and highly emotional. Set aside some time to read as you won’t want to put it down.
I chose to listen to the audiobook of Ghosts by Dolly Alderton, with Holliday Grainger as the narrator. It was really good. Whilst it takes about 40% before the book gets into a straight-forward plot – the beginning is mostly exposition – it is still a really enjoyable read with a lot I can relate to. Regardless of age, be it 20-50, there’s something for everyone in this book.
I needed an easy read. And what’s easier than reading about books by a book lover? Dear Reader is a memoir/long list of book recommendations. Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love, a memoir about the death of her brother when he was sixteen years old. I’ve never read any of her work before, but she is a very good writer. As a previous Waterstones Bookseller this memoir follows her reading journey from her favourite childhood reads to the books that she reads to her son. It’s sweet and easy-going, and I finished it in three settings. Now I have a lot of new books on my Amazon wish list!
And finally, I managed to get around to reading My Sister, the Serial Killer. I’ve been meaning to read this for years. The title alone is amazing, but the book itself is also pretty wonderful. Set in Nigeria, the story follows two sisters who are as close as anything, whilst also being polar opposites. Ayoola is stunning, talented and everyone loves her. She is also a serial killer. While Korede is sensible, smart and plain. But she tidies up after her sister. When Ayoola starts to date the man that Korede is in love with though, things take an interesting turn. I really enjoyed this short read. Well worth all the accolades its won since its release.
What did you read in October 2020? Let me know in the comments below. I always love a good reading suggestion.
Also… this month I hit my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal! I read 100 books in 2020, 20 books and two months ahead of schedule. Yippee!