5th November 17

It feels like it’s been absolutely forever since I wrote my last ‘what I read post’! Actually, unlike every other month this year, the entirety of October seemed to drag on for an unbelievably long time. I think it may be because I wasn’t running around as much throughout the month as I usually am, and spent many more minutes clock watching at my desk. I did, however, have time to get through a few books this month. I read a grand total of 5 books. 2 fiction books, 1 non-fiction and 2 glorious children’s books. And yes, I’m completely sticking to the idea that a children’s book counts in my grand total of books read throughout the year. They’re still books! So, here is what I read in October, picture books and all.


There But For The, Ali Smith


This may come as a shock to avid readers, but I’ve never read an Ali Smith book until this month. I’ve always known that she’s probably an author whose work I’d enjoy and have had my eye on a few of her novels for a while, but it wasn’t until a friend sent me a copy of There But For The a couple of months ago that I was eventually tempted to dive in. There But For The tells the story of a man who attends a dinner party of two hosts who he doesn’t know. Half way through the dinner party, he goes upstairs and locks himself in their spare room. For good. The book is funny, whacky and teeters so close to unbelievable that it’s just completely brilliant. It was such a perfect and different story and I know for a fact that I’ll definitely be picking up another Ali Smith book after this one.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo


The first of the children’s books which I read this month was Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and it was truly the most gorgeous and wonderful thing I’ve ever stumbled across. This book is the highest funded publishing Kickstarter campaign ever, and is a collection of stories and illustrations of amazing, real women from history, told for children. I felt so emotional reading this book, because I feel glad to live in a world where all of these fantastic women lived and conquered before me, but also because their stories have been translated into a medium where young girls can find out all about them too. This is a seriously gorgeous book with a really wonderful message.


Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Kate Pankhurst


Since the release of Good Night Stories and its great success, plenty of other authors have been creating wonderful children’s books about women throughout history. Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is aimed at an even younger audience and tells the stories of women from Amelia Earhart to Rosa Parks. It shares these stories through pictures and easy to understand words, so that children can learn of their greatness in an accessible way. I absolutely adore that this has become a part of children’s fiction now and I loved the layout of Fantastically Great Women especially. I’d recommend it for anyone, of any age.


The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd


This month, I reread The Secret Life of Bees (my first reread of the year!) If you don’t know the story, it’s about a young girl, whose mother died when she was just four. Living with her abusive father, she decides to run away with her housekeeper, Rosaline. The story is largely based on the racial divide which was so prominent in America in the 1960s. It’s heartbreaking and far too real. But the books is also hopeful and full of love and joy. It covers a lot of really serious topics such as grief, loss and depression, and is just a brilliant story to pick up when everything feels too much and you need some focus.


Turtles All the Way Down, John Green


The final book which I read this month was John Greens latest, Turtles All the Way Down. I’ve been so excited to read this book, because I’m such a huge fan of John Green’s and it feels like it’s been way too long since I had a new story of his in my hands. I absolutely adored Turtles All the Way Down and this is just going to be a teeny review, as I’m going to be posting a full one next week (watch this space!) The story is about Aza, a teenage girl who struggles with OCD, anxiety and invasive thoughts, and how she navigates friendships, relationships and local disappearances (yes, really) despite the spirals in her head. It’s a really endearing and relatable book and it paints an accurate and needed portrayal of mental illness. John Green has definitely done it again.