• Natasha Hart

What We've Loved Reading: October

How has a month gone by since our last ‘What We’ve Loved Reading’ post?! There’s definitely more of a chill in the air, the nights are longer (hello, darkness at 4pm), and thanks to this 2nd lockdown, not a lot to do.

What is actually good about these long cold nights though, is that now we have more time to read!

What's first on your TBR list?

We loved sharing our favourite September reads with you last month, which you can check out here: What We’ve Loved Reading: September, and we wanted to share with you what everyone in the team has been loving during October.

So, get those cosy blankets out, get that hot chocolate at the ready, and let’s share what we loved reading this October.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Another fantastic novel from Irish Author Emma Donoghue which, having read in the times of COVID, you can’t escape the comparison between the present and when the novel is set in 1918. There’s a feeling throughout this dark, heart-wrenching and claustrophobic story which takes place in a Dublin hospital’s lying-in ward over 3 days. Just like the author’s previous book “Room”, these women are captivated, scared of going outside because the flu is getting more contagious, trapped in a place and giving birth to their children not knowing what the future will bring.

It's a compelling tale in which the environment surrounding the characters is just as fascinating as the characters themselves. What will stay with me long after this year has passed is how eloquent Donoghue is at showcasing health care workers who carry on caring for patients, even when the odds and risks are against them.

- Julia

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey is undoubtedly one of the best writers to have ever penned a novel and this is nigh on his best work. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a fantastic work of speculative fiction, from the drawings strewn throughout to the fantastic social commentary provided through Chief Bromden’s eyes. This is the perfect novel and with Netflix’s new adaptation of the ever-terrifying Nurse Ratched’s backstory, I couldn’t think of a better pick for this month.

- - Heidi

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

My favourite October read was Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. It’s a gothic, dark academia (I only recently heard of this term and I LOVE IT) set amongst the mysterious Yale University's secret societies. We meet Alex Stern, a 20-year-old drop-out, a drug-user, a girl who survived a horrific murder. Not your average Yale student, that's for sure. But there's something that makes Alex special, something that sets her apart from everyone else: she can see the dead.

I loved the dark academic nature of this story, I love the extracts from the textbooks and the overall depth and historical feel to the story- not to mention all the gore and gruesome details, you know that's my perfect idea of a great story. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, which promises to be just as good.

- - Natasha

What do you think of our list? Have you read any of the above? I’m personally super intrigued by The Pull of the Stars, it sounds like it could be a terrifyingly hard-hitting read considering how we’re now in lockdown 2.0. Comment over on our Facebook page what you thought of our choices and let us know what you’ve enjoyed reading this October, and what you’ve got planned for November.

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