20 comments on “October Wrap Up

  1. My reaction to Autumn mirrored yours. Although it left me wondering whether I’d ever pick up one of her books again. There were moments of brilliance but overall it left me cold.

    • I know exactly what you mean; I wish I’d felt more emotionally engaged. For the first half, I was convinced Smith just wouldn’t be for me, but the way she brought together her ideas by the end convinced me to try some more of her work in the future.

  2. Can you believe I forgot I had to do a monthly wrap up until I saw your post?! Anyway. I’m jealous of all the creepy books you read this month! I didn’t do quite as well, but I did manage to get a couple in there. And I’m glad you liked Bitter Orange – I’d been on the fence about adding that to my TBR since I’m friends with Claire on Goodreads and felt like it would be awkward if I didn’t enjoy it, but it does sound excellent. And you make Dracula sound so fantastic, I definitely need to read that now!

    • Don’t worry, that’s happened to me a couple of times; talk about the year flying by! 😂

      Ooh, that can be very tricky! It was one of those ‘this is not what I was expecting but it’s equally good and interesting anyway’ kind of reads for me. I certainly enjoyed it, and I believe Amalia loved it, so hopefully you’d get on well with it too.

      And yes, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Dracula if and when you get to it! I’m seeing a stage production of it this weekend too, which I’m very excited about 🧛🏻‍♂️

  3. Interesting selection of books 🙂
    I love Dracula… I studied it at uni.
    I really want to read Bitter Orange, waiting for the paperback. Tried 2 Ali Smiths (I usually try an author twice before giving up on them), really couldn’t see what the literary establishment love about her writing. So I’m not going to pick up Autumn.

    • Ooh, Dracula would definitely be an interesting book to study. There’s so much to unpack in there!

      I hope you enjoy Bitter Orange once you get to it. I definitely liked enough about Autumn to give Smith another shot, but I’m not convinced she’s on track to become a new favourite author.

      • I looked at whether Dracula is a misogynistic text… I concluded that it generally was, I think?
        Everyone in bookblogger world is talking about Bitter Orange, I have to read it.

        • Interesting! I haven’t studied it academically, but I felt differently, personally. I picked up on a lot of queer coding, and (keeping in mind the time in which it was written, of course) I thought its handling of gender roles in certain aspects was fascinating, and played with the norm. Clearly it’s a rich text that could spark a lot of debate!

          Yes, Bitter Orange has had a lot of buzz; I was relieved that I ended up enjoying it after seeing so much hype.

  4. Wow…another great month! Dracula is one of my favourite novels, and I noticed that your next post is a review of a theatrical representation (I’m so behind!) I haven’t read Dolores yet, but it’s on my list, and now Dark Tales is too, because I haven’t read a good scary tale in a while!

    • I loved it! I can’t believe it took me so many years to finally pick it up!

      I hope you enjoy them; indulging in the spirit of the season really brought home to me how much I love creepy/horror reads when they’re done well.

  5. ‘A Head Full of Ghosts’ was amazing! Still reeling from that ending! Have you read any of Paul Tremblay’s other books? Currently reading ‘Disappearance at Devil’s Rock’ 🙂

    • It really was! I haven’t read anything else by him yet, but I’ve got The Cabin at the End of the World on my shelves, so hopefully I’ll pick it up sometime soonish (though I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews about it).

      I’ll keep an eye out for your thoughts on Disappearance at Devil’s Rock! Hope you enjoy it 😊

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