Month in Review: October 2019

Well, I finally managed to read more than two or three books this month. Along the way, I finished my Classics Club Spin book in record time, and also managed to read two 2019 releases that are sure to be some of my favorites of the year.

You’ll hear more about one of these, Shadowplay, as soon as I can get a review posted. Of the other, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, I don’t have much to add beyond the other glowing reviews you may have read — just that I also found it an honest and moving account of a therapist’s life “from both sides of the couch,” as it were. Yes, since the author had to fictionalize her patients’ stories to protect confidentiality, it could perhaps better have been written as fiction … but though this layer of artificiality was sometimes a bit distracting, it didn’t keep me from greatly enjoying the book.

What have you read lately that excites you, whether it’s a longtime classic, a new release, or anything in between?



  • The topic of Villains for Witch Week inspired me to revisit Wyrd Sisters and The Time of the Ghost.


Other Books Read

  • My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin – Review to come
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottleib
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford – Reread
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  • Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor – Review to come
  • Where the Mountains Meet the Moon – Grace Lin


Other Features and Events


Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction

23 thoughts on “Month in Review: October 2019

  1. October was a great month of reading for me with the modern, suspense classic, The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart; the dark, historical fiction Her Kind by Niamh Boyce and a comforting re-read of the wonderful Persuasion by Jane Austen. Happy reading in November, Lory! 🙂


    1. Ooh, Mary Stewart is great for reading in October. Persuasion as well, it has such an autumnal mood. I don’t know the other title but I’m glad you enjoyed it!


    1. Thanks for the impulse to read AoL, I really appreciated it.

      It was a good month … it felt long somehow … I fear with the holidays approaching I will not have so much time, alas.


  2. I need to get to Where the Crawdads Sing soon! I keep hearing awesome things. I’ve been reading a LOT of horror lately. Mostly YA Horror, which I didn’t think was my thing… Turns out it is if Nick Clausen is writing! 🙂


  3. So many people are doing the Classics Club, it pops up wherever I go! My Brilliant Career is a real favourite of mine and one of the first Virago books I bought and read, so I’ll look forward to your review of that one.


  4. Well done on the more books front. I’ve recently made a similar breakthrough and it’s such a relief. The therapist memoir sounds like one of those times it’s absolutely okay to fictionalise. Glad to hear it was good. I’ve not heard of it before so I’ll have to look it up.

    I’ve read Julia Armfield’s short story collection Salt Slow that I was fairly excited about but more so once I’d read it if that makes sense.


  5. Great reading month! Where the Crawdads Sing is high on my list. I’ve read great reviews. I hope your November is going well–it’s almost Thanksgiving time already!


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