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October Books

October Books

Posted on: Sunday 5 November 2023

flatlay of an open book next to a scarf and some autumn leaves

 October really feels like the start of book reading season. I mean, I read the same amount of books all year round, but October brings the cosy curled up by the fire vibes (hypothetically anyway, I don't actually have a fire so I guess it's the cosy curled up by the candle vibes for me). Despite me forever harping on about how autumn simply leads to months of harsh winter that I'm not a fan of, there are definitely some positives to autumn and that kinda hygge feeling you can create in your home is one of them. Anyway, these were my cosy reads from this month...

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault // I wasn't sure what to make of this when I started it, but quite liked the slightly odd vibe (note to self to stop using the word vibe because the word itself is definitely not a vibe), but on reading the whole thing I loved it. I don't quite know how to describe it without giving away the whole thing or making it sound not as good as it is, but it's basically about a postman who opens people's personal letters to read before posting them. I rated it four stars. 

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // This is the story of Ifemelu, born and raised in Nigeria before moving to America away from the military dictatorship, leaving behind her boyfriend and family. The story starts as she's decided to move back to Nigeria after thirteen years then rewinds back to tell the story of her life in America before she comes to that decision. It includes snippets from Ifemelu's blog, which gives the perspective of racism in America from someone who previously never had to think about race. I found it a really interesting and gripping read so despite it being a fairly hefty read I actually sped through it and rated it four stars. 

The Book Club by C.J. Cooper // Lucy has recently moved to a quiet village in the Cotswolds to escape her London life where she had been having an affair with her boss, a married man. A few months later Alice moves in next day, apparently doing the same thing, but there is something a little bit suspicious about her. She starts a book club and with each book a different secret is revealed and village life starts to unravel. I was totally gripped by this and I really couldn't tell where it was going at some points. Another four star read. 

The Postman's Fiancee by Denis Theriault // The follow up to my first book of the month, this starts where the first book leaves off and is told from the perspective of a more minor character in the first book, Tania, who is in love with the postman. I did enjoy it, but I thought it massively took away from the whole point of the first book and would definitely have preferred that one to be standalone because the ending just worked too well! I still rated it three stars. 


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