Monthly Update: October, 2017

Month in review

So it’s bye, bye, October and hello November, with the dark nights now fully here and the cold weather making itself known, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle down with a good book – well, at least it is in my part of the world!  Thankfully, I’ve had some good books this month and have the promise of more to come (yay!).  Here’s what I liked, loved and just weren’t for me this month…


A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, a beautifully written fairy tale about a girl who loves the wrong man too, too, much.

The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph, where a man with nightmares finds he has no choice but to unpick his past (because it comes looking for him).

They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen, a story with so many wonderfully unreliable characters I couldn’t believe anything I read – or put the book down.

Such good but different books, but I have to say the one that has stuck in my mind the most is The Last Day of Emily Lindsey so that is going to be my book of the month.



The Real Guy Fawkes by Nick Holland, which gave me a much better understanding of what happened in November 1605 (and at just the right time of year).

Herbs by Judith Hann, which has the most beautiful photos as well as practical tips for growing your own herbs and delicious sounding recipes for what to do with them once they’ve grown.

Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison, a tale full of twists, turns and (unsurprisingly) lies.  I didn’t know if I was coming or going or who to believe.  A great read.

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir, a detailed look (and the first of a series) of the lives of England’s medieval queens, women I knew little about and now greatly admire.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt, a cookbook that shows you how to make veggie meals with meat if you have non-veggies in the house (the cauliflower cheese soup is the best I have ever tasted).

And that’s it for the reading…there wasn’t a bad book among my October reads (heaven!).  What about you – how was your reading month?

Emma x

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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  1. Great month! I am eager to read They All Fall Down…and I enjoyed Lie to Me. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy November.

    1. It really was. I cannot complain!

  2. Great list of books as always Emma – I love Tammy Cohen’s writing and yes, I couldn’t believe a word either nor put the book down! Just could do with a bowlful of that cauliflower cheese soup now

    1. It was brilliant for making me wonder. Soup would be lovely. Sounds like it’s as cold where you are as it is up north?

  3. I’m delighted to see what a great reading month you had, Emma:). It seems there are a great number of cracking books out there at the moment. Here’s hoping you continue to have such a good reading streak in November.

    1. Me too – though I have realised with moving to self- hosting I have missed a few…and they weren’t as good…now whether I can get round to updating?

      1. Best of luck with tracking down those escapees…

  4. You had a great month! 🙂

    1. I know – very pleased with myself.

  5. Ohh, I might have to check out that vegetarian cookbook. I need to start cooking more and eating healthier. I hope you’re having a good November!

    1. It’s definitely worth it. Lots of good ingredients x

  6. I haven’t read a single one of these, but they all look really interesting. All I know about Guy Fawkes is the bits and pieces I’ve picked up from reading English novels over the years.

    1. There is plenty to recommend – I managed to mix it up this month. Thanks for popping by x

  7. Sounds like a fantastic reading month. I’m especially intrigued by They All Fall Down.

    1. It was. The Tammy Cohen book was such a clever premise for a book.

  8. A Pocketful of Crows it’s in my TBR and I think you are to blame 🙂

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy!

  9. I think you had a great month! I love the variety in the books you choose to read. I need to find the cookbook as we have new vegetarians in our house this year.

    1. Thanks 😊 I have been trying to mix up my reads and it seems to be working x

  10. wow so November was GOOD huh?! I hope December is even better. Can’t wait to get to A Pocketful of Crows! You get me so interested on that one 🙂

    1. Not bad at all. I have one good read, one not so good read down so far so will just need to get to reviews.

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