What I Read in October (2020)

Another month has come and gone, and with it another successful reading month. Since I’ve been behind on my reading goals for the year, I’ve been stepping up my reading. I’m officially now at 38 books read out of the 52 I want to read. That’s only 14 more books to go, which is an easy 7 books per month. I really hope I can get to my goal this year. With that, here is what I read in October:

1. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
This book is written entirely in prose. It felt like reading a beautiful poem about girlhood, New York City, and mental health. I loved this one, and want to read more from Woodson.

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Surprisingly, I ended up liking my reread of Wuthering Heights more than my initial read a couple of years ago. It’s still not my favourite book, since I hate the two main characters. I really cannot stand Heathcliff or Catherine. However, the narrators of this story are really interesting, and I think for that I enjoyed it more. When focusing on their storytelling and attributes, the entire novel felt more rich and substantial.

3. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
I have finally finished this book! I started it back in March, and I couldn’t believe it took me this long to finish it. The book is really well written, and gives you a History 101 university course condensed in its pages. For that, it’s a blessing and a curse. Since the book is so dense with facts, it can be overwhelming to read all in one go. And I think that’s why I didn’t finish it that quickly.

4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I absolutely loved this book. Going into reading the diary, I assumed it would be filled with fear, worry, and despair. However, I was surprised to see how relatable some of the passages Anne wrote. She talks about having crushes, being bored, and getting annoyed with her parents. Not only that, she wrote about her dreams, and a hope that things will get better even during the darkest times. It’s a book that really puts life into perspective, and I can’t wait to revisit this book again in the future.

5. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
I’ve only become a Gilmore Girls fan in the last 5 years. (I know shocking right?) In that time, I really fell in love with Rory and Lorelai, so it’s not surprising that I enjoyed Lauren Graham’s memoir. She’s absolutely hilarious, and gives so many fun behind the scenes stories about Gilmore Girls and other moments in her career. This is a must read if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan.

6. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
Another one of my weird literary bucket list things is to read all the works of William Shakespeare. This sounds like a tedious task, but I’m up for the challenge. The Merry Wives of Windsor was a lot of fun to read. Lots of trickery, and lots of laughs. It’s not my favourite Shakespearian comedy, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

7. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
Here is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and I finally decided to pick up this month. This book centres around the chaotic lives of teenagers in a Californian high school. It was a good read, however I found that there were a lot of cliches in the book that I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s also strangely categorized as YA on Goodreads, but it’s definitely more adult fiction, or literary fiction.

I’ll be posting monthly wrap-ups of the books I read, and give mini reviews for each of them. Let me know what your favourite read from October was!