What I Read Last Month: I Outdid Myself

Last month, I cursed myself for not creating this post as I read each novel. I said that I would do it as I went along this time. Guess what, I didn’t keep up with it, again!

what i read last month october


a room with a view

Rating: ***

Not my favorite book ever, but it was entertaining!


Rating: ***

This felt like a young adult novel masquarading as an adult novel. Like, the author just made the characters older and threw in a few cuss words.

defending jacob

 Rating: ****

I loved this novel. The format and the twist (of course) made is a great read!

faithful place

 Rating: ****

I read three novels from The Dublin Murder squad series last month, and I loved this one. I didn’t want to read this one because I hadn’t liked Frank in The Likeness, but it was actually very good. If you aren’t familiar with the series, each novel has a different narrator.

far from the maddening crowd

 Rating: ***

I could definitely tell that it was of Hardy’s first novels because it didn’t have the most absolutely depressing ending ever!

gone with the wind

 Rating: ****

This book took me most of August to listen to. It was so much different from the book (as far as I could remember). It was an interesting glimpse into the Civil War and the Reconstruction era.

in the woods

 Rating: *****

This novel, which is the first of the Dublin Murder Squad series, is really fantastic. The only word that I can think of to describe it is haunting. I absolutely couldn’t put it down.

reconstructing amelia

Rating: ****

I liked this book. It felt a little juvenile, but the format super interesting. The timeline wasn’t linear. It included prose, emails, texts, IMs, and all sorts of things. I read that it’s being made into a movie. I’m interested to see how in the world it will transfer onto the screen.

revolutionary road

 Rating: ***

The book made some interesting points about living in the suburbs, but it wasn’t that interesting, although I got the feeling that the author felt like he was making all sorts of profound statements. Since the book was written in 1961, about 1955, I think there wasn’t enough time for hindsight to make observations about 1955.

the forgotten garden

 Rating: *****

I absolutely loved this book. Many people recommended it during a Goodreads Account link up as their favorite book to recommend. They were right!

the handmaid's tale

 Rating: *****

I can’t believe that I waited to read this! I read a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads, but they all came from people who read the novel purely in terms of gender relations. I think this dystopian novel has more to do with how violence can occur when one group of people dehumanizes another group. Atwood just happened to pick gender. Honestly, I wish I had read this during college because it would have really helped with my honors thesis.

the king's curse

Rating: ***

I really wanted to love this novel. I have been looking forward to the novel for months. I think I enjoyed the earlier books more because I didn’t know anything about The Cousins’ War. This novel centered around Henry VIII. Honestly, I have read a ton about Henry VIII, so it wasn’t interesting at all.

the likeness

Rating: ****

This novel was a little out there in terms of the plot, but like the other novels in the series, it was completely engrossing!

the mayor of casterbridge

 Rating: ****

In typical Hardy fashion, this book had a slightly absurd beginning, but the social commentary of novel was spot-on.

the poisonwood bible

 Rating: ****

I loved this book! I know a lot of people have read this (usually for school). I don’t know what kept me  from reading it sooner.

the silkworm

 Rating: ****

Again, I loved this book.. It was a great mystery!

the sisters brothers

 Rating: ****

I have been wanting to read this novel since it was short listed for the Man Booker prize. It was super funny in a dark way. I definitely recommend it.

the tenant of wildfell hall

 Rating: ****

This novel was definitely interesting. It was no Pride & Prejudice, but once you’ve exhausted all Austen novels, you have to read something.

the thirteenth tale

 Rating: ***

I really wanted to love this novel. It is a book about books. What could be better? It was kind of out there and cooky. There were some really great parts, but it just wasn’t the best book, like I wanted it to be.


 Rating: ****

I read that this book is very autobiographical. It was kind of sad because I love love. And Bronte novels aren’t really notorious for love overcoming all!

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What did you read last month?

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  • Kaity Stuckert

    I felt the same way about Attachments. Not one of my favorites of Rowell’s.

    • It was my first book by her. I had really high expectations, due to a lot of great reviews. It was an easy read, which can be good sometimes, but it definitely was not a book I would recommend to other people.

  • sooo many books! you read all those in one month?! kudos!

    i haven’t read any of these so now i’ve got great suggestions!

    • I spent the better part of August listening to gone with the wind. I finished it on September 2, so that’s why it is in this post. Some of the books were shorter, but the Dublin murder squad series books were definitely longer. Now I find that I stay away from long books, because I want to be my last month’s record. Which is totally stupid and I should read long books if they are good.

  • Amy

    Wow! You did great reading all these. I really appreciate these posts from you. I have read some of what you have recommended. Wish my library had more. I just picked up one of French’s this past weekend and am looking forward to reading it when I finish the one I am reading now.

    • I really like her books. I can’t wait to read the fourth and fifth books in the series. I am kind of sad that the Dublin murder squad series is the only set of books that she has written. I would be interested in other novels by her, too!

  • Elisabeth

    Omgosh I absolutely loved Tana French’s In The Woods. I had just order The Likeness. I can’t wait to read it.

    • The Likeness was so good. It was kind of creepy, so I really couldn’t put it down. I needed the resolution, so I could get rid of that creepy feeling.

      • Elisabeth

        I can’t wait to read it then! 🙂

  • Mollie Hardman

    I wish I had the time to read as much as I would like to. I’m a little jealous of your time to read all these in a month. 🙂 Thank you for the reviews! (Visiting from Southern Girl Blog Building Group.)

    • Part of my secret is listening to audiobooks. I listen to them at three times the speed, too. That way I can multitask or listen when I normally wouldn’t feel well enough to read words on a page.

  • I must get hold of Silkworm, thanks for the reminder! I loved The Cuckoo’s Calling.

    • It was pretty good. It was about a murdered author, so there was a whole lot of literary analysis being done by the characters, which was interesting. It was like a practical application of a literary theory class, used to solve a murder.

  • Wow – you rock!! I have always LOVED reading, but the past few months it just seems like I don’t have time for it. Well, I’m not making time for it is what I should say. You’ve inspired me to try to get back to it! I have about 10 books staring at me from my bookshelf, wanting to be read lol

    • I know what you mean. Growing up, I always read so much. I read a lot for college, but I was an English major. I didn’t have much time to read when I first got sick, because I was just trying to stay alive-and as a recent college grad, I was more interested in social things than reading. Now that I have help with every day tasks, I read a lot more. It is one of the few hobbies that I used to enjoy that I can still do.

  • Your really read your bum off last month! Lol I’ve been saying for months that I need to get back to reading. I’ve slacked off a ton. I’ve read Gone with the Wind, but probably need to revisit as an adult. I’ll pin this post so that I can have a variety of books to add to the rotation! My goal is to read two books before 2015!

    • I was really surprised at how different gone with the wind, the book, was from the movie. I listen to the audiobook. It would take a lot of perseverance to sit down and read that book. I don’t think my hands could have held on that long. Hahaha

  • Life, Love, + Coffee Stains

    Love, love, love The Handmaiden’s Tale! I will definitely be checking back here when I am in need of a good read suggestion!

    Co-Founder of Life, Love + Coffee Stains

  • Maybe I need to try listening to books so I can read as many as you! I love reading but don’t have a ton of time for it.

  • Wow you read so many great ones! Margaret Atwood has some other great dystopian books out there – if you like her style (like I do), I think you’d really enjoy them! I can’t remember if I’ve seen Blind Assassin on here before, but it was my first Atwood read and a goodie. Her MadAddam trilogy is super out there… like some really strange dystopian stuff… but I couldn’t put those down either.
    I love the Forgotten Garden too, Kate Morton gives it just enough suspense to keep you from putting the book down!
    Sorry Thirteenth Tale wasn’t what you had hoped, but it looks like you found many excellent reads to make up for it!

    • I read Atwood’s Alias Grace, which is like my perfect novel. But, she hasn’t written anything else like it! 🙁 I do have a copy of Blind Assassin, but haven’t read it. It’s next on my list, though!

  • Dang, girl! You read a TON of books last month! I especially love that you listened to Gone with the Wind on tape. I love listening to audiobooks whenever I’m walking the dog and doing housework, and I love a good long audiobook that lasts an extended period of time!

    I’m impressed with this post… great job with the reading, and I cannot wait to see what you read in October!

  • Kristen Warren

    oh so many books! I update my posts as I finish the books, so freaking helpful haha. I really enjoyed Attachments, for what it was. I have Kate Morton’s books on my list, and Margaret Atwoods. I have like 700 books on my to read list, lol

    • Oh man, I thought my list was long! I really want to read more Kate Morton. The first Atwood book I read was Alias Grace, which was about a true crime in Canada, but no one actually knows what really happened. It’s still unsolved to a certain extent. But the rest of her books as dystopian/sci-fi. Usually I don’t like those, but The Handmaid’s Tale was so good that I’m willing to read more of her stuff!

  • Katherine Gilbert

    I will be looking up some of these books. They sound very interesting. I’m actually still reading two books I started reading a few months ago.

  • I’m working through The Cuckoo’s Calling right now and really enjoy it. I’m looking forward to the The Silkworm

    • I liked both of them!

  • This makes me want to spend the whole weekend reading!

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  • I love that you write posts like these! It’s so fun to look back and see what you’ve read that month. I’m adding a good chunk of these to my to-read list!

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