What I Read Last Month: October

So, I read a lot last month. There were a few more that I wanted to read instead, but instead I am waiting until today (as I write on November 1), because I am really excited for the Winter Reading Challenge. It’s not to late to get started, so take a look at the categories!

what i read last month october


Agnes GreyRating: ****

I decided to read Agnes Grey because I don’t think I’ve ever read an Anne Bronte novel. I read that it was based on Anne’s own experiences as a governess. It wasn’t super original, but it was a great book. The only issue that I had with the novel was that certain passages were in French, since the novel takes place in France. I kind of had to guess what was going on based on context.

all the light we cannot see

Rating: ****

I absolutely loved this book. It was a beautiful portrait of how two different children from each side of WWII deal with the war. Their stories weave together in a way that actually made me tear up at the end.


Rating: ****

This was my second book by Georgette Heyer. I thought is was absolutely hysterical. I have totally fallen in love with Heyer’s novel, which is awesome because she wrote a ton of them. They’re like Jane Austen novels with a little bit more levity.

before i go to sleepRating: ****

I picked up this book on a whim. I saw the trailer for the movie with Collin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which sparked my interest. It was a “page turner,” that I could not put down. I absolutely had to know what was going on, who the main character could and couldn’t trust, and what really happened. It wasn’t the most innovative book ever, but it was definitely a psychological thriller.

Broken HarbourRating: ****

I loved this novel. Again, I couldn’t put it down, because I just couldn’t figure it out. The ending did make sense, but I couldn’t figure out who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed.

can you forgive herRating: ****

I like this book, too. It was longer than it probably needed to be, but I liked it. It follows three different women and their decisions about who to marry.

Kane & Able

Rating: ****

I really liked this novel. The ending felt a little fast, but it was a cool interpretation of the story of Cain and Able, who are not actually blood related in this case. It is the first in a series, but I am not sure if I will keep reading. My mom is the one who suggested trying some Archer books.

north and south

Rating: ***

I liked this book at certain parts, but not at other parts. It seemed to wrap up too quickly, but I later read that the novel was written in installments, so the author ran out of time, which explains the ending.

The Grand Sophy

Rating: *****

This is the first Georgette Heyer novel that I read. I was laughing out loud at this novel. It was so entertaining! I love period pieces, but, unlike another period piece that I read this month (The Paying Guests), it was a simple read. It was just a solid, entertaining story.

the light between oceansRating: ***

I wasn’t in love with this book. I think I just disagreed with the decision made by the main character. Of course, the entire novel is about a moral dilemma where the husband and wife are on different sides. I sided with the wife. It kind of reminded me of Gone Baby Gone, which infuriated me because I also agreed with the girlfriend character, but the male character won out. And in both cases, the moral dilemma was about what to do with a child.

the paying guests

Rating: **

Hated this. I was super excited when I started because I love period pieces. I thought it was going to be a little bit like Downtown Abbey, where it would be a look at life post-WWI in England. Instead, it was really just a story about infidelity and crime that could have taken place in any era. I mean, a little research had to be done because there were some references to the time period, but otherwise, it really was not that great.

the portriat of a lady

Rating: ****

I loved this novel. It was longer than it needed to be, but the ambiguous ending was just right.

the return of the native

Rating: ****

I started this novel years ago. I never finished it, so I picked it back up last month. I am glad that I did.

the secret adversary

Rating: ***

This was a funny and light mystery. The whole time I was trying to guess who the bad guy. Most of the novel was completely implausible, but it was still funny.

the time traveler's wife

Rating: ****

So many people have recommended this book to me. I had not seen the movie, so when Kelly’s Blogger Book Club selected it for the October novel, I knew that I had to participate. You can read my review here! Check out Kelly’s blog to read about upcoming book club selections! November’s book is Little Women, which is a book and movie that were my favorites as a child!

the weight of blood

Rating: ****

I picked up this book because it was on sale on Audible. I absolutely loved it. The story is told in a non-sequential way, which slowly unwinds a mystery in a very small town.

wise blood

Rating: ****

I read this book as part of November’s Operation: Read Your Shelves. I have had a copy for a long time, but never read it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading O’Connor’s work again. I can’t wait to read Everything That Rises Must Converge as part of the winter reading challenge.

wonder boys

Rating: ****

I read this at the very begging of October, as part of Operation: Read Your Shelves. I squeezed it in right under the deadline. You can read my full review here!

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  • Wow you’ve sure read a lot of books during the month. I love Georgette Heyer too.

    • I am so glad that I picked up a Georgette Heyer book when it was on sale on Audible. I love her humor! I read so much because I usually listen to audiobooks while I do other things!

  • Have you seen the North and South BBC mini series? Normally I am always a fan of the book over movie/tv but this is on par with BBC Pride and Prejudice. It’s on Netflix. 🙂

    • I actually watches the BBC production years ago on Netflix. I thought it was better than the book. You’re so right, though, it is definitely on par with their Pride and Prejudice. Now I want to watch Pride and Prejudice!

  • Kristen Warren

    I have to agree with the BBC series being better than the book – kind of, like on a different scale. I loved North & South, it totally wrapped up too quickly and there was some stuff in the middle I could have done without. But I think that’s why I loved it – that wouldn’t be stood for today, editors and publishers would make authors take stuff out, and I just love that I got it all. That probably makes no sense. Anywho. Of your books I have read the time traveler’s wife, of course, and the light between the oceans (i liked and hated that book). I haven’t read any Georgette Heyer but they are all on my list!

    • I have a feeling that Georgette Heyer would be right up your alley. And she wrote SO many books. I’ve laughed out loud at the two of her books that I’ve read.

  • I’m jealous that you had so much time to read last month! I have a lot of those classics on my to read list too.

  • I had the same issue with Agnes Grey when I read it. It was a little frustrating.

    Have you seen the BBC 4 part mini-series for North + South? It’s WONDERFUL! I adore it. The same author also wrote another book called Wives + Daughters, which has another delightful mini-series. She died before completing the book so it’s still good, but I would vote for the mini-series first. If you like the BBC Pride + Prejudice, I think you would adore them. 🙂

    • Yes, I absolutely loved the mini-series! I also love the Pride & Prejudice one! I finally bought it on DVD and then Netflix added it! I need to get my husband to watch it. It’s the best. Collin Firth……. yes.

  • I read Before I Got to Sleep too and loved it. Okay, 4 1/2 stars. 😉 I read the beginning on Amazon and just had to know what happened. I’m going to have to look up a couple of these–I love seeing your recommendations. 🙂

  • That has to be a record of the most books read in one month!

  • Oh my goodness – how on earth do you manage to read that many books in a month? I am almost a bit jealous, I have only managed two.. but then I am not very good at prioritising reading either. Must do better. I definitely got some tip from your list there, might give Georgette Heyer a try next!

    • Yes, Georgette Heyer is my new favorite find!

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