I love reading. I read cereal packets, adverts on tubes...anything I can get my hands or eyes on. Since 2011, I have taken part in the 50 Books Challenge which is what it says on the tin-attempting to read 50 books in a year. This year, I am currently on 49 books, so I'm really excited to make the goal this early!
I thought I would do wrap-ups of the books I've read each month so you can get some recommendations, or know what to avoid! In October, I read 8 books, and you can find out about them below.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial, 2014)
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Sceptre, 2014)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion, 2008)
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (Penguin, 2007)
I've owned this book since *2008* (which should give you an indication of my book-buying habits) and sadly it really wasn't worth the wait. Ferris set his debut novel within an advertising office which is obviously rich with opportunity (hello Mad Men). Sadly, I found this book really boring and could not connect with any of the characters. There is a lovely bit in the middle of the novel, where Ferris really focuses in on one of the characters and the writing is gorgeous-but unfortunately the rest of the novel didn't follow.
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith a.k.a. J.K. Rowling (Little Brown, 2013)
Where Rainbows End/Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern (Harper Collins, 2008)
It by Alexa Chung (2013, Penguin)
I am an unashamed fan of Alexa Chung. Her sense of style is so en pointe, I love her hair and her overall attitude is just so great. I've wanted to get my hands on It since its release so I was super excited to get my hands on the paperback version in Waterstones. I was a little disappointed by this book, just because having read Chung's work for Vogue and elsewhere it is obvious she is a talented writer which isn't really shown here. I literally read this in an hour on the train, but will be keeping it because I love her writing about heartbreak and style in general.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid (2007, Penguin)
It's always nice to finish the month on a bit of a high. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a pretty skinny volume so I don't want to talk too much about it. But, the novel follows Changez, a Pakistani migrant to America who thrives at university and in his finance world job, but after 9/11 his rose-tinted glasses with regard to his home country are thrown off. Brilliantly written, with an almost-gasp inducing ending, this is worth reading in order to gain a greater understanding of the dangers of some of the West's actions in the Middle East.
What books did you read this month? If you're a user of Goodreads you can add me here.