October Wrap-Up! | 2020

I had a really good reading month in October! Whilst I might have (definitely) strayed from the TBR I set myself, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books that I read. This is a very five star heavy reading month, you have been warned.

Kirstie Ellen 🇦🇺 (@ozbooksnail) • Instagram photos and videos

I hope you all had a wonderful month in October and had a wonderful Halloween if you celebrate! We don’t do much in Australia, but I always enjoy the fun of carving a pumpkin and watching a themed film! This year we watched Coco!

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Brown Utensils Kitchen Label

More Fool Me
by Stephen Fry

5 Star Rating System 4 stars


Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir
Author: Stephen Fry
Published: September 2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages: 388 (hardback)

This is the final book in Fry’s memoir trilogy and I did really enjoy it. It was a little messily structured compared to the first two but I’m a massive fan of Fry and love finding out more about him!

My review

A Deadly Education
by Naomi Novik

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Author: Naomi Novik
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 336 (paperback)

Will I continue the series? YES

I loved this! There have been a few contradictory reviews about this one but my recommendation is to read this yourself and form your own opinion. A lot of the negative reviews I’ve seen a quite out of context. I can’t wait for book two!

My review

The Beautiful
by Renée Ahdieh

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal [vampires]
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Published: October 2019
Publisher: GP Putnam
Pages: 448 (paperback)

Will I continue the series? YES

AMAZING. I loved this so much!! This blew me away and I couldn’t get over how much I enjoyed it. It has an absolutely wicked cliff hanger and I’m so excited to read book two.

Review to come

A Life on Our Planet
by David Attenborough 

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Non-fiction, science
Author: David Attenborough
Published: October 2020
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 272 (hardback)

This was also incredible. I watched the TV documentary and then had to read the book. Thank you very much to Penguin for sending me a review copy because this was well worth the read, it really adds a bit to the show.

My review

The Book of Longings
by Sue Monk Kidd

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Published: April 2020
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 416 (hardback)

This I loved! This is a retelling of the bible story if Jesus had a wife and I couldn’t get over how well done it is. I found it incredibly atmospheric and so amazing to visualise. I can’t recommend this enough!

Review to come



the statistics

Genres Read

Pie Chart

Pages Read

Pie Chart (1)

Total: 1,860

Goodreads Reading Challenge

85%, or, 51/60 books

TBR Count

289 [+2]

what about me

October was hectic! I am slowly being consumed by assignments at uni but I’m so nearly done as I’m writing this!! There has been a last flurry of assignments and then I have a BIG external exam coming up. I’m super nervous about that one! It’s an accreditation exam so that I can work as an editor. Which is super duper exciting, but no pressure right.

Kirstie Ellen 🇦🇺 (@ozbooksnail) • Instagram photos and videos

As for reading, I had a nice TBR set up for October but I only got to half of them (I didn’t get to Aristotle & Dante nor Royal Assassin (sequel to Assassin’s Apprentice)). But I LOVED so many of the books I read.

Kirstie Ellen 🇦🇺 (@ozbooksnail) • Instagram photos and videos

I didn’t do anything else exciting, however, it really was just a week of assignments so I’ll leave this wrap up sweet and short!

Kirstie Ellen 🇦🇺 (@ozbooksnail) • Instagram photos and videos

Movies I Watched

TV Series I’m Watching

Tick! October done! 

Kirstie Ellen 🇦🇺 (@ozbooksnail) • Instagram photos and videos

What was your favourite book that you read in October? 

Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~


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