Monthly Wrap-Up – October 2022

Hello everyone,

The clocks have just gone back here in the UK and darkness is descending as we move into the penultimate month of 2022. The leaves have largely changed colour and many have already fluttered to the floor, but the temperatures have not dropped significantly yet. While all that has been happening, life has continued and it is time to pause and reflect.

To be honest, for me October had its challenges. Nothing really bad happened, but it was busy and tiring and my mental health was a bit up and down. That occasionally affected me at work, which was not always plain sailing despite still being productive. However, the month did also contain some standout moments.

As for reading, there was not so much time at the start of October to pick up a book – for reasons you will find out later in the post – but I did manage to catch up a little and there were some particularly good reads that ranged from unsettling to enchanting. In total I finished five books – here they all are!

The Dictionary Of Lost Words ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Night Circus ⭐⭐⭐
Six Stories ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nothing More To Tell ⭐⭐⭐.5
Hoglet’s Birthday Surprise

It was quite a range of books! Two of them were buddy reads including The Night Circus, an extremely popular title that had intrigued me for a long time. I knew going in that it has divided opinion, and although I enjoyed it, I felt that it did not completely live up to my expectations.

Every new release from Karen M. McManus brings a sense of anticipation and Nothing More To Tell was another fun mystery full of the usual twists. Even if the ending was a bit chaotic, still liked it a lot. The Dictionary Of Lost Words was for the most part a marvellous coming of age story, while I helped promote the second Hoglet children’s book on behalf of the author.

As for Six Stories, it is one of my absolute favourite series – but I started on book three! Only now have I gone back to read the first two, and the eponymous opener was incredibly addictive and brilliantly written, just like the rest.

I am now reading Hydra, the other one that I missed before becoming aware of the series. My other current read is Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, which is fairly ideal for this time of year. Looking ahead, my reading list for November includes Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong, which I am ridiculously excited for. Since receiving my copy along with Richard Osman’s The Bullet That Missed, I can hardly take my eyes of it whenever I am next to my TBR pile. Other than that, I am expecting the month to mainly consist of more backlist books.

The most exciting bookish moment of the month came at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, where I attended a Q&A event with Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was amazing to see her and hear her talk about her insanely popular books, her writing, and how she became a successful author. Her answers were very lengthy and detailed, and she came across as very engaging, thoughtful, and sharp witted. I also came away with a beautiful signed copy of Carrie Soto Is Back, which was wonderful too!

Along with working full time, I am the editor of a magazine called Soccer 360, and at the start of the month I was working on the special edition for the 2022 World Cup, which will be released in the coming days. It involved creating individual previews for all 32 teams and putting together 11 other features articles about the tournament.

It was a massive task and it led to several late nights – combining that all with my day job meant that I was spending much of my days for about a week in front of my laptop, which I know is not particularly healthy. Still, we managed to get it all done and I am very much looking forward to seeing the published magazine. The World Cup begins on 20th November, and I will be all over it.

That also meant that blogging again had to take a bit of a backseat for a while, but I am posting regularly again now and should stay that way right up until the end of the year. I am really looking forward to sharing more posts!

I hope you all have a fantastic November.

Happy reading 🙂


9 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up – October 2022

  1. What a busy month and you still managed to read a bit, that’s quite an accomplishment! I had the same feelings about Night Circus, I liked it but I think everyone hyped it SO much, I just… felt a tiny bit underwhelmed. Still, it was a good read overall 🙂
    Congrats on getting the magazine done, I hope that November will be a little more relaxing for you now and I bet it’ll be great to see all of your hard work published!
    Have a fantastic month and take care 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie! I’m really sorry for taking so long to reply, so I hope you have had a lovely November 🙂 I completely agree with you about The Night Circus, it was a good read and I loved all the magic and atmosphere, but it still did not completely live up to all the hype. And thank you, the magazine arrived earlier in the month and that was so exciting. Happy reading in December! 🥰


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