October has been a great month for reading. Not only have I continued my foray into the magical world of Harry Potter, I’ve also squeezed in another few books deserving of a mention. So pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and allow me to wax lyrical about what’s made it onto my read pile this month.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The magic continues in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the series. It begins with the unexpected arrival of The Knight Bus, whisking Harry away from his awful aunt and uncle in preparation for another term at Hogwarts. With Sirius Black, follower of Lord Voldermort escaped from Azkaban and Harry’s death predicted in his tea leaves, it seems Harry will need to keep his wits about him if he’s to survive the school year.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The fourth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is certainly a meaty one, but despite it’s length it’s another good one. You can tell I’m really enjoying reading Harry Potter, even if I was about 20 years late to the party. This book follows Harry as his name is mysteriously put forward as Hogwart’s champion in The Triwizard Tournament. Despite him not being old enough to enter, he must compete. Armed with what little knowledge of wizardry he has, he endures various challenges as he faces death defying tasks and dark wizards.
Codename Villanelle is the book the tv series Killing Eve was based on. If like me, you loved Killing Eve, you need to read this book. I literally could not put it down. Having watched the series, I did wonder if the book would live up to my expectations. Or be too samey but the story differs just enough to hook you in. If you enjoyed the series, you definitely need to read it. I’ve already pre-ordered the sequel No Tomorrow.
Ask Me His Name
Ask Me His Name is a book by Elle Wright, the blogger behind Feathering the Empty Nest. It tells Elle’s story as a mother who didn’t get to bring her baby boy, Teddy, home from the hospital. I won’t lie, it isn’t an easy read. I actually woke my partner up by sobbing into my kindle at gone midnight. But it’s beautiful, powerful and oddly enough quite funny in places (yes that sounds wrong when talking about a book such as this, but you’ll get it if you read it). It’s a story of courage and light in even the darkest times, fuelled by a mother’s love. Guaranteed to break your heart, but a must read that will stay with you long after you finish the book.
The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp
If you loved Vanity Fair, this could well be the modern adaptation for you. The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp follows Becky as she leaves the Big Brother house. Fed up of living hand to mouth, Becky attempts to seduce and beguile her way around society. Never giving up on her ultimate goal – fame and fortune. Heaven forbid someone dares getting in her way. It’s one of those books that grows on you. If you’re a puritan, you’ll no doubt roll your eyes at the very mention of Big Brother. I certainly did. But if you take it with a pinch of salt, the way it’s brought bang up to date makes it worth a read.
What have you read this month?
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