October Book Haul

I don’t know what got into me this month, but I was like lets buy some books. & it started off with me just downloading one book onto my Kindle. Which was Warcross by Marie Lu and I loved it! So once I had finished that, I was on a YA kick. More specifically a Marie Lu kick! I downloaded Legend, read it in like 2 days then downloaded Prodigy which I’m currently reading.

Prodigy is a bit slower for me than Legend for some reason. I have read half of Prodigy before and just never really got into it. This time I’m a bit more invested in the characters and I’m following the plot a bit better so I’m making more progress but it’s still slow. I keep thinking I’ve read over half of it but then look at the percentage I’ve read and it’s only 28%.

Since I had bought all Kindle books, I went to Dymocks and decided to pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman. Which is fucking HUGE. But I’m excited to read it because I completely missed all the hype around it last year. Along with Illuminae I bought Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. I read We Were Liars by Lockhart a good few years ago but I remember loving it so much I recommended it to everyone that would listen. So I’ve been eyeing it up for a while and decided to finally buy it!

Because I bought Illuminae and Genuine Fraud before I’m finished Prodigy I really, really just want to start one of them! But because this happened with Prodigy before I’m trying to push through and just get past the boring formalities that come along with the second book in a trilogy. Especially dystopian series, you know that world building part where we see how the dystopia came to be? But in an unusually drawn out way? Yeah. You know what I mean.

Annnnyway! They’re they books I purchased in October! & the ones I’m planning on reading into the start of November! I had wanted to focus on some Halloween inspired reads but I got distracted by Marie Lu and her amazing worlds. & Dymocks and their amazing sales.

What will you be reading to finish off October?


Open Door by Iosi Havilio

Hidden away in the depths of a little bookstore in Scotland, I found a book called Down the Rabbit Hole. Completely unrelated to this book except that it’s published by the same company!
And Other Stories is a fantastic publishing house that specialise in translated fiction.
They have a subscription service where for a fixed price you’ll receive a book by one of their authors either twice or up to six times a year. It’s a great way to discover new books and authors that you wouldn’t normally pick up either due to the language barrier or perhaps it’s just not in your comfort zone!

Long story short I want to give you a small review on one of their books I recently bought, Open Door.
The best way I can describe this book is strange. Strange because it’s beautifully confusing in a way that makes you want more.
It starts with a lesbian vet (YESSSS!) and her troubling relationship with her partner who the main character may or may not have unknowingly seen commit suicide. She becomes more and more drawn to the county side, more specifically a play called Open Door that boasts a lunatic asylum where patients have the ability to roam the town as they please. This concept makes you question all the characters we meet in the town , as we never know if they’re normal so to speak, or just another patient.
Without giving away too much, I gave this book 4/5 stars on GoodReads!

All in all, I read this book in one day. Which is saying something.
While I didn’t mention it above it’s worth saying that all And Other Stories books are also available on the BookDepository and also in some bookshops. Although the latter might be harder to find!