October was a busy month (in a good way!). As well as reading 15 books, I saw six Colchester Fringe shows and started work on my headline story for Emotional Madness in December. Plan for November is to finish it and start practising!
Looking Within: understanding ourselves through human imaging, by Cullen Ruff - 4*
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson - 4*
Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel - amazing, devoured it in one sitting. 5*
The Rental Heart, by Kirsty Logan - 4.5*
The Hollow Sea, by Annie Kirby - 4.5*
Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase - 3.5*
Bloodchild and other stories, by Octavia E. Butler - my first Octavia Butler book and OMG, I’m in love. 5*
Sexed Up: How society sexualizes us, and how we can fight back, by Julia Serano - 4*
Kindred, by Octavia Butler - 4.5*
All About Love, by bell hooks - all the evergreen gems are already quoted all over the internet. Disappointingly, the rest of the book is outdated, preachy, and dull :( - 2*
As ever, lots to look forward to. Having loved Bloodchild and other stories and Kindred last month, I’m looking forward to diving into Octavia E. Butler’s Patternist series with Wild Seed.
Carly Holmes’ contribution to Darkness Beckons was delightfully unsettling, so I’m excited to read her new novel, Crow Face, Doll Face for the blog tour this month.
Similarly, I’ve read Philip Fracassi’s short fiction in a few places and think it’s about time I read a whole book of his – namely, his Behold the Void collection.
Yule Island, by Johana Gustawsson, is another blog tour read I’m particularly looking forward to, having enjoyed The Bleeding so much last year.
I’m also determined to read Frankissstein, by Jeanette Winterson, a) because it’s been on my TBR pile for an embarrassingly long time, and b) because I’ve got my eye on a couple of other books by her, but feel like I should really read the one I have before I get them!