The Year in Books :: October

So September seemed to be a much more productive month for my reading – three books read!  Almost unheard of for me lately!


You Can Buy Happiness and it’s Cheap by Tammy Strobel was an inspiring read (one that I really would like in its paper counterpart at some point – I underlined a lot in the Kindle version, but it doesn’t feel quite the same as being able to flick through the pages to see my highlights) and has added some fuel to my minimalism and tiny house fire.  Lots of doable ideas and suggestions for me to try and declutter and move on.


The Distant Hours by Kate Morton was a little bit of a monster book, but even at nearly 700 pages it didn’t feel like too much of a slog.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other books, but it has put me in my ‘autumnal reading’ mood nicely – I am now craving more huge gothic-y doorstop books to devour as the nights get longer.  Does anyone else change their reading habits with the seasons?  My reading changes a lot depending on the light levels!


One Day by David Nicholls was a nice easy read.  It was a funny, heart wrenching and ultimately uplifting book.  I thought the way that the story unfolded through the same day over the years was really interesting.  I have read Starter for Ten by Nicholls too and seem to remember enjoying that one too (it was a long long time ago!).  Perhaps I will reserve his new one at the library if I can too.

I am still working my way slowly through The Paper Garden, I am finding it a little dense – but enjoyable – and I am taking it slowly!

I have got The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters from the library (I think I timed it well with my reservation there, I have noticed the list is now at 70 something!) to read in October – another gothic-y read I am hoping.  I like Sarah Waters a lot from what I have read of hers. (My only issue here will be the library time restraints – sometimes I take ages to get into a book and I don’t have long with this one at all.)

I also have a copy of The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns, picked up for the princely sum of 20p on my travels last week.  I know nothing about this one – only that that cover looked pretty and I have had Our Spoons Came from Woolworths on my reading horizon for ages – but I am looking forward to seeing what this one is all about.

I will also probably be reading some more business and photography books this month too, so another busy month ahead!

I hope you have some lovely things on your reading horizons too – I’d love to know what you have lined up.

Organdie. x


6 thoughts on “The Year in Books :: October

  1. Hi I have read The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and that was fantastic. I have Distant Hours and Riverton House stored on my Kindle for my Winter reading when it’s too cold outside to be doing anything other than curled up with a good book.


    • I have the Secret Keeper to read in my little pile of books – looking forward to it now you have said it was fantastic. I enjoyed The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden when I read them years ago too. Kate Morton seems to be perfect autumnal/winter reading. I often veer towards the classics at this time of year too, and it wouldn’t necessarily cross my mind to read that kind of thing in the summer.

  2. I have come across reviews for many Kate Moreton books over the years but have yet to read one for myself. Everyone raves about her so perhaps I should give her a try? Visiting from The Year in Books.

    • They are nice, easy and intriguing reads I think. Perfect for curling up with a cup of tea! You’ll enjoy them if you like family mysteries, historical settings and dual time periods.

  3. I have not read Kate Morton yet but have toyed with the idea many times. Maybe it is time to have a go? The Paying Guests is on my wish list. I don’t change my reading habits much with the seasons but do go through phases of preferring certain genres. At the moment I am riding the Scottish wave. Happy reading. Cx

    • I like Kate Morton’s books. Easy and enjoyable. I am in a reading slump at the moment, nothing seems to be grabbing me – so I’m having a little break from books unfortunately. x

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