So, October is upon us. YAY! October is probably my favourite month, I hope I’m still saying that by the end of it!
With uni having started up again, October is probably going to be a slower month on the reading front, so I wasn’t going to set myself any enormous targets. That turned out to be a silly thing to say as I’ve got a pile of ‘spooky’ books that I planned to read this month. I didn’t realise that I had acquired all of these and that I was planning to read them all this month. I don’t think I can put them off until next year though so I’m going to go for it and hope I can get through these at the very least.
To fit with my goal of reading one Penguin English Library book a month, for October I picked Wilkie Collins The Woman in White. This is a beast at around 700 pages but I’m feeling excited about this. It’s one I’ve wanted to read for a while, in spite of knowing nearly nothing, and seeing the English Library cover for it was enough of an excuse to buy it!
To compliment The Woman in White, I have Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. I missed out on this book at school, it was the year above and below me that studied it and in an effort to revisit ‘school books’ I picked this up at the start of September. It’s a nice, short book at 160 pages, so I’m hoping that’ll be a good afternoon reading that and following with the movie!
Next up is Frankenstein. This is another book that I’ve heard a lot about but never felt the inclination to read. I saw it in my new favourite bookshop “preloved” at £10 and decided it had to be mine! More about that trip in another post, but I do love the Penguin Clothbound editions and, seriously, what better time to read Frankenstein than in October?! Excluding the introduction and the appendix, this is 225 pages but, with all the additional extras you get in these clothbound editions, it looks longer. Hopefully that will be a few hours well spent reading that in one go!
Not fitting the mould is the final book on this list, the second half of Clare Balding’s autobiography Walking Home. I am so excited about this – more so after Clare tweeted me when I mentioned that I’d bought it. Also, it’s signed – which is a pleasant bonus. I missed the signing due to being on holiday, but being able to pick a copy up signed was awesome, even if not personal! I loved the first instalment of her autobiography, and I’m really looking forward to this. I feel that it’ll be a nice book to read alongside all of the heavy ‘classics’ I’ve decided to pick up this month!
Also, I’ll be picking up my lovely friend Jen’s new book, The Bookshop Book at an event on the 15th which I will want to devour ASAP! And there’s the book for the book club – which is yet to be picked as I write this!
So much for giving myself an easy month!