October 2023 Reading Wrap-Up

Hey book fam! So, I'm fashionably late with my October reading wrap-up – life happens, you know? Anyway, on October, I dove into three awesome books, racking up a cool 980 pages. The average rating for these reads is a sweet 4.08 out of 5 stars – not too shabby, right? I went all-in on the digital vibes, rocking the ebook format for all of them. Genre-hopping alert: I danced through the world of literary fiction, got real with a nonfiction, and took a magical detour into middle-grade fantasy. Oh, and shoutout to the Neverland Bookclub! I tackled one book out of their five prompts for October spooky middle-grade reading challenge. Wanna join me on this literary rollercoaster? Dive into this reading wrap-up as we explore the diverse landscapes that October had in store!

1. What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama

Rating: 4.5 / 5 | Keywords: literary fiction, Japanese literature, books about books

What You Are Looking For Is in the Library by Michiko Aoyama is a heartwarming story about how books can change lives, and it's centered around a library where people come together. The tale follows five characters—Tomoka, Ryo, Natsumi, Hiroya, and Masao—each facing important moments in their lives. Helped by the wise librarian, Sayuri Komachi, these characters discover comfort and ideas in the library's books, leading them to positive changes. They go on personal and professional journeys, finding themselves and pursuing what makes them happy. By connecting the characters' stories, it shows how reading and being part of a community can shape how we see the world and give our lives meaning.

Full review | Where to buy: Periplus 

2. Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success by Michelle Icard

Rating: 4.25 / 5 | Keywords: nonfiction, parenting

Michelle Icard's book, Eight Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success, gives practical advice to parents dealing with common challenges kids face. It talks about various problems like relationship issues and school performance, offering tools and support for parents. The book suggests seeing setbacks as chances for kids to grow and emphasizes creating a supportive space for them to learn and develop from their experiences.

Full review

3. The Gingerbread Witch by Alexandra Overy

Rating: 3.5 / 5 | Keywords: middle-grade, fantasy, witches

The Gingerbread Witch is a middle-grade fantasy novel that follows the story of Maud, a young witchling created from enchanted gingerbread by Mother Agatha. The tale takes a unique spin on classic fairy tales, incorporating elements from Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. When Mother Agatha is pushed into the cottage's oven by witch hunters, Maud embarks on a perilous journey into the Shadelands to retrieve the First Witch's spellbook. Along the way, she encounters witch hunters, befriends magical creatures, and discovers the complexities of good versus evil. 

Full review


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