2015 – October

During this month I didn’t do enough of anything. In November I have a two week holiday in England, I think I need the break!

Other reading not listed here are reading down for Aurealis judging, and beta-reading for very (incredibly) awesome future novels of friends.

Onto the novels read in October!

Tom Appleby, Convict Boy

Tom Appleby, Convict Boy by Jackie French is about an eight-year old thief of is part of the first fleet, and witnesses the very early Australia and what it was like. Lucky enough to be picked by a firm but kind higher-ranted officer who has a son of his own of almost the same age, Tom comes to learn of what future he can earn from himself, as well as the horrors and cruelties of life, especially the differences between right and wrong, as he’s surrounded by convicts and soldiers (who aren’t much better).

Quartz: The Sunless World Book One

Quartz by Rabia Gale is about Rafe, a spy and incredibly likable, on the hunt for something incredibly valuable at the same time as a handful of others are – just to make it interesting. Once, quartz powered magical devices, but the mages who created them are long gone. Isabella is another excellent character, and (wwarily) together the two try to beat others to the pass.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling is still my favourite of the series. Marauders! And the kids are finally learning some pretty serious things, and the adults are starting to show their true colours. It only goes up from here (even if the caps lock in other books gets a bit tiring. Sirius and Remus are some of my favourite characters, so until we meet them again in Grimmauld Place, I’ll be waiting.

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees is the actual title. Yup. I first saw David Rees in this very weird cable tv series about ‘how to tie shoelaces’ and ‘how to climb a tree’, with the entire episode dedicated to each hobby. His sense of humour and comic timing and sheer weirdness are beyond excellent, and this book goes hand in hand with that. Weird man.

Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a novel of the podcast by the same name, showing us a different side than we usually see (well, hear), focusing on two members of the town by the names of Diane and Jackie, rather than our usual radio host Cecil. Because of this, the book is easily accessible by people who only know vaguely about the podcast or aren’t up to date with the episodes, there won’t be any spoilers within.

You can read my review of it here.

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith is the third in the very successful series by J.K. Rowling (writing as Robert as we all know well by now), and doesn’t disappoint. From the first this series has been incredibly engaging with excellent characters and it only gets better in this one. I couldn’t put it down, I couldn’t remember this came from the same author that gave us Harry Potter, I can’t wait for the next!

You can read my review of it here.

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