Books for October 2018

A monthly feature where I do a round up of the books I’m most excited to read (or have already read and think you should be excited for). Fiction, non-fiction and children’s books are all included.


Training School for Negro Girls
Training School for Negro Girls
  • XX by Angela Chadwick (9780349700243)
    Another look at near-future possibilities, reproduction rights and gender. An interesting take.

  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (9780857525956)
    Markus Zusah returns, this is one of my most anticipated books of the year.

  • Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (9781936932375)
    Another area where short stories is a strong vehicle is fictional biographies and this should be a good compilation.

  • Thin Air by Richard Morgan (9780575075146)
    Really loved Altered Carbon, this is a science fiction crime thriller and Morgan is a great exponent of the type.

  • The Book of Magic Edited by Gardner Dozois (9780008295806)
    Another collection of short stories and novellas, George R R Martin and Robin Hobb are contributors.


Sleeping With the Lights On
Sleeping With the Lights On


Tangleweed & Brine
Tangleweed & Brine
  • The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (9781911077930)
    This is a wonderfully, magical, wintry book, perfect for the season coming up. Another brilliant book from KMH.

  • A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (9780141385907)
    I’m so looking forward to reading about the further adventures of the Peculiar Children.

  • Skycircus by Peter Bunzl (9781474940658)
    Loved the first two in this series, so looking forward to this.

  • My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt (illustrations) (9780857535221)
    Jacquiline Wilson and Tracy Beaker, perfect Christmas treat.

  • Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens (9780141373829)
    Robin’s books are such a treat, well-written and wonderful main duo I wouldn’t miss one, ever.

  • The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (illustrations) (9781406379761)
    Jon Klassen is one of my favourite illustrators and I have this in hard back but it is a great time for everyone to get it as a perfect gift.

  • Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (illustrations) (9781419733604)
    Rosie Revere is wonderful and this should be a good extension of her story.

  • Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief by Laura Ellen Anderson (9781405287074)
    About bloody time, I have hordes of young people clambering for this (not to say I will complain either), wonderful fun story and great illustrations.

  • The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher (9781910080849)
    Enchantments and snowglobes sold it to me, really enjoy this kind of magic novel.

  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies) Scarlett Curtis (ed) (9780241357187)
    Another book that will, hopefully, become and essential read for teens.

  • Snowglobe by Amy Wilson (9781509885800)
    Snowglobes, love winter magic books.

  • The Chaos of Now by Erin Lange (9780571317479)
    Absolutely pertinent to now, an area that needs examining closely and regularly.

  • Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman (9781406386851)
    Neal Shusterman is writing the Scythe arc and I’m loving that, so always willing to give a good, depressing, environmental dystopian novel a chance.

  • Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, Karen Vaughan (illustrations) (9781912417117)
    Another I already have in hardback, this is a stunning collection of retold fairytales from a feminist stand, excellent and dark.

  • Dictionary of Dinosaurs by Matthew G. Baron, Dieter Braun (illustrations) (9781786033284)
    Dictionary of Dinosaurs… I’m six again!

  • An Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare, Various (illustrations) (9780241334393)
    I’m a nature nut and so is my nephew, we will be reading this one together.

  • Forgotten Beasts by Matt Sewell (9781843653936)
    Neohew time is really going to be covered this Christmas!

  • Timelines of Everything DK (9780241302323)
    I’m also a bit of a history buff, OK I like facts, and lists, and DK.
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