October Reading Wrap Up

I didn't read as much last month as I did in September but still, didn't do too badly at all in my quest to get through the ever growing number of books in my to-read pile (which has gotten even higher after a recent raid of my local charity shops, oopsy.) This month there seems to be a theme of strong female protagonists, each in their own way that's very different from each other's!

Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks | You know I love Faulks and I was so happy to find this in a local charity shop so I could add to my collection! This book certainly did not disappoint, in fact I'd go as far as saying it was my favourite of his work yet - yep, it even beats Birdsong in my opinion. Set during World War Two, Charlotte is a young woman who is sent to France on an official errand for a British specials operations but she has an agenda of her own - to find her missing man. I love historical fiction and found it interesting that Charlotte's character was based on the real life Nancy Wake (what a woman, I recommend you read up on her!) This has romance and action and it was just an epic. A film was made starring Cate Blanchett and although I haven't seen it I don't think I'd like it because the ending is different - for me it's CG + PG 4EVA.

Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher | This was a gift whilst I was in hospital as part of a very kind and thoughtful care package from lovely Lucy. It's not something I would've picked up myself but I'm so glad I got to read it as it was a relaxing, easy read that was just what I needed to wind down with. The story is very basic but to me it was the  literary equivalent of reality TV - pure escapism! Though there are times the main character Sophie did my head in, sometimes I felt like she really needed to chill out haha. I was surprised the book wasn't funnier though because Fletcher seems like quite a laugh! But all  in all I think this is great if you just want a nice, easy read for on holiday or something.

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff | I bought this book at the charity shop and Harefield and started this just after I'd read Charlotte Gray. So it did take me a while to get into because I was still so caught up in that novel and this one didn't quite catch my attention til a good few chapters in. It's based on the life of Lili Elbe, a transgender woman who underwent gender reassignment surgeries back in the 1930's. The author states this is a work of fiction and has changed Lili's real life Gerda into Greta, making up much of the details of their lives whilst still basing some of it on facts. They were both extraordinary women and while this novel is of course an important one about transgender history, for me it's also a story about acceptance - both of who you are and of the people you love. I ended up finishing it very quickly and watched the film not long after which is equally as good, although different. Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne are amazing as Gerda and Lili, they just make you want to hug the characters and have you feeling all the feels. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you read in October? 


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