What I Read in October

At the risk of Staci & Co being flooded with book reviews, I’m going to try and share monthly roundups instead of reviews for each book. I’ll still do in depth reviews for books that I believe really deserve it but since I average a book a week, that’s a lot of reviews!

October Reads

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

I’m a complete nerd for all things F Scott Fitzgerald, which includes his wife. I have about 3 copies of The Great Gatsby, every time I see one with a different cover or an old abandoned on at a vintage shop I have to buy it. It’s a disease really. I also have 2 copies of The Beautiful and Damned because I found this really beat up copy with words underlined and all these little scribbles in the corners and I thought it had such a story that I had to have it. I’m a weirdo, let’s move on to this book…

Can’t say I’ve ever been one for biographical fiction but I couldn’t put this book down. I bought it when I was out with my Mom and her reaction was “are you actually going to read that” and yes mother, I did. I read it so deeply that I nearly missed my train stop several mornings. I’m slightly hesitate to review it because I’ve found out it’s been made into a show on Amazon, so naturally I want to watch and compare the two in a longer post.

In the meantime, I will say that I was completely enthralled with this book. The writing is excellent, it’s obviously very well researched by Therese Anne Fowler. It’s also a good book for those who might not know too much about the Fitzgerald’s. It’s also just a beautifully wonderful escape into the 1920s which I enjoyed more than words can say. Definitely feel as if I was born in the wrong era, what a time to be young and in love.

The Little Bakery on Rosemary Lane

Turns out this is the second in a series, but you don’t need to read the first to enjoy it – I didn’t ๐Ÿ™‚ The main thing I really enjoyed about this book is that the main character, Roxanne, wasn’t some twenty something with a life crisis. She was a forty something with a life crisis. For some reason it just felt more real and actually enjoyable understanding that yeah not everyone has it together at forty and that’s okay. It also has one of my favourite settings – London mixed with English countryside.

Roxanne is a fashion director at a high end magazine who decides to get away from it all to stay with her sister in the country. Did I mention her sister owns a bookstore? No? Well it’s awesome and my new dream job. Good book for a quick, easy, fun read with a low-key romance plot. Ultimately it’s about self discovery and sisterhood which I thought was really different from what I’ve been reading so I loved it. Excuse me while I go buy the first book in the series…

About Last Night

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t understand the main character, Molly. There were parts where I genuinely wondered how she had survived this long in her (albeit fake) life. Her character just seemed so silly and out of touch – at times I simply just felt sorry for her children. The best part of the whole book is the conclusion because I felt like I almost deserved the happy ending for simply getting through it. Ultimately, I wouldn’t recommend it, but I can’t help but feel if I read it 5 years ago I probably would have enjoyed it – if nothing for the London/countryside setting.

Why Not Me?

Right, so apparently this is Mindy Kaling’s second book? Who knew, not me. I feel like I should say that I’ve never watched a single episode ofย The Office,ย I’m not an overly big fan of Kaling’s because I never watched any of her things. But trust me when I say this might be the most relatable memoir I’ve ever read, I loved it.

It was so entertaining and such a fun book to read after a long days work. What I took away the most from this book is how Kaling isn’t just funny, she’s relatable and empowering and just all around genuine. So much so that I’ve already addedย Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?ย to my tbr pile. Must read for every and all women.

Do you like the idea of monthly roundups or would you prefer in depth reviews?

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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