My Five Favourite October Reads

My 5 Favourite October ReadsYes, I know we’re more than halfway through November but better late than never, eh?

I read eleven books in October, all of which I enjoyed but below are my five favourite. Links from the titles will take you to my full review. You can find a list of all the books I’ve read so far in 2020 here.  If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.


Endless Skies by Jane Cable – I described it as having “a bit of everything – romance, archaeology, mystery, history”

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline – “an engrossing story of injustice, hardship, loss and overcoming adversity” was how I summed up this historical novel set in 19th century Tasmania

Those Who Know (The Teifi Valley Coroner #3) by Alis Hawkins – the third in the author’s historical crime series delivered another helping of intriguing mystery, engaging leading characters and convincing period detail

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn – this follow-up to the wonderful The Salt Path underlined the author’s passionate advocacy of the benefits of nature

When the Music Stops by Joe Heap – “an emotional story of love, loss and the power of the human spirit” is the sort of book we all need at the moment surely?

What were your favourite reads in October? Have you read any of my picks?

My Five Favourite August Reads

I read eighteen books in August. Yes, I was amazed by that figure too. It just goes to show how ARC August and the final month of the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge can get you powering through the books! And there was quality amongst the quantity as well, so much so it was a tough job picking just five. Links from the titles will take you to my reviews.

V For Victory by Lissa Evans (Doubleday) – following on from Old Baggage and Crooked Heart, a heart- warming story set in WW2 London

The Scarlet Code by C. S. Quinn (Corvus) – the exciting second book in the series set in Revolutionary France and featuring English spy Attica Morgan

The Night of Shooting Stars by Ben Pastor (Bitter Lemon Press) – the latest book in the Martin Bora series set in WW2 Berlin

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday) – another emotional but uplifting story from the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Fortress of Fury by Matthew Harffy (Aries Fiction) – the latest action-packed instalment in the Bernicia Chronicles series set in Anglo-Saxon Britain

What were your favourite reads last month? Have you read any of my picks?

You can find details of all the books I’ve read so far in 2020  here with links to my reviews.  If we’re not already friends on Goodreads, send me a friend request or follow my reviews.