The Books I Read in October 2020

With a full week of fall break in October, I was sure I would read a lot. But then we had kittens and we also took them on vacation with us to Maine. And then Rich’s family also came to the homestead so that we rather chatted than read. This is why in the end I only finished 4 novels in October. I can alread predict that November is a far more successful reading month – although my TBR pile of books has still grown recently. That is mostly thanks to my Book of the Month subscription*, which makes me also read books I would normally probably not reach for. 


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Lindsey Kelk: In Case You Missed It When Ros steps off a plane after four years away she’s in need of a job, a flat and a phone that actually works. And, possibly, her old life back. Because everyone at home has moved on, her parents have reignited their sex life, she’s sleeping in a converted shed and she’s got a bad case of nostalgia for the way things were.
Then her new phone begins to ping with messages from people she thought were deleted for good. Including one number she knows off by heart: her ex’s.
Sometimes we’d all like the chance to see what we’ve been missing…

I love Lindsey Kelk’s novels and have read all of them. Her latest also hasn’t disappointed me at all. The story is cute and I could totally relate to the main character, Ros, moving back from the U.S. to Europe. The book has many fun(ny) moments, like when her parents introduce Ros to her new bedroom – the renovated shed, or when Ros uses the men’s bathroom, which obviously doesn’t turn out a good idea. The end is predictable, but “In Case You Missed It” is still a great chicklit novel.


Micaiah Johnson: The Space Between Worlds Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.
On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.
But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

This was one of my August Book of the Month and Rich actually read it first. We both really liked it and handed the novel on to some family member. I have been fascinated with the theory of multidimensional reality for years and think that this story deals exceptionally well with it. Besides, the protagonist is a bisexual woman of color. I loved the unexpected turns and twists the novel took because it made me guess a lot how the story would continue. But I did not foresee the end.


Kiera Cass: The Crown When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

This was the last part of the Selection Series and I only finished the book because of the series. While I mostly liked the previous parts, this one dragged on and on. At an early point I could guess the ending. Eadlyn’s thoughts and issues seemed just a mere repetition of what had happened in the previous books. And I lost interest in her and the story.


Jill Murphy: The Worst Witch Saves the Day Mildred Hubble is determined that her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches will be her best. And when the horrible Miss Hardbroom is replaced by a new teacher, things finally seem to be going Mildred’s way. But the new teacher is very strange. . . .

In my mind, the “Worst Witch” novels become better and better. While the first one was very short and had almost no descriptions, the newer ones really show the witch school Mildred goes to and the world she lives in. It is quite adorable that Mildred initially always seems to be the worst students – but then saves the school in the end.

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