October Round Up

The Cliff House

What we have read, written and purchased in October

October Reading

We kicked off the month with a cook book, a first for Book Social. Nearly a month later we are still cooking the recipes from Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain and three other cook books have been removed from the shelf that in Hussain’s wake no longer make the grade.

A book that made me question the way I look at the world was next up. The Woman In The Photograph by Stephanie Butland asked whether women in 2019 could have their cake and eat it. This fictional outing from Butland took a long hard look at whether second wave feminism really went as far as those involved in the first wave would have hoped.

We squeezed in a date with the devil by reading Jonathan Whitelaw’s Man In The Dark. Book number two in the Hellcorp series proved that God makes a very good woman!

Our first Blog Tour for the month involved Antti Tuomainen’s Little Siberia. A priest, an ex racing driver and a meteorite expertly collided in the middle of nowhere. No one else does black comedy come scandi noir quite like it.

Recommended by Matt Wesolowski and borrowed from fellow blogger Beverley Has Read The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings not only had a Tamsyn (albeit spelt wrongly) and an Edie but was also a brilliant dark tale about teenage obsession.

Rumoured to be the inspiration behind Harry Potter’s Platform 9 and 3/4s, we also checked out The Secret Behind Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson. There is certainly something magical in the air at London’s King’s Cross.

Cage by Lilja Sigurdottir finished our Blog Tours for the month and our participation in the #Orentober (read an Orenda Book, or two, in October). The book, the last in the Reykjavik Trilogy, was a fitting ending to a brilliant series.

Which just left time for us to sneak in a crime novel and what a one it was. Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge took all the detective cliches and threw them out of the window. It was fab.

Books of the Month in October

Our Book of the Month was the very autumnal looking The Familiars by Stacey Halls. You can read all about it here.

The Familiars
The Familiars

Our children’s Book of the Month was Pax by Sara Pennypacker. Have a go at our book club questions all about it here.


In the Footnotes

As well as the Lowdown on our Book of the Month we celebrated national Bookshop Day with Books Are My Bag and kicked off our new feature #IReadItInABook by eating cauliflower for breakfast! If you have a book related challenge for us let us know.

cauliflower for breakfast?
cauliflower for breakfast?

Read of the Month in October

October has been a fab month for reading and has produced some strong contenders for #ReadOfTheMonth. The Woman in the Photograph made me think the most. Eeny Meeny had me on the edge of my seat but The Cliff House just pips it for the way each character slowly unravels before the book reaches its dramatic conclusion. Gripping reading.

The Cliff House
The Cliff House

Added to the shelf

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn was one I purchased after hearing too many people rave about it for me not to.


The fabulously titled ‘Boiling a Frog’ by Christopher (note not Chris for this one) Brookmyre was given to me by my mum following a holiday in Scotland.

Boiling a Frog

I was told I couldn’t work at the book shop without having read ‘Fup’ by Jim Dodge. So it was quickly added to my TBR shelf.


Keep your eyes peeled for a review of Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy in November. I loved it so much the follow on, Puddin’ has now also been added to my shelf.


And lastly in my quest to read more YA I purchased the first in a very famous YA series, Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman from a charity shop.

That’s our October, what was yours?