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Monthly Roundup Blog: October 2020


By LoveReading on 29th October 2020

As the nights draw in, it's the perfect season for curling up with a good book. 

Our October roundup is here to deliver a curated list of books across the genres that our Experts and the whole LoveReading Team love. Read on for our brilliant recommendations.

Books of the Month.

Scroll down to read the headlines of the curated selections this month. Our Books of the Month for October are brilliant books that we think are the Best of the Best!

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens - Missed opportunities abound in this lovely, thoughtful, and amusing pick-me-up of a romantic read.

The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale - A gripping slice of historical narrative non fiction charting the story of a ghost hunter and his subject just before the Second World War.

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler - A fast-paced, dramatic, and hugely entertaining LoveReading Star Book set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle - Must-read real-life story of hope and heroism during a 1760 uprising of Jamaican slaves.

The Return by Nicholas Sparks - Find secrets, explore sorrow, and solve a mystery as you weave your way through this relationship tale from one of the great storytellers. 

How to Cook: The Victorian Way with Mrs Crocombe by Annie Gray, Andrew Hann - Teeming with tantalising heritage recipes and period detail, this sumptuous cook book will be devoured by foodies and aficionados of Victorian social history.

Debuts of the Month.

We have some amazing Debuts of the Month this October. Check them out, you may find your favourite new author and a special discovery!

Nala's World by Dean Nicholson - The ultimate feel-good read about rescued kitten Nala joining one man on his solo bike trip around the world.

The Thrsday Murder Club by Richard Osman - Four septuagenarians from a retirement village set out to solve a murder in this wonderfully entertaining, warm, and amusing mystery.

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara Mcanulty - A diary which highlights our essential connection with the natural world, the landscape and our history embedded within it - but more importantly, it is also about our futures.

A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf - Rich with romance and rawly affecting slave history, this exceptional debut tells an unforgettable tale of love between a black slave and an Irish immigrant in pre-Civil War Virginia.

People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield - A powerfully descriptive and compelling historical crime novel set in the viciously bloody times of Jack the Ripper.

Witch by Finbar Hawkins - A fierce yet thoughtful historical fantasy based on the witch trials in 17th century England.

Ebooks of the Month.

Our ebooks of the month for October are brillant books to read on the go or from the comfort of your home. 

Murder Under the Microscope by James Fraser - A compelling memoir from a forensic scientist and cold case reviewer highlighting some of his more difficult murder cases.

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdottir - A brooding, captivating and award-winning start to a new crime series set in Iceland.

Betrayal by Lilja Sigurdardottir - An intense and piercing fast-moving political thriller set in Iceland.

A Study in Crimson by Robert J. Harris - The start to a captivating new Sherlock Holmes mystery series which changes time frame and begins during the Second World War.

Liz's Picks of the Month.

Each month our Reviews Editor Liz Robinson has the tricky task of choosing a small selection that really caught her eye. These are Liz's picks for October and all come with her seal of approval:

The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly - A mum copes with life and a damaging secret in this perfectly bittersweet read filled to the brim with all the feels.

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult - A distinctive and beautifully readable story about two possible futures, if you also enjoy Egyptology you will be in your seventh heaven.

Pandora's Jar by Natalie Haynes - A fascinating and thought-provoking read that redresses the balance and focuses on the women from the Greek myths.

Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler - A fast-paced, dramatic, and hugely entertaining LoveReading Star Book set in a post-apocalyptic world.

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris - A must-read, absolutely glorious book of spell-poems and artwork that conjure our natural world into vivid wonderful life.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton - A reading feast for the eyes, heart, and mind await in this outstanding historical mystery set on the open seas.

Star Books

Here are the books we've added to our Star Books section throughout October. These are the cream of the crop and brilliant picks for any reader. Click here to explore our full Star Books selection.

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