Read and Rated: October

I haven’t been quite as productive as September but I’ve been hitting the non-fiction books a lot more this month so it all evens out. So here is a quick rundown of the books I finished during the month of October.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Skincare: the Ultimate No-Nonsense Guide by Caroline Hirons

Firstly I am going to say that I have no clue who Caroline Hirons is but I did find their Skincare book quite informative. I could have done without the near constant references back to her YouTube channel but Hirons spelt out skincare issues in easy to understand language and included a lot of helpful pictures.

I have been trying to get a better handle on my skin which has always been a nightmare, so this book was very informative in helping my choose products that would suit my skincare needs – which were also detailed in the book. Win-win!

Christmas Craft and Food books

Heads up to anyone I am friends with – you may be getting some homemade treats this xmas. I have gotten a bit over the commercialisation of the holiday so I am looking at more sustainable ways of celebrating and gifting this year. So charitable donations and sweets look to be the way to go!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Most Eligible Lord in London by Ella Quinn

The Most Eligible Lord in London was my first Ella Quinn book and sadly I wasn’t too impressed. The book told a nice story but it had some pacing issues that really made it difficult to finish. Nothing major but suffice it to say that the book dragged on longer than it needed to, there were too many narrator changes, and halfway through the book I stopped feeling any chemistry between the romantic pair.

I’m a sucker who doesn’t like to rate books too poorly though, so it got a three star rating.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

I’ve been reading this book since March, by reading I mean I started it in March, got half way through it, put it down, and then didn’t pick it up for seven months. I finished it this weekend and I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed. The story was okay but I think somewhere along the way the graphic novel version of Lu’s novel lost a lot of the emotion and heart.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Trilogy of Knights by Megan Derr

Without realising it, I re-read this almost to the year ago. Trilogy of Knights is a collection of three short stories that focus around knights and dragons, mages and sages, and princes from other kingdoms, and all of them were great to read. Only gripe is that I wish Derr would be more strict with her editing, so many easy to spot mistakes.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a Book About Dumplings by Brendan Pang

I love dumplings SO MUCH but sadly the construction and creation of them is so far out of my experience and knwoledge zone. This is a Book About Dumplings is such an accessible book! The book uses plain language and doesn’t presume much about the skill levels of the reader.

The best part of the book is the back which details the different dumpling shapes and how they are made. Pictures are included for each step and for the first time, despite reading numerous cookbooks on how to make dumplings, I feel like I can actually cook the recipes!

So what have you been reading? Any thoughts on the books I read? Let me know in the comments!

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