What I’ll Be Reading During My October Book Buying Ban

Book bans. Every avid reader’s worst nightmare. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve sworn myself for the next thirty days; I wouldn’t buy any books. What can I say? Give me a Waterstones buy one, get one half price or the forever alluring Amazon Prime next day delivery and its easy for me to fall down that book buying rabbit hole. Now this month, I’m DETERMINED to stick to it. So much so that yes, it did really require caps locks in bold to show just how committed I am. The truth is, my compulsive book buying has left me with a total of 24 unread physical books and 16 on my kindle. All books that I’m genuinely excited to read. So it is time to put my resilience to the test, and I wanted to share with you, five books I hope to tackle this month. As most of you know, I’m a mood reader so these are a nice variety.

Cherry by Nico Walker

The moment I read Cherry’s description, it was top of my wishlist. Written by Nico Walker from prison where he is serving an eleven-year sentence for bank robbery, Cherry is a tale that sounds bleak and utterly gritty. Back in 2003, our main protagonist falls in love with Emily, sharing a love for a playwright and ecstasy. They marry quickly before he is sent off to serve in the Iraq war, totally unprepared for the new life that awaits him. His time in Iraq sounds harrowing and testing, and he does not return the same person. When he arrives back in Cleveland, himself and Emily find themselves swept up in the U.S opium crisis. With money scarce and a growing, deadly addiction, he decides to try and rob a bank. It is an incredibly raw tale, but despite its grim story, I’m extremely excited to read this.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I pre-ordered Sadie as soon as I heard about it after seeing nothing but glowing reviews of this YA book. I completely forgot about it so you can imagine the joy I felt when it arrived on my doorstep. Sadie is raising her younger sister, Mattie, in a small town trying to make ends meet. When Mattie is found dead, Sadie is devastated. When the police botch the investigation, she is determined to do whatever it takes to find out what happened to her sister and have justice be served. West McRay, a radio DJ, overhears Sadie’s story at a petrol station and is immediately captivated by what has happened. He creates his own true crime podcast on the case to get to the bottom of what happens. Despite this being marketed as a Young Adult novel, it has received beaming reviews from so many fellow authors such as AJ Finn and Veronica Roth. The format is intriguing due to the podcast element. Will it live up to the rave reviews? I sure hope so and will be posting a full review once I’m finished it.

My Year of Rest & Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh 

Ever felt like hibernating away from life and have the opportunity to spend the year sleeping and watching movies? I must admit, I have .. for a year though, maybe not. That is exactly what our nameless main character does from 2000-2001. With the help of an irresponsible psychiatrist, she embarks on a narcotics-induced hibernation period. I’ve seen this described as one bizarre yet compelling story so I’m looking forward to seeing what it is like for myself.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Pheobe and Will meet at college. Pheobe is glamourous but harbouring trauma where she feels she is responsible for her mother’s death. Will is on the class clown at school on a scholarship and has fallen in love with Pheobe. Driven by her guilt, Pheobe is drawn into an extremist cult run by an ex-student of the college. When the cult carries out a bombing, Pheobe disappears, and Will makes it his mission to find her – for not only answers but to determine her responsibility. This is another book that I’ve been patiently waiting to be released, and I hold my hands up and admit, I’m obsessed with the psychology of cults and why people are drawn to them. This book will help give me that fix.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson 

Another hugely hyped book and well-loved author, this will be my first taste of Atkinson’s work, and it sounds a good un. In 1945, eighteen-year-old Juliet Armstrong was reluctantly recruited into the M15. After the war ends, she moves forward with her life, leaving her old spy missions in her past. But, ten years later when she is confronted by a BBC journalist, she is confronted by her past and her involvement in the work she carried out. Back under threat, she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. I’ve seen this all over bookstagram, and it is probably the book I will pick up next, despite being last on the list.

This is just a small snippet of what I plan to read, but I thought I’d share a rough idea of what I’ll be reading during my book ban. It’s only been eight days but DAMN, it’s hard. I’m determined though so I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress. What are you reading this month?