In October I read 17 books, not as much as I wanted to, but according to Goodreads, I am still on track. (Yay). I am not sure if it is just me, but October went by so fast and all the reading I had planned to do did not happen. I think I just needed more time to make a dent in my reading stack but, I will have to leave the remaining books for November.

By far, my major highlights for October were Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James and She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore. Honourable mention goes to Pain Tree by Olive Senior.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James is the first book on the Dark Star Trilogy. This trilogy has already been dubbed in the publishing world as “the African Game of Thrones”. Honestly, Marlon James did not disappoint with his first installation of the Dark Star Trilogy. I was kept guessing the entire time. The characters are diverse, colourful and intriguing. The premise is absolutely refreshing and new. I cannot wait for the next installation in this series. I am hoping this series makes it to the big screen; I want to see these characters come to life.


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She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore is that book I could not shut up about this entire month. I do not know why there isn’t a bigger hype around this magical and enthralling novel. I dubbed this “Homegoing on crack” and I mean it. If you are looking for a shockingly good read, be sure to pick this book up.


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Pain Tree by Oliver Senior was exactly what I needed to close out the month of October. The stories in this book were intriguing and made me so homesick. “The Vines We Planted” was sent to be by the author Joanall Serra and I took my time to getting to it, but when I did, I could not put it down. I am always so weary of self-published authors, but this book was so good I was actually kicking myself for taking so long to pick it up.


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There were a few books that I had high expectations for but they turned out to be pretty vanilla, specifically Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. The latter of the two was insanely overhyped and I think me not being a fan of the romance genre really added to me not liking it.

Overall, October was a satisfactory reading month; I wish I had a lot more interesting read but there is always November to get that done! Below is the rating by stars.

5 Stars

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

Pain Tree by Olive Senior

4 Stars

The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra

Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

3 Stars

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau

Bronx Noir by S.J. Rozan

This Is Me by Chrissy Metz

Before We Were Yours

2 Stars

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult

Chicago Noir by Neal Pollack

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


17 Books

11 Female

3 Five Star

2 Caribbean Reads

1 Re-Read

There you have it! My October wrap-up, here’s to a more exciting November.


















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Hello, I am Cindy, a Jamaican girl living in Trinidad & Tobago who is thoroughly enjoying island life. I started the BookOfCinz platform to encourage people to Read, read More, read Widely, and Read Caribbean.

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