Five favourites: October 2018

October has been a month of waiting and celebrating. It’s brought good news and small reminders of autumns gone by. I’m adjusting to the cold, slowly. As I anticipate upcoming changes, I’m getting lost in birthday books and looking further ahead. Here are some things I’ve recently enjoyed.

1. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Set in 1960s Nigeria, Half of a Yellow Sun follows a group of characters before and during the Biafran War. It’s an important novel exploring identity, family and history.

2. Places I Stopped on the Way Home – Meg Fee

I sped through Meg Fee’s memoir, Places I Stopped on the Way Home. Read it if you like creative non-fiction and self-aware storytelling.

A hardback copy of Places I Stopped on the Way Home by Meg Fee, with grey textured background

3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This musical comedy’s spiralling plot lost some fans, but I had faith that Rachel Bloom and the team knew what they were doing. Episodes from the current and final season are released weekly on Netflix. Here’s a fun song about career choices.

4. First Aid Kit and The Staves live

Yesterday evening I saw First Aid Kit and The Staves in Brighton with two good friends. It was magical to hear songs I’ve loved since I was 19, beautiful covers and new material. The harmonies!

5. HUX

Another musical entry for this month, It’s Alright is the new single from HUX. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

HUX It's Alright Single Artwork: graphic on purple background