Wednesday, 1 November 2017

WHAT I READ | October


I started the month of October by completing a short story collection that I was to take part in the blog tour of... I briefly mentioned Stories for Homes: Volume 2 in my wrap up last month as I did begin the book in September, however I finished the stories at the very beginning of October. I was left amazed at the standard of stories found in the book, and I'm pretty sure this is the first short story collection I've ever rated five stars. You can read my full review here.

The next title I completed was also one I began in September - End of Watch by Stephen King - which meant I had then read the entire Bill Hodges trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the series as a whole and I'm glad I waited until all three books had been released in order to delve in. I'm terrible at finishing series, and this is one well worth reading.

I was feeling a little finicky after these two titles and decided some stories short in length would be a good idea for my mind that wasn't ready to commit to a full novel. I was in need of some comfort reading, and so of course I turned to rereading.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was my first reread - I'm very much a Sherlock Holmes fan, but I had forgot just how much I love these stories... I definitely want to add to my shelf beyond the three Holmes books I own. A five star reread.

I followed this on with a fail safe reread for me - The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. I have a connection to this story that is hard to explain, although I did attempt to previously, and have returned to it at this time every year for over a handful of years now.

Having enjoyed my comfort reading, next I picked up a review book, but one that would slightly put me out of my comfort zone... So I thought. The Treatment by C.L. Taylor is a YA thriller, and if you know a little bit about my reading preferences then you'll know I do love a good thriller however YA and I don't always gel so well; that wasn't the case with this title. I really enjoyed my reading experience of this book, which you can read more about in my review.

Sticking with my Kindle - there's something about e-books; I just speed through them - I then started, and quickly finished, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. Wow. Just wow. If you want to know more of my thoughts on this title then you can find my review here.

Ending the month of a slightly lighter note, I picked up a physical book in the form of Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll - this was another wonderful historical fiction adventure from this MG author.

So that wraps up my reading for the month of October. I just briefly wanted to mention how kind and lovely you all were as readers of my blog in October, showing so much love & support to two posts in particular - Reading Middle Grade Fiction as an Adult + First & Foremost, Be A Reader. Many thanks <3

Happy reading in November!
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  1. Sounds like a great October! I’ll get back to Sherlock one of these days :)

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  2. Haha - The Roanoke Girls...haha. I always struggle with how to describe that one to people...but I flew through it!

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    1. Definitely a hard one to put into words!

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  3. It sounds like you had a good reading month. I hope you have a fabulous November!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I love Sherlock Holmes, too. In fact, I named my first cat Sherlock because he was so curious about everything. It's been quite a while since I've reread any of the stories, though. They do seem like a good fall read!

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  5. It looks like you had a great reading month! I've heard great things about that King series. If I ever finish the King book I'm reading now, I'd like to try it. :)

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    1. I think you'd enjoy them, Brandie. I hope your reading picks up soon :-)

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  6. I listened to The Hounds of the Baskervilles this past month and really loved it. I'd love to listen to more. I'd like to read The Woman in Black. I saw it in play form and absolutely loved it but I didn't get past the first few minutes of the movie because of the little boy at the beginning. Not sure if I'd do better or worse with the book.

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    1. I absolutely love the play version of The Woman in Black... I'd recommend the book!

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  7. I keep hearing great things about The Roanoke Girls. I'm going to have to check that book out. I hope you have a wonderful November!

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