Monday, 9 November 2020

Reading Record | Books Carried Over From October

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - I aim to post these consistently, with them most often being in a weekly format, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record. 

The first week of November was about prioritising finishing the books I carried over from the month of October. 

I started my day by reading the 7th story within a short story collection that I am currently working through: Murder on Christmas Eve.

In the afternoon I returned to Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and finished the remaining 23 pages I had left within this nonfiction memoir; first book of the month finished (although I did read most of it in October). I personally don't really like to 'review' memoirs, as it is someone's personal life story, but  I will say that my reading experience was pleasant enough and I found elements of J.D's story - in particular, childhood - relatable. 

Before calling it a night, I read the next story in the short story collection I mentioned from earlier on today. Although out of season, being Christmas crime fiction, I am quite enjoying dipping in and out of this collection.

No reading today.

Started the day by reading the last two stories in Murder on Christmas Eve - and oh boy, that last one really tugged on the heartstrings (On Christmas Day in the Morning by Margery Allingham).

This afternoon I returned to The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (book two in the Winternight trilogy). I had briefly started this book at the very end of October, so am still in the early stages, leaving my bookmark on page 79. 

With not too long left on my ebook library borrow of Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, I decided to start this YA novel in verse this evening, finding myself wholly engrossed and reading 114 pages in the one sitting. This book is about a teenager, Joe, who is processing the fact that his older brother who has been on death row for ten years has now been given an execution date. Joe moves closer to the prison in order to spent the last few weeks of his brother's life with him, despite not having had little contact throughout the time he has been imprisoned for the murder of a police officer. I'm very invested in this story so far and am finding it to be quite emotive also.

No reading today.

I made progress in both of my current reads - The Girl in the Tower (63 pages) and Moonrise (56 pages).

I did also start a new book: Murder Under the Christmas Tree. Sound familiar to the short story collection that I just finished on Tuesday? Well, that's because it is. There are a number of books along this same line (a series even) featuring short stories that are dark in nature and take place around Christmas time. I have a couple of them coming up over the next month or so on my reading list. I started Murder Under the Christmas Tree by reading the first book within this particular collection. 

Read another short story within Murder Under the Christmas Tree.

The main bulk of my reading time today was spent with Moonrise - I finished the remainder of this book, roughly 130 pages. Moonrise is both poignant and beautiful, with so much emotion packed into so few words.

When adding Moonrise to my Goodreads pages I noticed that it is my 100TH BOOK OF THE YEAR!

Two more stories within the the festive short story collection read, one of which I had read previously (The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle) in a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories... Enjoyed it all the same though.

Continued with the short story collection - three more stories read; some really clever ones in this collection. 

I also picked up The Girl in the Tower again, reading a further 78 pages. I'm really liking how this series is progressing, so much so that I think going into the new week I'm going to focus on this trilogy a bit more, hopefully moving onto book three also.


Happy reading!


  1. I mostly liked Hillbilly Elegy too. I read it when it first came out. I guess there’s some controversy about it now, but I haven’t been following what’s going on. I have Moonrise on my TBR shelf, so I’ll probably read that one next year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Yes, I noticed that regarding Hillbilly Elegy when I logged it to Goodreads. It was a good read.

      Oh, I hope you love Moonrise when you do get round to reading it - I look forward to your thoughts.

  2. Hillbilly Elegy was very well done. I'm curious about the short story Christmas Mystery collection - that sounds good as most Christmas stories seem to have too much romance?

    1. Oh, yes Diane I find that also with Christmas stories, so was happy to stumble across this series of short story collections. I don't mind romance here and there in a festive story, but I do find some to be very romance centric.

  3. Now that we're getting into holiday season I'm kind of interested in getting some Christmasy themed mysteries. With the HoHoHo readathon coming up it might be a good time!


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