Monday, 30 November 2020

Reading Record | Festive Fiction - Mysteries & Ghost Stories

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.

In this post you will see me continuing with the three books I mentioned in my 'A Day of Reading' blog post.

I read three ghost stories within Ghosts of Christmas Past, and whilst I liked all three, This Beautiful House by Louis de Bernieres really stood out to me. 

Lots of reading done today. 

I read one short story within Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie - this story featured Tommy & Tuppence, characters I had yet to encounter within a Christie mystery. I really liked the dynamic between the pair so will see about reading more from this series in the future.

Keeping with short stories, I also read one from Ghosts of Christmas Past - Christmas Eve on a Haunted Hulk, this is one of the longer stories within the collection and I did quite enjoy the build up of it. 

Lastly, I returned to Greenglass House by Kate Milford after not picking it up for a few days; I settled in and read 74 pages (3 chapters) this evening. Elements I'm particularly fond of: the setting of the inn & the way in which a role play game campaign is incorporated into the mystery.

My reading focus remained with Greenglass House throughout the day, reading 81 pages (3 chapters) over two sittings. 

Whilst reading the first chapter of the three, I realised something that may be important to the unfolding plot, specifically something to do with a certain female character... I could be entirely off track to be honest, but I wanted to note my thoughts down about it regardless. Of course with this being a spoiler free blog, I can't specify what that thing is, but I will for sure update if I was correct or not as I progress with the book.

I hadn't actually planned to, but I ended up reading the remainder of Greenglass House today - 138 pages that was. 

Whilst I wasn't entirely enthralled in this book like some other middle grade mysteries, I did have a good reading experience and found myself happy in the setting and the company of the characters, in particular, the Pine family. I think the length of the chapters drags this book a bit, but having said that, I would still return to this author & series as a whole.

Oh, and yes, I was on the right track about the plot element I mentioned on Wednesday!

Today I read two short stories within Midwinter Murder and made a good dent in the ghost story collection, reading a handful of stories.

I finished the last story within Ghosts of Christmas Past this morning, marking that as my tenth book finished for the month. Hmm... Can I finish the Agatha Christie collection before the month is over and make it eleven books read?!

This evening I felt like I wanted to add a fiction novel to my currently reading pile, and opted for The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor, reading 45 pages so far. This is my first reading experience with Hazel Gaynor, and wow, her writing is beautiful and captivating... I have a feeling I'm going to want to read all of her books (good job I already have The Cottingley Secret on my unread shelf too)!

Over the course of today I read three short stories within Midwinter Murder, meaning I now just have two left. It would've been nice to have finished the week with this book complete, but I think I'll for sure read the two remaining stories on Monday and have it completed by the end of the month, as hoped.


Happy reading!


  1. I need to pick up a Christmas ghost story this year. I’m thinking about rereading A Christmas Carol. It’s been a lot of years since I read it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. It looks like you've had an enjoyable, successful week! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm still finding myself in the mood for Christmas- themed books, and even though the HoHoHo readathon is over I have a few more I want to get. I'm really hoping I like Midwinter Murder!


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