My October Reading - a bit late but quite emotional

Author: Anne

Date Published: Nov 4th 2018, 3:35pm

Having just returned from a week away this monthly blog is later than usual but I wanted to continue my review of my reading for 2018.

In November I read 30 books which you will have realised is quite average for me. The month was notable in that I read my 300th book of the year - “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher. This is the latest in his Harry Dresden Wizard series. I’ve been rereading the series over the past couple of years but this one was new to me. The author has certainly moved the series on considerably since the early books and I am not always a fan of what he has done with the story but these books are still head and shoulders above so much urban fantasy. I shall look forward to the next instalment.

In the month I read/listened to only one audiobook. Normally I finish two or three but I spent the month listening to “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas. I have to say that I would probably not have read this book because of its length but I really enjoyed the narration and it has accompanied me in my daily commute for about six weeks.

I noticed that a few books this month had left me feeling quite emotional. I expect a book that I finish to leave me feeling satisfied and pleased that I have read it but some move me above and beyond that. This month my emotions were stirred by the following :

- Above average satisfaction - “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty. I love her books and this one was exceptional. I loved how the author tied everything together so cleverly.

- Unsettled – “An Untamed State” by Roxanne Gay. A book about poverty, power inequality and the casual violence that men can inflict upon women which can affect their whole life. The author doesn’t hold back.

- Heart Warmed – “Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven” by Fannie Flagg. Another great story by this author about the consequences of one woman falling out of a tree. Heart-warming without being soppily sentimental.

- Sad. “The Rain Before it Falls” by Jonathan Coe. A story of mothers, families and abandonment. Not uplifting at all but beautifully told.

- Chilling – “The Murders at White House Farm” by Carol Ann Lee. A true crime story following the story of the deaths of a couple, their daughter and their grandsons. Their son is serving a prison sentence for murder but he claims that the daughter did it. Excellent presentation of the facts and story.

- Amusing – “Soul Music” by Terry Pratchett. Possibly my favourite Discworld novel as it features Susan (Death’s Granddaughter) as one of the main characters and contains a Dylan Thomas reference and a Kirsty McColl joke among much cleverness.

Two more months to go for the year – I would like to read over 350 books but am continually reminding myself that there are no prizes for reading ! I also want to finish my alphabet blog series – I am up to K but have actually read the rest – I just need to blog about them.