This was not such a good reading month… I had started a new job and had to commute for training, which meant 6am wake up’s and not getting home until gone 7pm, so I had been too tired to read by the time I get home. The only reading I could really do was on the train journey to and from. Now things will calm down, so hear’s to a better reading month in December!
- 1 star – 0 • >100 pages – 0 • Horror/Thriller/Mystery – 2
- 2 star – 0 • 100-200 pages – 1 • Classics – 1
- 3 star – 2 • 200-300 pages – 1 • Fantasy – 2
- 4 star – 2 • 300-400 pages – 2 • Author gender: 4 female/ 1 male
- 5 star – 1 • 400-500 pages – 1
Total pages: 1,536…
So, yeah… almost half of what I read last month! And only five books, which means that I am likely to fail at my yearly challenges, but oh well. I should be better prepared next year. I shouldn’t feel too bummed due to how busy I was, but there are so many books that I was looking forward to but couldn’t get around to.
LOWEST RATING – MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Author: Agatha Christie
No of Pages: 274
Goodread Rating: 3/5
I was intrigued enough to find out who the murderer is, but everything in between didn’t really captivate me. I picked up on the clues and had my suspicions from the beginning and felt certain about halfway through, and so the climax was not that climatic for me. It was a well-crafted mystery and it did keep me interested enough to finish the book, don’t get me wrong. It just didn’t ‘wow’ me like I expected, and there was no major ‘twist’ to second guess myself. A bit disappointed that I didn’t like it as much as others, but I guess murder mysteries aren’t really my thing.
Author: Josh Malerman
No of Pages: 378
Goodreads rating: 3.75/5
Basically something is going around which causes people to go crazy and kill others and then themselves. I enjoyed the suspense as we follow the main character, and was hooked from the beginning until the end. It succeeded in creeping me out to the point I could only read it during daytime. Felt much like a zombie apocalypse, and I was right about the characters I didn’t trust. I only felt let down by the ending because I wanted more, it seemed to wrap up too conveniently and I wanted answers as to what ‘the creatures’ were or why/how it made people go crazy.
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
No of Pages: 301
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
We follow the relationship between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, and it was really enjoyable, and also heart-breaking at the end. I loved watching Tiger Lily grow as a person, and watching the relationships unfold, that between Peter, and also her Tribe. You really get a family vibe from the Tribe and also the Lost Boys. It was interesting to see what may have happened before Wendy came into the picture, and it was told from Tinkbell’s perspective which worked really well! I really need a movie adaption of this.
Every Heart a Doorway
Author: Seanan McGuire
No of Pages: 173
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
I just clicked with this story! We follow children at a boarding school, and not just any boarding school, one for kids who have gone through doors to ‘otherworlds’ and have been sent back to reality and are struggling to adapt back. We see from various kids who came from different worlds and have something ‘special’ about them which drew them to their specific world. It also developed to a bit of a murder mystery which was a nice surprise! I really want to pick up the next one, especially as it’s about two characters which I thoroughly enjoyed!
Author: Charlotte Brontë
No of Pages: 410
Goodreads Rating: 5/5!!!!
This book needs no explanation or introduction. Everyone know about this, or least the main plot line. This is my second read of it and have bumped it up from a 4 star to a 5 star. The story definitely impacted me more than the first, and I also read along with an audiobook. There were highs and lows; it’s a massive rollercoaster or emotions. I felt more connected to Jane Eyre, and was able to appreciate the story. I absolutely loved it, I really need to re-read it more often than every 4/5 years!
BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS – V.E. SCHWAB (341/508 pages)
JANE STEELE – LYNDSAY FAYE (160/432 pages)
MY LADY JANE – CYNTHIA HAND/JODI MEADOWS/JODI ASHSTON (176/414 pages_
SHADOW & BONE – LEIGH BARDUGO (78/308 pages)
How was your reading month? Has it been better or worse than you were expecting? Any new faves? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!!