Literary Life: October in Review

What to say about October? A succession of busy nothings? – My bank balance would say otherwise.

I discovered where I can buy Lime Crime makeup in the UK, which made for a rather excellent Friday. I also had a week off work – much-needed – and spent it mostly reading. It was wonderful, I rediscovered my reading groove. I’ve been watching a lot of Lewis lately (you may have noticed) and it is a pleasant change to revert to books. Not only revert but to revert without the need of background noise – a recent and worrying addition to my reading life.

Currently Reading:

A the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft

Unfinished:

Whatever I listed last month re: persisting.

I’ve Read:

  1. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
  2. M Train by Patti Smith
  3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  4. Instrumental by James Rhodes
  5. Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall
  6. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  7. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  8. Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
  9. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  10.  Circling the Sun by Paula Mclain

How was your literary October? What was the best book you read?

12 thoughts on “Literary Life: October in Review

  1. I’m pleased to hear that your holiday got you back into your reading groove. October started as a slow reading month for me due to illness and busy-ness, but I also had a break from work where I was able to catch up a bit. My favourite read was The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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  2. That’s great that you could have a bit of time off to connect back to the important things. 😀

    I only read one book, but I really liked it: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

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  3. How did you get on with Troubling Love? I read Days of Abandonment last month. It was intense and unsettling, beautifully written but not as gripping as the Neapolitan novels.

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    1. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there with how I felt about them – I just didn’t connect with them like I did the Neapolitan novels. Troubling Love was a lot darker, I was scared at points. With both Troubling Love and Days of Abandonment I found I didn’t care as much, I was thinking it was probably because they were shorter books, so there wasn’t the delve into the personalities of the characters that happens in the Neapolitan novels.

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  4. I haven’t read of the JK Rowling penned mysteries yet, but maybe I should after reading your review.

    Also what is Lewis? And why did you have to revert to background noise? I know for me, because of tinnitus that I have, I have to have background noise, so was just curious what you meant by that.

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    1. Lewis is the most excellent crime drama, spin off of Morse.

      I really can’t recommend J.K. Rowling’s crime novels enough!

      I’m just a bit restless at the moment, so the background noise has helped.

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