I’ve been wondering whether or not to continue with these posts in 2012 – I do find it useful to look back on my reading at the end of every month but I don’t know if my summaries are of much interest to anyone else. What do you think? And if you have your own blog do you post your own monthly (or weekly) reading summary or round-up?
My favourite books read in October:
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick was the first book I finished in October and The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas was the last one – and both are in my top three books read this month. I also loved The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt (which I’m pleased about as I wasn’t sure I would like it!) and I’ll be posting my thoughts on that one in the next few days.
Other October reading:
Last Tuesday I took part in the Classics Circuit Gothic Literature Tour with a post on Ann Radcliffe’s 18th century novel A Sicilian Romance. I read a couple of other classics in October too: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, which was a very entertaining read, and Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy, a good book but my least favourite Hardy novel so far.
Also in October, I read my second Bryant and May mystery, The Water Room by Christopher Fowler, and I learned about Kat Ashley in The Queen’s Governess by Karen Harper. I participated in Discovering Daphne month by reading The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier and I explained why The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern left me with mixed feelings.
There were also a few more books I read in October that I haven’t had time to write about yet. These were We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, The Land of Green Ginger by Winifred Holtby and Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (this one was actually a re-read, although the first time I read it was so long ago I had completely forgotten most of the plot).
Have you read any of these books? Was October a good month for you?