Hi all! Hope you are doing well out there. I haven’t had the best of months in October. Some stressy situations at home and at work at the same time, and all the while the world is still going crazy. So this had an impact on the amount of time I could devote to reading. Also the fact that I started with high expectations on a certain book that I struggled to finish at the end didn’t help. But here’s my recap.
I managed to finish three books in October and when you are reading this I will have finished ‘Sovereign’ also. I enjoyed both Valhalla and The revolt as they tell the story of two formidable queens: Mary of Teck and Eleanor Of Aquitaine. I expected a solid gothic novel from ‘The confessions of Frannie Langton’ but it turned out this wasn’t a book for me. Especially the writing put me off. Too bad!
To avoid a reading slump, I started ‘sovereign’. And yes, this is again so good. I like the setting of this Shardlake mystery: the summer progress in the north in 1541 when Henry VIII is married to his fifth queen Catherine Howard. Although I do know what will happen, I’m still intrigued by the murder mystery and all the other plot lines.
Number of pages read: 1.274
Number of books finished: 3
Favorite read: Valhalla by Alan Robert Clark
Centuries visited: 12th century, 16th century, 19th century, and 20th century
Countries visited: England, France and Jamaica
Currently reading: I’m at page 501 of Sovereign by C.J. Sansom
Next up: The gates of Athens by Conn Iggulden
Added to my TBR
I bought one Kindle book that made it to my TBR this month:
I’m behind reading all of your reviews so I didn’t add any other books to my list. Strange, I know. But it has been a tough month.
- I enjoyed some Disney classics and live action movies such as Beauty and the beast, Tangled, Up and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
- Hamilton of course, on repeat on Spotify and Disney+. I already know some songs by hard :D.
- The boyfriend and I are still watching Knightfall and are in the middle of season 2 of Peaky Blinders.
Links I enjoyed
- Have you been using the pandemic to catch up on long classic novels? I really should start my own classics project again.
- 10.000 year old fossil footsteps discovered in New Mexico A true Ice Age story 🙂
- Letter of 1941 discovered in Antwerp church. Four workmen wrote down some life lessons in 1941: “Make sure you stock your houses well, with rice, coffee, flour, tobacco, wheat, and grain, so you can feed yourself! Enjoy life while you can. Don’t wait to find another woman, and for those who are married, take care of your home! Cheers, lads!”
How was your October?
It’s so strange September is already at an end. I’m not ready for Autumn yet, luckily we still had some sunny days in Belgium. But I also had a though time at the office being buried beneath my to-do list :D. Everyday’s hustle has made me read less than I wanted to.
This is my first monthly recap! The plan is to look back at every month in more or less the same format. So let me know what you think.
At the beginning of the month I showed you my library haul and I managed to read all three of them. I struggled a bit with ‘the last hours’ as it wasn’t quite what I expected. I also read one Netgalley book ‘the testimony of Alys Twist‘ that was set in Tudor England.
Number of pages read: 1.746
Number of books read: 4
Favorite read: The passion of Artemisia
Centuries visited: 14th century, 16th century and 17th century (twice)
Countries visited: England and Italy
Currently reading: Valhalla about queen Mary Of Teck
I reviewed four books of which ‘The poison bed’ is definitely my favorite story.
Added to my TBR
Here I will add a list of books that made it to my TBR this month. I’m quite picky on which books make it to my list. And I also have a personal rule that I never may have more books on my TBR than books I’ve read in total. So this are the books that convinced me they are worth reading.
- Flowers of darkness by Tatiana De Rosnay. As she’s one of my favorite authors and I just read everything she publishes. This one seems different from her previous work.
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. I waited a long time to add this one, as a lot of reviewers indicated that it’s not really about Shakespeare and more about the loss of a child. But now it has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and I read a few more positive reviews I must read it some day.
- The girl in Hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland. I liked her book of Artemisia and this is Vreeland’s even more famous book about Johannes Vermeer.
- The fire court by Andrew Taylor. I was a bit disappointed by ‘the ashes of London’ but a lot of reviewers indicate that the second book will be better. So I will give this series another chance.
- Disneyplus has finally arrived in Belgium and the boyfriend and I immediately took a subscription for a year (he’s a Star Wars fan). It will be great to (re)watch my favorite Disney classics during Winter and discover some new favorites.
- We have started watching season 1 of Knightfall on Netflix. It’s about templars looking for the Holy Grail in 14th century Paris. Right up my alley :). It’s entertaining so far.
Some of my favorite links
- I have become Inge’s BFF on her blog The Belgian reviewer. You will get a look into my life and library so you must check it out. Inge is such a nice person.
- I discovered the term ‘vintage fiction’ in Davida’s discussion’s post about defining historical fiction. Interesting!
- And this is a Dutch only link but it’s about how young people read less these days not because they don’t want to read, but because they read the wrong books. The article states that non-fiction books full of productivity hacks are topping the bestseller lists but that they don’t have the power to sweep you away as only fiction books can. ‘It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you read’ is the final conclusion of this article. I couldn’t agree more.
How was your reading month?