And yet another month has passed! Although I did finish 4 books, this wasn’t my best reading month. I was ill twice which prevented me from reading and the books I read didn’t always turn out as I hoped they would. Nonetheless, October is also the month that I passed my Goodreads reading challenge and abandoned my classics club for a while.
I read three new-to-me authors and one book of my favourite author. North and South was my 40th book of the year and so my Goodreads challenge is now finished. I believe this is a week or two later than last year. I knew that I would finish 40 without problem. But I don’t want to add more pressure in raising my challenge.
North and south was a classic from my classic club list. And, however, this isn’t a bad book – I did enjoy it at times-, I can now say that I’m done with reading difficult language books for a while. Especially when they’re slow in pace. I’m just too busy with building my own house and life lately to be able to ‘work’ again while reading.
Number of pages read: 1.465 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: ‘The honey and the sting‘, although it’s not my favourite Fremantle Centuries visited: B.C., 17th century, 19th century and 20th century Countries visited: England, France and Greece Currently reading: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (I love it so far) Next up: no idea yet!
September means getting back into routine when halfway the month you start to realize that time feels to move a lot quicker than during Summer. So when I started writing this recap, I thought it was a bad reading month. I didn’t read that much, did I? But no worries, I managed to read a normal amount of books. It’s just my imagination.
I finished 4 total different books. I didn’t like ‘My brilliant friend’ and ‘Ithaca’ as much as I hoped I would. But Essex Dogs and Heartstone both could make it to my end of year list of favourite books. Heartstone might also become one of my favourite parts of the Shardlake series.
Number of pages read: 1.869 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: ‘Heartstone‘, but it was difficult to choose that one over Essex dogs Centuries visited: B.C., 14th century, 16th century and 20th century Countries visited: France, England, Italy and Greece Currently reading: Kate Quinn’s ‘The Alice Network’ Next up: might pick up a classic or something from my psychical shelves
I was very distraught to hear about the death of Hilary Mantel. Although I still need to read ‘The mirror and the light’ and I didn’t like her ‘A place of greater safety’, I love her Thomas Cromwell series. I believe her to be a great author and it is sad to lose her this soon.
As August was the last month of ’20 books of Summer’ (recap coming up soon), I worked through my list. Although, I also had my Summer holidays and didn’t read every day, I’m really happy with the books I’ve read this summer. Some of them will no doubt make it to my favourites list at the end of the year.
I finished 4 books during August, all of them from my ‘20 books of summer‘ list. I loved Mrs England and enjoyed Weir’s book about Anne Boleyn a lot. But nothing beats a good Nathalie Haynes book. Stone blind is just pure perfection.
Number of pages read: 1.602 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: ‘Stone blind‘ Centuries visited: B.C., 14th century, 16th century and 19th century Countries visited: England, Italy and Greece Currently reading: ‘Essex dogs’ by Dan Jones, it’s great so far! Next up: no idea yet
After a bit of a strange month of June, July proved to be a better month with lots of sunshine and less stress.
I finished two books that I started in May and read three more this month. Not bad at all. I loved ‘The price of blood’ and ‘That bonesetter woman’ A LOT. So this was a great reading month. I’m at 8/20 books of summer now, so I’m aiming to finish around 10-12 books :).
Number of pages read: 2.136 pages Number of books finished: 5 Favorite read: That bonesetter woman, closely followed by ‘The price of blood’ Centuries visited: 11th century, 15th century, 16th century, 18th century and 20th century Countries visited: England & Scotland, United States and Greece (Constantinople) Currently reading: City of masks by S.D. Sykes Next up: because of a few review copy’s, I need to get back to my ‘20 books of summer list‘ I guess :).
June was a month of ups and also many downs. I went to London for a week and really enjoyed being on a trip after two long covid years (and I bought a few books in the Waterstones, and with a few I mean a lot 😅). But there was also some bad news this month. So, I did read but not as much as I hoped.
I managed to finish 4 books and I’m in the middle of two more. Quite a good start of my 20 books of summer challenge. As ‘Lord John and the hand of devils’ was almost as a whole finished in May, I don’t count it for my list. At the moment I’m at 3/20 after one month out of three. Still some work to do :).
I’m slowly getting through Cloud cuckoo land. It’s not the kind of book that I normally read, but I’m very curious to see how all the layers of the story will unfold. The heretic wind is a fast read about the life of Mary Tudor. I didn’t like it at first, but I’m enjoying more now that I’m in the second half of the book.
Number of pages read: 1.651 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: The house with the golden door Centuries visited: 1st century, 13th century, 14th century, 16th century, 18th century and 20th century Countries visited: England, Italy, France and Greece (Constantinople) Currently reading: The heretic wind and cloud cuckoo land Next up: No idea yet 🙂 But I have the ’20 books of summer’ list to guide me
I managed to finish another 4 books this month, although Ariadne was almost as a whole read during April. It took some time for me to finish ‘I, Eliza Hamilton’, as it was a slow paced book that left me a bit disappointed. I started The lost apothecary and Heresy, which I both finished in no time and enjoyed a lot! I’m also in the middle of one of the books in the lord John Grey series of Diana Gabaldon.
Number of pages read: 1.525 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: Ariadne Centuries visited: B.C., 16th century, 18th century and 21st century Countries visited: England, Greece and America Currently reading: Labyrinth by Kate Mosse Next up: Any of my 20 books of summer list
Hi all, April was a crazy month at work, so I had slightly less time for reading. I stopped reading classics for a while and just worked my way through a library haul of some more recent books.
The wolf den was definitely my favourite book of the month. It is set in the ancient city of Pompeii and tells the story of 5 women in a brothel who are trying to survive. Next, I discovered the existence of stave churches in 19th century Norway and read about the Wars of the Roses in the next installment of the Kingmaker series. At the moment, I’m finishing Ariadne, a Greek myth retelling that I’m enjoying a lot so far.
Number of pages read: 1.540 pages Number of books finished: 3 Favorite read: The wolf den Centuries visited: 1ste century, 15th century and 19th century Countries visited: England, Italy and Norway Currently reading: Ariadne by Jeniffer Saint (almost finished) Next up: Probably ‘I, Eliza Hamilton’, as it was on my TBR for 2022.
Hi all! April started in Belgium with a bit of snow and now a week of rain. I hope for some sunshine in the coming weeks. I’m in a bit of reading slump because work is crazy as is the construction of my home, so sometimes I’m just too tired too read a few pages. The fact that I started a classic that wasn’t at all something for me, didn’t help.
I still managed to finish 4 books during march. It’s difficult to choose a favourite but I think I’ll go for ‘The Tudor crown’, just because I enjoy Hickson’s books so much. But I discovered two new authors with Miranda Malins and Jennifer Saint of whom I both want to read other books.
I participated to the next classics club spin and got ‘Tender is the night’ from Fitzgerald as my lucky draw. I immediately started reading it, but it dragged on and on and after 30% I wasn’t enjoying anything about the novel anymore, so I decided to DNF it. As also ‘The trial’ and ‘Villette‘, my two previous classics failed to grip me, I’m a bit ‘done’ with my classics challenge at the moment. Reading should be fun, so I decided to let go of classics for a while. We’ll see what I pick up next.
Number of pages read: 1.817 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: The Tudor crown Centuries visited: Ancient Greece (B.C.), 15th century and 17th century Countries visited: Greece, England and France Currently reading: The wolf den by Elodie Harper Next up: Maybe ‘the bell in the lake’ by Mytting
I’m almost finished with ‘Domina’ about Livia Drusilla, wife of emperor Augustus. I’m so happy that there’s a new series about Ancient Rome. It’s very modern (just like Sisi) and the main actress her voice is a bit strange, but I still like it nonetheless.
Still going strong with ‘Downton Abbey’ (season 4)
February is the shortest month of the year and I actually don’t mind because I’m done with the Winter and I hope that April (Spring!) arrives soon now. I also try not to think too much about what’s happening in the world because it makes me sad beyond words. And I want to offer my support to everyone who suffers in some way from the war. What an awful word.
I managed to finished 4 books of which ‘Wildevrouw’ is my favourite. It’s a historical novel only written in Dutch, so I’ll write no review about that one. But it is set in 16th Antwerp during the Great Iconoclasm.
Number of pages read: 1.448 pages Number of books finished: 4 Favorite read: Wildevrouw Centuries visited: 16th century, 17th century, 18th century and 20th century Countries visited: England and Belgium Currently reading: Villette by Charlotte Brönte for the classics club Next up: Don’t know for sure, but I think I’ll pick a book from my physical shelves.
The first recap of 2022! January always feels like an extra long month or so and mostly this means that I can finish a lot of books. Which I did.
The first days of January I was still recovering from the holidays but I also had some productive days at work and I managed to finish Anna Karenina. I also read two ARc’s this month ‘The hemlock cure’ and ‘The leviathan’. I didn’t like the first one, but enjoyed the atmosphere of the second. My favourite book of the month is ‘A tapestry of treason’, although the next Uhtred book proved again one of the best of the series.
Number of pages read: 2.228 pages Number of books finished: 5 Favorite read: A tapestry of treason Centuries visited: 10th century, 15th century, 17th century and 19th century Countries visited: Russia and England Currently reading: ‘The trial’ by Franz Kafka for the classics club Next up: Probably: ‘Wildevrouw’ (A Dutch book set in 16th century Antwerp) or ‘The last protector’ by Andrew Taylor (both are on my shelves from the library).