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
- Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
- The testimony of Alys twist by Suzannah Dunn
- Valhalla by Alan Robert Clark
- The Revolt by Clara Dupont-Monod
Added to my TBR
I bought one Kindle book that made it to my TBR this month:
- The heretic wind by Judith Arnopp About Queen Mary I and her troubled reign.
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?