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October 2014 Reading Round-Up

The weather helped, the readathon helped, and the end of the slump helped. I read a good number of books in October.

All books are works of fiction.

The Books

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Davina Blake: Past Encounters – When Peter comes home from war, Rhoda marries him, but she’s never been very happy and when she finds a note from a woman she becomes suspicious. A truly excellent book.

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Elise Alden: Pitch Imperfect – Anjuli ends her singing career to return home to a B&B project and the possible anger of the man she left at the altar. Could’ve been a lot better.

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Erica Vetsch: A Bride’s Portrait Of Dodge City, Kansas – Addie’s efforts at running the photography studio by herself are being hampered and she just hopes to God (literally, as this is inspirational fiction) that this new town won’t discover her past. A rather good book in which the times faith plays a role are generally realistic.

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Maile Meloy: Half In Love – Several short stories with a subtle link. Pretty good.

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Merryn Allingham: The Crystal Cage – Grace agrees to help Nick research an architect of the Great Exhibition as she tries to become less forcibly dependent on her partner. Takes a while to become truly interesting but does sport some good commentary.

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Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Ella becomes the long-awaited 10th member of a society that involves the country’s greatest writers – but are they the greatest writers, really? A very good look at ideas and writing in general.

Past Encounters was my favourite this month, followed by The Rabbit Back Literature Society. That said, I enjoyed everything I read this month except the Alden which took me a while to get through.

Quotation Report

None this time.

The weather is still mild; I saw someone in shorts the other day and couldn’t blame them. It is nice to be able to have the windows open and not to have to put the heating on. It’s almost easy to forget to think about festive books.

What was your favourite book this month (or week if you round-up each week)?


Audra (Unabridged Chick)

November 3, 2014, 4:49 pm

v glad to see Past Encounters was a fav — just got it and I love Swift’s other works — plus the cover is so pretty! (I’m such a sucker for a great cover.)

Freda Mans

November 3, 2014, 9:56 pm

Good month indeed! Happy November reading!


November 4, 2014, 1:03 am

The weather in my part of the world has been mild too, and we’ve enjoyed having the windows open as well. It is nice to not be running the air conditioner for a change. Soon enough we’ll have the heater on–at least during the nights.

I am glad you had a good month of reading in October. I feel like I did too. I think my favorite read of the month was Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith, which I will be reviewing next week.


November 6, 2014, 1:02 pm

Yay for getting to the end of your slump and having a great reading month. Wasn’t October horribly warm? I’m glad the temperature has dropped now.

Looks like you’ve read some great stuff!


November 6, 2014, 6:08 pm

I am so pleased to hear you are out of your reading slump and had such a good reading month. I had mixed month enjoyment reading wise in October. My favourite read would have to be Before Sunset the short story collection by Stephen King.


November 17, 2014, 12:43 pm

Audra: Yes, it’s excellent, I was almost upset my review date was so much later! I think you’ll like it.

Freda: Thanks, you too!

Literary Feline: It is, isn’t it? We’ve had the heater on a bit, but managed not to have it on all the time. I read your review of Fingersmith (open for commenting later) and it looks a good choice.

Alice: Hehe, I liked the warmth. That said the drop does make me more excited for Christmas because it’s literally never Christmas without it.

Jessica: Thanks :) I didn’t know he’d written short stories, that’s pretty cool, and I can see why that would’ve been a favourite!



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