I’m a bit late in getting my monthly reading wrap-up post out for last month. October was a great reading month. But I admit, by the time the 31st rolled around, I was glad for November to be here. I purposefully scheduled atmospheric reads because October is a month that just really lends itself to that. Creepy novels. Suspense novels. Apocalyptic and dystopian novels. All these fit really well during the month of October. I love a good atmospheric read; but I was absolutely ready to move on to different types of reading by the time November rolled around. 🙂 Here’s what I read in October.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
In his novel Dracula, Stoker transports you to a world of ominous, creepy, suspenseful crypts and castles and the supernatural. At the time it was written, I have no doubt this story would have been considered a horror novel. I really don’t feel it is scary for our times, but I’m pretty sure it would have been horrifying in Stoker’s day. Still, I think it retains that scary feel without being terrifying. If that makes sense. You can find yourself on the edge of your seat because you don’t know what’s going to happen next. The book has retained its staying power over the decades and has been made into film multiple times. Click HERE to read my review.
The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel
This was the read-aloud that my daughter and I read for the month. We both loved it. This has the feel of a dark academia story for the middle grade level. Emily’s mom is too busy with her job as a child psychologist. She ends up shipping Emily off to a boarding school in England. But what awaits Emily there is a mystery that she is bent on solving – what happened to her dad? I enjoy a good middle grade novel and this one certainly fit that bill! If you are a fan of The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will probably like this book.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The creepiness factor kind of builds slowly in this book and really kicks in once you get about halfway or so into the novel. In my review, I wrote that this book has the perfect blend of not overly scary moments, some creepy scenes, a bit of paranoia, and a few moments of edge-of-your-seat-got-to-keep-reading-to-find-out-what-happens. It’s got the classic elements of a gothic novel with enough creepiness to make you squirm but not be terrified out of your skin. Click HERE to read the rest of my review.
Beowulf translated by Burton Raffle
I am just going to say it right now – epic poetry is not my favorite thing in the world to read. Nonetheless, there are certain titles in this group of literature that I want to read because I feel it is good for me to have read them. Classics like The Illiad (which I’ve already read) and The Odyssey for instance. And Beowulf. Let me just tell you, translation can make a huge difference! I read a different translation of Beowulf a few years ago and I made it through it but didn’t necessarily love it. But this particular translation by Burton Raffle? I really liked it!!! To say I was surprised is an understatement. Raffle makes this epic poem not only accessible but engaging and enjoyable. If epic poetry intimidates you (as it does me!), I highly recommend this translation of Beowulf.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Y’all, this was a hard read. I have really struggled to even know how to write a review for this book. I will be honest, I didn’t love it. I think this book just wasn’t for me. Having said that, I do think that Parable of the Sower is highly discussable.
Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
This was a book that drew me in. I really became invested in some of the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. I thought the author wrote the characters well and the story is told in a haunting and heartbreakingly beautiful way. To read the rest of my review, click HERE.
The Vampyre by John Polidori
This short story was the perfect quick read for Halloween! It is atmospheric and very classically gothic. I didn’t like the ending but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it is a well-told story in my opinion. It is a quick read and can easily be read in one sitting. It is said that Polidori’s vampire ended up changing the way vampires were viewed. Are you curious? Click HERE to read my full review.
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Coming Up: Just a little side note to let you know that I am in the process of getting some book reviews I wrote on my Instagram this year posted over here on my blog. So you will be seeing some back to back book reviews getting posted. 🙂
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