I admit, I am so bad at keeping up with my wrap-up posts. This one is fairly short so lets try to get this going.
Spoooooky. Most of my books this month were a little on the spooky side because I was leaning into the Halloween feel. Enjoy (or not mwahahaha!)
Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin
This is just a short story, but like everything else I’ve read by Jemisin it is of course amazing. An explorer returns to Earth expecting to find a climate catastrophe and instead … I won’t give it away. Go read it!
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
First thing, I haven’t seen the movie, which I hear has very mixed reviews. This is the third part of a trilogy of books about a family of witches that spans several generations. I re-read the trilogy over the end of September and October as a Halloween read and I really enjoyed it. This is probably my least favorite of the three but is still a really good book.
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
Since I started watching The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, (really good who by the way!) I wanted to read the book that it is kind of based on. Now don’t get me wrong, I have spent many years reading the classics, love them. But, Henry James … *sigh*. As one reviewer on Goodreads put it:
“WORDS WORDS WORDS IS THE HOUSE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS IS SHE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS ARE THEY ALL CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS NO IT MUST BE HAUNTED WORDS WORDS WORDS NO SHE MUST BE CRAZY WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS WORDS CRAZY WORDS SICKNESS WORDS WORDS WORDS DEATH THE END.” – Paquita Maria Sanchez
Hilarious! And so right. Did not enjoy. Just watch the show.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This was on my list of highly anticipated books for 2020. It did not disappoint. Addie is a young woman who trades her soul in exchange for her freedom. She ends up in a prison, she can’t be remembered by anyone. This ends up being scarier than you can imaging when you first contemplate it. I really enjoyed this book. I can’t recommend it enough.
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
A really lovely ARC. This book follows the creation of the Oxford Dictionary through the eyes of a young girl whose father is involved in the research. It is a sweet, heartfelt, feminist, look at language and how policing of language attempts to deny agency to minorities, women and others who are not considered worthy of inclusion. I loved it. If you like historical fiction and are a fan of words this is a book for you.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
I don’t know why I never read this book when the show came out last year. I’m not particularly drawn to horror so that’s probably why. I liked the show (maybe a tad too creepy for me) and the book was good too. None of the ambiguity of The Turn of the Screw. There are ghosties here and you know it. It’s a good read.
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Too bad, this is a DNF for me. It’s well written but I’m just not a fan of mobsters/yakuza. I skip those episodes on Law & Order.
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ms. Holmberg is a consistently good writer. Her fantasies are fun, spellbinding, and hard to put down. This is one of my favorites of hers. I really hope that the second book comes out soon. Elsie has the ability to take spells apart, unfortunately, those skills are in demand by local groups with bad intentions. There’s more to it than that, I did a bad job describing it but it really is charming. Well worth your time.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
This is one I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. It’s been in my TBR pile for a while. I know it has a big fan following, and since I hear there’s a tv show coming I figured I’d get around to reading. I liked it ok. I feel like it’s a good story. The characters are good and I particularly like the two main female characters and their relationship to one another. The world building was good but not described well. I feel like I spent a great deal of the book trying to figure out who the different factions are, and the mythology behind the civilizations wasn’t spelled out well enough. Hopefully the next few books will help.
Well that’s all I’ve got for now! I felt like I read more than that in October but I guess not! I’m losing it. (ha!)