Saturday, November 2, 2013

October Reads

October was a very quiet month for reading, disgracefully so compared to other months!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Princess
Once I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling at the end of September, I didn’t pick up a book until I got this from the library on 9th. Well, I lie, I did start other books but I just didn’t have the time to read and was very distracted. However, this came in unexpectedly from the library for me (I had requested they buy it as they had the first 2 books but a few months had passed and it was taking forever to be delivered so I had given up hope!). This is the final instalment of The Infernal Devices and was it worth the wait? Yes it was! I really enjoyed it, it did seem like a satisfying end to the series. I think if it had been edited just slightly I would have loved it, some of it did seem to drag just a tiny bit, not as much as other series though which is definitely good. Check out book one and book two.

Walk The Lines: The London Underground, Overground by Mark Mason
walk the lines
I have wanted to read this book for about 2 years, ever since it was published. I thought my Mum would get it, as it seems like her kind of thing, so I never got around to buying it myself. Eventually, I once again requested the library buy it and this also landed itself in the library for me without warning, I didn’t think they were going to buy it. Again, was it worth the wait? Yes! I loved it. First off I love the whole idea of walking the lines of the Underground overground, a great piece of stunt journalism which is something I love. I also love the Underground, I find it fascinating so it’s great to find out some history and titbits I hadn’t heard before. Lastly it was also interesting to hear about areas that you’d seen on the Underground maps but had no idea about. I’ll probably buy myself a copy of this I loved it so much!

Joyland by Stephen King
My second ever King book! I wanted to read something with a bit of horror or spookiness in it around Halloween. After finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling I wanted another mystery story and so I decided on this. Set in 1973, main character 21 year old college student Devin Jones gets a summer job at a North Carolina amusement park. Here he learns that a few years before of a girl was murdered on the site and the killer had never been found. Devin is intrigued about this story and finds it on his mind more and more. I had expected the story to have a bit more suspense and twists and focus a lot on the killer and the mystery. Especially with that cover! And while it does, the story is actually more a nostalgia novel. The story is told by a real time Devin, looking back on this summer and remembering this job, the friends made, the people who touched his life and trying to get over his first heartbreak. It was a very sweet story actually and I enjoyed it for what it was. Part nostalgia, part mystery. The mystery does get solved and so there is a big lead up to that but if you’re looking for a proper crime or mystery novel this isn’t really it.
October Stats

Number of Books Read- 3

Ratio Fiction to non-fiction- 2:1

Books borrowed from library: 3

Number of eBooks: 0

Number of books from Reading Resolutions: 0

And that’s it. Yes, pathetic really! I am in the middle of another book, if I had stepped it up a bit I might have finished it on time but I didn’t. I think once that’s done, I’m going to start the new Malcolm Gladwell that I showed in this post, I’m really looking forward it!
January’s Reads
February’s Reads
March Reads
April’s Reads
May’s Reads
June’s Reads
July’s Reads
August’s Reads
September Reads


  1. I've been so hit and miss with reading this year, that I don't think I've made a dent in my to-read pile at all. I keep adding to it too.

    1. lol, I'll NEVER make a dent in my to-read pile as I'm always adding to it!


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