Sometimes I feel as though I’m the only person on Earth who didn’t think that Knives Out was the revolutionary and original murder mystery that everyone else believes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but the way some people go on, you’d think Rian Johnson had invented the drama. Although, I’m generally underwhelmed by whodunnits in general. It might be because of my love of Agatha Christie or because I’m just too cynical. Either way, I just think they’re too obvious. It’s such an oversaturated market that we’ve seen it all before. I just think it’s difficult to shock, so you need to do something special to keep me on board. I was keen to find out if See How They Run would do that.
I have a few writers that I instantly buy. Richard Ayoade is one of them. I think everything he’s ever written is hilarious and well worth the read. So, I had to pre-order his new children’s book. I could imagine him being the perfect writer to create a unique and engaging story for younger readers.
What have you been reading this week?
Without wishing to jinx myself, November seems to be going okay so far. I’ve been steadily getting through books, some of which are actually from my TBR and not just new ones. I’ve also started getting ahead with my weekly posts. Last week, I finished everything over the weekend, which meant I was less stressed during the week. I don’t know why I’ve never tried to get this organised before. I have so much more time for activities. Admittedly, I didn’t spend enough of that extra time reading but that’s okay. I managed to read plenty this week without it.
After I read French Braid earlier this year, I decided that I’d try and read more Anne Tyler books. She’s an author that I haven’t read enough of and it’s time to change that. So, when I discovered a few of her books on my library app, I decided to borrow them. Again, I’ve been listening to audiobooks at work and she’s a great writer for that. Her stories are detailed but don’t require a lot of effort to keep track of the plot. You just get to enjoy gorgeous writing as you perform menial tasks. What could be better?
I found out about this film after watching The Curse of Bridge Hollow for Halloween. That should be obvious though really. Why else would I have chosen to watch a Marlon Wayans film instead of animation directed by Henry Selick. After all, he’s responsible for two of my favourite animated films. What a legend.
There are plenty of reasons to buy a book. Not all of them are great but they exist. I bought a copy of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett because it was beautiful. I found a hardback copy with stencilled edges and had to own it. I’d never read anything by Patchett before and I knew nothing about the book. Needless to say that it sat on my shelf going unread for ages. To encourage me I even bought the audiobook back when I still had an Audible account. Since leaving Audible, I’ve let my library lie unlistened to for ages. So, I decided to get back into it. Why did I start with this one? I’d previously downloaded it and it was under 10 hours long. Seemed like as good a reason as any.
What have you been reading this week?
It’s November, so I’m feeling much more inclined to stay inside reading at the moment. I need to spend this month getting back on track with all of my ARCs and books I’ve been sent. I also want to get into as much crime fiction as possible because it’s that time of year. I’m hoping to get ahead with my posts, which should give me more time for reading during the week. I say should but we all know that my plans very rarely work out as I intend them to.
I don’t know what’s happened to me lately. I’ve been on an absolute roll with my reading and have a bit of a review backlog. It’s a really new and great feeling. Especially considering the past few months haven’t gone as I’d expected. I had a few books that I definitely wanted to get through last month and I managed a few of them. Top of the list was this beauty that was published during the month. It just sounded like such a fun Halloween book and I’m a huge fan of the film. But would the book actually be any good?
I’m not a horror movie fan. They just aren’t my thing. For one thing, I hate jump scares. I’m so easily spooked. So, when it comes to Halloween movies, I tend to gravitate towards kid’s movies. They’re more my speed and tend to be quicker. I’m still not at the top of my film-watching game, so have no attention span. Thankfully, Netflix always has something stupid that fits the bill.
Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 6
Number of ARCS: 0
I had a few books on my October TBR that I wanted to get through. All linked to Halloween in some way. I didn’t get through all of them but I did manage to get a few finished. I also crossed off a few of the books at the top of my general TBR and an anticipated sequel. Who knows what November brings but I feel like I’m ending the month in a good place.
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4* reviews: 1