I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. – J.K. Rowlings
Reading is always one of my favorite things to do. It allows me to travel to new realms.
It is a chance to experience new adventures.
Sometimes reading is a wonderful way to escape the every day world, and this last month that is what many of these books allowed me to do. October was a bit of a difficult month, that’s not to say that some wonderful things did not happen in it, but it did affect what I read.
So, I ended up reading quite a few lighter books this last month.
Anyways, here are my favorites that I read this last month.
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
This was a really fascinating read. It goes over the basics of life when Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote, and explains some of the things that they take for granted in their writing, but modern readers have no idea what they are talking about.
So, this was was really helpful. There’s a lot of information, so it is a bit of a slow read.
I found it a worthwhile book and it is a book that I would definitely consider coming back to for reference.
The Way of Kings + Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
I’m liking this series even more than I liked the other series that I’ve read by him. I had trouble putting them down. I’ve started Oathbringer, but since these are huge books it does take a little while to read them.
I liked both of these books, but I have to say ‘The Way of Kings’ is my favorite so far.
I really like what he does with his characters. They feel real.
And his plots and world-building are very original. I’m really enjoying reading things by him.
But I guess didn’t come here to read me raving about one author and one of his series.
A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This is not the first time that I’ve read this book; I believe that I’ve read all, or just about all, of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
However, I haven’t read this in a number of years and it was interesting to come back and read it. I actually don’t think I’ve read it since I watch the BBC’s ‘Sherlock: A Study in Pink.’
It is fascinating to read it and see how Sherlock Holmes and John Watson meet. It’s so easy to think that they were always this unstoppable duo solving crimes, but that really is not the case.
So, I found it interesting to come back to this Sherlock Holmes mystery and see how they met.
And I just enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes.
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
This is another re-read that I came back to after years without reading it.
I enjoyed it. It’s an interesting first book in a series, or as a stand-alone book. It was something that I enjoyed reading.
Although, it’s a fantasy book with a fight between the Dark and the Light going on it doesn’t feel that dark, there’s never a time when you really have to worry that someones going to die, sometimes that’s a nice thing in a book.
Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet, Cress, and Winter by Marissa Meyer
This is a fun series. I read the first book Cinder a few months ago, so I didn’t feel the need to go back and re-read that one.
I enjoyed reading this series. It’s fun. Bad things happen, but really this series is just some fairy tales put into a sci-fi world.
So, that brings me to the end of what I read this October. What did you read this last month?