This Week, Last Month: 1st November, 2015 (and October round-up)

Hi All, welcome to November. This is one of my favourite times of year, with the weather changing and Christmas just around the corner, not that I’m quite ready for it yet but – now Halloween is over – there is nothing else I need to plan for to get in the way of getting excited about the season.

And this week has been all about Halloween, with a party Friday and trick or treating last night. Β It’s also been half term, which has meant a few days away and little time to read, though I did manage to finish Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica and post one review, Drive by James Sallis, which I loved. He is one of my favourite authors and I never tire of his stripped back style of writing and interesting, flawed, characters.

The whole month has been a bit hit and missed with posting but can’t be helped. I have learnt not to beat myself up about it. Plus, I read some really good books, one other of which I loved…


Follow the Leader by Mel Sherratt, the second in the series involving DS Allie Shenton, was as good as – better even – than the first with a serial killer on the loose in the City of Stoke set on carrying out revenge on those who had done him wrong. It was well written with great characters. I have the third book ready to read and hope to be cracking the spine on this in the next few weeks.

And the rest of which I really liked, including…

932671imageA Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, the first Sherlock Holmes I’ve read (and the first story featuring the greatest detective off all time), I could see why the story has stood the test of time.

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish, which I’d heard goods about and wasn’t disappointed by. Just what was going on behind the well-to-do front doors in this London suburb and exactly what happened to the most beautiful resident of the street made this a real page turner – and made me want to read more books by this author.


Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge, the first in a series I’m already four books behind on but would like to catch up with. This was a pretty dark tale of a serial killer targeting couples but with a clever plot and interesting central character.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I read for Frightfall and also my Classic Club challenge. A book I felt I knew the story of but it turns out I didn’t. This was a horror story but also a tragic tale of a creature mankind just couldn’t accept. I needed up feeling quite sad by the end, rather than scared.

Looking back over the month, I was surprised to see there wasn’t one “blah” book amongst them – perhaps I’m getting soft in my old age or maybe have just been lucky, in which case I hope the look continues. I’m not sure what I’ll be reading next – I still have all last week’s books and I also picked up an audiobook about The Gunpowder Plot which seemed appropriate for the time of year.

What about you? What are you reading? Or what have you read I should be adding to the list?


This week, I’m linking in (rather belatedly) with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) with Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post

  1. I have been ogling The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. Enjoy your books…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. I really can recommend it. Enjoy if you do read it.


  2. Great post. I’m hoping to read The Sudden Departure of the Frasers soon. I’ve also only read Eeny Meany and really want to read the rest of that series as I really enjoyed the first one. I hope you get time to read them all soon.

    Here’s my October wrap-up post:

    1. Thanks. I was surprised by The Sudden Departure…but in a good way so hope you enjoy. I keep starting series I never finish is my main problem- too many books!

      1. Ooh I’m really intrigued to start reading it then, I must get to it soon. I’m terrible for not finished series too, I start them and love them and then get side-tracked by other books and series! Definitely a case of too many books! πŸ™‚

  3. Great post, I really enjoyed both Follow The Leader and The Sudden Departure of the Frasers!

    1. Thanks – so nice to have such a month of good book So!

  4. Glad you had such a good reading month. Follow the Leader sounds right up my alley, I need to check out book one. Have a wonderful week Emma!!

    1. Me too…now I want it to continue, you should definitely check out Mel Sherratt. Have a good week!

  5. I always enjoy the lead up to Christmas too, it always goes by so fast so I don’t mind starting a little early. πŸ™‚ Glad the books have all been good- it’s nice when you get on a roll like that.

    1. It’s one of the times of year where people seem a little cheerier – it does go quickly though!

  6. Glad you had no ‘blah’ books this past month. I’ve had a couple… including one I tried to start the other day (which was recommended). I’m not sure how much of it was me not being in the mood vs the book itself which makes it hard.

    I’m actually not a huge fan of the Christmas season. Bah humbug etc. πŸ™‚

    1. I just love that Christmas lets me be a kid again, and listen to cheesy music without shame. Sometimes I have the same with books where I wonder how anyone else read it then realise I just need a break – which usually means box sets in front of the TV πŸ˜€

  7. Glad to hear it was a good reading month for you. Have a great week.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

    1. It did go well. There is usually one in there I really wish I hadn’t read but not this month.

  8. Lots of good books for you last month… hope November is even better πŸ™‚

    1. Me too. Though I’ve started with a book on healthy eating so unfortunately it will also be on without chocolate .

  9. I really loved Eeny Meeny too – and the sequel, Pop Goes the Weasel. That’s great you read all good books this month even though you were quite busy. I feel like November will be hectic for me, getting near the end of my semester for school, but overall, I hope I can get a lot of reading and other fun things in!


    1. I really want to read Pop Goes The Weasal. The more Nathan always seem to speed up at this time of year don’t they – oh for the lazy days of summer.

  10. I need to give the original Sherlock a go. I’m going to try to find the audiobook so it’s my knitting companion while I crank out more holiday gifts.

    1. I can imagine they would do well as an audiobook. Plus short chapters mean you can did in and out.

  11. It’s great when all your reads are great and no meh books to be soon. Just what a book lover adores!

    1. It is isn’t it? Wish it was always the case. πŸ˜€

  12. A Study in Scarlet and The Sudden Departure of the Frasers sounds good.

    Hope you are having a good reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. Both well worth a read. Enjoy!

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