Hi All – happy Sunday, hope you are having a good week and weekend. Mine involved a lot of travel again this week for work – three days on trains back-to-back which was more tiring than it might sound as the starts were very early. The plus side is that, whilst I work on the train on the mornings, I read on the way home so I got my Tuesday intro, Small Great Things finished and started on my next book, Dark Water by Robert Bryndza which I was lucky enough to get a review copy of (link to goodreads).
We also went to the pictures this week to see The Girl on the Train. I was a late comer to this book but really enjoyed it and, whilst I don’t normally go to see films of books I like, felt I had to go see the film. I’m now in mixed minds about whether that was a good idea. It wasn’t a bad film at but it wasn’t great and I think I might have expected too much. The fact that it was set in a different country didn’t help as it completely changed the vision I had in my head. Then there were bits of the story missing that I felt would have helped it make more sense or just more compelling. I now feel the need to re-read the book though to remind myself of how good I thought it was (you can read my review here).
In between all this, I managed to write two reviews. One was for Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the last of the Miss Peregrine trilogy. I have really enjoyed this series of young adult books which include a series of vintage photographs that really helped the characters come alive. It was a fitting end to the trilogy with all the ends tied up. The other was for Fractured by Catherine McKenzie which is in the running to be my favourite book of the year. It was well written and cleverly done, slowly revealing a story of neighbourhood conflict with a tragic result.
I also wrote about what stories scare me and signed up for a Halloween read-a-thon, which starts tomorrow and I’m looking forward to. First up or the read-a-thon is a ghost story, The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill…
For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has journeyed all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering traveller Conrad Vane. In an effort to learn more about Vane’s early life–and his own–Sir James sets off for the remote Kittiscar Hall on a cold and rainy winter night. But he soon begins to feel as though something is warning him away at every turn; there are the intense feelings of being watched and the strange apparitions of a sad little boy. And as he learns more about his hero’s past, he discovers that they are only the beginning, for Kittiscar Hall is hiding terrible secret that will bind their lives together in ways he could never have imagined.
I love a good ghost story and this sounds perfect. And that’s about it for me. What about you? What have you been up to and reading?
This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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.