Monthly update: November, 2017

Month in review

So this is it, the final countdown to Christmas is one day away – time to dig out the advent calendars and start shopping earnest!  I am officially getting excited (it helps that it has snowed here today, and I love snow).  I’m not sure what the season will do to my reading and blogging but I imagine for a lot of us it will start to slow down as we focus on other things.  November, though was a good reading month (bar a mini-slump half way through).  Here’s what I liked, loved and just weren’t for me this month…



Thieves on the fens   return of the magi   Little Boy Blue

Thieves on the Fens by Joy Ellis, the latest Nikki Galena book and one of the best for me.  I loved the different characters, which Ellis develops so well, and the dual storyline – both of which were compelling!

Little Boy Blue by M. J. Arlidge, which I still can’t get over.  I described it in one word “Wow!” and it still stands.  Brilliant and my book of the month.

Return of the Magi by P. J. Tracy, a short story by one of my favourite authors.  This has a seasonal twist and reminds us all about love, forgiveness and redemption without the sickly sweetness I might have expected.

Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten, the third in the Sandhamn series set on a small island off Sweden where people do a lot of dying.

The Relive Box and Other Stories by T. C. Boyle, which was dark, depressing but oh so compelling with its vision of the future that isn’t pretty.

tonight you're dead   The Relive Box


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The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin, which took me back to my psychological thriller comfort zone in a good way.  This was a clever story with lots of twists, turns and tension.

The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths, my first by this author but likely not my last.  I enjoyed my trip to 1950’s Brighton a lot.

Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon, my only non-fiction book this month which gave me an insight into the Queens of Georgian Britain.  My only complaint…I wanted more!


The Foster Child   How much can the heart hold

The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst, which started off well and had a supernatural twist I liked but lost me somewhere along the way and couldn’t get me back.

How Much the Heart Can Hold: Seven Stories on Love, a collection of stories that I seemed to either love or really not like.  There are some authors to check out here but, as a collection, it wasn’t quite right for me.


The language of dying

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough, which was beautifully written but I still couldn’t get into the story, which I found repetitive.  Disappointing.

And that’s it for the reading…what about you – how was your reading month?

Emma x

This month, I’m linking with Kathryn at Book Date and Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction with their monthly round-up posts (clicking on the images will take you to the posts to check out what others have been reading).

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  1. Great month for you! I want to read more Elly Griffiths…and I need to read Eeny Meeny, the one book I have from M.J. Arlidge. Enjoy December!

  2. Sorry you didn’t enjoy the Sarah Pinborough book – but other than that, it seems you had a really great reading month, Emma:). I hope that December is as good.

    1. Me too. It was pretty good otherwise though. I really cannot complain 😊

      1. No – and you had some really great reads.

  3. I’m guessing you’re right about everyone getting busier in December. In January, we all start blogging again in earnest!!

    1. A bit of a slow down in blogging will probably do me good 😊

  4. Oh snow! Now I am jealous haha. I hope we will get some at some point this winter.
    Looks like a good reading month!

    1. I know – it was great. We are due more this weekend so I’m praying for a white Christmas x

  5. The holidays are so crazy. My blog is already suffering a little because of it. I hope you’re having a great December!

    1. Aren’t they. I have nothing pre-planned so I figure posts will get written or not. Friday and today were nots…who know what tomorrow will bring?

  6. I haven’t heard of any of those books, but Return of the Magi looks interesting, especially with the holidays just around the corner. I’m slowly trying to get back into blogging now after a bit of a hiatus, so I’m hoping the upcoming winter break might provide some time for that soon!

    claire @ clairefy

    1. It’s a nice, quick, holiday read. Good luck getting back into blogging. I always run out of time at this time of year! Thanks for stopping by

  7. Oh man, Dec 21 and I’m going through everyone’s updates from November xD can you imagine.
    Well, I guess it’s good you truly disliked only one book? Sounds like a good reading month 🙂

    1. December does that to you. I have given up on all things blogging till January!

  8. You read books that are new to me. It sounds like you picked great ones for your reading in November, especially since you only disliked one book. Happy holidays!

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