What I Read In October 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well. October has been a better month for me as my foot was given the all clear from the specialist; I began phasing back into work and I started driving again. Here’s what I read over the month:

The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart (1962) ***
First, I finished the modern, suspense classic The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart, which helped me escape the miserable weather of the UK to the sun-drenched island of Crete. Where a young Englishwoman, Nicola Ferris finds herself caught up in a dangerous, fast-paced adventure, as she tries to help her fellow countryman. A marvellously romantic, suspense that swept me away and gripped me from start to finish.

Persuasion by Jane Austen (1818) ***
Next I indulged in a comforting re-read of the wonderful, Regency classic Persuasion by Jane Austen, which was my result for The Classic’s Club latest Spin event. A beautiful, delicate and heartbreaking tale of love lost and love won. All written with Austen’s careful, ironic observations on the people, etiquette and society of Regency England. It was so lovely to meet back up with Anne and the other characters, who feel like old friends.

Her Kind by Niamh Boyce (2019) ***
Then I plunged into the dark, atmospheric historical-fiction Her Kind by Niamh Boyce, which shines a light onto the women caught up in the terrifying Kilkenny Witch Trial, in Ireland, and the events that led up to it. Being such an emotive tale, I needed to take my time over, however I was well and truly drawn into the believable actions and voices Boyce gave to these silenced and forgotten women.

The Moor by Laurie R. King (1998) **
Finally, I read the fourth Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Moor by Laurie R. King, which with the month’s horrid weather here in the UK appropriately took me to wet, foggy Dartmoor – the scene for Holmes’ best-known case of the Baskervilles – for another mysterious conundrum with ghostly Lady Howard’s carriage and the infamous, diabolical hound for this married sleuthing team. Good, nostalgic fun.

Altogether that is four books read – Another really good amount for me. While I have enjoyed all my reading this month, I think pick of month has to go jointly to The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart and Persuasion by Jane Austen. While I got my reviews up for these two, I still have my full thoughts to post on my later two reads. So keep your eyes peeled for them!

As you may have noticed my reading has continued to be filled with darker, mysterious reads: The Moonspinners, Her Kind and The Moor. So another three books for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIV reading challenge, which with the end of October also brings the end of this challenge. I will have a round up post up for it soon.

Now over to you: Have you read any of these books? What did you read in October? What are you planning to read in November?


14 thoughts on “What I Read In October 2019

  1. The Moonslpinners sounds like great escapism, just what we all need. I love Persuasion, Ann Eliot is a great heroine. Laurie R King books are so good too but it’s years since I read one.

    1. Oh Ali, The Moonspinners really was a great escapist read – I highly recommend it! And Persuasion and The Moor were comforting reads too. All in all just what was needed with my recovery and the miserable weather. 🙂

  2. I’m glad October was a better month for you. I love The Moonspinners and Persuasion too and although I haven’t read your other two books, I would like to read both of them. I still need to catch up with the third Russell and Holmes book first though, before I can start The Moor!

    1. Thank you, Helen 🙂 I really hope you have chance to read Her Kind and to catch up with the third Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery soon – I think you’ll enjoy both. 🙂

  3. You did well for October, especially considering you were busy getting back into the routine of life following your “confinement”. I hope November is a good month for you, too! 🙂

  4. I do love Persuasion and have been mulling a re-read. It seems like a great fall book. I go through most of my galley/ARC list in October which was much needed to take the pressure off for the rest of the year! Have a great November!

    1. Geoff, I hope you made progress through your galley/ARC list in October and I really hope you have chance to indulge in a re-read of the wonderful Persuasion soon. And thank you, I hope you have a great November too. 😀

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