Reading Wrap-up October, 2018

I can’t believe Spooktober has ended, and NaNoWriMo is in full swing. I usually do this wrap-up at the end of the month, but I was just too busy with other posts. So you’re getting it a few days late, but as I always say, better late than never.

This last month I read five books and two short stories, so a total of seven entries on our list. Also, I was impressed how I enjoyed most of them, giving only three lower than a four star, with is extremely high for me. And three of them were five stars, which means almost half of them I absolutely loved! All of them are Halloween (or horror or mystery) themed, except for one book, which is also really great.

Star 1

1 Star

  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero.

Star 2

2 Stars

  • Agatha Raisin & The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin #28) by M.C. Beaton

Star 3

  • “The Doom That Came to Sarnath” by H. P. Lovecraft (short story)
    • It’s certainly an interesting short story with Lovecraft’s signature vivid descriptions. However, most of the story is just descriptions of Sarnath and the ancient city of Ib. The plot itself is probably a cautionary tale, and I quite enjoyed it, but too much time is spent on describing a city, especially for how short the story is already.

Star 4

4 Stars

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louise Stevenson
  • Prayer For Beginners by Peter Kreeft
    • (The only book I finished this month which is not Halloween-themed) This book is well written, and short and to the point, balancing theology and philosophy well with practicality. I will say, as a practicing Catholic, this book didn’t reveal to me anything I did not already know from previous books, learning, and experience. However, for someone unfamiliar with praying, this book is exactly what it claims to be. It gives you an introduction to prayer. It does not give you a point-by-point list to check off on how to pray, but instead teaches the mindset a Christian should have in their prayer life. My favorite quotes is near the end, “Prayer is not some interior technology, or self-manipulation, or spiritual button-pushing. It is simply standing in the light of objective reality. When we pray, instead of trying to produce love in our souls toward God, we should be basking in God’s love for us.”

Star 5

5 Stars

  • The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #1) by Caleb Carr
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • “The Case of Laker, Absconded” by Arthur Morrison (short story)
    • I had never even heard of Arthur Morrison until I came across this story in a collection of English detective short stories. Yet I was thoroughly impressed. The writing style is quite similar to Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, focusing more on the complexity of the mystery and clues than the characters. I was really impressed by the complexity of this case, a bank robbery with a twist. Also, Hewitt (the main detective of the story) reminded me astonishingly of both Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot (though perhaps without their idiosyncrasies). A fun read I would highly recommend.

 

So there you have it! This month was really fun, focusing on horror and mysteries for most of the month. While it was a bit confining, it was rather like doing a reading challenge. I usually avoid reading challenges because I am a flighty reader. I like to read what I feel like on that day or time.

What books did you read this month? Have you read any of these stories or authors? Also, what’s your favorite Halloween book? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

12 thoughts on “Reading Wrap-up October, 2018

  1. Sarnath and its like have always been Alice’s true muses! 😀 On the other hand, stuff like Charles Dexter Ward always bored the hell out of her. Lovecraft was at his (dubious) best when he only barely alluded, I think.

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      1. Oh, um, just a quirk of mine! I used to say things like that more often when I started blogging, but I’ve since managed to wean myself… mostly. 😀

        I think the full title is The Curious Case of Charles Dexter Ward? It’s one of Lovecraft’s more novella-length things. Hella boring, anyway!

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        1. Quirks aren’t something to be ashamed of! They make us unique people, so embrace it (unless your quirk is murdering someone, then do not embrace that). I haven’t read that novella, but since I own the entire collection of Lovecraft, I’m sure it’s in there and I’ll read it some time. I do find some of his stories much more boring than others, though I do love his writing style.

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          1. Alice approves of your attitude! 😀

            I have to admit I mostly dislike his style, haha! I’m the kind of girl who loves The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath but finds The Shadow Over Innsmouth tiresome. But it takes all kinds, eh? 🙂

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  2. Congratulations! I read some Shakespeare’s plays in this October. Instead of reading much, I enjoyed playing Identity V with my friends.😂 My guilty pleasure. In addition, inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I completely tidied up my dorm room. It was a challenge for me! But fortunately my room still remains clean and tidy. And as always, I learned English!

    I’ve been meaning to write about the game and the book, but I just slack off😂. I really need to learn from you!

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    1. That all sounds fun! I love Shakespeare. I haven’t heard of the game Identity V, though. And cleaning your room is an important obligation, and a task I tend to avoid. You should totally write about both the game and the book, but no pressure! Thank you for sharing what you’ve been up too.

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