This week’s topic is looking at horror/thriller tropes that I either don’t find scary or particularly thrilling.
The stalker ex & domestic abuse/controlling partners. I can handle small amounts in a book, but stalking or domestic abuse or controlling partners sets off my anxiety. I just don’t find it to be particularly enjoyable to read about.
Cults. I tend to avoid books about organized cults or religious groups. Thrillers set around cults is not a trope I particularly enjoy.
Unreliable or chaotic narrators. When the narrator or plot is too busy or chaotic, I can’t always follow what is happening or tell who to trust/believe.
Random amnesia. Characters, particularly the protagonist having amnesia, is not really a trope I read.
Inheritance plots. When rich relative conveniently dies within the early parts of the book, I tend to be able to figure out exactly where the rest of the plot is going. If I can guess the ending of a thriller too easily, it’s not exacting thrilling.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme that is currently being hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.
And just like that, it is October. This year is just flying by. I’m still finishing up the last remnants of unpacking from my move. Yeah, I’m a procrastinator. It’s mostly just those last few things that I still need to find a home for. I love my new apartment, and slowly but surely Lottie and I are making it feel like a home.
I didn’t get a whole lot of actual reading done in September. I was unpacking and adjusting to life as a single parent, but I’m getting it all figured out now. I’ve got a bit of a routine going, and finding time to get some reading done. I lacked motivation as I got closer to the move, and it has taken some time to get it back again, but I think I’m back.
I joined several readathons this month to hopefully pull me out of the reading slump. I did join Bookoplathon in September, but I only actually managed to do two of the prompts before losing my motivation completely. Between being tired of unpacking and actually unpacking, I just didn’t get to it like I thought I would. But that’s okay.
But let’s talk books!
What I read last week:
The Woman In Cabin 10 was my first prompt for both Spoopathon and Spooktober. I only finished this yesterday, but still technically counts as last week. It was my first book by Ruth Ware, and I thought it was okay. I found it confusing in parts, and some of the plot choices were not what I wanted, but it was fine. The main character, Lo, I wasn’t a huge fan of which I don’t think helped. It started off very promising, and I quite enjoyed the end, but the portion in between I found to be chaotic and jumbled.
What I am reading now:
I started Bring Me Back yesterday and so far I am hooked. The back and forth between timelines and glimpses into the past and present stories is excellent.
Bizenghast is my first manga, and I chose it to fulfill a new genre prompt. It’s a little creepy and weird, so right up my alley.
The Mutts Autumn Diaries is a book I chose to break up the heaviness and weirdness of Bring Me Back, Bizenghast, and Woman In Cabin 10. Sometimes so much heavy at once gets a bit much and I like something lighter to brighten it all up.
What I’m reading next:
I have had The Guest List on my TBR for a while now, ever since I picked it up at a 2nd hand bookstore. I should get to it later on this week, assuming I can get my current books finished by then.
What are you reading this week? Have you read any these books?
It’s the time of year where pumpkin spice is everywhere, the leaves are changing colour, and the nights are gradually getting longer and cooler. September-January is my favourite time of the year. I love sitting with a blanket and some hot chocolate while the world outside changes. I love the build up to the holidays, I love decorating and crafting for them. And yes, I am ready for autumn.
The Cozy Autumn Book Tag was created by The Book Belle, and it is all about autumn reading.
What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?
I don’t know that I have one specific book, as I don’t tend to do a lot of rereads. There isn’t really any one book that I pull off the shelf every autumn.
What is your favourite autumnal book cover?
I don’t have a specific favourite cover either, but anything with autumnal colours (red, orange, yellow, brown, green), gives me autumn vibes.
What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?
I love hot chocolate with a dash of either nutmeg or cinnamon in it.
Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?
I have never been a morning person, and unless I have actual plans that require me to leave the house, I do not get up early. I prefer to read later in the afternoon, early evening, though I definitely stay up too late reading on a regular basis (probably the cause of my not being a morning person, but oh well).
Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?
You know, I don’t read a ton of horror, but I’ve been slowly adding more thrillers to my reading lists.
What is the ultimate comfort read for you?
Something chick-lit. Lately I’ve been enjoying Kirsty Greenwood’s books, but anything in that kind of genre feels comforting to me. And not just the book that I’m reading, but also the atmosphere while I am reading it.
What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?
I always keep a bowl of trail mix beside me when I’m reading or watching TV. I buy several bags of different kinds and mix it all up in a bowl.
What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?
Probably more wintery than autumn, but I like the candles that smell like pine trees.
When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?
I love it all. I like carving pumpkins, baking, I knit, decorating for the holidays, and doing tons of crafts with my daughter.
What is on your autumn/fall reading list?
I have a mix on my TBR for fall. They include The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and The Guest List by Lucy Foley. There is something about curling up with a blanket and hot drink and a chilling story while the world outside changes into Fall.
Follow the hashtag #6degrees on Twitter to check out everyone else’s chains. Six Degrees of Separation takes place on the first Saturday of the month.
The starting book for this month is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
Perhaps a kind of obvious jump, but I’m participating in a readathon in the month of October, and for one of the prompts I am choosing to read The Haunting Of Hill House which is also by Shirley Jackson, so that is my first jump.
So next I’m going to go to another haunted house style book, that I read recently, and that is Bly by Kelsey Ketch.
I left the United States to find inner peace. Instead, I find myself confronting a malicious ghost.
Astyr Salt is a spiritual and emotional empath who moved to England with the intent to forget about a traumatic, supernatural event that occurred during her freshman year of college. However, when she takes a spiritual cleansing assignment in a haunted country home in Essex, she is isolated with all her own pent-up emotions.
These emotions energize the ghosts inhabiting the country home, helping them draw their own tragedies to the surface. Searching for the truth, Astyr is forced to relive the past. And the deeper she dives into the country home’s horrific history, the more the intertwined memories place her in the path of an evil and demented predator.
A blend of contemporary fantasy, horror, and mystery, Bly is inspired by Henry James’s classic novella, The Turn of the Screw.
I spent almost the entirety of Bly trying to figure out:
(1) what was going to happen next, and
(2) whether or not Astyr was actually going to survive it
so that had me going. I do quite enjoy a horror story, and this one felt like I was watching a movie unfold in front of me. It wasn’t a horror as such, in the way that it wasn’t all that spooky, but there was a ton of supernatural type stuff so it still felt like it fits in the horror/spooky kind of theme.
So Astyr is a spiritual empath. She can share the feelings of another person, and she believes and can feel spirits. The ghosts/spirits in this book aren’t exactly your cute, cuddly, friendly ghosts, so being a spiritual empath doesn’t really work out too well and leads to a lot of problems for Astyr.
This is a book with a very fast – pace, so it was easy to sit down and read this in one sitting. I like to read horror/spooky things quickly or close together anyway so that I don’t get pulled out of the emotional aspect of it, and the storyline was interesting enough to keep me sucked in until the end. I liked Astyr, the character felt very real to me, which definitely helped me to stay within the story.
Devastated and lost, Former British Intelligence officer Alec McKinley knows he must move on. Still, he can’t forget the love of his life. The woman he tried so hard to protect and failed. When Alec arrives at the trial that will determine the fate of those responsible for destroying his world, he discovers how deep the lies run.
Mercedes Elliott has suffered through a lifetime’s worth of trauma, but finally, the end seems near. The trial that could free her from witness protection is around the corner, which means Alec will be waiting for her at last. She can’t wait to drop the charade she’s been living. But when Mercedes returns, she finds Alec isn’t alone and everything she thought she knew is a lie. There’s no one left to trust.
Deceptions run deep, and Alec grows more and more desperate to protect Mercedes, even as she is slipping through his fingers. Can he keep her alive long enough to prove he has never forgotten her? Or will evil succeed this time…
This was such a rollercoaster ride of a read. It made me laugh, cry, and at times made me so frustrated it drove me crazy. There were some twists and turns that I expected, but ultimately I loved the way everything wrapped itself up and turned out in the end.
I absolutely adore the relationship between Alec and Sadie. At times it drove me nuts, and sometimes they truly annoyed me, but overall there is something about them to feels so natural and the chemistry is very real.
The story itself gets pretty dark, and I wasn’t quite ready for just how much angst and danger the book would throw at me. It is fairly slow-paced, and it takes some time for things to really start happening, but once they do it is so worth the wait.
The bestselling author of The Duplicate Bride is back with a fresh, fun-filled new take on the wedding genre! When the three Delaney sisters make a wager to see who can get engaged first—with the last one standing being forced to marry their family’s business rival to complete a merger—little does Nell Delaney expect to end up in a battle of fake-engagement wits with her old high school crush, Grant.
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is a quick look and current update in the life of a reader, by answering three simple questions.
The three W’s are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you finish reading recently?
What do you think you will read next?
Every time I’ve sat down to read lately, I’ve either gotten distracted or can’t quite make up my mind what I want to read. I’ve started and paused so many books this week in my quest to find something that will actually hit the spot. I don’t know if I’m just heading towards a reading slump or what is up with me, but hopefully it doesn’t last long.
Autumn is coming in fast. Autumn and winter are my favourite times to read. I’m not a huge fan of the cold, so I like to say I hiberate for the winter. I just tend to stick more to the indoors when it gets colder and the snow and -20 weather hits. That means lots of curling up with a blanket, some hot chocolate, a scented candle and a book. What is your favourite season? What is your best season for reading?
What are you currently reading?
It hasn’t changed from last week. I’m still working through these two books. When I pick up The German Midwife, I do seem to fly through it, but I’m not always so motivated to read it. Stranded, I’m still only a few chapters in.
What did you finish reading recently?
The only book I finished so far this week is The Room In The Attic by Louise Douglas. It is an ARC I got approved for on netgalley, and I was so excited to see it, as my first five star read of 2021 was The House By The Sea by Louise Douglas. I read this book in a day, and it is spooky and chilling and clever, and weird.
What do you think you will read next?
I just got approved for another Netgalley ARC, so I’m planning to get it read this week. The Girl Across The Wire Fence is about a concentration camp in Holland, and follows the people that helped to smuggle letters in and out of the camp for the prisoners.
Have you read anything good this week? Let me know!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is books with numbers in the title. This was a really fun prompt, although I definitely didn’t realize just how many books are out there with numbers in the title.
The Seven Day Switch – Kelly Harms.
Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella.
One Of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey.
Confessions On The 7:45 – Lisa Ungerr.
Six Weeks To Live – Catherine McKenzie.
Summer Of ’69 – Elin Hilderbrand.
The Fourteenth Goldfish – Jennifer L. Holm.
Ten Thousand Stitches – Olivia Atwater.
Sixteen Ways To Defend A Walled City – K. J. Parker.
Have you read any of the books on this list? Are any on your TBR? Let me know!