October was a relatively slow month for reading. But, I did find a couple good books that I'm really looking forward to reading.
First, what I read:
- Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde is book four in the Thursday Next series. It took me a while to track this one down, but it was worth it. These books are just fun. I guess they'd be classified as fantasy or sci fi, since they take place in an alternate version of England where croquet is a major spectator sport, there's dodos, neanderthals, and time cops, but it's fun. So much fun. I laugh out loud frequently while reading these and this one was no exception.
- Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith took me a while to get through, but it was a good read. I don't read a lot of books that take place in Russia or communist Russia, so this was interesting, but the book was just too far fetched for me. I loved how they delved into Leo, and his wife Raisa's relationship and how it changed and grew throughout the story, but the whole child murder angle was just too ridiculous for me to find plausible. While I enjoyed this one, I don't think I'll go look for the other two books in the series.
- Letters to Zell by Camille Griep was a surprise gift from my Sweet Progress Swap partner- Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag. Her package was awesome by the way, so be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the reveal of what she sent, but for now, here's a little taste. This book looks like it's going to be fun! It involves some of your favorite princesses- Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty- spun in a new light. One that has them questioning their happy ever afters, so it looks like it will be great.
- The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell was found on Bookmooch. I was drawn to this one because Henning Mankell is the author of the Wallander books, which is one of my favorite BBC shows, so when I found this book that takes place in Sweden, but wasn't part of the series. I'm a sucker for Swedish mysteries.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was discovered at the bargain book table for only six bucks. It's been on my to read list for a while, so I decided to snap it up. I love dystopian fiction and this one takes place in the Great Lakes region, so that's a double bonus.
- The Trespasser by Tana French. This was a surprise treat in the mail that arrived from one of my best friends. I don't think it's any secret by now that I LOVE Tana French so I'm excited to dive into her latest book and see how it fares with the rest of her canon.