Hello and welcome to my October 2020 reading status!
During the past days I realized that I have a different strategy for sharing my reading status, compared to other bloggers (middle of the month compared to end of month). But it makes sense to me to take a reflection moment mid-month, to see what was done and what needs to be done. Do you also have this approach, or you prefer the end of the month wrap-up?
Back to reading! Since the previous reading status in September I finished 4 books – keeping up with my personal record for 2020! And what an interesting blend: non-fiction, murder mystery, and exotic settings such as Madagascar and West Africa. Cheers to many more months like that!
At the moment I am reading Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie (my review). It is a new collection of winter-themed mysteries, just in time for the upcoming winter season in the Northern Hemisphere ❄️ All short stories have winter as leitmotif (snowdrifts and dangerous gifts, poisoned meals and mysterious guests), and some of them feature Poirot and Miss Marple.
The book will be published on 20th of October (yes, very very soon!). This is the second advanced review copy I read and I am super happy about it!
First book finished was The Truants by Kate Weinberg (my review). It is a murder mystery involving a group of rule-breaker students and a teacher, reminding of “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. It is a modern whodunnit, a story about friendship and betrayal, transition (or not) to adulthood. For a great experience, try playing truant while reading the book!
I am very excited about the next book I read, as it was the first time I read an advanced review copy! Red Island House by Andrea Lee is a full immersion in the culture of Madagascar, with strong focus on the island’s cultural heritage as seen through the eyes of foreigners. The book will be published in March 2021.
Next followed a non-fiction book – The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker (my review). It is a very educative book about how to transform any type of gathering into an engaging and memorable experience. Priya Parker gives lots of examples of interesting gatherings, from family dinners with a twist to global dinner parties – if you’re curious, google “Dîner en Blanc” 🙂
The last book I finished was Swing Time by Zadie Smith (my review). It is focused on the story of two young mixed-race girls / women and how their lives develop as they take different paths. I have mixed feelings about this story, as I was a bit disappointed. However, it was captivating enough to keep me reading until the last page!
Not sure what my next read will be, but I do have at least two priorities – The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. Atwood and Murakami are two of my favourite authors, so I will certainly read these books very soon, now that they’re actually waiting for me on the shelf ❤
How are you enjoying the transition season? For those in the Northern Hemisphere, already cuddling under the blanket with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate?☕ And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, looking forward to summer holidays? ☀️
‘Till next time … happy reading!