Let us return to the present time and take a look at the reading list of the current month. Now, being a teacher, I can tell you that being overambitious is a way of life. There’s been a plethora of times when you think you can overload everything in a child’s head and then you’re forced to take a step back and come to your senses, realising that you’re going to exhaust the poor young soul. Well, the reader often falls into the same trap. And this is the list that I somehow believe (…although I don’t know why…) I can fulfill before cold November greets us with its Christmas countdown…It is most certain that one or two of the books mentioned will wait their turn once October ends, but hey, you never know. Let me be optimistic. Which is another trait of the teaching job but that’s for another time…
The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan
I read Riordan’s novel ”The Girl in the Photograph” and fell in love with the writing and the Gothic feeling of the story. The dual timeline and the eerie atmosphere is extremely present in ”The Shadow Hour” as well and I can say that it is definitely an excellent follow – up. I hit the 50% mark today so there’s quite a long way to go, but the omens are good.
The Good People by Hannah Kent
Hannah Kent is the extremely talented author that created my second favourite book of all time, ”Burial Rites”, a beautiful, haunting, painful story that is a song of exaltation to the beauty and wilderness of Iceland. Now, ”The Good People” transports us to Ireland, the Emerald Island of myths, legends and sorrow, as we follow the story of three women dealing with the sins of the past and the losses of the present. This one will not wait until November…
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
One of my favourite authors has created a fable based on the infamous Lancashire witches. With one of the most striking covers I’ve ever seen, this book screams for Halloween…
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
Nothing is better than a good old story with a haunted house and a fearless governess in mid 1800s London…
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
It was a real trouble to get my hands on this book, but it’s finally here. I have read a lot of interesting reviews on this one and many trusted friends swear by McMahon’s writing. This is presumably another ghost story, set in Vermont during the first years of the previous century and a perfect transition from October to November.
In other news -and as if the above lot wasn’t enough- I am currently reading:
Haunted Nights by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton
The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss
What are you currently reading? Give me suggestions in the comments:)
‘Till next time!