December 2018 & January 2019 Reading Wrap Up

After book hauls come reading wrap ups. Or the other way around, whatever I feel like doing.

Anyway, reading wrap up time. I am, like my book haul, doing the December and January wrap up all in one. Which works perfectly, as I only read 2 very short books in December and just 2 books as well in January.

The Robber Bridegroom – The Grimm Brothers

“Drawn form German folklore, dark, fantastical fairy tales of wicked deeds, gruesome punishments and just rewards.”

This honestly pleasantly surprised me. I mean, I wouldn’t have bought the book if I didn’t think I would at least mildly enjoy it, but I actually flew through it. I read this one in a few hours, partly because it only has 55 pages but also because it was a lot of fun. You read a fairy tale of about 2-3- pages and then move onto the next one. Before you know it, you’ve read them all. I also enjoyed the fact that there were actually quite a few stories that I knew of but never actually read the Grimm version of. And then there were also some that I’d never heard of. I very much enjoyed this one, and gave it 4 stars.

Lot Nr. 249 – Arthur Conan Doyle

“From the master of the detective story and creator of Sherlock Holmes, the first ever tale to feature a supernatural Egyptian mummy.”

This was also a winner for me. Again, with only 51 pages I flew through it. I’ve never actually read any of his Sherlock Holmes stories (but if you’ve seen my 2019 TBR you would know I might read some short ones this year) but I am very familiar with the characters and most of the stories. It was so fun though, to read something different. This one is about a supernatural mummy and oh, my, I loved it! It was creepy but not super scary, and it was easy to follow. Kind of funny as well at times. Again a 4 star read.

Ghost Stories – M.R. James

“These chilling tales from the master of the English ghost story reveal a world where the familiar becomes diabolical, the smallest object takes on horrifying properties and evil brushes against everyday life in unexpected ways.
In these stories, among others, a disturbing engraving reveals a macabre secret; a whistle unleashes unspeakable malevolence; an ancient curse is passed on and on; and a grisly crime is avenged from beyond the grave.”

After I finished Lot Nr. 249 I was so in the mood for creepy classics, that I just had to get back into these ghost stories. And oh my lawd, what a great idea that was. I loved the different stories, I don’t think there was one I didn’t enjoy. Some were a bit longer, some quite short. All about a British gentleman coming in contact with something supernatural. A lot of these had kind of an open ending, didn’t really explain the supernatural part, but it didn’t bother me, I actually kind of liked that.
The funny thing with these stories was that they didn’t seem overly scary as I was reading them, but then at night when I was lying in bed I actually did get kind of creeped out. The two that I think really stuck with me the most were Oh, whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad and Casting the runes. I still think about both of them sometimes, I just thought they were so good.
One thing that I did struggle a bit with sometimes was the way it was written. Not the writing style, I actually loved how some stories were more like someone was telling stories to a friend (which is how James actually started with these stories apparently) and then some were more actually written. But no, what I struggled with was more so the “oldness” of the writing style. I love it, but I find that I sometimes have to work harder to understand it, I guess. But practice makes perfect, and I intend to read a lot more classics!

The Osiris Ritual – George Mann

“The second Newbury & Hobbes adventure is a thrilling mystery featuring rooftop chases, sword fights, an exhilarating steampunk car chase, and a race through the London Underground.
Death stalks London and the newspapers proclaim that a mummy’s curse has been unleashed. Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, is drawn into a web of occult intrigue as he attempts to solve the murders. And he soon finds himself on the trail of a rogue agent – a man who died to be reborn as a living weapon.
Newbury’s assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, has her own mystery to unveil. Girl are going missing from a magician’s theatre show. But what appears to be a straightforward investigations puts Miss Hobbes in mortal danger.
Can Newbury save his assistant, solve the riddle of the mummy’s curse, capture the deadly man-machine – and stop the terrifying Osiris Ritual from reaching its infernal culmination?”

I don’t know what it is with this Newbury & Hobbes series guys.. It doesn’t grip me as much as some other books or series do, and every time I start reading a new book in the series (well, with the two books I’ve read in this series) I’m like “eh, I don’t know if I’m gonna like this” and that feeling sticks with me throughout about half the book. But then towards the end I find myself getting really into the story and I just want to read the next book. I feel like it’s mostly the writing style that isn’t really for me. But I like the characters a lot, the setting is really interesting and the story lines are quite enjoyable as well. I gave this one 3 stars, and I will keep my eye out for the third book in the series.

Those were all the books I’ve read over the last two months guys. Not too many, but all were quite good ones. I am hoping to get back into reading a bit more in February, but this will actually quite a busy month so we will see..

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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