Book Haul & Reading Update – October 2019

It is the end of the month, which means it is time for my monthly book update!

I am not doing a reading wrap-up today, because I haven’t finished any books this month. I have been reading, but not as much as I wanted, so I haven’t managed to finish anything. And also, I’ve been reading a few books at the same time. So I though that, instead of just skipping the wrap-up altogether, I would do a little reading update instead. Tell you about what I’m currently actively reading and how that’s going, how I’m liking it and how far I’ve gotten. Doing this kind of takes the pressure off for me, I don’t feel like I need to finish a book this month just to have something to talk about, which feels nice.

And then, the book haul. I haven’t had a month where I haven’t done a book haul, since I started my book buying ban. Not because I am failing at the ban, but because people keep gifting me books. I am not complaining though, I love getting books as presents 😉 And because I love talking about new books, why not start with those today?

The Song Of Achilles – Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Last month I told you that I had gotten Circe by Madeline Miller for my birthday. My mom got it for me because I asked for it, and I am really excited to start reading it. But she did not only get me the one book, oh no, she also got me The Song Of Achilles, and I am so so happy she did! I have heard so many amazing things about this book, from my mom as well because she has read it too, so it was high on my bookish wish list. I am excited to read about Miller’s version of this Ancient Greek story, with the things she made up mixed with the original myth. I don’t know a whole lot about the story of Achilles of the Iliad, but I am excited to learn about it a little bit this way.

A Short History Of Drunkenness – Mark Forsyth

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there’s drink there’s drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It an be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day’s work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. Marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got wrecked, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.
A Short History Of Drunkenness traces humankind’s love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Or the many possible reasons, why?
A history of the world at its inebriated best.

My probably last birthday present was yet another book, and one that I am (again) so so excited to read! I shared this on my bookish wishlist a while ago, and when my friend asked me what I wanted I knew this was it. This book has been on my wish list as soon as I saw it in a bookshop in Leiden, it sounded hilarious and oh my, I only read a few chapters so far but it is already so. freaking. hilarious!! I am pretty sure I will have finished this before the end of November, it is such an easy read and also quite interesting.

Classic Ghost Stories

The whole face. dim at first, gradually focused itself into the clear outline: it was pale and rather lean, the fave of a young man. And then the lower lip dropped a little, showing the glint of teeth, and there was the sound of speech. ‘I shall soon come for you now,’ it said, and on the words it drew a little nearer to her, and the smile broadened. At that the full hot blast of the nightmare poured in upon her…

I am about 5 stories into this book now, and I am enjoying it a lot. Some of the stories are more my thing than others in therms of writing style and flow and such things, but so far I haven’t read one that I really didn’t enjoy, just one that I didn’t get on with as well as the others. And that’s the fun thing about these collections, you get to kind of sample different authors and discover who and what you do and do not like.
The stories so far haven’t creeped me out too bad, there’s non in there that has kept me up at night or really freaked me out, like a few of the M.R. James stories did. They more so kind if left things to the imagination, which is something that I quite enjoyed. I still have quite a few stories to go, so I am excited to see what’s to come!

Bitten – Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf – and she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her – her temper, her violence – but requires it. Worst of all, Elena realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person. Overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, Elena leaves the Pack and moves to the city to try living as a human. When the Pack leader calls to ask for her help fighting a new uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

I have been taking a lot longer to read this book than I thought I would, because as you might remember, I was really excited to have this and to read this. I just find that I don’t love it as much as I loved the Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong, that one really sucked me in where with this series I was kind of struggling in the beginning to fall in love with the story. I still haven’t fallen in love with the story and the characters, but now that I’m about halfway through I am finally getting into the story. I am still not super motivated and excited to pick it up, but once I do start reading I have a hard time putting it down. We’ll see, maybe by the end of November I’ll finally have finished this.

And that is my little book update for October. I seem to manage to collect books each month, even though I am not buying them myself. Not that I’m complaining… 😉

I hope that in November I will finally finish some books again, otherwise my reading goal will be hard to reach… I am sure I will though!

Thanks for stopping by ❤