Reading Update – October 2020

October hasn’t been the best reading month, but it also hasn’t been the worst.

I didn’t read a whole lot of books this past month, in fact I finished only one, but I am actually quite happy with my reading efforts. It’s probably party because I’ve already reached this year’s reading goal so I don’t feel the need to read a lot of books in one month. I also just know exactly why I didn’t manage to finish the other book I started this month: it’s a pretty damn scary books, so I need to take more breaks from it if I want to be able to sleep at night.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s see what I did manage to finish first.

A Mysterious Affair At Styles – Agatha Christie

After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory.
Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement…

I finished my seventh Agatha Christie book of the year and it was, are we surprised, yet another fun one. The Mysterious Affair At Styles is actually the very first Poirot book and I believe the very first Agatha Christie book in general. And it is definitely a great first book. Is it my favourite Poirot book? Not really, I have other that I loved more than this, but I did not dislike it, I still very much enjoyed it. I feel like Poirot just hasn’t changed throughout the books, and it was fun to discover that with this first book. I also loved getting to know Hastings a little better, and learning more about their friendship and about how they met. I feel like, possibly because I have mostly read books that are just about Poirot, I didn’t know Hastings all that well and this book definitely changed that a little bit. For example, I always thought that he was a lot older than he apparently is.
I didn’t manage to figure out who the murderer was in this book, which happens most times, but I wasn’t completely surprised either. This was another lovely, funny read, and the perfect lighthearted distraction from the other book I was reading this month.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Echo – Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Nick Grevers and his climbing buddy Augustin are drawn to the Maudit, a remote mountain peak in the Swiss Alps. Documentation on the mountain is scarce, its slopes are eerily quiet and when they enter its valley, they get the ominous sense that they are not alone. Something is waiting for them…
Not long after, Augustin is dead and Nick wakes up from a coma. His face maimed and wrapped in bandages, a long rehabilitation awaits him, but soon Nick realizes it isn’t just the trauma of the accident that haunts him.
Something has awakened inside of him…

Onto the book that I didn’t quite manage to finish before October, although I do expect to finish this very soon as I am already about 3/4 of the way through (or 55% if you want to believe my Goodreads, but that’s only because their version has an extra 100 pages). I was a bit scared to start reading this. Not only because it is a scary book, which it is, but mostly because it is a Dutch book and I haven’t really read a whole lot of Dutch in the last few years. So I wasn’t quite sure how I’d get on with this book. But oh man, Echo is such a good book. Maybe I’m just not used to reading horror (I’m not) but the scary parts just jump out at me when I least expect it. Which is stupid, I mean, it’s a horror/thriller, I should expect scary parts at all times. The problem with books is that you cannot look away whenever things get scary. With a creepy or gross part in a film you can just close your eyes and wait for it to be over. You can’t do that with books, in order to continue the story you need to just keep reading. And I continuously want to keep reading with this book, even when I know I should go to sleep. Thomas Olde Heuvelt has a very pleasant writing style that just makes me want to read another chapter before bed. And then another one. And another one. And then I can’t sleep because I’m scared ghostly people without eyes will stand next to my bed.
The writing style is a bit sarcastic here and there and makes me laugh out loud at times, but like I said the scary parts just jump out at you as well. I am so excited to finish reading this one and I can’t imagine suddenly being disappointed by the last few chapters of the book. I’ll let you know next month though.

Irish Fairy And Folk Tales

I finally started reading this absolutely beautiful book.This is, as the title would suggest, a collection of Irish folk and fairy tales. I mostly fell in love with how absolutely stunning this book looks, which is why I asked it for my birthday from my dad last year. And now, a year later, I’ve finally actually started reading it. Only a few stories so far, I find that I don’t pick it up a whole lot because I have other books that want my attention as well, but that’s okay. I always knew this would not be a quick read for me, I just wanted to read a few stories here and there whenever I felt like it and that’s kind of what I am doing. So far I read two stories, well actually a poem/song and a story, about the trooping fairies, and I enjoyed both a lot. I do not expect to finish this book anytime soon, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it took me a year, because I just want to take my time with it and read a story or two whenever I feel like it.

Told you it wasn’t the best reading month I ever had, but it was pretty good still. I mean, what exactly makes a good reading month? Reading books you really enjoy, right? So in that sense, I did pretty damn well.

What books did you read in October? Anything creepy?

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