October, what a month. So much chaos in the world and the U.S. and none of it is positive. For your sakes, I’ll stick with books here. Suffice it to say, all the madness in the world in the last two weeks of the month left me with the attention span of a gnat so I have fewer low rated books and more I didn’t finish. But even with that, there were some real standouts this month.
This novel falls squarely in the “it’s not you, it’s me” category. No Two Persons is a lovely story based around the premise of one novel and its impact on nine people whose lives it touches. From the aspect of how deeply important books are to our souls this is 4 stars, but the only throughline is the book and I needed a human connection, a link between the chapters. Read this if you love short stories or just want a novel you can set down and return to without losing your place.
Day by Michael Cunningham: Review to follow
I tried this Southern Gothic tale of the supernatural, but realized Harrow is an author I can enjoy only in small doses. I love her retellings of fairy tales from a diverse perspective, but Starling House left me uninterested. It felt very YA in its level of drama.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes: Review to follow
In recent years New England and its inhabitants has become one of my favorite locations in fiction. The Road to Dalton is no exception, Dalton being a very small town in Maine where the lives of its citizens unfold on the page with humor and pathos. This is beautifully written, but there’s one character whose actions left me unable to sympathize or connect with them. This affected my overall rating of the novel, but I know numerous people who gave this 5-stars so feel free to ignore me.
That’s all for my October. How was your reading this month?
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*I received a free copies of these books from Tor and Europa Editions in exchange for an honest review.*