I thought I would summarise the books I read in October and share my favourites with you. I even came up with a swanky rating system, but if you’d rather read my actual scores then check out my Goodreads.
In October I managed to read a few graphic novels and a few books – I tried to stick to a spoopy theme however I was luckily to receive an early copy of Muse of Nightmares.
Muse of Nightmares
This book, this incredible book! I loved Strange the Dreamer (it was actually the first book to make me ugly cry in public) so I waited in anticipation for this next installment and I was not let down. It follows on straight after the previous book, and continues to expand on the lost city of Weep and it’s incredibly powerful inhabitants.
Without giving away too much of the plot, this book captivated me even more than the first and I believe this was due to the relationship the emotional attachment you have to the characters. You really feel something for Lazlo, Sarai and especially Eril-Fane – you can feel the emotion throughout each individual person, their love, pain and anger. If you enjoyed Strange the Dreamer you will love this, it opens up more lore into the universe and finally gives you some clarity to the backstory of the Gods and Godslayers.
This wasn’t a horror themed book but Minya did an excellent job of giving me actual shivers up my spine, and obviously I cannot wait for the third installment!
(Buy on sale)
Hex was a difficult one for me because the first 80 pages or so felt like a mish-mash of tones and writing styles. I really struggled and almost gave up but then around 100 pages in it suddenly clicked and I began really enjoying it – until the ending.
Set in a town haunted by the ghost of a ‘witch’ who was previously murdered by the townsfolk for resurrectimg her son – the book opens surprisingly comical and the way the townsfolk speak about her so lightheartedly you’d think she was a relative. The books concept and ideas were great and a few of the scenes mid-way through the book really were hard-hitting, however the tone just felt so wrong at times. After reading up on the author however I realised this was a book translated from Dutch, the location it was set was completely changed and some of the scenes were taken out / rewritten – so maybe it was lots in translation with me?
Personally I wouldn’t recommend this book to someone unless they could pick it up real cheap!
The Last Days of Jack Sparks
I was sent this by my friend Kelsey, and was not sure if it would by my cup of tea but I really, really enjoyed this. I read it in 2 sittings because I was hooked!
A book within a book this was a documentary styled book written by Jack Sparks, who could be deemed the Louis Theroux of the book world. He has spent his career writing books on the darker sides of life and his latest book was to debunk the idea of ghosts and possession. This begins with the book opening to an excorism he witnesses – it then spirals out of control and sees what happens after you burst out laughing infront of a possessed little girl.
Honestly this was one of the first books in a very long time that gave me the creeps. I actually had a couple of mini nightmares off the back of this book and this has literally never happened with any book. You really feel what Jack is going through and you can feel his emotions through each page in the book. I absolutely loved it.
It did what a horror book should do, scared the shit out of me.
Sex Criminals : Volume 5
Not quite Halloweeny, but volume 5 of Sex Criminals came out this month!
Volume 4 was a bit of a let-down for me and I was really hoping it would redeem itself, it did just that!
The humour felt back on point and the story feels like it’s progressing and finally back on track to how strong it was with volumes 1-3.
I can’t really talk about this too much especially if you haven’t read the other volumes. But if you are looking for something which isn’t about Superheroes and has a very adult theme and humour, then this might be for you!
I hope this gave you an insight into my reading habits…
See you next month!
– Amy x