I went into October really wanting to get into the spooky vibe. I am not the biggest celebrator of Halloween as it just wasn’t something my family really celebrated but I wanted to get into the spooky spirit and I felt that the best way to do that was by reading some good spooky books. I read books with ghosts, with witches, books that had murder occur. Overall, a very successful month in terms of theme. Not so successful when it came to ratings.
A Spell for Murder by Kennedy Kerr (2.5 stars)
A fun and unique murder mystery set in Scotland where our sleuth is a witch with the power to be able to see the history of whatever object she touches. This book was average to me. The writing was not for me, it was the main reason I struggled with the book as certain things written down pulled me out of the story. A lot of potential with this series though.
A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan (5 stars)
A WW1 murder mystery set in an isolated manor during a stormy night. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The atmosphere was really chilling, the POV’s were really engaging and it had me questioning until the very end.
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (3 stars)
A very cute graphic novel. I loved the art style and the abundance of representation and diversity but sadly I wasn’t the biggest fan of the structuring of this story. Certain things felt rushed or underdeveloped so I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I had hoped.
The Allingham Minibus by Margery Allingham (2.5 stars)
Another disappointing read for me. I don’t read many short story collections so going into it I was super excited. While there were some really good stories sadly, they were few and far between.