Hello, dear friends. As a distinct chill enters the air we say goodbye to Autumn and hello to Winter. November is just over and I have a definite itch to put up the Christmas decorations. I was half tempted to start bringing some small bits down from the attic last week but I held off. My excuse was that I was going to take some Christmas themed photos but I wasn’t even able to kid myself with that one!
Before we go running into the festive season, it’s time to say goodbye to the beautiful browns, reds, oranges and yellows of Autumn. If you haven’t been able to tell from pretty much everything I create, brown is pretty high up on my favourites scale. I absolutely adore the colours of Autumn and was lucky enough to spend many beautiful sunny days in some of south-east Ireland’s most alluring nature spots. There’s nothing like a refreshing walk through crispy leaves along a riverbank or through a forest.
When I wasn’t soaking up the last of the mild weather, I was getting properly settled into our new home. We haven’t unpacked all the boxes quite yet but everything we need is set up and the studio is ready to go. I still need a bit more storage in there but I am finally able to use the space to create. I can’t wait to give you a tour of our new home and start creating studio content. Aside from the studio, our living space is completely finished. I was gifted a lovely and very comfy chair by a family friend this month that is perfect for reading. I set it up in the living room across from my husband’s seat so I can comfortably read while he watches TV. He has a tendency to leave his laptop on it at the moment but that’s easy to move. So, what was I reading …
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The Bound Witch (The Osseous Chronicles #3) by Ivy Asher
I was so excited for this book. The series up until this point has been so good but this one slowed things down a bit and focused mainly on the relationships of the characters. I suppose after the events of The Blood Witche things needed to be settled but there were moments in The Bound Witch that I found a little tiresome.
Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #2) by Rachel Caine
A crime thriller isn’t my usual kind of book but I was thoroughly entranced by this one. I read this while on my surprise holiday to Gran Canaria in September. There’s something about lounging by the pool that makes me want to read murder mystery’s so that’s what I read. I gobbled up this book in about two days while sunbathing (it was heaven). This book explores an aspect of serial killers we don’t often see, that being what happens to the people they knew. Stillhouse Lake follows the spouse and children of a serial killer as they try to escape his horrific crimes but it just keeps catching up with them.
Pestilence (The Four Horsemen #1) by Laura Thalassa
Oh, man, I adored this! Laura Thalassa does just a fantastic job with the Death and the Maiden trope (Beauty and the Beast trope or whatever you want to call it). Our leading lady is no wilting flower though. The Four Horseman series is set in an apocalyptic world where the four horsemen have begun to destroy the world. You will probably love this if you’re a fan of Kresley Cole or Gena Showalter.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Now, this one I’m not quite finished yet. It’s proving difficult for me to find time to listen to an audiobook and when I do it’s in short bursts. I did chat about this more in my What are you reading this weekend? post.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
The end of autumn always put me in the mood for something gothic. Something a bit dark and dramatic like Wuthering Heights where people make insane selfish and destructive decisions. So, I read Flowers in the Attic for the first time. I believe this was popular with teens in the 80’s and 90’s but it passed me by. It may not have been available in Ireland at that time. Anyway, it was exactly what I wanted right now. The events of this book are horrible and the people are just insanely selfish and out of touch. It’s terrible to think things like this have actually happened to people.
Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews
The sequel to Flower in the Attic picks up immediately after the first book. I just had to find out what was going to happen to those dang kids! Petals on the Wind is just as dramatic as the first book but I found it a bit frustrating to read at times. There were a few moments where I wanted to just shake the main character for her stupid impulsive decisions. It was a good follow up though and I did enjoy the read overall.
Well, that is pretty much it for my reading of the last few months. I am rereading a Kresley Cole book at the moment but it’s a very relaxed reading. I adore her writing. She has a magical way of luring you in. What have you been reading this autumn?
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