Its time for my October 2017 TBR and I can’t wait to dive back into reading this month. I’m still attempting to get rid of some of the books that have been sat on my shelves for forever but there is a sneaky new one in there – I couldn’t resist.
On with the October 2017 TBR!
Talking to the Dead
The first book featuring British detective Fiona Griffiths – one of the most engaging female protagonists in crime thrillers.
A young girl is found dead. A prostitute is murdered. And the strangest, youngest detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit is about to face the fiercest test of her short career.
A woman and her six-year-old daughter are killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor.
DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there’s another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry – and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.
Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her inexorably back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found . . .
This is one that my wonderful husband picked out for me seeing as my choices weren’t getting me anywhere – check out my September 2017 Wrap Up to see why! I’m currently reading this and really enjoying it! Like really enjoying it, so hopefully, my October 2017 TBR is off to a good start!
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.
I started reading this book YEARS and YEARS ago and remember really enjoying it, but for some reason I put it down. Never to pick it up again. Until now in my October 2017 Wrap Up. I’m making the time to finish it this month, so I’m hoping it’s as good as I remember it being.
Tower of Dawn
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
I am a huge fan of this series, in fact it would probably be way up there in terms of my list. I love the characters and I am loving the new storyline. HOWEVER I’m not sure how I feel about this book and the fact that it’s based around Chaol – he isn’t my favourite and I struggle with his personality. We shall see!
And The Mountains Echoed
In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.
Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
I bought this book when it first came out which was back in 2012 I believe. It has sat on my shelf feeling sorry for itself. I have no idea why if I’m honest? I LOVE HOSSEINI’s writing like totally head over heels to be honest, so onto the October 2017 TBR it goes!
The Name of the Wind
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
This is a kind of last-ditch effort – I don’t think I will get anywhere close to finishing all the above and finishing this monstrosity. But it’s on the list so I have to at least try, right? I suppose it makes for a challenging ending to my October 2017 TBR, what more could you want?
What are you reading this month? Do you go for a spooky theme or treat it like any other month? Let me know!