October’s Books

October has been another good month for reading. As in September I read ten books, listed below (the titles are linked to my posts on the books):

  1. The Judgement of Strangers by Andrew Taylor 4/5
  2. Dancing Backwards by Salley Vickers 3.5/5 (library book)
  3. Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson 3/5 (Kindle)
  4. The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas 4.5/5 (library book)
  5. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 3/5
  6. The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz 4/5
  7. Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie 4.5/5
  8. Mrs Harris MP by Paul Gallico 4/5
  9. The History of Scotland by Richard Killen 4/5 (from TBR books)
  10. The Expats by Chris Pavone 3.5/5 (Kindle)

So, a total of 9 fiction books of which 6 were crime fiction, and 1 non fiction. Two of the books were library books, 2 were e-books and 1 book was from my to-be-read books (books I’ve owned before January 2012).

It’s difficult to pick a Book of the Month this time as I’ve rated all of the books as 3 and over (meaning they were good, enjoyable books), with just two as 4.5/5 (meaning I thought they were very good and I wanted to get back to them each time I had to stop reading).

I was tempted to say my Book of the Month is Agatha Christie’s Hickory Dickory Dock, because it’s good on characterisation, but overall I think it has to be The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas for it’s sheer quirkiness and cleverly constructed plot.

For more books of the month see Kerrie’s Crime Fiction Pick of the Month on her blog Mysteries in Paradise.


8 thoughts on “October’s Books

  1. Great choice Margaret. I love Fred Vargas. I’ve read about half the books on your list. I have bought the first book in the Andrew Taylor trilogy on your recommendation.


  2. I enjoyed The Chalk Circle Man too, but never read any more by the author; I must remedy that. I see you enjoyed The House of Silk too. I have that on my tbr pile so am pleased to hear it’s a good read.


  3. You did well with your totals. I find this monthly roundup too much thinking, so I’ll have to get some kinda system set up to remember what I read, I don’t always post what I’m reading.


  4. Sarah – I hope you like the Andrew Taylor book as much as I did.
    Cath – I hope to get round to writing about The House of Silk soon – it’s very good.
    Irene – the only way I can do a monthly round up is by keeping a list of books as I read them and rate them (purely subjective) and then it’s easy even if I haven’t written a post on the books.
    Nicola – I wouldn’t start with Hickory Dickory Dock – maybe one of the early Poirot or Miss Marple books would be better – The Mysterious Affair at Styles or Murder at the Vicarage for example.


  5. Margaret – I agree with you about the characters in Hickory Dickory Dock. They are well-drawn. But I think you made an excellent choice in The Chalk Circle Man. That’s a really innovative series I think. And I’m glad you had such a good reading month.


  6. Margaret, this has nothing to do with October books. Just to tell you that I am 150 pages into the new Ian Rankin’s “Standing in another man’s grave”, an export trade paperback. You may look forward to meet Rebus at the top of his game ;o)


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