This month was largely spent in preparing for Witch Week, which starts in a few days. I do hope you’ll join us! Otherwise, it was a month full of history, mystery, and adventure, with several nonfiction reads as well as the ongoing madcap journeys of Dido Twite.
My book of the month, The Devil in the White City, was informative and entertaining and horrifying in equal measure — perfect for October. Have you read it too? Join in the discussion at the Nonfiction Book Club!
Book of the Month: The Devil in the White City
- Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson – A fascinating angle on a horrific episode in history, the Siege of Leningrad, and the power of music as exemplified by Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I finally scaled one of the towering monuments of world literature.
- The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell – a real-life Victorian mystery is brought to light in this absorbing historical chronicle.
- The Wolves Chronicles, Part Two – in my ongoing reread of Joan Aiken’s adventure series, I cover the two episodes that take place during Dido’s journey back from Nantucket to England.
- Heather, Oak, and Olive – three thematically linked stories from historical fiction master Rosemary Sutcliff.
Other Books Read
- Tam Lin by Pamela Dean – Reread for Witch Week
- Dido and Pa, Is Underground, and Cold Shoulder Road by Joan Aiken – Wolves Chronicles reread
- The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter – Witch Week readalong
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – For the Nonfiction Book Club
- The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks – Review to come
- Country Boy by Richard Hillyer – Review to come
- The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy – For the 1924 Club
- The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching reread
- Midwinter Nightingale by Joan Aiken – Wolves Chronicles reread
- The Witch of Clatteringshaws by Joan Aiken – Wolves Chronicles reread
Other Features and Events
- A discussion of the question Do you like to talk about books? drew a wide variety of responses. What’s your take on it?
- The fall issue of Shiny New Books is out, and I’m pleased to be included with two pieces featuring favorites by Mary Stewart and Joan Aiken.
- Congratulations the winners of my September Wrap-up Round-up Giveaway, Donna, Rita-Jo, and Freda! And many, many thanks to the sponsor, Gotcha Covered. If you’re ever on the lookout for some awesome cloth book covers, check it out.