This month was largely spent getting ready for Witch Week — and that’s also why I’m posting this a bit early, as this coming Sunday the excitement will begin. Some of the books I reviewed this month would be perfect for that event, so I hope you’ll check them out.
- Swim That Rock was an atmospheric YA adventure for the Rhode Island category of Reading New England.
- Two new memoirs, Marrow and Unearthed, took me on journeys of love, healing, and redemption.
- I didn’t feel the magic in The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike’s supernatural satire.
- More to my taste were The Evil Wizard Smallbone and Summerlong, two enchanting new fantasy novels.
Other Books Read
- Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald – Review to come
- The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller – Reading New England
- The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum – Nonfiction Book Club
- Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson – Reading New England
- The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
- The Wind Off the Small Isles by Mary Stewart
- Betsy and the Great World and Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace – Rereads
Other Features and Events
- I did two top ten lists: Top Ten Villains (that aren’t) and Top Ten Books on my Fall Review List.
- In keeping with my preoccupation of the month, my discussion post was How do you build a following for a blog event?
- My monthly round-up of Reading New England turned up some participants who have already met their goals. Two months to go!
Shared in the Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer, the Month in Review linkup at The Book Date, and the Monthly Wrap-up Round-up hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Looks like you had a great month! Look forward to checking out your Witch Week posts.
Thanks – I’m so excited for it to start!
I liked the movie, The Witches of Eastwick, but honestly had no clue it was based on a book. Happy November!
As with many movies, I think it was changed quite a bit for the screen. Sounds like more fun than the book to me.
Looks like you had a good month 🙂
Lots of good reading, for sure.
I have read The Bones of Paris, an amazing book by Laurie King, I should try the one you read. great month! mine is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2016/11/01/2016-october-wrap-up/
The Bones of Paris sounds great.
I liked The Top Ten Villians That Aren’t
I found some new books on your post today. Thank you! I haven’t heard about these.
Glad to point you in some new directions. I always find that inspiring in others’ posts too.
I haven’t heard any of the books you listed here, and some of their titles alone sound fascinating. I’ll be sure to check them out now! Hope November is treating you well!
Well Cilla, November has not exactly been a bed of roses here in the USA. But life continues and I’m grateful for small mercies — and for books.
You’ve been steadily reading through the Betty McDonald oeuvre for sure! I hadn’t realized there was more beyond Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, whom I still sometime think of when washing dishes or (less frequently) making my bed.
The Betty MacDonald books all got re-released at once, so I did enjoy a binge read.