Month in Review: October 2017

October was largely spent preparing for Witch Week and Nonfiction November, but I did manage to get some other good reading in. I’ve definitely been in a genre/pop culture mode, I notice — I read my first (and probably last) James Bond novel, a set of latter-day Sherlock Holmes stories, a book about the making of the movie The Princess Bride, and a collection of stories by the creator of the Regency romance, Georgette Heyer. Even the serious nonfiction book White Trash spends a good bit of time on pop culture phenomena such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Elvis. I did not make much headway on any of my challenges, but I had a lot of fun.

I’ve been giving the new illustrated Harry Potter editions to my son for Christmas each year as they come out, and enjoying rereading them at this leisurely pace. I’m looking forward to the next one coming up this year, Prisoner of Azkaban — it’s my favorite!



  • Funny and sad, Excellent Women by Barbara Pym reminded me of another mid-century comic classic.
  • Four reprints from Dover contained some wonderfully imaginative stories and drawings.
  • The Buried Giant, our readalong for Witch Week, left me a bit befuddled, but led to some interesting discussion.

Other Books Read

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – Reread
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • The Whole Art of Detection by Lindsay Faye
  • White Trash by Nancy Isenberg – Review to come
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • Snowdrift and Other Stories by Georgette Heyer

Other Features and Events

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

18 thoughts on “Month in Review: October 2017

  1. I love how eclectic your choices are! And some are right up my alley. I’ve been listening to the Harry Potter books (again), but should take the time to reread my illustrated copies; so far I’ve only looked through the pictures. I love what Jim Kay has been doing with the art; it recognizes the influence of the movies without being a slave to them.

    I’m interested in the Sherlock Holmes stories you mentioned. Would that be The Whole Art of Detection? I’m not familiar with it, but I’ll check it out. I’m also going to read your post on whether you’re going off fantasy.


    1. Yes, The Whole Art of Detection – definitely recommended for Mary Russell fans!

      The Jim Kay art for Harry Potter is brilliant, and the lavishly illustrated volumes are great. My son doesn’t watch movies yet so this is how he’s experiencing the visuals of the stories. I’m just wondering what they’re going to do with the later volumes that are so much longer…breaking into multiple volumes seems cumbersome (and expensive).


  2. Loved “The Whole Art of Detection” so much! I am such a Sherlock nerd (and stickler) but she did such a great job. From time to time I forgot that I wasn’t reading AC Doyle.


  3. I still want to get my hands on the Illustrated Harry Potter book. It look fabulous. I didn’t know Cary Elwes wrote a book and since I’m a huge fan of The Princess Bride and often quote the movie, I want to find this book.


    1. If you love The Princess Bride, you must read As You Wish! One thing that was surprising to me was that it was so hard to get the movie made (nobody wanted to take a chance on it) and it wasn’t an immediate success. Movies are a risky business.


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