So I’m posting this later than usual because honestly this month has been insane. Work and school and personal life has been very busy. While it looks like I’ll have a bit of a break, next month will still be just as hectic, to be honest. Anyway, things that has been happening on the blog for the month of October:
Books reviewed this month include Sally Rooney’s Normal People (review), John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire (review), and Sarah Perry’s Melmoth (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
I reviewed two movies for this month, John Wick 3 (review) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
In celebration of my birthday, most of my poetry books have been 30% over at Lulu.com. More information can be found over at the following post (sorry, am just linking it directly because the code is not working on the preview for some reason: http://eclectictales.insanitysandwich.com/blog/2019/10/07/writing-poetry-books-on-sale-this-month/ Sale ends at midnight!
And that’s about it about the blog for this month. Please stay tuned as I have a wee bit of an announcement tomorrow (you probably figured it out by now). Have a wonderful November! 🙂
Transcription By: Kate Atkinson Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.
Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.
Picked this book up on a whim; I greatly enjoyed reading her books Life After Life (review) and A God in Ruins (review) and the premise of the novel sounded interesting.
Melmoth By: Sarah Perry Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.
It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.
But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .
I’ve seen Sarah Perry’s books around for the last few years but just never got around to picking them up. I ended up picking up this title because it was recommended in a list of recommendations on some website…I was in the mood for something Gothic, as well as a story about friendships, and look! it’s set in Prague, so I ended up picking up this book. Plus, look how gorgeous the book cover is! 😀
History. A Mess. By: Sigrún Pálsdóttir, Lytton Smith (Translator) Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
While studying a seventeenth-century diary, the protagonist of History. A Mess. uncovers information about the first documented professional female artist. This discovery promises to change her academic career, and life in general . . . until she realizes that her “discovery” was the result of two pages stuck together. But she’s already reached the point of no return, and she goes to great lengths to hide her mistake—undermining her sanity in the process. A shifty, satirical novel that’s subtly funny and colorful, while also raising essential questions about truth, research, and the very nature of belief.
I picked up this book after a fellow book blogger featured it on his Instagram. It sounded interesting–the main character is a protagonist! The author is Icelandic!–so I snatched it up right away.