Somehow a month has passed since I last updated you on what I’ve been reading. I finished the Popsugar Reading Challenge yesterday (well, 40 prompts but that’s more then I committed to at the start of the year) and I’ve been playing a bit of Cities Skylines and Planet Zoo (I’m looking forward to Cities Skylines II next week too).

The full list for the 2024 Around the Year in 52 Books challenge has been finalised. This challenge is always a lot more flexible than Popsugar and has some creative prompts. I’ve started a series of posts covering some of these prompts, so keep an eye out if you’re in need of some reading challenge inspiration.

Overlooking a peat-infused stream in the forest on a sunny day

We’ve had a lot of unseasonably warm weather mixed in with stormy days. We don’t usually get much in the way of autumn colour, but I imagine the winds will be speeding the leaf drop along and we’ll have even less of it.

We’ve had a few days out including one being touristy in Portsmouth where we went up the Spinnaker Tower. We got distracted by a place that did theatrically served cocktails with dry ice and chemistry-inspired vessels, so we didn’t really get to see much culture. Will go back some time and maybe visit the Dickens museum, but we did pass by his statue with him perched on a pile of books.

Bronze statue of Charles Dickens who appears to be sat on a pile of books.

On the blog:

Top Ten: Autumn TBR

On My Radar: October

25 Books Related to the Sea

Books read:


My Roommate is a Vampire by Jenna Levine

This started off fun but Frederick was a pretty boring vampire, and the whole faux regency way of acting didn’t make any sense considering his backstory.

Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo ๐ŸŽง

Just as much about research ethics as it is about being inside the mind of a wolf.

  • ATY # 34. A novella
  • ATY Rejects: A book involving wolves or werewolves

Marple: Twelve New Stories

Mixed bag of short stories from various authors starring Miss Marple. The stories got better as the book progressed which seemed an odd editorial choice. I liked Elly Griffiths’ story the most so I will seek out one of her novels.

  • Popsugar # 25. A book with just text on the cover

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill

A story of domestic abuse in a near future farming community and a retelling of the crane wife myth set. This was well done, and the right length, much longer than a novella and I think it would have been too depressing.

  • ATY # 48. A book with an unusually large version of an animal in the story

The Undetectables by Courtney Smythe

This fun fantasy mystery was a little bit slow to get going, but was a decent debut and I liked the characters enough to read more.

The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary ๐ŸŽง

A Christmas rom-com from Beth O’Leary! And it’s set in the New Forest! Still, nothing of hers has quite reached the excellence of The Flatshare but I super enjoyed this one and it’s another excellent audiobook production.

  • ATY Rejects: A Christmas book

Abroad in Japan by Chris Broad ๐ŸŽง

A lot of this memoir about living in Japan has already been covered on the Abroad in Japan YouTube channel but this was still a fun and quick read.

  • Popsugar # 8. A celebrity memoir

Books acquired:


For Review:

The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland (Hot Key Books)

Red River Seven by A.J. Ryan (Orbit)

Bought โ€“ Physical:

The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill

The Undetectables by Courtney Smythe

Bought โ€“ Digital:

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

Abroad in Japan by Chris Broad (audio)

Hazardous Spirits by Anbara Salam (audio)

Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

The Last Passenger by Will Dean

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye

Over My Dead Body by Maz Evans