This month, I’m going to try and complete my Book Dragon Challenge! I only have 11 books left to cross off my list; since at least one of which has to be a children’s book, it seems pretty do-able. However, I’m also on a strict budget, as we’re moving house at the end of October, so I’ve had to scrape the barrel of my unread pile. It’ll be good for me to finally read some of those books that have been gathering dust on my shelves for months (ehm, ok, sometimes years… no judgement!)… And I’ve actually only bought two books this month. A personal best!
A family member’s favourite book
Author: Patricia Wentworth | Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
My grandmother loves Patricia Wentworth and, since we do tend to have similar tastes in crime fiction, I decided to take her recommendation and give the Miss Silver mysteries a go. I also happened to have several Miss Silver mysteries that she lent me when I last visited, so this was a freebie.
A book with a real city in the title
Rivers of London
Author: Ben Aaronovitch | Publisher: Gollancz
I searched high and low on my shelves for a book I already owned which had a real city in the title – and came up with nothing. Well, some travel guides. But how many times can you really read a guidebook for Paris? Rivers of London was one of my two purchases this month. I’ve heard such great things about the series, so I’m excited to see if it lives up to the hype.
A graphic novel
Batman: The Cult
Author: Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson | Publisher: DC Comics
I’m not into graphic novels. At. All. Though, ok, I confess, I’ve never actually read one… I just feel like they’re not my thing, ok? So this was a tough category for me! I saw some great recommendations for graphic novels on other blogs, but since I was doing this month on the cheap, I decided to raid my housemate’s book collection instead. I’m less than excited about Batman: The Cult, but in the spirit of the challenge I’ll give it a chance.
A book about aliens, warriors, cowboys or pirates
Master of War: Gate of the Dead
Author: David Gilman | Publisher: Head of Zeus
I have absolutely no idea where Gate of the Dead came from – I have no recollection of buying it. But it was on my bookshelf and, since the main character is described as “fighting as a mercenary amid the ceaseless internecine warring of Italy’s City States”, and I figured that’s basically like a warrior… I picked it up because it ticked a box. It looks alright… We’ll see!
A book with an element in the title
The Iron Ghost
Author: Jen Williams | Publisher: Headline
I really enjoyed The Copper Promise, so I was excited to read the sequel. Unfortunately, so far, The Iron Ghost hasn’t lived up to the promise. Since I really loved the first book in the series, I’m determined to persevere. The curse of the second book seems to have struck again, unfortunately, but maybe the third will redeem the series…
A book set somewhere sunny
Author: Gerald Durrell | Publisher: Penguin
I struggled with the first book in the Corfu trilogy, but ended up loving it. It is a classic, after all. And there was very little else on my shelves set somewhere sunny!
A book you hated as a child
Author: Mary Norton | Publisher: Puffin
I struggled to think of a book I didn’t like as a child. I really only remember the ones I loved! However, after some searching through lists of classic children’s books, I recalled that I never could finish The Borrowers as a child; and I really didn’t like the movie, either. For some reason, I happened to have a copy on my bookshelves. Another one I have no idea where it came from! Hopefully, I’ll like the book a little better as an adult.
A book that was popular in the 90s
Author: Michael Palin | Publisher: W&N
I don’t know a lot about Hemingway, but I love Michael Palin, so I’m excited to read Hemingway Adventure. I feel like it’s guaranteed to at least be funny.
A book about mythology
Author: Miranda Aldhouse-Green | Publisher: Thames and Hudson
I’ve heard so many good things about Miranda Aldhouse-Green and her approach to Celtic studies. This was the other book I bought this month, and I can’t wait to check it out!
A book published posthumously
Author: Jane Austen | Publisher: Oxford World Classics
I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and I think Persuasion is the only one of her books I haven’t read yet. I have high hopes.
A ‘Top 10 of 2019’ book
The Priory of the Orange Tree
Author: Samantha Shannon | Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
I really wanted to love The Priory of the Orange Tree. I was looking forward to it for months. And I ended up DNF’ing it halfway through… I’m going to go back and give it another chance.