October 2021 Reading: The Whistling; Somebody Loves You; The Book of Uriel; On The Edge; You; More Than Mistletoe; Human Terrain

I read seven books in October, and I enjoyed them all, in very different ways! Even for me, this was quite an eclectic reading month, covering everything from ghost stories to thrillers to festive tales. A few of these were read on holiday, which was absolutely blissful, although with two little kids, gone are the days of devouring a book a day by the pool! Here’s a quick round-up, with links to reviews where relevant – I have a few reviews pending as I’m still in catch-up mode, but I’ll get to them soon!

The Whistling by Rebecca Netley (2021)

This is a fabulously spooky read, with just the right amount of supernatural creepiness for me. I really enjoyed it. You can read my full review of The Whistling here.

Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi (2021)

Somebody Loves You is a short but extremely powerful book. Every line is beautifully crafted, and Ruby is a character who will stay with me. Full review coming soon, but I highly recommend getting your hands on this one.

The Book of Uriel by Elyse Hoffman (2021)

I took part in The Write Reads tour for this highly original book. A powerful blend of history and fantasy, it doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war, but also manages to be readable and surprisingly uplifting. You can read my full thoughts here.

On The Edge by Jane Jesmond (2021)

I really enjoyed this twisty thriller – it isn’t my usual genre, but I do like to mix things up! I whizzed through this one as I found the protagonist, Jen, so original and compelling. Full review to come very soon.

You: From Pissed to Publication by Drew Gummerson (2021)

I loved Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel (full review here) and this chapbook is the perfect accompaniment. By turns funny, rude, irreverent and oddly touching, it’s a sly but good-natured skewering of the elusive quest for publication, and I think any writer would find something to smile wryly at in this book!

More Than Mistletoe by The Christmas Collective (2021)

I loved the festive stories in this anthology, but I also love the story behind the book: a group of writers coming together to support each other and create something. The result is the perfect stocking filler, and a wonderful introduction to some exciting new writing talent. You can read my full review of More Than Mistletoe here.

Human Terrain by Emily Bullock (2021)

Emily Bullock’s novel Inside The Beautiful Inside absolutely blew me away, and I jumped at the chance to read her short story collection. It did not disappoint. The stories are full of kinetic energy – movement and muscle and life in all its messy glory. Full review coming soon, but this is a wonderful collection from Reflex Press, not to be missed.

All in all, it was a pretty good reading month, even though I forgot to read my October section of Ducks, Newburyport, so I have some catching up to do if I’m to finish the beast by the end of the year! I’ve got loads on the TBR for November, so we’ll see what I actually end up reading!

Let me know what you’ve enjoyed recently!

Happy reading!

Ellie x


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