It’s Six For Sunday! Hosted by A Little But A Lot, this week’s prompt is favourite books under 200 pages. I don’t read a lot of books that are this short, however I have managed to find some great reads! Here is my list:
It’s Time Travel Thursday again! For my second post I looked back to November 2020 and found that I was on the same book as last week, so for this week I have travelled all the way back to 2019…
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse
Book Description From Goodreads:
“Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE. But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive. Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further. Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power.”
My Review On Goodreads:
I have read a few Kate Mosse novels before and enjoyed them, so I decided to try this new series. It was well written with never a dull moment. Questions were left unanswered so I will have to wait for the next book! I loved the main characters and the descriptions of their lives. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series where hopefully some questions will be answered.
Fast Forward to today 10 November 2021:
The Threat Below by J S Latshaw
Book Description From Goodreads:
“Three hundred years ago, something terrifying arose and pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Now, a small remnant – the descendants of the few survivors who were able to escape the massacre below – lives above the clouds, on the top of a Mountain.
When they discover that their water supply is being poisoned Down Below, an expedition, including seventeen year-old girl Icelyn Brathius, must descend and face the monsters, the Threat Below, that wiped out civilization centuries ago.
Icelyn quickly learns that all is not what it seems as she uncovers secrets hundreds of years old and struggles to stay alive in a world where no human is fit to survive.”
The Lottery And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
“The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in TheNew Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.”
As you can see there is a bit of a difference from Historical Fiction in 2019 to Fantasy and Fiction Short Stories in 2021. I have to admit that I am enjoying The Threat Below but I am struggling a bit with The Lottery and Other Stories. Just as I start to get into a story by Shirley Jackson it ends and I am just left wondering what happened. I am honestly thinking about giving up on it.
What were you reading this time last year or the year before (or the year before!)?
I started this blog in June of this year. As you know I set myself Genre Goals each month rather than Number of Books Read Goals to give me a certain amount of flexibility in what I read and to broaden my reading.
I thought that after 4 months I would have a look back and see how I was doing. I think that it is pretty clear that I favour murder mystery, however I have read a surprising amount of Chick Lit, Historical Fiction, Classic and Fantasy.
My full reading list so far for the year can be found under My 2021 Reading List page.