My October 2021 reads and Deweys readathon

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October was finally a good reading month for me again. I am still not fully back into the reading habit, but the books I have read were all pretty darn good! I finished reading 6, mostly thanks to participating in Deweys 24-hour readathon and indeed spending most of that time reading.

Things at our home start to slow down a bit too. There are still many things to do, but it looks like a proper home now. No more boxes everywhere. It makes it easier for me to get cozy and read, I even got my Christmas tree already!

Participating in Deweys readathon was a lot of fun. It starts at 2pm for me, on the Saturday, and finishes on 2pm on Sunday. I get my chores done in the morning and can relax in the afternoon and evening. I do sleep during such readathons, but a couple of hours less than I usually do. Just that weekend, I finished reading 3 books and started another I only finished last week. It was a good thing to do, because I still find it hard to slow down after so many months of running.

So let’s get to it! What did I read this October?

65. the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (ebook, English, 4,5 stars)
I know I am late to this one, but I absolutely loved it! And I have cried so much. Romances are not often appreciated by me, but stories like these are not mere romances, they are love stories. This one went deep. As it is also a retelling of a classic Greek myth, something I was obsessed about in my teen years, it felt very nostalgic. The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is that some parts were a bit too slow to my taste.

66. the Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison (physical, English, 5 stars)
This is one of my favorite series. Have been saving this last part of the trilogy for a while as I knew it would get emotional on a deep dark level. And it didn’t disappoint. Maybe next year I start rereading them and do a full post about them!

67. the Broken Girls by Simone St. James (ebook, English, 4 stars)
What is this? A haunted place, three murder mysteries, police corruption, multiple family dramas, two wars. Absolutely fucking fantastic! Again the only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars is that some parts were a bit too slow to my taste. But I will probably be rereading this again someday. Or something else Simone St. James writes.

68. Raising Steam (ebook, English, 4 stars)
As much as I enjoyed this read, it was at times slow. Like sitting in a train watching the world go by. Relaxing, but nothing much happening. At other times it suddenly moved fast and it made me laugh out loud multiple times. I’m sad this is the last Moist von Lipwig specific Discworld story, but as with all other characters, we probably meet again in others!

69. The house at Pooh corner (physical, Dutch, 4.5 stars)
So simple but full of Really Important Things. And a good read to start your early morning with during a 24-hour readathon!

70. Still Life by Louise Penny (ebook, English, 3.75 stars)
A surprising crime mystery, the psychology is both strong as subtle in this one. Really enjoyed it! And even today as I write this blogpost, I have NO IDEA how and when this series turned up on my ereader. Only discovered it because I bought myself a new one and it has a different menu, haha!

And that was it! These were my October reads. Slowly getting back on track! Have you read any of these too? What did you think about them? Do you have a recommendation for something similar? Or is there anything you would like to know? Ask me in the comments!