All of a sudden, we are in the final month of the year. The Christmas decorations are just about to go up and the end of 2022 is imminent. For me, that also means lots and lots of blog posts!
This will be the first of up to 20 posts throughout December, ranging from my usual book reviews and themed posts, to a series of lists and features in which I look back on everything I have read this year, so I will certainly be a busy bee in the days and weeks to come.
Talking of busy, this past month was a pretty frantic time at work because of deadlines and the influx of enquiries my team receive from university students and staff alike. I have just taken a week-long break after all of that, and it was much-needed.
I also have some news – I am getting a new job! My current role has been a lot to handle over the past few months and so I applied for a job in a different department and I got it, so I will be starting that in a couple of weeks. It is a varied role that suits my skills, so it should be good and I am really looking forward to it. The whole decision to leave was quite overwhelming and a lot went through my mind, but it was the right thing for me.
Anyway, it is about time I finally move on to the books I read in November! I was not blessed with loads of time for reading, but I managed a fairly reasonable total of four books. Here they all are…
Circle Of Doubt ⭐⭐⭐.5
The Bullet That Missed ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am quite confident that however many books Richard Osman writes in his Thursday Murder Club series, I will really enjoy each and every one of them. The third instalment was another cosy, entertaining read which I finished just the other day.
Then again, I said the same about Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories series, but I was totally disappointed by Hydra. This series is anything but cosy and is usually so authentic and gripping, but this one really deteriorated after a hugely promising start.
Elsewhere, Circle Of Doubt was in many ways a standard thriller but with more than enough tension in there to keep it interesting, while Threadneedle was the perfect book for autumn and had all the atmosphere and witchcraft to go with it. It left me with mixed feelings in the end, as despite the immersive writing the plot was not very well paced out and the book could have been considerably shorter.
Looking ahead to my December reads and I will just about creep over the line as far as my Goodreads target of 55 is concerned. I am in the process of buddy reading Foul Lady Fortune and have just started The One Hundred Years Of Lenni And Margot, which is bound to be an emotional one. In the run up to Christmas I shall be reading The Haunting Season, a collection of Gothic short stories by a collection of great authors. I also have a blog tour read coming up, and may also fit in another couple of books before the year is out.
Over the festive period, I might try and get back into writing poetry again, which is something I have not been able to bring myself to do for many months now. As far as television goes, I should have the opportunity to get through One Of Us Is Lying on Netflix, and even more excitingly His Dark Materials will soon return.
The end of November has been largely devoted to watching the World Cup, and it was a special moment when I received my free copy of the Soccer 360 magazine – which I edited – ahead of the tournament. Before all that began there was not much time to breathe because of work, but I somehow managed to meet a couple of friends for lunch. With a little luck, I may be able to be a little more social in December. And that includes book blogging too!
I hope you all have a wonderful December!
Happy reading 🙂