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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 8 October 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

This past week was not the week to reduce my stress level or improve my reading, but I was still able to finish two books. Given everything that has happened over the past few weeks, I do find myself drawn to darker, angrier characters. I guess that is a good thing given the season. Bring on the monsters – both literal and figurative!


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White Playing to the Gods by Peter Rader

Kiersten White is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of all time. It is like she knows exactly what gets me excited when it comes to stories. In fact, I may love her a little. What she does with familiar stories is empowering and ferocious. She treads that line between creepy and exciting with aplomb. If anyone was going to get me out of my reading doldrums, Ms. White is the author to do so.

I originally requested the Peter Rader nonfiction novel because my grandfather used to call me Sarah Bernhardt whenever he felt I was being overly dramatic – which was pretty much all the time in his opinion. I started reading because I wanted to learn more about her. I kept reading because I was drawn into these two women’s stories. It is a fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of what we would consider modern theater. Moreover, I can now appreciate my grandfather’s reference – even if I do not consider it in nearly the same negative light as he meant it to be.


Not a thing.


Vox by Christina Dalcher Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

I had to put aside the Christina Dalcher for the time being because I was getting so angry reading it. It was not great timing on my part for choosing to start it. Plus, I have not gotten far enough into the story where the heroine starts to fight the patriarchy so that I can feel better. So I switched to fictional monsters. Having finished with Frankenstein, it was time for me to move onto my beloved vampires. It would not be a Halloween season without them!


Competence by Gail Carriger


August Review Copies:

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

September Review Copies:


Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan  Foe by Iain Reid Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird Summer Cannibals by Melanie Hobson The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton Time's Convert by Deborah Harkness The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum Transcription by Kate Atkinson

So, what are you reading?

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