Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Mel's Random October

Happy Halloween All! 
Derek the Bat says "Trick or Treat!"
Whether you celebrate it or not, treat yourself to a little sweet snack tonight and make sure all the lights are on so you can read as late as you want! 
It's been a busy month for me - my mum is still very ill so that has taken a lot of my time and looks to do so for the foreseeable future. I'm actually surprised and pleased that I've been keeping my blogging up - mostly as it is a wonderful distraction - as is reading! So apologies for any late/no replies to emails and lack of comments on blogs - hope you understand!

So what impact did this have on my reading?

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires #5) - Chloe Neill (TBR Reading Pile Challenge)
Breathe - Sarah Crossan

Fated (Alex Verus #1) - Benedict Jacka (British Book Challenge)
Blink Once - Cylin Busby
Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) - Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris (TBR Reading Pile Challenge)

Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Black Dust Mambo - Adrian Phoenix
The Hallowed Ones - Laura Bickle
The Woman In Black - Susan Hill (British Book Challenge)


Hot Mama - Jennifer Estep (TBR Reading Pile Challenge)
The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Thief - Sarah-Jane Lehoux
The Curious Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson (British Book Challenge)

Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels #4.5) - Ilona Andrews

Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City (Iron Seas #1.5) - Meljean Brook
In The Tall Grass - Stephen King & Joe Hill


Giant Thief - David Tallerman

Sarah's Reviews
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) - Ilona Andrews

Regular Posts
Same Book/Different Cover looked at Uglies by Scott Westerfeld this month

In addition there were the usual wishlist posts, in my mailbox and Throwback Thursdays.

So updating the challenges - 
British Books Challenge - 30 Read 
2012 TBR Reading Pile Challenge - 34 Read

Best of the Bunch: Black Dust Mambo was so much fun! I just couldn't put it down!

Honourable Mentions: The Hallowed Ones, Phoenix Rising and The Woman in Black were all great reads that I think everyone should try!


  1. I do want to read Black Mambo :)
    I hope your mum is better.

    As for October..where did it go? I am so behind with everything

  2. Aww- I want to pat Derek the bat on the head- he is so cute!
    You read so many books this month, I am so behind on catching up with reading everyone's reviews but I think I need to check out Black Dust Mambo, I love books that are fun.
    Have a good week :)

  3. It looks like a good book month for you. Happy Halloween to you and Derek too! :)

    Give your mum (and you) ((HUGS)) and well wishes from me. I hope she has more good days than bad.

  4. I hope your mum feels better soon! *big hugs*