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Monthly Wrap Up #17

September felt like it lasted a lot longer than a month, so I’m glad it’s over.

I was starting to feel a bit disheartened with work, because it’s been so busy lately and the customers seemed to be getting more and more short tempered, which in turn made me start dread talking to them and put me in a bit of a low mood.

I know it’s only going to get busier in the run up to winter, but it does help having nice colleagues to work with, and nice managers.

Coming home at the end of a crap day to a good book also helps, so here are my September reads.

The links in the book titles will take you to their pages on Goodreads.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I really thought I would love this book.

It’s historical fiction, which at the moment is one of my favourite genres, and the main female character wanted to be more than somebody’s wife, and was very vocal in her beliefs that women should be given the same opportunities as men.

Unfortunately, that same female character was also the main reason I didn’t enjoy the story, because she mentioned at least once EVERY chapter that she ‘wasn’t like other girls’.

The first couple of times I could forgive, but after three times, it got too much to ignore.

Other than that, I’m torn about how I feel about the book. On the one hand, I liked the idea of Audrey Rose defying society and convention to get an education for herself and to use that knowledge to try and solve the Jack the Ripper murders- on the other, I felt the mystery was sidelined by Audrey Rose’s family and was more of a vehicle to explore how Unique and Ahead of Her Time she was.

Maybe the sequel would be better with the characters already established in STJR, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to get a copy.

Three stars.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Easily one of my favourite books of this year, and maybe ever.

I loved the way the story was told, and the glimpse we got into the world of cinema and fame.

Five stars.

Holy Island by LJ Ross

I think the most accurate word I can use to describe this novel is “okay.” Which sounds a bit harsh, but a few days after reading it, I wasn’t still thinking about the story or the characters or desperate to read the rest of the series.

Don’t get me wrong. The story was interesting, and I liked the premise of it. But there were a lot of issues I couldn’t get past to commit to reading more of DCI Ryan’s investigations.

The main character, Ryan, who’s on Holy Island as an escape after a recent case ended badly, barely seemed affected by it outside the occasional thought of that case and its victim being triggered by something random, like a passing comment or another character having similar hair colour- and yet, he’s supposed to be so affected that he had to take a break in the first place.

(He had one nightmare, which admittedly was quite graphic, but that was it.)

And Dr Anna Taylor, who’s called in to consult with the police on the ritualistic aspects of the murders, had (to memory) 1 conversation with Ryan, and that just felt like the author wanting to share their research into the subject.

Their feelings for each other developed super quickly considering they’re in the middle of a murder investigation and both dealing with some ‘demons’, but Ryan’s concern for Anna’s safety came off as sexist, and Anna always caved when he asked her to stay at home because he would look sad or afraid while doing so.

Three stars.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Loved loved loved.

This was such an enjoyable story to read, and completely worth the wait.

Five stars.


I read a lot of books and get emotionally invested in the lives of fictional characters.

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