October Reading Round-Up

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I read two books very quickly at the beginning of October…before finally, as I’ve been meaning to, diving back into Harry Potter. I keep half-heartedly telling myself to get some nonfiction back in there, but…

October Reading Round-Up {the ponytail diaries}

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert GalbraithThe Cuckoo’s Calling

I’m sure JK Rowling would’ve preferred that the true identity of Robert Galbraith remained a secret for more than, like, a week after this was published. But I have to say, I’m pretty thrilled her cover was blown because I’m not into detective novels and never would have read this if I hadn’t known Rowling wrote it.

And, for someone who’s not into detective novels, it was really good. I was pulled in right away, I was guessing and trying to decipher the clues on every page, and although the ending was probably a little far-fetched, I loved seeing how all those clues came together.

Rowling is a master at characters — just like in Harry Potter or The Casual Vacancy, I had such a clear vision of every character. Not just their physical appearance, but their voice and mannerisms as well. She writes dialogue, dialect, and descriptions so well.

I don’t know how this stacks up against other detective novels (seriously, aside from a couple Sherlock Holmes stories in high school, my experience in that genre is zilch), but I’m definitely planning on reading more about Cormoran Strike.

Bottom line: If you’re not willing to give any JK Rowling writes a chance, I probably can’t help you.

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You


Guys. This was just…wow.

I tore through Me Before You, in part because I wanted to go to a book signing/speaking event with Jojo Moyes for After You four or five days after I started it, and in part because I could not put it down. Even though I wanted to go slower, because it definitely packs a strong emotional punch, I seriously couldn’t.

Here’s the thing. Even though, fairly early on, I had a very strong hunch I knew how it would end (and most of the plot points), I still kept reading because I was desperately hoping to be wrong. And even when I wasn’t, I still loved how it all wrapped up.

Also, at the speaking thing, Moyes talked a bit about the upcoming film version (!!!!) and if you haven’t already heard, it’s starring Finnick from Hunger Games and Daenerys/Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. And Moyes co-wrote the script and said she’s very happy with how it all came out. So, yes, I’ll be dragging my husband to see that next year.

Bottom line: Just read it already.

And like I said, I’m also re-reading Harry Potter, but I won’t bother “reviewing” those, because, come on.

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