We’re fully into Autumn round these parts now. It is chilly, nights are drawing in and Christmas things are beginning to appear in the shops already (grrr). I read 5 books and watched 3 movies (one of those at the actual cinema!) … kind of a slowish month, but certainly not my worst!
My book of the month (and possibly my lifetime!) was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Oh my goodness. I cannot describe how much I loved this book, and how much of a surprise it was to me. I mean, it’s a western in which a ramshackle bunch of cowboys drive a herd of cattle from the bottom of the USA to the top, and it’s a doozy at nearly 1000 pages. But seriously, this book now has a very firm spot on my favourites shelf. Loved it. (Review coming soon!)
Other books read this month (reviews coming eventually)
- After Me Comes The Flood by Sarah Perry – this one started off good, was really intriguing, but then it just fizzled into boringness. 2 stars.
- The Chimes by Anna Smaill – ugh. I posted a review of this here. 2 stars.
- Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – a gorgeous book! 4 stars.
- The Martian by Andy Weir – another surprise for me. I absolutely loved this and gave it 5 stars.
- As far as my reading stats and challenges are concerned, this was not such a great month! Anna Smaill is from New Zeland, so that’s one more country ticked off my global reading challenge. And Larry McMurtry won the Pulitzer for Lonesome Dove, so that’s my prize winner for the month. But that’s it. I aim to do better next month!
Dave and I are a bit late to the party on the Bourne series. With a new film coming out soon we decided it was high time we watched these, so we made a start this month …
- The Bourne Identity – this was good. A little confusing. But I like Matt Damon. Dave gave this 7.5/10, and I gave it 6/10. It dipped in the middle.
- The Bourne Supremacy – Not quite as good as the first one. I’m still a bit confused. 5/10 from each of us.
Then we decided to treat ourselves and actually leave the house to go see a movie!
- Legend – I was really not expecting to like this film very much. I’m not keen on violence for the sake of violence, and all I knew about the Krays was that they were violent gangsters. But this film went a bit further into the people and I ended up really enjoying it. How much of that was down to Tom Hardy’s superb portrayal of the twins, I’m not sure. He was excellent. We both gave this 7.5/10.
- Dave finished a 42 mile bike ride and it feels like we will never hear the end of it!
- New schools and school years were started.
- Strictly season began! I love Strictly Come Dancing so much! Early favourites are Peter Andre, Jay McGuinness (don’t judge me people!) and Anita Rani.
- My thoughts are turning to reading aims for next year – I always get this way in Autumn! I have a few ideas ticking over in my brain; more to come!