So here is the first installment of The Reading Nook. I mentioned that I was considering doing these once a month to ensure that I keep on track with my reading goals for the year and also to help to motivate me to broaden my genres and start to work my way through my back catalogue of 'I'll get around to that one eventually'.
October was a mixed bunch. I did read two books (which for me is actually quite slow although on track with the one per month I promised myself) and they were two books I haven't read before (good) but they aren't exactly out of character for me (poor). B for effort then.
The first was Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters and Jane Austen. This was lent to my by a friend after I mentioned how much I had enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which is a perfect Halloween read.
The premise of both books is the same and the story of Sense and Sensibility is just as seamlessly woven into an alternative world filled with flesh eating, tentacled and over sized sea monsters as its predecessor was filled with the brain eating undead.
The book is littered with illustrations that help to bring this world to life in front of your eyes and the descriptions of people being mauled by various sea horrors are graphic and yet strangely genteel as the society folk desperately try to avoid eye contact with the man who is dripping blood in a most unseemly manner all over their drawing room floor.
The book is divided into twelve chapters to match the months of the year and each chapter examines in detail a particular forest or wood and a fairytale to match it.