“Don’t stop reading. I need you to understand what I have done“.
Well wrapping up in the evening didn’t quite work out as I got completely wrapped up in my last book of the evening and headed off to bed to read some more!
I’ve never spent an evening and committed it to reading three different types of books and it was such a refreshing change. Usually I’m a one book at a time kind of girl but by having three different “types” of books, I managed to use the time really productively and I had a fabulous time.
HOUR ONE (7.00pm – 8.00pm): I started the Cosy Reading Night with Just Mercy and it was a great one to start on. It’s one I’m going to lend to Boyfriend when I’m done because although he won’t read fiction, he will read good non-fiction and I feel as though I’m going to need to talk about this one. I read 33 pages during the first hour.
HOUR TWO (8.00pm – 9.00pm): The hour of The Fourth Monkey. This book really took me by surprise! It’s about a serial killer who seems to have been found dead after having kidnapped his next victim. The narrative is alternating between Detective Sam Porter and diary entries from the killer. His diary entries are so unnerving but the writing of Porter’s chapter is somehow quite light and witty and it’s so easy to read. I flew through about 58 pages during the hour and I’m hooked.
HOUR THREE (9.00pm – 10.00pm): I’d thought about just sticking with The Fourth Monkey for the last hour as I was enjoying it so much but then I read a particularly haunting murderer diary entry and decided to go with something a little lighter! I read the first short story of New World Fairy Tales by Cassandra Parkin, a set of short fairytale retellings. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this too, actually (pleasant theme for the evening!). I don’t read short stories very often but this collection is making me re-think that. It was nice to get to read a complete story and the writing was really impressive. I’ve since read another one and it was another real winner so I’m excited to continue on.