Reading Roulette – October!

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It seems like a long time since I have done a Reading Roulette, but I think it’s time once again to put my literary fate in your capable hands and ask you to pick one of my October reads from the 746!

I have six options this time round, some with a spooky feel, given that it will be close to Halloween by the time I get round to reading them but all gathering dust on my shelves.

Have a look at the options and cast your vote. Maybe you’ll choose a book because you loved it? Or because you still have to read it to? Or even because you hated it?!

I don’t really mind. I’m in your hands! Let’s see if you can pick me my new favourite book….

So, for October my Reading Roulette choices are:

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Bad Behaviour by Mary Gaitskill

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt

Stoner by John Williams

I’ve linked the titles to their Goodreads page just in case you want some more details on the books and I’ll keep the voting open until September 30th.

Most of these are books that I have lost that urge to read and probably wouldn’t pick up if I was choosing my next book. I’d be quite happy for any of these to win. I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes (for shame!) and Alice Hoffman is an old favourite whose work I haven’t read for years. I’d love to read Patrick de Witt’s new book, but given the whole premise of my blog, it’s probably better to read the one that I already have and I have yet to hear a bad word said about Stoner.

So, have you read any of these? Which do you think will win? I have no idea!


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  1. I voted for Stoner, but here’s my caveat. It is absolutely worth reading (I thought everybody had, it was the “it” book a few years back). It is solid but my god, he is a such a wet dishrag I wanted to strangle him. Would love to see what you think. Since you love Irish lit you may well enjoy this one.


  2. I’ve read The sisters brothers (one of those books I’ve bought for the cover) and It wasn’t that good. A bit of a book about a pointless journey. But that’s my feeling, maybe you’ll like it but I won’t make you read it 😉


  3. A great selection of books, Cathy. Stoner is excellent, but I’ve voted for the Sisters Brothers as it’s such a fun read. It reminded me a little of some of the Coen brothers’ work – perfect for a movie adaptation.


  4. I really wanted to vote for three – Stoner, The Thirteenth Tale and Sister Brothers – but plumped for the deWitt because I’ve just finished Undermajordomo Minor which reminded me just how much I enjoyed SB. I hope you enjoy whatever lands in the barrel!

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  5. I’ve voted for The Hound of the Baskervilles because I feel so sad for you that you’ve never read any Holmes! 😉 I don’t care whether it wins – you should read it anyway! What’s not to love about curses, legends, a wicked Sir Hugo, and supernatural hounds baying over the darkness of Grimpen Mire…


  6. I voted for Stoner because I’ve had it lingering on my Kindle since I bought it on sale ages ago. From all I’ve heard about it, it will make for a good conversation.

    I’ve read a couple other choices in your list. I don’t remember much about Blue Diary, but I do remember reading a lot of Alice Hoffman around the time I read BD. I haven’t read her in a few years now. Sometimes I’m in the mood for the kind of drama she writes about, and sometimes I’m not.

    I’ve also read The Thirteenth Tale, but it was not my thing. Now that I think about it, I don’t love many gothic stories, even the oldies. But if you like gothic, I think you’d like it.


  7. Okay, now I’ve read this post – yes, I didn’t vote and, I would have struggled to vote for this one because I like a number of the books – definitely you need to read Conan Doyle and Setterfield. I also like Hoffman but this isn’t my favourite book of hers.
    Lynn 😀

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