October Reading Challenge: Read a Mystery

2016 Reading Challenge

It’s starting to feel like fall! The mornings are cool and misty. We’ve had several days of rain. It’s perfect weather for curling up with a good book.


I don’t read a lot of mysteries but I have an informal tradition of reading a mysterious book during the month of Halloween. It’s a good time to feel chills down the spine. So, for this month’s challenge, we’ll be reading a mystery.

This is a hard category for me. I want to like mysteries but I’m often disappointed. I don’t like anything too spooky or graphic. And I’m not interested in story lines dealing with kidnapped children or murders. I tend to like books that are more along the lines of psychological thrillers. I like when the people are the scary part of the story. (I’m not sure what that says about me – ha!) Last year I read “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield and I really enjoyed it. It was definitely one of the best mysteries that I’ve ever read. (You can read my full review here.) I’m hoping to dive into another good story this month!

My Pick:


Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

Several of my friends have recommended this book to me. One friend told me she stayed up half the night finishing this story. Although the story centers around a mysterious death, it doesn’t seem like the death is the entire point of the story. Instead, it uncovers the deeper issues happening in the family. I’ve got to admit, I like a dysfunctional family story! Since it has mixed reviews on Goodreads, I think I’ll either love it or hate it. I’m excited to find out which camp I’ll be in.

Your Turn: Do you like reading mysteries? What’s your favorite? What will you be reading this month? Please tell us in the comments!

** Also, please tell me in the comments what you’ve liked or not liked about this year’s reading challenge. Would you like to do another challenge? Shorter? Different categories? Your input is greatly appreciated!

2 thoughts on “October Reading Challenge: Read a Mystery

  1. Hmmm, I don’t usually like mysteries either for the same reasons you mentioned. Let’s see what I can find that looks good! Thanks for the challenge!


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