Reading Rituals – All Souls Trilogy

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the All Souls Trilogy (including A Discovery of Witches) by Deborah Harkness as well as other books I’ve enjoyed recently.

Reading Rituals

All Souls Trilogy

A Discovery of Witches is a TV drama currently showing on Sky One (Friday’s at 8pm). In the lead up to it starting I saw a few mentions of the book and the All Souls Trilogy  as fans anticipated the TV adaptation. I was intrigued and decided to request the first book, A Discovery of Witches, from the library. Luckily it came in and I finished it before the TV show started. I couldn’t put it down – I loved the characters, the settings and the storyline.

Impatiently, I waited for my reserve of book 2 – Shadow of Night. When I got a text to say the book was ready I dropped everything to collect it. Household chores were cast aside to make more time for reading as I found myself absorbed! I adored “where” this book was set and was fascinated by the historical references (trying not to give away any spoilers here!).

Book 3 – The Book of Life – was reserved before I’d started Book 2 and I didn’t have to wait too long. It was a great conclusion to the trilogy. I was left with a book hangover and I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters!

The All Souls Trilogy

If you like books with paranormal themes and historical references I’d recommend the All Souls trilogy. I learnt some interesting things about history and science from reading this trilogy. I feel sad that I don’t have my own copies and might have to rectify that so I can re-read them.

I’m also really enjoying the TV adaptation. The storyline is already a little different from the books and I’m intrigued to see where it goes. I love the actors they’ve chosen to play Matthew and Diana and I’m eagerly awaiting each new episode!

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I also want to mention Eleanor Oliphant which I read at the very end of August when we were on holiday. After seeing lots of mention of it over summer I picked it up from the hotel book shelf .

I really loved this book. It felt refreshing and quite different from anything I’ve read for a while. The setting is Glasgow (where my husband is from and I lived for 5 years). I enjoyed picking up on locations and the dialect.

The book gave me a lot to think about. I loved the messaging that came through – how we can choose to show a little kindness to others and the impact it can have on their lives. The humour was excellent. I found myself laughing out loud many times and also reading some sections out to my husband. Here’s an example of a section that made me giggle:

Eleanor Oliphant Excerpt

Harry Potter

We are still working our way through the HP series with my son (which I discussed in my Family Favourites post last month).

We’ve just finished up The Chamber of Secrets and moved on to The Prisoner of Azkaban (which is possibly my favourite book of all 7). We are watching each movie as we finish the corresponding book and it’s great to see the differences between the original books and the movie adaptations.


What have you been reading lately? Anything good?

In October I’m joining in with the Find What Feels Good Kula Book Group. We are reading How To Be Happy by Eva Woods. I’m looking forward to joining in with the virtual book club discussion.

Happy Reading Everyone!