Wrap-Up

October Wrap Up|2019

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I hope everyone had an awesome spooky October! I went into October hoping to read all the thriller and mystery books…that did not happen. I sadly only read a few thriller/mystery books. What other books did I read if not those might you ask? Well good question, your about to find out!

The first book I finished in October was the last book in the Five Dark Crowns series Five Dark Fates. I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed all the action it had. I was not a fan of the ending in any way and if I could I would change it. I enjoyed this series overall and thought this was a nice conclusion to the series. I gave this 4/5 stars.

My first spooky book of the month was Never-Contended Things by Sarah Porter. This was a book. It’s pretty hard for me to gather thoughts on this book(its a wonder how I managed to write a review about it) and I’m still not that sure on how I feel about it. It touches on some important subjects like consent which I thought was a good aspect of the book. If you want to read more of my thoughts click the link here to read my review. I gave this 3/5 stars.

I strove away from the spooky books and read Defiance Falls Revolution by Ali Dean. I was not a huge fan of this. I definitely found it better than the first which was good. However it felt like nothing, absolutely nothing of importance happened in this book. But the plot was less messy than the first one which made it easier to read. There was also no character growth or depth that I hoped would happen. I gave this 3/5 stars.

Then I reread a childhood favorite of mine The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I loved this book as a young one and this time was no different. The characters are my favorite part of the book. They have more depth than some YA books I’ve read which honestly surprised me a little because it is a middle grade book. All these characters are so fun and different and I loved seeing/reading them interact with each other and solve the mystery. You can read my full review here.

I finally went back to a spooky book because Spookathon started(which I triumphantly failed!) The first book I read was Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach. I was a bit disappointed by this book. It didn’t quite turn out as I expected and it seemed a little bit anticlimactic throughout the book. I gave this 3/5 stars.

My second and last book that I read for Spookathon was Nightbird by Brian Freeman. I was pleasantly surprised by this book! This is definitely a thriller book I think people should read. The whole main concept is so interesting and crazy at the same time. The main characters were alright. This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and threw in some twists toward the end. I gave this 4/5 stars.

Next I picked up When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. I enjoyed this book. I liked how relatable the main character was with applying to collages and the stress of it. If you want to read my full review it is here. I gave this a 3/5 stars.

I finally read my last spooky book of the month, Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie. This was definitely not my favorite of her books that I have read. I didn’t find the mystery all that interesting and it took me a while to finish. The ending where they were discovering who the murderer was was my favorite part and probably the most interesting part to me. One thing I like about Christie’s books are the person who did it is never who you think it is. I always think I’ve guessed it only to realize I was so far off the course. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

The last book I read for October was Defiance Falls War by Ali Dean. This was a decent conclusion to the series. It was a lot more anti-climatic than I thought which made the book a little disappointing to me. Still no character depth for Hazel very much but I was happy to see we get a little character depth from Cruz. There are chapters in this book from Cruz’s point of view and through these chapters we got to see a bit into Cruz’s mind. Like I said earlier I was expecting more from this story action wise and it felt like nothing really happened. Some things just felt rushed and felt like they could be explained better which left me a bit confused at some parts, especially the whole “we have the power now” dynamic. The ending was so rushed and I did not like it. There was this one thing that happened at the end of a chapter and it could of been something major in the plot but by the next chapter it was all solved and I wonder why the author even included it because it didn’t even really plot all that much. In the end, I wouldn’t say the books in this series were Ali Dean’s best works

So there it is, all the books I read in the month of October. I have to say, I read a lot more than I thought I did which I’m happy with.

How many books did you read in October?

Wrap-Up

October Wrap-Up

IMG_4666.jpegHope October was a good reading month for everyone! For me, this was my best reading month of the year. I feel as if this whole year, I was kind of lost my groove with reading but this month I found it! It was just go, go go and it felt good.

So the first book I read was Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This book was such a nice quick, enjoyable read. I loved the modern take on the famous Disney princess Cinderella. I found all characters quite enjoyable, except the stepmom and stepsisters. What I loved most of all though, was all the nerdy references. My favorite was a Giilmore Girls reference. I love that show and there really aren’t any references to it in books so when I saw it I was so excited! I gave this a 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee. I was so looking forward to this book after I read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This book was just ah so amazing. Every character added something to story and it was just amazing. I loved the feminism and the strong will of Felicity and those she traveled with. I gave this book a 5/5 stars.

My September Fairyloot box came, and with it, the book Mirage by Somaiya Daud. I am not going to go into much detail because I have a review here. This book is a Science fiction crossed with Moroccan background. I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

Next I picked up The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I enjoyed this book so much, I think I finished it in two days. This book is inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, now I haven’t read that yet so I can’t really tell you how close inspired it is to the story. This book I felt was mostly about the romance between Khalid and Shahrzad. I was definitely missing the action. I felt that the synopsis sets up the story with this like implication that theres going to be some action and I felt that the story was really lacking that. I gave it a 4/5 stars.

Next I got one of my most anticipated reads of the year, What if it’s Us by Beck Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I love all of Becky’s books and the one book of Adam’s book that I have read(They Both Die at the End). So with both of them writing one book, sign me up. I loved this book and it was such an enjoyable, quick read. One thing that I really liked about this book was that it wasn’t just about Ben and Arthur, yes they were the main focus of the story but there were also parts where it was just about Ben and his life, and the same with Arthur. I gave this a 5/5 stars.

So with the preorder of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, came the novella The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky. This is a novella about Monty and Percy after the events of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This was a cute, quick read and I enjoyed the story. Plus it was nice to get some more Percy and Monty. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

This year I decided to partake in Spookathon. I have a blog post here. So because I have that post I will not talk a ton about the books I read for Spookathon. The first book I read was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I liked this book and thought it was a well done thriller, despite the slow beginning. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

Second book I read was Because You Love to Hate Me by various authors. This book is an anthology about different villainous stories. Some stories I liked better than others but I enjoyed all the stories included in the book. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

Third book I read was Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. I loved this book a lot! I related so much with the character and I was really fascinated with the mystery that book centers around. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

The fourth book I read was Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Ah, why did I wait so long to read this book. It was so good and I love the world. Also, I love the plot: three queens who have to kill each other to rule. I have to say though, I think the ending was a little predictable, but other than that I enjoyed this book so much and could not put it down. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

The last book I read for Spookathon was also the last book I finished for October. The book is The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. This was the third Agatha Christie book that I have read, and I have to say it was my least favorite. I found myself skimming most parts. This book felt that it went at a slower pace than it should of been for a mystery book. I found myself only being interested in the part where the whole murder is explained. I gave this a 3/5 stars.

So that is it for you all, my October wrap-up. I have to say it was a pretty good month for me and I hope the next months will be as good as this month

How many books did you end up reading in the month of October?