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Today I am doing my October wrap up. I read a total of 22 books this month. One of my best reading months for a while. I had a great month for ratings as well.
The last argument of kings by Joe Abercrombie
THIS BOOK!!!! This has to be one of the best conclusions to a trilogy/ series that I have ever read! It hurt but I loved it! I could not believe that this book is over 600 pages because it read really quickly. I’m very very excited to move onto the standalones as I have heard they are even better than the original trilogy… right now I can’t see how but I can’t wait!
The midnight peacock by Katherine Woodfine
This is by far my favourite book in this series. I loved book one a lot book 2 and 3 were good, but not as good as the first. Now though, I think book 4 is my favourite novel! I like how the book and series was concluded, obviously not completely as there is a follow up series with the some of the same characters, but the mystery was wrapped up well. The next series is called Taylor and Rose and Im excited to start it next month!
The lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
This was such an atmospheric book! I really liked the two main characters and the romantic tension between them. The willow the wisp was adorable also lol. I loved the setting and the world, I felt like I was actually in Prague. I really liked the way the pyjavis (vampires) were portrayed in this book. The politics was also very interesting. There were some parts that were quite slow but, I think this book is such an awesome read for this time of year, it’s so atmospheric.
Good girl bad blood by Holly Jackson
I really loved the first book and I also really loved this one. I was afraid that I wouldn’t remember enough but I did. I constantly wanted to read this one. I like that each book is sort of a new case in its own way and I can’t wait to see were the final book goes!
Chronicles of Iona by Paula de Fougerolles
Fougerolles has a really great way of taking history and blending it with brilliant storytelling. I really loved this book and this was an excellent start to a series. I can’t wait to dive into more of Fougerolles books. If you are a fan of historical fiction, I recommend picking this one up. If you want to see my full thoughts on this book click.
Treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson
I read this when I was very young, I think, I cannot remember. Obviously there are phrases and sayings in here that I think are widely recognised but I couldn’t remember the little things, you know? I’m so so glad I read this because I loved it! I love anything pirate related and this book is definitely a favourite, I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it as I am older now, but it really is timeless.
Moondial by Helen Creswell
Trigger warnings for abuse. I cannot believe I hadn’t even heard of this book until I was browsing amazon. Anyone who knows me knows that I love any book that features time travel and this was no exception! Add to that ghosts and any form of spooky vibes and I’m even more obsessed! For a short (ish) book, it is really engaging, the end was a bit rushed but I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Nightfall by Shannon Messenger
I took a short break from this series and recently picked it back up again. It’s really nice to be back in this world with these characters. I really like Sophie and all of her friends, this world and the magic. These books never feel like there length, does that make sense? I can read these quite quickly for their size. I can’t wait to continue on with this series!
Into the crooked place by Alexandra Christo
I read to kill a kingdom by Christo and liked that book. But, I liked this one better. It reminded me a lot of six of crows, even though there are similarities is it very much it’s own book. The characters were my favourite part, as usual, they are very morally grey (my favourite kind of character) and I loved the love hate relationship they have with each other. I’m ready for the second book!
Empire of the vampire by Jay Kristoff
When it first started I was like ok, another vampire book, with cliche moments, but as I got further into it I enjoyed it more. I love how gothic this world feels. The action/fight scenes were really well done and I really liked them and Gabriel is a really great character. There were some parts that were quite slow and I found myself losing interest, but then it would pick back up again. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this, I don’t know how I am going to wait for book 2!￼
Serpent and dove by Shelby Mahurin
When I picked this up the first time, I couldn’t get into this because I was busy at the time. I tried to pick it up again at the beginning of the year and still couldn’t get into it. This third read though, I finally managed to finish it. The audiobook definitely helped. The magic was really interesting and the characters, but there was some parts that really annoyed me lol. It was the perfect Halloween spooky read though.
The Cuban girls guide by Laura Taylor Namey
I have decided I really love books that have any form of cooking in them. My mouth was watering whilst reading this book. I liked Lila (the main character), she was dealing with quite a lot at the time and I liked her development. This would make a great summery read and whilst it was fluffy and fun it also deals with loss, so it does have some sad moments. I really liked it though!
Crowns of croswald by D. E. Night
I saw in, the blurb Narnia, Harry Potter and Alice in wonderland and immediately wanted to read it. It definitely has the whimsy and magical feeling to it. I liked the characters, there were a few cliche tropes in here, but I liked that, it gave me a nostalgic feeling for all those childhood favourites! Really enjoyed it!￼
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone
This book was so eerie. I really enjoyed it. The perfect Halloween read, I’m so glad that I read it this month. The way it ended really has me anticipating book 2, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
The goose girl by Shannon Hale
I really enjoyed this one. There are a few groped in here and cliche moments but it was published a while ago. I still enjoyed it though and I’m sorry I didn’t read this when I was younger because I would have loved it!
The bodysnatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
I don’t usually read short stories but after listening to Ashley’s reading of the fall of the house of usher, I wanted to listen to more short stories. This being the perfect month for spooky stories, I decided to start with some spooky short stories! I have no idea how to rate short stories but based on the criteria of atmospheric and spooky vibes as well as enjoyment, this is the rating I would give it!
The fall of the house of Usher by Edgar Alan Poe
This is the first short story I have read/ listened to in forever. Ashley from a frolic through fiction did a Halloween spooky asmr reading of some of her favourite short stories and this was one of them. This was the perfect short story to get me in the Halloween mood, it’s so atmospheric and creepy and I really enjoyed it.
Air awakens by Elsie Kova
I went into this with quite low expectations because of all the mixed things I have heard. I was surprised by how much I liked it. The magic is really interesting, the characters intriguing and the world complex. I wish that some things would of been different and there were some slow parts, but overall, it was a fun and fast read.
Small favors by Erin A. Craig
I really liked the writing style in this book. The bee keeping aspects were also interesting. But some parts were really slow for me although, even though it did pick back up in places. I will likely read house of salt and sorrows because, again, I didn’t have a problem with the writing style.
The magic thief by Sarah Prineas
I read another book by Sarah Prineas called winterling which, I thought was just ok. This one I liked a lot more. I really like conn as a character and the wizard. I’m glad this is a series, I can’t wait to see what else they get up to in the next books.
The incredible exploding man by Dave Hutchinson
The first 25% of this book is very slow and whilst the science itself was interesting, I was disengaged from the rest of the story. I think for me the pacing was off and I just couldn’t really get into it. Overall, it was just an ok read.
Girl. Boy. Sea by Chris Vick
It was very different to what I was expecting. There were some bits at the very beginning that I found hard to believe. Some things annoyed me and some things had me intrigued and I did like the ending. Overall, this book was ok, just not what I was expecting.
That is everything that I read in the month of October. What did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you so much for reading!