Hey friends! Happy Halloween!!! And can you believe that October is basically over? (This also means that NaNoWriMo starts TOMORROW and IDK if I’m fully prepared for that. Oh well!) Anyway. At the beginning of October, I set a goal to read 10 books this month. I felt like I’d been in a bit of a reading slump, and I wanted to read more! And guess what I REACHED MY GOAL! I can’t wait to share what I read with you this month.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. At the very beginning of October, I made a list of books that would be great to read in the fall. This is the only book from that list that I ended up reading. Oops. But, I wondered if that would happen because I am so much of a mood reader. But, that being said, I LOVED OUR DARK DUET. This series is dark and will make you laugh and scream and cry. And dang, that ending. Trust me. You need to read this one (but first read This Savage Song) I gave Our Dark Duet 4.5/5 stars.
Woven by Bree Moore is an Arthurian retelling. While there were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, there were some big things that made me like this book a lot less. You can read my full review here.
I love me a good memoir and Nourished by Lia Huber was exactly that. I loved Lia’s writing, and I loved reading about her experience with food and how it changed throughout the course of the book. By the time I’d finished reading, I wanted to eat only healthy and good things. That is still a struggle for me, but hey, I now have a resource to help me out.
Changing things up (reading things other than just the standard novel)
In October I ended up reading 2 graphic novels. To be honest, I don’t know when the last time I picked up a graphic novel was…. so it was time to try them again. The first one I read, The Wendy Project, was incredible! The illustrations were amazing, and I loved this retelling of Peter Pan. I gave The Wendy Project 5/5 stars. The second graphic novel that I read was Alice in the Country of Hearts: Love Labyrinth of Thorns which I had randomly picked out at the library. I was confused and I didn’t love the story. This one got 3/5 stars mostly because I enjoyed the illustrations. But hey, it was a quick read and helped me dip my toe into the graphic novel world. That being said, for anyone out there who reads a lot of graphic novels, what are some good ones that I could try?
In addition to the 2 graphic novels, I also listened to 2 audiobooks. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was the first one that I listened to. Dang. This book made me laugh out loud. It was not what I’d expected at all, but I ended up loving it! So much adventure, romance, and pirates. What could be better than that? This is one you won’t want to miss! 4.75/5 stars. And I finally finished reading/listening to Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I wanted to like this one. And I did enjoy parts, but I really struggled to get through it (both in reading and in the audiobook.) I did like the last few chapters a lot though. I love self-help books, but this one was not my favorite.
I re-read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is probably one of my favorite dystopian novels. I read it because originally I was planning to write a dystopian novel for NaNo, but that has since changed. But it was still so fun to read this one again! And then I read two contemporaries that have been on my TBR for awhile. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. This book started and ended strong but the middle definitely fell flat. The Way I Used to Be is about a girl who struggles with life as she deals with being raped her freshman year of high school. I felt that this book did an alright job in what it’s like to be a sexual assault/rape survivor. But I also had some problems with it. I’ll be writing a longer review on Goodreads soon though. And I just finished reading The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. AH… I love Emery Lord’s books so much. This one was beautiful and heartwrenching. You need to read it.
I’m so happy that I was able to hit my goal and read more. I’ve been in such a reading slump, that it was nice to actually be reading again! I’m excited for November and all the books I’m planning to read! Griff and I also finished watching Stranger Things 2 yesterday. We did agree that we thought the first season was better, but this one was still awesome. So if you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet… well, what are you doing?! Go watch it right now! You won’t regret it.
What did you read and watch this month? Also, I’ve been in the mood for a good YA contemporary, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know down below!
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