Evening you guys! How are you all doing today? Did you do any trick or treating tonight? Or are you planning on doing it later tonight? Let me know!
I don’t want to ramble on too much in this intro part of today’s post as I read a lot of books (a total of 8.5 as of right this second) and I want to talk a little bit about most of them in today’s wrap up! I didn’t get any books this month because my birthday is coming up in a couple of days and then it’s almost Christmas and I figured I’d just ask for any books I might want for those two occasions. So, without any further ado, let’s get into my October wrap-up!
As I had mentioned in my September wrap-up, I was hoping to finish Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by the time September came to an end and I did! But I didn’t want to make that post any longer, so I decided to just include it for October! As of finishing this book, I am finally all caught up with all the books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles and I’m so excited about it! It did take me quite a while and I just read both novella bind-ups these past few months!
To be honest, I was hoping to enjoy this book a lot more than I actually did. I was soaking up any and all information we got on Alec, Magnus and their relationship – they have quickly become my absolute favorite ever since the tv show started airing. Overall, a good book but nothing overly special.
Up next, I read Furthermore! I’ve seen this cover around ever since it came out last year and people obviously really love Tahereh Mafi’s writing and I 100% get it with this book! I fell in love so quickly and basically finished the audiobook in about 4(ish) hours – I do speed up most of my audiobooks to at least 1.85 because the narrators are reading too slow for me otherwise.
I loved, loved, loved the narrator in this story and how he would occasionally break the fourth wall (is that term used for books? I don’t know.) to speak to the reader directly! Alice and Oliver were interesting characters to follow for sure and I can’t wait to see where their story takes them – I feel like we might see them pop up again in Whichwood!
I reviewed all of these in a post earlier this month in an attempt to shorten this wrap up a little bit as it was getting quite out of hand, so if you want to read more of my thoughts on any of these books, please check out the mini reviews by clicking here!
If you guys have been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that I shared a post about three popular series I would like to read this year and this month I gave the second series off that list a try! To this day, I hadn’t read Harry Potter yet and somehow I just randomly felt like giving it a chance this month and so I read the first book. And I have to say: I did not like it. At all. *goes into hiding*
And I can’t even tell you guys what it was exactly that I didn’t enjoy? I just know that I didn’t have a good time reading this book. Usually, I will find myself looking forward to continuing with a book, but not with this. I almost dreaded it. But I decided I would finish it (seeing how it was just over 200 pages) and then I’d just stop and not continue on. I don’t want to force myself to read a book just because I think I should. That’s not the point of reading.
After I finished reading Harry Potter, I knew I needed to read something I was 100% certain I was going to love to avoid falling into a reading slump and so I decided on another Leigh Bardugo book in the form of Six Of Crows! Jackie recently read this and some people on my Goodreads timeline were talking about it so much, that I had to pick it up again myself too. For the third time! But I decided I would use a different format this time around and so I listened to it on audiobook while also reading along and tabbing scenes as I went! My copy looks so fun now with all those colorful tabs!
I don’t think we need to talk about whether or not I liked this book. The Six Of Crows duology is hands down my favorite series Leigh has released so far and I am enjoying it just as much the third time around – that says a lot, I think!
Once I had finished reading Six Of Crows I was already on such a high because my reading month had been going so incredibly well, that I decided to pick up another book and I went with Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard – The Sword Of Summer! I knew it was all about Norse mythology and as some of you guys might know I’m quite the Marvel fan and watch a bunch of their movies (including the Thor ones, obviously!) so I figured this might be right up my alley. And it truly was!
I loved Rick Riordan’s writing, Magnus was a really interesting character to be in the head of (I absolutely loved his humor!) while the side characters were a nice addition too! Also, all those pop culture references were so much fun! I loved them all! And something else I really enjoyed were the chapter titles. They were funny and sometimes misleading but always something I was looking forward to!
Once I finish my current read, I feel like I might jump right back into this world because it’s so fun and new-to-me (unlike my current book) and I can’t wait to see how this story continues! And after finishing my first Riordan book, I am pretty sure that I want to read more of his work in the future!
October has once again been a really fun month as far as blogging went so I’m really excited to share some of my (and you guys’) favorite posts from the past few weeks!
- eARC Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone – I was really lucky to be approved for an ARC of this and shared all of my thoughts with you guys in this review
- 8 Tips To Keep In Mind During NaNoWriMo – With NaNo just around the corner, I figured I would share some of the things I had learned from previous experiences with NaNo
- 5 Ways NOT To Organize Your Shelves – I figured I would do a bit of a spin on the usual posts talking about how you guys should organize your shelves and I had so much fun with it
- 8 Struggles International Bloggers Face – As international bloggers, there are quite a few things that myself and a lot of other bloggers have to deal with and I shared some of them in this post
- 7 Blogging Things I Suck At – And You Might Too – Don’t we all like to talk about the things we’re not good at? That’s exactly what I did here and you guys seemed to struggle with quite a few of them too
- Pristine vs. Damaged Books – My Thoughts On The Issue – I talked a little bit about my love of marking up my books and how much I love those copies I have and asked you guys how you feel about the topic
How about you guys? What did you read this past month? Did you guys join in on any of the readathons going on? How did you do with them?
Out of all the books you read this month, what was your favorite and your least favorite? For me, I have to say Wonder Woman was a clear winner and Harry Potter being the let down to an otherwise freaking fantastic reading month!