As I write my wrap-up, Cabin in the Woods is playing in the background, my cat is running around, and I am eating Halloween candy. 🎃👻🧛 October was a month of ultimate highs and lows for me, but Blogoween and me proudly waving my Spooky Flag all month was certainly a highlight! I want to send a heartfelt thank you to Sam and Clo for being there for me during the hard times this month… your friendship means the world to me. 💖 I am slowly coming back to myself and hope to be a better blog hopper this November!
I also would like to take the time to thank you for 500 WordPress followers. I am truly humbled that you all are here reading my thoughts. I will be hosting a giveaway in the near future to celebrate, so stay tuned for that!
So in October, I managed to read eight books (with one DNF), which was another slow month for me as I had a two-plus week slump where I didn’t want to read anything. I am fortunate in that I had largely cleared my ARCs for October so this month was supposed to be mood reading, so thankfully the slump didn’t cause anxiety for me! It was quite torturous, but I enjoyed dedicating some time to gaming while I waited for my reading mojo to return. As always, you can click on the title links to be taken to the Goodreads page, and if my review has been published here on the blog I will also provide a link to it. ARCs/copies from author or publisher are noted above by an asterisk *
- * Book Love by Debbie Tung: Book Love is a collection of comics that depict what it is like to be a book lover – from incognito sniffing a new book to being beckoned by your TBR when you are trying to work to going into the bookshop for ONE book and being sidelined by the sale display. Honestly, every page brought a smile to my face at how relatable the comics are. Honestly, I was having a bad day and reading this made my day a little brighter, so thank you for that. This is a love story to and for book lovers, and I highly recommend it! Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Dark Side of Nowhere, The by Neal Shusterman: I picked this book up on a whim during BookOutlet’s sale because it sounded neat. I devoured The Dark Side of Nowhere in a couple of hours and after finishing it I was left with the feeling of awe. I can’t get this book out of my head. It is magical and exactly what I love about science fiction: the light that it casts on the darkest parts of our society through storytelling. The themes I picked up of otherness, political divide is hauntingly relevant to society today. [Full Review]
- Undertow (Oceanswept Trilogy #2) by Lara Hays: [re-read] I think this is a book that I fell more in love with while re-reading as a more critical reader, although I didn’t even rate it when I first read it in 2014. You may know that romance is not one of my preferred genres, but this Historical Romance second-in-series surpasses the first book in every way. The characters, all of them, are complex and interesting, the romance and love triangle tugs at my heartstrings, and I am still very much in need of the final book.
- Wicked Deep, The by Shea Ernshaw: This book is a beautiful standalone fantasy novel that is nothing short of magical. I was captivated from the first page to the last, the writing feels almost magical with its prose. Buddy read with Jamsu! [Full Review]
- Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha: I went in with the lowest of expectations and enjoyed the sequel story (I skipped the first 196 pages & the rehashing of the movie). I enjoyed my trip back to Salem and the Sanderson Sisters’ return. The plot felt well developed and true to the hijinks they would get into for immortality. If you’re an adult looking for a bit of nostalgia, keep in mind that this book really wasn’t written for you and go in with low expectations. [Full Review]
- Oceanswept (Oceanswept #1) by Lara Hays: [re-read] This is a fast paced story with a touching and endearing romance. There isn’t a lot of depth, but sometimes what you need is a light and heart-warming read. I did struggle a bit with the piratey/sailing references (like the bells), but it really did immerse me in the time period! The second book in the trilogy is absolutely amazing.
- * Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi: I wanted to love this one, but I wasn’t really impressed and honestly was a little bored. As a lover of mythology, I was really excited to be granted a review copy of Outrun the Wind and read a retelling of the Greek myth of Atalanta, but be prepared for departures from canon. [Full Review]
- * House by the Cemetery, The by John Everson: I was really excited about this book because I cannot get enough of haunted house narratives, and I thought it was really interesting to take an actual haunted house and turn it into a Halloween attraction. Unfortunately, this was not a good book: there is no character development, the plot was full of holes, and the narrative was full of fat shaming. Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an electronic advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. [Full Review]
DNF – Did Not Finish
- * Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky: [DNF @ page 45] This is a case of right book, wrong reader. Unfortunately, I found myself triggered by Natalie’s obsession about weight (guessing the weight of other people, second guessing her food choices because there are people around her) and the snapping of a hair elastic on her wrist. I don’t think this representation will necessarily bother other readers, but for my own well-being I needed to put this book aside. This is an important book with anxiety rep, body positivity, and a dash of women in STEM for good measure. Thank you to Turner Publishing sent me an ARC for review.
Total Books Read in October: 8
Total Books Read in 2018: 114
Goodreads Reading Goal:
50 100 125
Awesome Community Posts
- If you have ever wondered how you can get ARCs, Devouring Books has a full guide!
- Vicky over at Vicky Who Reads wrote a fantastic post, with math!, about the average rating on Goodreads and how it is stacked against the newer blogger.
- Vicky also wrote an amazing post about transparency in blogger statistics and the growth/cycles her blog has seen in the year-plus that she has been blogging. I know a lot of us get wrapped up in what our own ideas of success looks like, and oftentimes that marker of “success” is unrealistic.
I know there were more amazing posts, but I have been kind of terrible about blog hopping this month and keeping a running tally of posts to share. I apologize for this!
I do want to say that November is Sci-Fi Month and I will be participating! Expect a post on Sunday with some sci-fi goodness, and most of my reviews this month will be science fiction books! You can find more information about Sci-Fi Month here.
Thank you, everyone, so much for visiting, liking, commenting, and sharing your bookish thoughts with me! I hope that you had a fantastic October, and I wish you happy reading this November!
Let’s go on another adventure together!