October Wrap Up

November 3, 2018

I honestly thought October would be a mediocre reading month at best since I had school and a big move coming up. However, it turned out pretty good! I started 10 books and finished 8, which I’m pretty satisfied with. I read a bunch of great titles but sadly finished off with a big disappointment.. oh well. I do have longer, more detailed reviews for some of these books and I’ll be sure to link them in each description. Other than that, I’m just going to give you guys a quick overview and an overall rating.

Here’s the list of books I read in the month of October:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

(Finished October 4th)

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. I “read” this on audiobook and it was a big mistake.. The narrator made everyone sound like a Southern Bell and the story became so boring and monotone.. I’ll give it another go with a physical copy before judging it – it only seems fair!

My rating: will re-read to be fair
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Page count: 409

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

(Finished October 6th)

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. To find her missing mother, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the empire is more evil than she imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in wars millennia apart, the connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world. Check out my full review for more details.

My rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.8/5
Page count: 501

Elephants Can Remember by Agatha Christie

(Finished October 10th)

Yet another Hercule Poirot murder mystery (#40). this time we’re introduced to a mysterious, unsolved case from the past where a loving husband and wife was found shot by a cliff. 20+ years later it’s still considered delicious gossip among the higher society ladies. We get plenty of the elegance and posh characters that is typical for old school crime novels and it’s such a cozy read this time of year. I’m running out of Hercule Poirot stories that I haven’t read, so I obviously recommend Agatha Christie’s beloved, Belgian detective to anyone.

My rating: 4/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5
Page count: 299

Empress Charlotte by Fabien Nury

(Finished October 12th)

At sixteen, Princess Charlotte falls in love with an Austrian archduke, Maximilian of the House of Habsburg. Soon enough, she finds herself in the middle of a cruel and unpredictable world of international diplomacy while her marriage quickly crumbles. This graphic novel is filled with historical events, sympathetic characters, grand costumes and royal drama portrayed through beautiful artwork by Matthieu Bonhomme. I will for sure read the second volume ASAP!

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.7/5
Page count: 92

Sadie by Courtney Summers

(Finished October 13th)

Growing up with an addict mom, various men coming and going as well as a terrible stutter, Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. She’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles and she sets out on a dangerous journey of revenge. Sadie’s story is told in two different POV’s – Sadie herself and an investigating podcast host. Check out my full review.

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
Page count: 311

city of ghosts book cover

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

(Finished October 23rd)

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead and she realizes what her mission is. This book is phenomenal! Check out my full review where I rant about why this book is the perfect fall read!

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4/5
Page count: 285

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

(Finished October 23rd)

Morrigan Crow was born on Eventide and is therefore by definition cursed. She’s blamed for all local misfortunes and, worst of all, Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange man named Jupiter North appears and whisks her away into the magical city of Nevermoor. In order to stay and avoid her doom, Morrigan must compete in a series of trials to become member of the Wundrous Society. This book is whimsical, filled with magic, will give you Harry Potter vibes and is utterly lovable. My full review of this title is next in line, so stay tuned!

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.4/5
Page count: 384

And the Ocean was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

(Finished October 29th)

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. With their captain, Alexandra, leading the crew, they embark on a final hunt for a devil, a known and feared whale killer. I enjoyed how Patrick Ness flipped the classic Moby Dick tale around and showed it from the animal perspective, but other than that I was confused, bored and disappointed.. Find out why here in my full review.

My rating: 1.5/5
Goodreads rating: 3.6/5
Page count: 160

Total amount of pages I have read this month: 2441
Book of the month: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

If you want to keep track of my reading or find me on social media so we can chat about books, below are direct links to my Goodreads, my Twitter and finally my affiliate link to find your own copies of the above titles on Book Depository.

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