I’m really trying not to freak out over the fact that we only have two months left of this Hellish year so I’m just jumping straight into things.
October was overall a pretty productive month: school got busy, I passed my driving theory test (first try!) and I started my practical lessons. I also ended up reading 8 books as well as DNF-ing one and getting almost halfway through another.
I definitely was not expecting to read this much but I am very glad that I did because I read some really solid books this month even if I didn’t stick to my “spooky Halloween” TBR like I had originally hoped to do.
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke ⭐⭐⭐ – I started the month off with a witchy read to get me in the spooky spirit. This book was all about four girls forming a coven and throwing some killer Halloween parties which I respect cause I would 100% do that too if I had powers.
I liked the strong female friendships in this book and the LGBT+ representation however in my opinion the plot was all over the place and I was very confused. I haven’t decided yet on whether or not I’ll be open to read a sequel, if I do then it’s totally because I liked the characters.
This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey ⭐⭐⭐⭐.25 – This month I read 2 ARCs, one of them being this book which is basically a YA version of The Truman Show.
This book follows a girl called Jess who discovers that her whole life has been one big production filmed and monetised worldwide. Nothing in her life has ever been real; not her friends or her town, not even the decade she thought she was living in or her sister and her sisters terminal illness.
It doesn’t come out until January 2021 but add this one to your TBRs! If I hadn’t have had to go to work I definitely would have read this entire thing in one sitting. It was such a cool concept executed really well with likeable characters and . It felt a lot like a dystopian novel too because I could definitely see this society becoming a reality.
You Know I’m No Good by Jessie Ann Foley ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – And here we have the second ARC I read this month, this one I was actually lucky enough to be involved in the Blog Tour for.
I nearly cried multiple times throughout this book so there you go. This book is set at Red Oak Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for troubled girl, where the main character Mia is sent after a violent altercation with her step-mother.
The writing was so beautiful and is why I ended up reading so late into the night and had trouble getting up for school the next morning because I couldn’t put it down.
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Suicidal Ideation, Drug and Alcohol Use, Self-Harm
Crane Diaries: The Red Church & Bayou Secretes by Apryl Baker
It’s becoming a Halloween tradition by this point that I read at least one book from either The Ghost Files or it’s companion series The Crane Diaries which both follow a girl that can see ghosts, an ability that gets her into a whole lot of trouble.
I’ve stopped giving star ratings to these books because objectively they’re bad: the writing, there’s too many characters especially good looking male love interests, the main character develops a new power in every book, etc.
But they’re fun and I read them super fast and I always smile while I’m reading even if I am rolling my eyes at the same time.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
With the new announcement of a Kane Chronicles (animated??) TV show I’m finally trying again with the trilogy because I never actually finished the third book.
I actually did re-read the whole Percy Jackson series during lockdown and decided to re-read the whole Riordanverse series and this was next on my list but picking it up this month was kind of spontaneous.
While still not my favourite of all the series I did come away with a new appreciation for this book. I especially loved Sadie, the most badass 12 year old ever.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I read one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and I wasn’t disappointed thank all of the Gods!!
What I didn’t realise going into this is that it actually had King Arthur aspects which was a lovely surprise! This book follows a Breanna who, after the death of her mother, enrols in a pre-college residential programme where on her first night she witnesses a demonic attack and is soon swept up in a secrete society and even competing to become part of their ranks.
I will say that magic and social system had me kind of confused to begin with and the amount of characters with titles and powers didn’t help my confusion but overall this was a great read and I cannot wait for the sequel.
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White ⭐⭐⭐ – Not gonna lie … I was disappointed.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for what feels like forever now and I finally picked it up just a couple of days ago as I am part of the Blog Tour for the sequel and obviously I needed to read this first.
While I really enjoyed the characters, Guinevere and Arthur are actual royal rays of sunshine who I ship so hard and also would happily die for, but plot-wise nothing much happened. Because this book read really fast, I didn’t realise how little had happened until I got over halfway and realised “huh”.
I am still looking forward to the sequel, I started it today and already it’s been more action packed so that’s good, and I did have fun with this but I do think my own expectations were this books downfall.
Toil & Trouble by Jessica Spotswood+ Tess Sharp – Here we have my current read which I’m halway through-ish. Honestly I don’t know.
I did want to finish this on Halloween after work as this is a novella bind up all about witches, but instead I watched the boxing with my parents and nearly fell asleep on the couch.
I’ve liked the majority of the stories I’ve read so far, there have been two standouts but overall they’re enjoyable. Hopefully by the time this post goes up I’ll have finished it.
DNF: The Roommate by Rosie Danan – I actually started this in September with the hopes to finish it in October and while I did make some progress I then went weeks without picking it up. I do want to finish this eventually but I’m taking it off my “currently reading” shelf because seeing it there constantly was giving me anxiety :))
And so there we go, those are the eight books I read this month. Like I said my whole “spooky” theme went completely out of the window but I did enjoy everything I read this month.
I’d love to know what you’ve read this month and if you’ve read any of these books mentioned I’d loved to know what you thought.
Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!