I feel like these monthly updates are starting to get super repetitive, because like all of the recent months, October wasn’t very eventful for me. Election day is coming up, which is exciting/scary, but within my own personal life, nothing much has happened!
Well, I did make the impulsive decision to tell one of my non-bookish friends about my blog… Shout out to her if she’s reading this right now. That might not seem like a big deal to some of you, but my blog is really personal to me, so hardly anyone offline knows about it! Telling my friend about this blog was so big for me, but I’m happy I did, because it’s something I’m really proud of!
Besides that, though, not a lot has changed. These past few months have all felt the same, so they really just blur together.
But on the bright side… It’s finally Fall! The season is halfway over, and the temperature has started to cool down AT LAST. September and most of October were so hot where I live because… global warming 🙂 US folks, if you care about the future of our planet… Please vote for Biden!
Anyways, October as a whole has been a lot panicking and worrying about the election, school, life, and just 2020 in general if I’m being honest. Speaking of which, I can’t believe the year will be over in two months! Like I said, it’s all been such a blur.
To escape from everything going on right now, I read quite a few books in October! I fell into a bit of a slump in the middle of the month, but I still managed to get a lot of reading done:
Total: 9 Books
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins: So here’s the deal: I didn’t hate this book, but it just felt like such an unnecessary read. The plot was extremely uneventful, and it lacked the nail-biting action that made me fall in love with the Hunger Games trilogy. None of the characters were all that interesting, and I had so much trouble connecting with them. Again, TBOSAS wasn’t terrible, but I certainly wouldn’t have missed out on anything if I hadn’t read it. Make sure to check out my review to see my full thoughts! Rating: ★★.5☆☆
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Onyx was just as entertaining as its predecessor, Obsidian! How have I put off reading the Lux series for so long??? I will say, I liked Obsidian a tad more than Onyx, simply because it was more fun and playful, and… I hate Blake. But since he’s now *kinda* out of the picture, I’m looking forward to the third installment in this series, Opal! Katy and Daemon are amazing together, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to develop. Rating: ★★★★☆
A Bigfoot’s Quest by Mel Braxton: I really enjoyed this exciting follow-up to A Bigfoot’s Gift! The characters were as charming as ever, and I loved seeing their relationships with one another grow and develop. Some interesting new plot elements were introduced the story, and it was amazing to see them all unravel! This series has been wonderful so far, and I’m so stoked to read what I think will be the final book once it comes out! Rating: ★★★★.5
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London: The Bachelor/Bachelorette is a HUGE guilty pleasure of mine, so of course I loved this book! Though it contained all of the drama I love seeing on The Bachelor, it also contained more diversity and feminism! I loved how the story was partially told through emails, text messages, news articles, and blog posts… It was so entertaining! I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a light and fun read! Rating: ★★★★★
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski: Marie Rutkoski is no ordinary author… she’s an artist. All of her books are beautifully written, and her characters feel so raw and real. The Winner’s Kiss was such an emotional finale to an amazing trilogy, and it literally tore me to shreds. Not many books have succeeded in making me cry, but this one had me tearing up at least five times. That last chapter… Oh god, it wrecked my soul 😭 Rating: ★★★★★
Animal Farm by George Orwell: I don’t read a ton of classics, but I really enjoyed this one. It was told in a very simple way, but it was still so powerful and effective. It’s an allegory for a very complex event, but the writing itself didn’t feel very heavy (which I liked). Orwell’s ideas are reflected in his writing in such thought-provoking ways, and I definitely saw the importance of all the themes that were discussed in the novel. I’m really glad I read this book! Rating: ★★★★☆
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: This book was sooooo adorable! Alex and Henry are literally the CUTEST COUPLE EVER. Throughout the book, I found myself falling in love with both of them, until I realized… Oh yeah, they’re gay 😂 (well, Alex is bi and Henry is gay, but I’m pretty sure neither of them would love me as much as I love them… rip). I mean yeah, this book was definitely cheesy at times, but it was so sweet! How could I not love it??? All I can say is this: The hype is well-deserved, you guys. Rating: ★★★★☆
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne: Yuck. I don’t get the hype. This was definitely my worst read of the month. It was cringey, problematic, and incredibly boring… Definitely not my cup of tea. I have A LOT to say about this book, so I definitely encourage you to check out my full review for it if you’re interested! Brace yourselves… It’s a very passionate rant! Rating: ★★☆☆☆
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This book was pretty great! Maybe a tad overhyped, but I still really enjoyed it. I found the world building so compelling, and it made up for the slow pacing of the first half of the book. I liked the romance, and I think that Poppy and Hawke have great chemistry, but if I’m being honest, their relationship has a lot of problematic aspects. For example… My boy Hawke really needs to work on asking for consent And ummmm… ogling someone’s boobs is not flattering, Hawke. (Also, I feel like I should mention that the big “plot twist” was soooo predictable) Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading-wise, I don’t have anything planned for November! I’m a big mood reader, so I don’t think it would be worthwhile for me to set a fixed TBR for the month 😂 Hopefully I manage to read around 10ish books!
There are quite a few bookish related things I’m excited for this month! How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is finally being released, and my signed/personalized copy is on its way! Eek! My first Fairyloot box will be shipped this month as well, and I’m beyond excited to see what’s inside of it! Let me know if you’d be interested in me posting an unboxing for it!
I’m honestly dreading November… This is a big month for the US, but let’s pray some positive change occurs!
I hope everyone had a fantastic October, and I hope you have a good November as well! What are your reading plans for this month? Let me know down below in the comments!
I’m wishing everyone a great November!
Bye for now,