Hello everybody. Wow, the month has flown by pretty quickly! Where did all the time go? Before we get into what I read in October, I should share my exciting news that I announced last week. I am now a co-blogger at Happy Indulgence! Head over there to see more from me! My first post (a review of The Next Together) is now up!
I had a fabulous reading month in October. I read some pretty high quality books and I’m now 30 books away from my 2015 reading goal of 200 books! I think 15 books in November and December sounds doable (I’ve already finished my first book of November, this morning at 2am!)
Let’s get started with what books I read this month. As always, these appear in the order that I read them throughout the month and my reviews are linked.
1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
A wonderfully mysterious and creepy book about a cast of peculiar children with peculiar powers living in the 1940s. It contains some amazing black and white photographs and beautiful writing!
2. Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
The second book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy. This was my favourite book in the trilogy and definitely was not a ‘filler’ book in the series. It had me dying to read the next book.
3. Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs
The final book in the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy. This was action-packed and thrilling, and everything I wanted this last book to be. Has a completely resolved ending and I’m sad that the series is over.
4. Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
The first book in a new series about a group of kids with special abilities. It was exciting and filled with action. I fell in love with some of the characters and cannot wait to read more about them in the next book.
5. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
This was a really dark and emotional read for me. It had a wonderful story with beautiful writing.. and it gave me all the feels.
6. Chewy Noh and the Fall of the Mu-Dang – Tim Learn
The first book in a middle-grade series by an indie author. This book features a Korean main character with a unique superpower and how he deals with his bullies!
7. Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter – Tim Learn
The second book in the Chewy Noh series. It did a great job of blending in Korean mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Korean culture.
8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
The first non-fiction book I’ve read in a while – this book had lots of great tips and tricks on storage and decluttering.
9. A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall
This was an extremely disappointing new adult contemporary. It was written from 14 different perspectives and was done quite unsuccessfully. I had many problems with the plot, characters and writing.
10. Outspoken – Lora Richardson
This is probably the best self-published novel I’ve ever written. It was an incredible YA contemporary debut about finding your own voice.
11. Ice Like Fire – Sara Raasch
The second book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, this book fell a little bit flat for me. There wasn’t very much that happened plotwise, and many of the characters went through some massive changes.
12. The Next Together – Lauren James
A unique blend of contemporary, sci-fi, mystery and historical fiction. This book follows two characters that are reborn over and over, but end up together each time. It was filled with little notes and email exchanges and I thought it was a great debut novel.
13. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
The first book in a sci-fi trilogy, Illuminae is written completely as a collection of classified materials. The formatting and graphics in the book were amazing and it was a unique reading experience.
14. The Billionaire’s Forbidden Desire – Nadia Lee
It’s been a while since I’ve read an adult romance book and this one caught my eye as I was browsing through the iBooks new releases. It was good but had too many sex scenes for my liking.
15. The Lake House – Kate Morton
This was my favourite book of the month. It’s a fantastic mystery, with the most beautiful writing and very realistic characters. I also loved the historical elements of the book and really enjoyed the 1930s Cornwall setting.
16. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
The first book in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone didn’t really wow me. It has some interesting characters and a world that I enjoyed reading about, but I found it to be a little bit lacking. A full review will be up soon.
This month I did four Top Ten Tuesday posts:
- 06-10-15: Ten Books That I Should Have Quit
- 13-10-15: Ten Author Duos I’d Love to See Write a Book Together
- 20-10-15: Ten Dinner Dates I Want a Book Genie to Grant Me
- 27-10-15: Ten Halloween Book Recommendations
Thanks for visiting. Did you read any of these books this month and what did you think of it? What was your favourite book of October?