After a night of Halloween candy and watching scary movies, it’s finally the end of October. And that means another wrap up of my reading month. I read nine books this month.
I feel like I need to re-name my wrap ups to “books Simone spent a month yammering about because they’re so good.” Because this month, the books were so good.
However, my original TBR changed massively as new library holds came in. I had a couple of buddy reads and book club reads and they all came from the library as one giant stack of books. I had to reorganize my TBR a few times.
What I wanted to keep in mind was getting my buddy reads and book club books on my TBR. Those were a MUST because when you’re having a convo about a book, you should know what the book is about. After that, I added in some spooky reads because it’s October and spooky reads are always a must when leading up to Halloween. Seriously, spooky reads after Halloween just feels like celebrating New Year’s on Easter.
But because of the changes, I had to make some SACRIFICES. For me, it was my ARCs for November. November 5th is planning to be a big publishing day for a lot of books. I mean, A LOT. I think this is going to be the last big push before the end of the year. So I didn’t get to read the fun romances and a few fantasies I’ve downloaded from Netgalley. I think they’ll become the priority in November.
But enough about what changes I made this month. Here’s what I actually read and enjoyed:
Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
This duology was probably my favorite fantasy of the month. I read this with my friend Jenna for an awesome buddy read and before we even finished the series, two more friends tagged along to read it. They both loved it too! It’s an incredible story about a young man named Lazlo Strange who joins a party of folks about to dismantle a giant angel statue standing in the middle of a small town called Weep. But the statue isn’t just a statue, but a palace for a group of blue-skinned folks called the Mesarthims. They have a mysterious past that no one remembers. When Lazlo gets there, he realizes there’s a much bigger story happening here. Strange the Dreamer is more the story of what’s happening currently while Muse of Nightmares backtracks to tell you its past. The story was so well done and remarkably beautiful. I will definitely be reading more from Laini Taylor in the future.
- Find my review of Strange the Dreamer on Goodreads
- Find my review of Muse of Nightmares on Goodreads
I think I mentioned this before, but dragons. Rosaria Munda writes an amazing YA fantasy filled with political intrigue, big old battles, and lots of dragons. It’s about Lee, a young dragon rider who is being tested with a few other dragon riders to become the leader of a recently-revolutionized city. However, what people don’t know is that Lee is the long lost prince of the old regiment. As he begins his training, he’s met with someone from his old family and hears about their attempt at revenge. On top of all that, he’s also fighting his best friend for the top spot and she’s trying to figure out if she should reveal the truth about Lee to the rest of the kingdom. Really good political intrigue here with a lost prince, a revenge plot, and lots of dragons.
I had no expectations about Gideon the Ninth and when I read it, I was blown away. It’s the story of Gideon, an orphan who is being assigned as the personal guard for Harrow; her life-long enemy. Their mission is to go to the First House of their solar system and test to become Lyctors; ultimate necromancers. However, as the group of testers go through various tests and solve this giant riddle of becoming a Lyctor, there’s another strange plot being played out. And the ending is something you would never imagine happening. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of Nevernight and Jay Kristoff. It’s a dark fantasy that will really leave you shooketh.
You might have already read my review of this one, but this story is still stuck in my mind and I can’t get it out. It’s the story of Zachary who discovers an underground library filled with books and stories. This tiny world is magical and beautiful and despite its major flaws, such a brilliant story. Definitely read this one if you’re a fan of Erin Morgenstern’s work or if you love stories about stories.
This book is actually the second book in the Origins series including The Darkest Star. If you remember from last month, I gushed about The Darkest Star and how it’s now on my list of authors that I will just obsess about and talk endlessly about. In this book, we begin to see how the world post-alien war has been turning out and sharing some bigger, darker, secrets Evie didn’t even realize. It was so addicting that I’ll be reading the rest of this series and probably be reading a bunch of other books by Jennifer L Armentrout.
I also had the opportunity to read Christina Lauren’s newest book and I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite, but I also wonder if Christina Lauren slowed down a little (they’ve been publishing a new book almost every three months) they could possibly put out something that’ll get them out of this 3-star slump they’ve got going with me right now. I love Christina Lauren, but I’m always looking for more when it comes to their books.
Finally, I made the time for a spooky book this month. I’m honestly upset that I only read one spooky book, but I guess that means the other spooky books will be read in November alongside my Netgalley ARCs. And sadly, The Shining wasn’t even that scary! I think the movie was much scarier, but the movie and the book are two separate entities. There were very few similarities including the REDRUM on the mirror and the old lady in the bathtub and the outcome of the story.
It felt so much more character-driven than I imagined and I loved the shine that Danny has in the book. I already started Doctor Sleep and I love how Stephen King took the shining theme from the first book and incorporated into another sinister story. I don’t think this one will be scary either (maybe a little gross), but will definitely report back.
What did you read this month?