MONTH IN REVIEW ✣ OCTOBER

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

I know I constantly say this but holy hell, how is October already over? I swear to god that this year is breezing by way too fast. I’m fairly certain that I was just doing a post about Thanksgiving and now Halloween has passed which makes me believe beyond all doubt that time is an illusion. Anyways, it’s been a bit of an interesting month and things are starting to get a bit crazy in school so that may or may not have affected my reading habits but you know what? Everything is fine. It’s all fine. We still got this. I know that I’m never gonna be able to top the number of reads I had last month, because that was actually insane, but I guess this was a pretty average month? Maybe? Let’s talk about it.

So, based on my Goodreads, it’s looking like I’ve read 7 books this month. It’s not the best number but it’s not horrible. I like to think that the average number of books I read per month is about 8 or 9 so it looks like I’m still on par with being average. In my defence though, the book I am currently reading has literally 20 pages left so I COULD include it in this previous month but my moral compass will not allow me to. So. As of now, it’s still those 7 books and I’m fine with that. I do wish that I was able to crank out a couple more but I’ve decided to blame my new glasses with their wonky optical that doesn’t want to let me read nicely. The books that I did read were pretty good, nothing that truly stood out all that much to me so it really rounds out the solidly average month that is October.

OCTOBER READS

  1. V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram – ☆☆ I kind of wish I didn’t read this but I gave it a shot, since I’d been enjoying Oram’s writing, but this book was just not for me. The overall plot and message was great, I appreciate that, but the characters were bland and the romance was basically pointless and I’m glad I didn’t decide to read the next book because it was too annoying for me.
  2. Just a Little Flirt by Renita Pizzitola – ☆☆☆1/2 I definitely enjoyed this book and I had so much love for Fallon’s development, but it just didn’t hit the same level of love that I had for its predecessor. The relationship was great and the story was lovely, but it still felt like it was missing something.
  3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – ☆☆1/2 Ugh, this was too frustrating. I tried so hard with this book, since I loved the first two, but there was so much lacking here that I just could not get into it. Ultimately, this felt like a filler book and I don’t think it was on purpose but that’s what happened. And now I’m sad.
  4. Beyond the Bases by Kaylee Ryan – ☆☆ This book had so much potential based on the synopsis alone but it ended up being really disappointing. The story was fine, but the relationship was too much too soon and the dynamic felt a bit overbearing sometimes. And the baseball was such a disaster that I don’t even wanna talk about it.
  5. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – ☆☆☆☆ This book was beyond weird and dark and I loved it so much. There’s something about Legrand’s writing that just pulls me in and I loved how much thought and effort she put into it. The story was great, the characters were phenomenal, and it was the perfect October read. I just wish the ending gave me more.
  6. Tempting the Player by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ☆☆☆☆ Not to be dramatic, but JLA wrote this book for me. She did. It was not only about a baseball player (praise the lord) but it included fake dating. It was also a much more flushed out than the first book with a more involved plot and character development and I was so in love…..until the very end where instalove somewhat struck and I wasn’t here for that but I can overlook it for my rating.
  7. Fall by Kristen Callihan – ☆☆☆☆ I was so prepared to hate this book but Callihan really changed my mind and made me actually love someone I previously disliked immensely. I loved getting to actually know John and seeing what actually goes on in his mind and honestly getting to know him. Stella was also fantastic and I loved everything about her and her relationship with John. This book changed everything for me, if I’m being honest.

READING CHALLENGE UPDATE

As of November 1, I am 81% done my Reading Challenge and I am 2 books behind schedule. I have read 81 out of 100 books, not including rereads. To be fair, I’m about to finish a book today so I’m technically one book behind schedule. It’s fine.

Currently, I am finishing up The Dead List by Jennifer L. Armentrout, keeping my JLA challenge going strong, and reading Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente. I’m not really sure if I’m gonna continue with this book but we shall see. I also may or may not be rereading The Score again. Shhh.

Until next time,

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