October Wrap Up

Hi, friends!

Since I’ve last posted, my numbers have gone up a good bit, so hi to all of you lovely new people, thank you for following and reading my blabbery posts! You’re the best.

I have set a very ambitious TBR for myself this month and *drumroll* I have failed by half a book. Yes, you’re reading it right – once again, for the third month in a row, I have failed by half a book. I guess it’s a tradition by now. It is still the 31st of October and I could’ve possibly made it if I wasn’t such a dummy and didn’t leave my book at work.

  • Number of books read: 8
  • Number of pages read: 3252
  • Average star rating: 3.6 stars
  • DNFs: 1
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I hyped myself up A LOT for this book and I think I set my bar too high, because, while I enjoyed the story and think it has a potential as a series, it didn’t blow me away. I have a review on it one here, it’s not formatted though, so it looks horrendous (be warned), but I think I explain my thoughts on the book semi- coherently in it, so if you’re interested – check it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

October was my month of thrillers, so I tried to make my way through most of the ones I own, this one being one of them. It’s about this couple who go to their next door neighbours for a party and leave their baby at home (I mean, who does that?!) and, surprise, surprise, the baby is kidnapped! I flew through this one, it’s a very quick read, but I also called all the plot twists from a mile, and hated all the characters. All those things aside, I kinda maybe enjoyed it, too. I’m conflicted on my feelings – I acknowledge it was pretty bad, but I guess it was also what I was in the mood for at the time.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Like, Follow, Kill by Carissa Ann Lynch

I received an ARC of this from Net Galley and have a full review one here, if you have any interest in knowing my thoughts on it. It was another typical thriller which relied too much on unbelievable plot twists for the sake of plot twists to shock the reader, and so I gave it 2.75 stars. Too bad, because I loved the idea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Oooh, I really liked this one. It’s a witchy story set in Galway, Ireland (one of my favourite places in the country) and it is exactly what I wanted to read around Halloween. It was spooky, dark, funny and overall a great time – the writing and language so familiar to someone who’s been living in Ireland for 10+ years. It’s a pretty short book, though, and I wish we’ve gotten more – there is definitely a lot left to the imagination, a lot of mysteries unsolved, and I lowered the rating wishing this was a series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

This month has been pretty underwhelming for thrillers for me. Another hyped up book that didn’t live up to my expectations. I was very intrigued by the synopsis, of two strangers (a man and a woman) meeting at an airport while their flight is delayed, chatting about personal stuff and kind of, sort of fantasising about killing the man’s wife, who he caught cheating. I really liked the writing, the characters were interesting at the start, and then at the halfway point, everything went downhill for me. In the end the book turned out to be only meh…

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

I will repeat it every single time I read a V.E. Schwab’s book (which I’m caught up on, yay!) – the woman can do NO WRONG. Tunnel of Bones was a great continuation to City of Ghosts, in the very same vein, the right amount of spooky and I enjoyed it so much! I love middle grade because those books are fun and full of adventure, and this one definitely delivered! Big fan. 4.5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Another great Halloween read – a retelling of Frankenstein. Although I haven’t read the original (I am very familiar with the story nonetheless), I think this retelling is a close one, with the difference being Elizabeth – the main character in this story, and an incredibly strong one at that. I love Kiersten White’s writing, I love her characters. It was a really well crafted story, spooky and disturbing at times.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
IT by Stephen King

I finished IT today and I’ve yet to write a full review on it, but I have a lot to say about it, so you can expect one in the next few days. All I’m going to say right now is that it was my first Stephen King and I enjoyed it A LOT. I did skip the infamous scene, as I didn’t want it to ruin the book for me (I know it would, so I prefer to be oblivious and pretend it doesn’t exist).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have DNFed The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty at 200 pages because I felt it would bore me to death.

And that is it! I’ll be back tomorrow with a TBR for November, if I plan what books to read.

Thanks for reading!

How many books have you read this month? Which was your favourite?

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