October Wrap Up

Happy November! Another month gone, another reading wrap up! I got back into the swing of things this month and managed to read eight books (so much better than last month) and I completed my 2018 goodreads reading goal! I am so thrilled that I managed to read fifty books this year and I hope to read many more in the next 2 months! So, let’s get into it!

 

1. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

I read this book for a class and surprisingly really enjoyed it. The writing style is a little outdated, and I can see that there are some issues with the way the female characters are portrayed, but this was such a unique take on Arthurian legend and I was so intrigued by the story.

I gave this book 3.5 stars.

 

 

 

 

2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

I was supposed to buddy read this book with the wonderful Zoe – from yerabooknerdzoe – but we’ve both had a very busy month (she actually got married this month) so I don’t think she’s gotten round to reading the book yet. I, however, adored it. When I first started reading the Mortal Instruments series, I didn’t think I was going to like it. So to end up so enthralled and enraptured by a Cassandra Clare book was a shock to me, but a pleasant one.

 

I gave this book 4 stars.

 

 

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I started reading this in September after a friend told me that they loved this book! I very much enjoyed Caraval so I was intrigued to see where the story would go. I enjoyed Legendary, but I was also disappointed at a lot of things. I will hopefully have a full review up soon so be sure to check in to see my in-depth thoughts on this book.

 

I gave this book 3.5 stars.

 

 

4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

OH. MY. GOD. I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL! UGH. AMAZING. So much fun! So quirky! So cute! I want more!

 

I gave this book 4 stars. (Might change.)

 

 

 

 

5. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Again. Wow. This book was so good! It was so insightful and charming and funny but still touched on really important and interesting topics. I cannot recommend this book enough!

 

I gave this book 4.5 stars, but I might be inclined to change it to 5.

 

 

 

6. Wildcard by Marie Lu

If any of you have read my Warcross review you will know that it is not my favourite book in the world. So you might be wondering why I decided to pick this up. There are 2 reasons: firstly, I’d heard it was  a lot better than the first book, which was true, and secondly, I love to hate-read books! I don’t know why it’s so satisfying but ugh it’s so fun!

I have some mixed opinions on this second instalment of Lu’s series and I hope to discuss them further in a full review soon.

 

I gave this book 2.5 stars.

 

7. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

Again, I read this book for a class and is the sequel, and second book in a five-part series, to Over Sea, Under Stone. I enjoyed this, for sure, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. The characters and settings are completely different and almost feels like I’m reading another story entirely. I know the two books join up in the third book, but this wasn’t my favourite.

 

I gave this book 3 stars.

 

 

8. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I was so so lucky to be able to attend a book signing for What If It’s Us and the event was incredible! A few days after the event I sat down to read this book and devoured it! It’s such a cute story and I love the characters so much! Dylan is probably one of my favourite YA characters ever and I would love to see sequel for this story!

There were some things that frustrated me, such as the arguments seemed forced just to push the plot in the right direction and just didn’t feel entirely authentic to me.

With that being said I did love it and I gave this book 4 stars.

 

 

Some non-bookish things!

  • I started my Masters course.
  • I attended my Nan’s funeral.
  • I met Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera!
  • I visited my sister in University.
  • I graduated University!
  • I visited the Bombay Sapphire gin distillery (which was awesome!)
  • I attempted my first ever Blogtober! While I did not complete is successfully I am so happy with what I produced! I think I ended up with over 20 posts in a month which, to me, is something to be so proud of! You can check out all my blogtober posts here.
  • I shared my first ever piece of creative writing with you guys – check it out here.

 

Have you read any of these books? How many books did you read this month? What was your favourite read this month?

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Credit to: Book Covers – Over Sea, Under Stone,  Clockwork Prince, Legendary, Nimona, Heretics Anonymous, Wildcard, The Dark Is Rising, What If It’s Us

12 Replies to “October Wrap Up”

  1. I really want to get into Nimona! I’m sorry to hear about your Nan though.

    1. aw thank you! and you definitely should! it was such a fun read!

  2. Oh, I’m so glad you were able to read “What if It’s Us!” I haven’t been able to get to it yet, but I’m hoping to buy it sometime.

    1. it was so cute! I hope you can get your hands on it 🙏🏼

  3. Wow, you read a lot of books! It’s funny that you read Wildcard last month, because I’m planning on reading it this month. Lol
    I only read 4 books this month (6 if you count the fact that I finished one I started in September and started one I’m going to finish this month), but since I only read 2 the month before, I’m pretty happy with that.

    1. I only read 2 last month aswell! september was clearly a productive month for both of us haha!

  4. wow you read some great books,so many that i sitll havent even picked up ;; give me strength!

  5. Looks like you got to reading some great books this month Cerys! I can’t believe I haven’t read any of the books up there! But I am so excited for What if It’s Us and also met Becky and Adam this month!

    1. they were some good books! aren’t Becky and Adam so lovely!

  6. I loved Clockwork Prince too!😍 In October I read 18 (!!) books and my favourite read was Woman of Blood & Bone (Rogue Ethereal #1) by Annie Anderson 😊

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

    1. wow! 18! that’s such an achievement I’m impressed!

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