In September I got through three of the four books I had set out to read, so I am really pleased with my effort overall. I did not expect to read four books, I was really hoping to get through at least two when it was getting close to the end of the month and I hadn’t completed any. However, in the last couple weeks I was bit by the reading bug and just devoured these books. I will get to Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give another month (probably November), as it was not meant to be this month.
The books I completed were:
- Editing Emma: The Secret Blog of a Nearly Proper Person by Chloe Seager. 4 stars. This was an interesting book, but also very different to what I expected and the difference was a little jarring for me at first that it took a while for me to really get into the book. It also didn’t help that the protagonist was just irritating and needed to sort out her priorities. However, once I really got into it I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this to my sister who I think is in the perfect age group for this book. Read my initial post book thoughts here.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. 5 stars. This was a book I was quite nervous about reading. It is super hyped and beloved by the book community that I was more than slightly intimidated, but I loved it. It was well written and the story took turns I was not expecting when I started because the only thing I knew about the book going in is that it is a Beauty and the Beast I will definitely be reading the entire series. Read my initial post book thoughts here.
- Friend Request by Laura Marshall. 5 stars. This was my favourite read of the month, just wow. I loved it so much. The thriller aspect was handled so well that my heart was hammering for the last 20% of the book. The twists and turns were unexpected, I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong. I will be recommending this to all my friends. I was hooked by the premise alone, a psychological thriller about a woman being sent a friend request from an old school friend who died 25 years ago, a death she always felt responsible for. How does that not make you want to get to the bottom of it. Read my initial post book thoughts here.
My Goodreads challenge is currently at 40/50 this has definitely been my best year of reading of late. I only have 10 more books to reach my goal and with three months of the year left, I am excited with the prospect of finally completing my goal. This month my TBR is very ambitious and I don’t expect to finish all of them. I just couldn’t decide which books I wanted to read, and I wanted to try to have more erring on the spooky Halloween esque side of things.
So here is my October TBR:
- Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by James Breakwell. James Breakwell is a Twitter ‘celebrity’ known as @XplodingUnicorn, he writes witty jokes and remarks about being a father of four young girls and I love them, so when he asked if anyone wanted an ARC of his upcoming book for review I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I look forward to seeing what this book entails.
- My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier. I have had this book on my TBR for well over a year now and I thought with its eerie blurb, it would be a perfect read for the month of Halloween. “What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister?”
- The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. This book I have been dying to read for ages, this year I finally got my hands on it, and now I cannot wait to read it. I just hope it lives up to my excitement. Its about a girl who has been kidnapped by a man who “collects” beautiful girls for his garden, his butterflies, and one day the garden is discovered and this book is everything that follows and as a lover of the show Criminal Minds I am all about this premise.
- The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling. I bought this book a while ago, and sort of forgot about it, but recently I was sent the eGalley for the sequel so I definitely think it is time to read it.
- The Student by Iain Ryan. This is a book written by an Australian and since I have recently been trying to read more locally written books, I couldn’t help but choose this one. It follows a guy named Nate who deals weed when a girl ends up dead and he is caught in the middle and ends up on the run. This is the barebones from what is written on Goodreads and I’m intrigued.
Let me know what books are on your TBR, or thought on the books above.