Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2019

Good morning!! I hope you had a great weekend. It is already the second week of November, and I’m just posting my wrap-up for October, but I guess it’s better late than never!

October was a pretty good month, especially reading wise. I was lacking in the blogging department, but I managed to read a lot more, and I did write some posts, so I guess it was still somewhat a success.

Let’s take a deeper look!

Books:

Covers are from Goodreads

Guys. I read THIRTEEN books. In ONE month. *goes off to squeal proudly and excitedly* I feel like I deserve a medal for this accomplishment. This was the first month that I had a TBR, and I’ve actually read most of the books on it, except for a few. I’m definitely going to have another TBR for November. I’m now only 6 books behind on my GR challenge, and I have 20 books to read to reach my goal of 100 by the end of December, so wish me luck guys!

The titles lead to my unofficial reviews on Goodreads (a few include a good deal of crying and excitement and there is also a rant…)

BooksAuthorRatingBook Type
Palace of SpiesSarah Zettel ★★★☆☆ E-book
Dangerous DeceptionsSarah Zettel ★★★☆☆ E-book
Three Days MissingKimberly Belle ★★★★☆ E-book
Girls Like UsGail Giles ★★★★★E-book
The Victim of the SystemSteve Hadden ★★☆☆☆E-book (for review)
Before We Were StrangersBrenda Novak ★★★☆☆ E-book
The Wrath and the DawnRenée Ahdieh ★★★★☆ E-book
The Rose and the DaggerRenée Ahdieh ★★★★★E-book
Escaping From HoudiniKerri Maniscalco1.5 starsE-book
Throne of GlassSarah J. Maas ★★★☆☆ E-book
VengefulV. E. Schwab ★★★★★Hardcover
The Lovely and the LostJennifer Lynn Barnes ★★★☆☆Hardcover
Assassin’s MasqueSarah Zettel ★★★☆☆Hardcover

I also wrote a few official reviews (linked below), but I’m still behind on so many.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: An interesting historical fiction novel with amazing characters and diverse topics.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman // Rating: ★★★★★ One sentence summary: A heartbreaking, yet funny book with beautiful characters.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim // Rating: ★★★★☆ One sentence summary: A great fantasy with awesome characters, and a few flaws.

The Victim of the System by Steve Hadden // Rating: ★★☆☆☆ One sentence summary: This was a meh thriller with disappointing characters, and some unbelievable twists.

Total Number of Books Read This Month: 13
Total reviews: 4

Tags:

I took part in Bookending Autumn 2019, and wrote three posts. Technically, I only did one tag, but who cares about technicalities?

Garden of Evil (Prompt by Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams)

Study Group (Prompt by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads)

Spicy Pumpkin Latte Book Tag (Prompt by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads)

Let’s Talk Bookish:

October 4: Star Ratings – Are they fair or necessary?

October 11: Sexual Content in YA – Is there too much sexual content in YA books? (suggested by Ruqs @ Many Things Bookish)

October 18: What are some tropes/characters that you think are poorly or under represented in books?

October 25: Are TBR’s necessary to be considered a book blogger, or reader? (suggested by Heran @ Be Frisky)

Great Posts From Around the Blog-O-Sphere:

Caitlin discusses Why Reading Is So Unpopular and honestly, all her points are pretty accurate, but I still love reading anyways.

Christina is back and I’m so excited!! Check out her amazing review of The Toll!

Line wrote an amazing post about Underrepresented Tropes and Characters in Books.

Marie talks about what How to Make it as a Book Blogger.

Anything Else?

I hit 200 followers!! I’m planning on doing a Q&A soon, so if you’d like to ask me a question, head over here to ask! I also had over 1,000 views which is another accomplishment that I’m really proud of, especially since my posting was pretty irregular. So thank you guys so much for that!!

IRL, it’s so cold. Like really really ice-on-the-grass-and-roofs kind of cold. Which is something because this is Georgia that we are talking about. I’m semi-loving it, semi-hating it because now it’s not burning hot, but it’s also a little too cold for comfort.

Anyways, school is kind of stressful, but it’s not as bad as testing season, so I’m pretty happy about that. I’m feeling really good about the number of books that I read, and I really hope to do just as good this month, and also get back to properly blogging and maybe get rid of my backlogged reviews.

That’s A Wrap!

That’s it! In the end, I read 13 books, did 4 reviews, 3 “tags”, and 4 discussion posts. 5 of the 13 books were either 4 or 5 stars, which I’m pretty happy about, especially since most of the others were 3 stars, and only 2 of them were below that.

I met most of my goals for October, so hopefully for November, I’ll read at least 10 books, do 4 reviews, 3 or 4 tags, and 3 more discussions.

Chat with me

And that’s it for this wrap-up! How was October for you? Did you get as much reading as you wanted done? Have you read any of the books that I did? Did you take part in BE Autumn? Is it freezing where you are? What’s you #1 most anticipated release for this month? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Garden of Evil | Bookending Autumn 2019

Hi guys and welcome to my first post for Bookending Autumn!! I am so so excited to be taking part this year, and I love today’s topic! But first, if you want to take part and learn more, head right over to Sam @ Fictionally Sam‘s website to see the rules and the rest of October’s topics!!

You can also follow them @bookend_events for more updates!

The prompt for today was chosen by Jamsu @ Jamsu Dreams: Pick a villain and talk about what you love about him/ her. You can talk about why you liked them more as a bad guy than as a good guy.

Let’s get started!

I thought about picking an anti-hero, because technically, they are villains as well, and there are a bunch of them that I like…but I’ve decided to pick someone who is 100% a villain instead.


Book: Spin the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Lim

Villain: Lady Sarnai

About: Lady Sarnai is being forced against her will to marry the Emperor, when she’d much rather be hunting, or breaking some poor person’s soul. She’s ruthless, she’s cold, and she can be cruel. It doesn’t help that she’s the daughter of the empire’s enemy, and everyone would rather hate her, than welcome her as the key holder of peace between her father and the Emperor.

I liked Lady Sarnai because she was unpredictable, she was hurt, and she was hiding, putting on a strong bravado, while she actually crumbled on the inside. In a rare moment, she’s seen crying, and that just made me like her even more, and really want to help or keep her company. It doesn’t help that we don’t really get to know her besides the fact that she is demanding, rude, and really mean-actually, more like cruel.

Hopefully in book 2, we get to know her better, and maybe she won’t be a villain anymore.

What do you think? Have you read Spin the Dawn? Does Lady Sarnai intrigue you as well? Are you taking part in Bookending Autumn? Who is your most beloved villain? Chat with me in the comments below!!