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October was very good to me, reading-wise. I finished 7 books and two of those were 500+ pages. For someone who tends to read on the slower side, that’s pretty good for me! Let’s break it down!
Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
This was an ARC I received through Netgalley and I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t think an entire novel could be done through lists, but it absolutely can. And I might have even cried a few times.
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
I tend to love the idea of Choose Your Own Adventure books more than I love the actual book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this. The illustrations were phenomenal and I laughed out loud several times while reading it. But I mainly only enjoyed the path that followed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Ryan North did a great job making it new and current.
Persuasion by Jane Austen ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
I mostly listened to this one on audiobook, so that may be why I didn’t love it as much as other Austen novels, but probably not.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
This was my most disappointing read this month. I fully expected to love it, and was surprised when I didn’t.
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
This was a last minute addition to my tbr when I was approved for it on Netgalley. It was the perfect read for this time of the year. Very atmospheric and creepy.
The Shining by Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
If you look back at my September Wrap-Up, you’ll see I was hoping to add in a fallish/spooky read and this is the one I chose. I’ve had it on my tbr forever, so it was very nice to cross it off. It didn’t scare me as much as I expected, but in typical King fashion, it was thrilling and memorable!
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars
I listened to most of this one on audiobook. Even though it was a reread, I’d forgotten most of it. It’s gothic the only way Austen can do it, with quirky characters and romantic notions that are often misunderstood, especially by the naive Catherine.
October Book Haul
I had an exceptional book haul this month! I received several physical ARCs and several e-ARCs. Plus, I attended my first Half Price Books Clearance Event and acquired a few books via Paperbackswap. Yay for more books!!
My physical ARCs:
My e-ARCs from Netgalley:
- One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen 11/1/19
- The German House by Annette Hess, Elisabeth Lauffer (Translation) 12/3/19
- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 1/21/20
- The Light After the War by Anita Abriel 2/4/20
- Things in Jars by Jess Kidd 2/4/20
My Paperbackswap Haul:
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
- A World Without You by Beth Revis
- Summerlost by Ally Condie
- The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6) by Tana French
- Dust (Silo, #3) by Hugh Howey
My Half Price Books Haul:
(Check out my full post on my Half Price Books Clearance Event here!)
- Hamlet: No Fear Shakespeare
- The Island by Elin Hildebrand
- Naked by David Sedaris
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
- Something Blue by Emily Giffin
- One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
- Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
- Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Now that cooler/cold weather has arrived, I’m ready for atmospheric reads and looking forward to holiday/winter themed reads as well! I’m planning on participating in Nanowrimo in November, but I will probably break the rules and pick up with the book I was writing last year; I just don’t have it in me to start anything new right now. How about you?? Do you participate in Nanowrimo? What was your favorite read in October? Is there a certain book/books you’re excited to read in November? Let me know in the comments!