Hi friends! I can’t believe October is over and we’re only two months away from the end of 2019. I’ve already started making reading plans for 2020 last month, but it still feels strange. October was a good month. I had some car trouble the beginning of the month and I almost lost my shit a couple times, but overall I had a lot more good mental health days than bad ones.
As far as reading goes, I had quite a few disappointing reads, but this was still a really fun reading month. I posted my first reading vlog on Instagram, participated in spookathon for the first time, read my first Stephen King novel and did a cool blog-style “vlog” for Ninth House.
Without further ado, let’s get into the wrap up.
I don’t buy books often because I’m on a strict budget, but I splurged on this beautiful illustrated edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I’m kind of over collecting multiple copies of the same book but I’m not going to stop collecting these editions. I don’t think this has as many illustrations as the other three books, but it’s still so fucking beautiful. Bravo, Jim Kay!
I read a total of 13 books in October, which is the most books I’ve ever read in a month. Here’s a cute graphic I made that breaks down my October stats. I think this captures my reading mood for the past two months really well because I’ve been reaching for adult books more.
* my star rating breakdown only includes 12 books because I had one DNF.
- Well Met by Jen DeLuca was my favorite read this month. I have every intention of going to a renaissance fair because of this book. Harry Potter was a re-read so it doesn’t count.
- The ending of Gone Girl pissed me the fuck off, but I had a lot of fun reviewing the book and movie.
- Ninth House and War Girls were both disappointing and could have been about 100 pages shorter.
- The Final Empire is the third Sanderson book I’ve read and while the magic system was cool, the con dragged a bit. I like The Way of Kings more.
- Sadly, A River of Royal Blood is the first ARC I’ve ever DNF’d. That was kind of awkward and I felt bad about it. I feel better now, but I was really nervous when I updated my Goodreads.