Never has a month flown by the way October did! I felt like we were just barely entering the spooky season, and then before I knew it there was Halloween. I set myself a pretty ambitious TBR for, and I’m happy that I was was able to get through some of my top priority books for the month.
However, I’m still behind on my goodreads goal, so here’s hoping that November and December are good reading months! I won’t be making a TBR for November since I’m going to be using the month playing catch-up on all the books I started but haven’t finished, but I will be having one for December, which I’ll post in a few weeks.
In October, I read a total of seven books, not including rereads. Without further ado, here they are!
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
☆☆☆☆☆ The second installment in the Diviners series, this sequel met and surpassed all my expectations. We follow the same characters from the first novel, and a couple of them get extra focus in this book. There is also a new POV, which I thoroughly enjoyed and thought brought a lot of interest to the story. I honestly think I might like this one better than the first, because we learned so much more about the characters and who they are. I also loved Sam and Evie in this one and can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next. However, I have to say that I do think the first book made better use of the city as a setting, you got more of a feeling of 1920’s New York. This story was perfectly ominous and suspenseful, and builds so much intrigue for the next two novels. I can’t wait to continue on with the series, though I am a bit afraid of what’s to come.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
☆☆☆ A surprisingly enjoyable read! This was a quick read, and a fun and lighthearted story. The characters were enjoyable and there was quite a bit of subtle humor in here that I really appreciated. I know the second one has already been released so I am looking forward to reading that soon! Please do check out my full review of this novel!
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
☆☆☆☆ I finally finished it! I’m so happy that I finished this book after having it for months. It was a slow start, but the ending was well worth it. Though it is just a standalone (for now, Sanderson has said there may be sequels in the future) it packed a substantial punch, with some of the most compelling characters I have read in adult fantasy. I’m excited to carry on with my Cosmere journey, and hopefully start on the Stormlight Archive before the end of this year! Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
☆☆ So far, my biggest disappointment of the year. I had high hopes for this one, and was let down entirely. There was none of the charisma or intrigue or character work that made me love Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series. The plot was dull and the protagonist was frustrating and also just boring. I tried to be a bit nicer in my review, but upon reflection I can find very little that is redeeming in this novel, and I will most likely not be picking up the sequel. You can check out my full review of this novel if you’d like to know more!
☆☆☆☆ I finished off the month with this dazzling historical fiction novel, set in Paris, with the Ritz hotel as a central setting. It was everything I want from a historical fiction novel. I went in without reading the synopsis, and without having heard anything about it, and was pleased to find how much I enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook and finished it in just a few days, it was so engaging. I have a full review for this novel, please do check it out! Rating: ☆☆☆☆
All in all, not a terrible month, though I do wish I had read at least a couple thrillers. I hope that November is a better reading month for me. I’ll have some more time off from my classes, and I’m really looking forward to getting a lot of reading done during the Thanksgiving weekend!
Thanks so much for reading, and please chat with me in the comments! Take care!
Which books did you read this month? Have you already surpassed your goodreads goal? Are there any books you wish you had gotten to? Let me know! Happy reading!