The Sunday Snuggle W44/2019: October Wrap Up

Hello readers!

I cannot believe October is OVER. How dare the year go by like this, I still have way too many new releases to read! Still, I got quite a few read this month and several books that I’d been wanting to read for a while. A productive month, but with mixed results: I have 3 DNF-ed books, several 3 stars and one 5 star read.

I also didn’t read my entire TBR planned for October, but that’s okay!

From Netgalley I got:


This week I received from Edelweiss:

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I kinda went to town. Very exciting new titles!!

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 October Wrap Up

October was another very productive reading month! I’m quite glad with how this month turned out!

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Girl of Fire, by Gabrielle Mathieu  / eARC Review ★★★☆☆

I ended up not warming to this series quite like I enjoyed The Falcon series. I have one Falcon book left and looking forward to reading it!

The Chain, by Adrian McKinty / Review ★★★☆☆

I also was disappointed a bit by this one, which felt a lot like a Hollywood movie and not so much like the kind of thriller I enjoy. Still, an interesting read!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson / Mini-Review ★★★★★

This one, on the other hand, I LOVED. It’s the perfect amount of eerie, whimsical and horror. What a great little gem!

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A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore / Review ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this one! It’s perfect for the colder temperatures, bleak and eerie, and really a great read if you love Gothic!

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino / Review ★★★☆☆

This one was a mixed bag, which is why the rating is rather mediocre. Some of the essays I really enjoyed, some of them not really. The audio is pretty good, though!

Most Ardently, by Susan Mesler-Evans / eARC Review ★★★★☆

This was super adorable! A palate cleanser kind of book. You definitely need to be able to suspend disbelief for this one,  but if you’re looking for a sweet F/F YA to leave reality a bit, I recommend this one!

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Now I Rise, by Kiersten White / Goodreads  ★★★☆☆

This book suffered a bit on my “YA saturation” right now. I have read so much YA the past couple of years that they start to blend together, and even though this one is an objectively GREAT book, I still could not engage much and, if I wasn’t in a readathon, I’d probably have DNF-ed it. I will not review it in my blog.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2), by R. F. Kuang / eARC Review ★★★★☆

I really liked this book! It dragged on a bit in the middle and was a bit too obvious with its allusions to Christianity, but the ending made up for all of that and it holds a solid 4 star for me! I can’t wait for the last book!

The Turn of the Key, by Ruth Ware / Goodreads DNF

Yes, I DNF-ed one of the most talked-about mystery/thriller books of this year. I just lost patience with this and although I REALLY tried (I was more than halfway through when I gave up), it just didn’t seem to agree with me and was slowly dragging me into a slump, so I stopped listening to it and got another book instead. It also reminded me way too much of Lock Every Door, which I loved, so I think I couldn’t help but compare both and find this one wanting.

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Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman / Review  ★★★☆☆

This was very entertaining and certainly a cozy kind of read (despite it being technically horror). It’s so funny and witty, it just fell a little flat for me because of all the endless uses of tropes that made the book a little too predictable.

Here and Now and Then, by Mike Chen / Goodreads DNF

I normally don’t DNF a lot, but this month I did it twice. I guess after so many mediocre reads the entire month, I just couldn’t make myself finish another book I’d lost interest in. I love a good time travel SF, but this one fell flat for me and I could barely read more than the first 5%.

Proper English, by KJ Charles / Goodreads (Review to come)

Okay, so this was damn adorable, a F/F book that gave me Agatha Christie vibes (although it’s mostly focused on the romance). One of the loveliest romances I’ve read this year.

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Bibliophile, by Jane Mount / Goodreads Ongoing

I received this beautiful book last Christmas (or birthday?) and I shamefully have only started it now. It’s so lovely and cute and a great book to pick up when you don’t want to read something too focused (know what I mean?). I just read this together with my fiancé and squeal at the cute illustrations.

Jade War, by Fonda Lee / Goodreads Ongoing

I love this series so much – it’s a vibrant urban fantasy full of scheming, fighting and magic. I can’t get enough of this.

Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist / Review ★★★★☆

This is such a great YA! It’s the story of a girl who can tell when and how a person will die and speak to ghosts, and she will help a young woman’s ghost get the revenge she craves on the person who murdered her. So explosive and addictive!

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Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen / Goodreads Ongoing

I haven’t read Mansfield Park this month at all! So many other books that had a higher priority than this one, so it’s left for another day…

Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors, by Sonali Dev / Goodreads DNF

I am not sure I will actually DNF this book forever, because I do like the idea of it. But I guess yet another P&P retelling just isn’t my thing right now and I found myself exasperated at another predictable plot – which worked fine for Most Ardently, but I suppose you have to be in a certain frame of mind to pick up books when you know exactly what will happen. And while interesting, the main characters didn’t really warm my heart. I will try this book again another time, maybe.

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November Reading So Far

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Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen / Goodreads Ongoing

Ugh I don’t know if I’ll pick up Mansfied Park this month just because my “TBR with a deadline” pile is kind of huge. I hope so, though!

Bibliophile, by Jane Mount / Goodreads Ongoing

I will continue a little more with Bibliophile, although I don’t particularly aim to finish it this month.

Jade War, by Fonda Lee / Goodreads Ongoing

This one I will be finishing soon, because it’s absolutely fantastic.

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, by Randall Munroe / Goodreads Ongoing

I also hope to finish this one soon! I do love XKCD and really enjoyed the first book, so I’m glad to pick this one up. It’s really amusing.

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What was your favorite read from October?


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