Books Read in October:
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – I think I stated this earlier, but I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for quite some time. I don’t think I even put it in my October TBR because I really just did not plan on reading it. Needless to say, however, it was the first book I finished this October, and I absolutely loved it. I won’t say too much about it here to avoid an incredibly lengthy post (You can check out my full review here), but if you are a Harry Potter fan and have yet to read the eighth book, go do it now. It’ll evoke most, if not all, of the same feelings that you felt while reading the original series—love, friendship, and magical.
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – UGH—possibly my favorite read from this month. Again, won’t get into too much about this one because I did a full review here, but I’d definitely recommend. It’s more of a contemporary read, so if you’re not one that typically enjoys reading those kinds of books during the colder months, definitely wait to read it, but I’ve always been a fan of Niven’s writing so I couldn’t wait to read this novel.
- The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull – So, I kind of messed up a bit. In my October TBR I listed When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore but then read this novel instead… I think I confused them LOL. Needless to say, I did enjoy this novel. It’s about two girls—one witch and one human—who are switched at birth by an evil witch who is attempting to control a prophecy in her favor. This novel had a slow start, but I was very pleased with the middle and end because the pace seemed to be done a lot better. I plan to do a full review on this novel, so be on the watch for that.
- The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Ugh. Okay, this is the book that I listened to on my Audible app. The narrator’s voice really irritated me, only because she made her voice deeper for the male characters, failing to fully exhibit the emotion and feelings of their voice. I tried not to let that fully affect what I thought of the book, but I just couldn’t get into plot. Furthermore, the main character Mallory was very passive to me and was mostly reacting to other characters’ situations or events that occurred. The minor characters’ stories were more intriguing to me than Mallory’s. If I had been reading a physical copy of the book, I probably wouldn’t have finished it.
Links to Purchase:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780751565355/?a_aid=135811
Holding Up the Universe
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780141357058/?a_aid=135811
November Reading List:
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – This is a book that Sasha Alsberg recommended, so I thought that I would check it out. The Jack the Ripper murders is a topic that always interested, and I like to see how modern authors make the story their own. I started it a few days ago (I know it’s not quite November yet, but I needed to start it), and so far I am loving it. The writing is very delicate and beautiful, while almost disturbing because of the content. The novel follows Audrey Rose, a young girl living in London during the time of the Jack the Ripper murders. She works with her uncle and performs autopsies in order to figure out how the deceased was killed. Definitely cannot wait to read this one. You can read the full Goodreads summary here.
- The Continent by Keira Drake – I received this book as an ARC—it doesn’t release until January 3rd. I’m really excited to read this book, as it was another reccomendation by Sasha Alsberg. This book follows Vaela Sun, a Spire native, and her desire to visit the Continent for her sixteenth birthday. However, the Continent is a dangerous place because its two different nations are constantly at war. Vaela gets stuck on the Continent after a tragic accident and has to find a way to survive. It seems interesting enough. I’d like to find out how her world got split into two different lands and how where one lives was determined. You can read the full Goodreads summary here.
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – I discovered this book while watching one of my favorite Youtubers (PeruseProject), and she highly recommended this novel. It’s about this world where a set of triplets is born in each generation. One of these triplets is destined to be the next queen, but they must all fight for the crown. Each sister has an equal right to the throne, but who gets the throne all depends on how hard each girl is willing to fight for it. I thought this novel has a very interesting premise, and I love the idea of siblings fighting siblings because it’s such a complicated situation. You can read the full Goodreads summary here.
- Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – This is the last novel on my November TBR. I received this book as an ARC—it’s not to be published until January if I remember correctly. This is a new book brought to us by the same author of the Divergent series, which I loved in high school. This is slightly different than the dystopian novels we are used to reading from Roth, while still maintaining a fantasy premise. I’m usually not one for science fiction, but the synopsis was interesting and I’m just excited to be reading another book by Veronica Roth! You can read the full Goodreads summary here.
Links to Purchase:
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780316273497/?a_aid=135811
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781848456839/?a_aid=135811
Three Dark Crowns
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780062564122/?a_aid=135811
Carve the Mark
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780008157821/?a_aid=135811
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