a torch against the night · amie kaufman · anything could happen · colleen hoover · confess · crooked kingdom · gemina · highly illogical behaviour · it ends with us · jay kristoff · john a. heldt · john corey whaley · leigh bardugo · marie lu · sabaa tahir · t10t · t5w · the midnight star · the mine · ugly love · will walton

October Wrap Up

This month has been a crazy one, both on my blog and in my personal life. October was the month I finished my three-year university degree and also the month I discovered I was accepted into a masters program at my university for next year! I honestly don’t know how I managed to read seven books this month, amidst end-of-year exams and essays. All I know is I’m exhausted.


October TBR

At the beginning of October, I made a post of all the books I wanted to read during the month. Out of the 12 books on that list, I only read three of them. (Eek). I have an excuse, though: many of the books on the list were from my local library and I am (still) waiting for them to become available as someone else is currently reading them. I have set myself a new goal now: to read the remaining nine books before the end of the year. That goal is a little more attainable.


Books Read

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 

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4.5 stars.
I think almost everyone read Crooked Kingdom this month. It was such a heart-breaking, amazingly perfect novel. You can really tell how hard Bardugo worked on this novel – her skill truly shines through.

Read my full review.
Read my Six of Crows review.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

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3.5 stars. 
This book had been recommended to me by several people and I kept seeing it everywhere, both on Goodreads and in local bookstores. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about. It was an enjoyable book, but some of the characters turned me off. Still, Highly Illogical Behavior is a very quick and easy read if anyone is looking for a novel they don’t need to concentrate on.

Read my full review.

The Mine by John A. Heldt 

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3.5 stars. 
This novel was a requested review by the author, which was very exciting. I really enjoyed The Mine. I love time-travel fiction so this one definitely appealed to me, although it is more of a romance than a sci-fi adventure. Any fans of pre-WWII American history and romance, check this book out.

Read my full review.

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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4.5 stars.
Another highly anticipated novel, and one I was particularly looking forward to reading. In the past few months, I have become obsessed with Lu’s The Young Elites series and The Midnight Star was a truly deserved conclusion. I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it.

Read my full review.
Read my The Young Elites review.
Read my The Rose Society review.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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5 stars. 
It Ends With Us was my first Colleen Hoover book and I’m so glad I decided to start with this book. It was beautifully poignant, heart-breaking and so important. Everyone needs to read this book.

Read my full review.

I also read Anything Could Happen by Will Walton and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. The reviews for these books will be up very soon.

                     4.5 stars                                                          4 stars

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 I absolutely adored Anything Could Happen when I didn’t think I would. I thought it would be another Highly Illogical Behavior and it was a lovely surprise when I discovered I really enjoyed it.
Ugly Love was a mix between a romance and a cry-your-eyes out drama. Hoover has a knack for making me fall head over heels in love with her characters, no matter if they are good or bad.


Currently Reading: 

I am thoroughly enjoying Confess. It is truly a unique novel and I can’t wait to finish it.
Gemina made me squeal with excitement as soon as I opened the novel and saw the incredible work Kaufman and Kristoff did to create this behemoth of a book.
I can’t wait to finish both of these amazing books.

Read my Illuminae review.


Best Book read in October

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READ. THIS. BOOK. That is all.


Monthly Disappointment 

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I had to label A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir as a DNF, which I only rarely do as I detest it. I got to about 100- and 30-something pages in before I had to stop reading it. I was very disappointed in the quality of the novel – it was nothing like the first book in the series, An Ember in the Ashes. The writing is sub-par and I cannot connect with either of the main characters.
In An Ember in the Ashes, loved Elias, but in this book he behaves like a love-sick fool. Laia is just as annoying as she was in the first book, but I was really surprised by how boring Helene seems, especially since I adored her in the first book. Oh well.
I will attempt A Torch Against the Night again, because I really want to know what happens, but if I find I don’t like it, I won’t be continuing the series.

Read my An Ember in the Ashes review.


Book Memes

I also participated in the Top 10 Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday book blog memes! These memes are a great way to spread the love of books and getting involved with other reviewers and bloggers. Check out the T10T and T5W pages and get involved!

October T10T:
Villains
Names

October T5W:
Longest Books
Non-Canon Ships
Book Covers


That’s it for the October Wrap-Up! It was such a busy, but fun, month. Bring on November!

– Laura

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