October Wrap Up 2018

TBR (1)

Oh my, what a month! September seemed to fly by and October felt like it just dragged by. Octobers a great month so I didn’t mind., but I’m looking at this list of 20 plus books and I’m just in disbelief at myself. Apparently, I didn’t do anything this month other than reading. Again, not a complaint, just disbelief.

 

Wildcard
by Marie Lu
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, I wasn’t expecting the direction it went in and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I was very disappointed by this, I found the story to be very slow paced and all the characters were just terrible. I also wasn’t shocked by the big plot twist that happened.

Iron Gold
by Pierce Brown
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The biggest issue I have with this is that nothing happened for the first 250 pages and then you got some semblance of an idea of what is going to happen. I also started to not like Darrow and I was hoping for a POV from Mustang but that didn’t happen.

The Two Towers
by J.R.R Tolkien
my rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved this even though it took me so long to read, I just wasn’t in the mood for it for the longest time. I loved seeing more about the Ents and always wanted to see more of them in the movies. There was this hilarious line about the Ents wives that had me cracking up for so long, I can’t find the quote right now but it was that they put the Ent Wives somewhere and now they can’t find them, I was dying when I was reading it.

 

Dracula
by Bram Stoker
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am happy I finally read this even though I had some problems with it. I loved the journal entries and Mina Harker, everything else kinda bored me.

Catwoman: Soulstealer
by Sarah J Maas
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I actually really liked this, I enjoyed the story and how everything came together. Plus Poison Ivy makes an appearance and she is my favorite of all time, and I was very pleased with her portrayal.

Antigoddess
by Kendare Blake
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this, I wasn’t blown away by this yet it was a fun twist. It’s not a retelling it’s just set in modern times. I wish there had been more gods introduced though.

Mortal Gods
by Kendare Blake
my rating 4 out of 5 stars

This one is probably the best in the trilogy, in my opinion anyways. I loved seeing Ares come in and the direction of the story was great.

 

The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need
by Susan Thurman
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I think the information discussed was very helpful, however, the delivery and the way the pages are set are incredibly overwhelming. I do think that this will be very helpful to refer to when writing but I don’t recommend as a sit-down and read.

Emma
by Jane Austen
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately, this was not my favorite Jane Austen book. I didn’t like a lot of the characters and had a hard time with the plot, it was very slow and seemed to drag on at points. I will be giving this a reread maybe next year, just to see if my feelings change.

Ungodly
by Kendare Blake
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am so happy this is over, this wasn’t bad but I just hated one of the main characters, Cassandra was just the worst and she was so frustrating to deal with.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
by Alexandra Bracken
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this but it didn’t blow me away, I loved the characters and thought that they were hilarious, especially Alastor, he was making me laugh so much.

 

Sea Witch
by Sarah Henning
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot, it was so dark and the mystery unfolded at a great pace.

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death
by Amy Chu
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I loved this so much and I am so sad that it seems to just be a standalone! The art in this is just gorgeous and I want to thank the artists for making Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn look like real women, not cartoon pin-ups.

Darth Vader Vol 1: Vader
by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I loved this so much! The story has a bit to be desired but the art was so fun and just felt very accurate to star wars in a visual way. Darth Vader is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.

Spider Gwen Vol 0- Most Wanted
by Jason Latour (Writer), Robbi Rodriguez (Artist)
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I was so disappointed in this, it was a reread and while I love the artwork I hated the storyline, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series.

 

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
by Tarryn Fisher
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I love new adult romances that have musicians and artists and this romance between an artist and his muse was delightful. I feel head over heels for both David and Yara, well more for Yaras lifestyle. I liked her nomadic and mysterious ways. I was very annoyed by everyone’s lack of communication though.

Daughter of The Burning City
by Amanda Foody
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was very slow at first but the descriptions of the world kept me feeling intrigued to learn more and the mystery slowly started to envelop me. This kept me guessing and it didn’t go in the direction I thought it was going to go, which is good, it wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be.

Little Monsters 
by Kara Thomas
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, I found myself absorbed into the story right away and I would sit down and just fly through 80 pages. There were thriller tropes that I don’t love especially the spotlight effect, I don’t usually care for that one. It just doesn’t seem realistic to me and in this case, everything was circumstantial at best.

Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’ve got some mixed feelings about this, on its own it was fine, but Goodreads says that this is an installation in a series with American Gods and I just don’t see where any kind of connection is, it feels like a standalone novel and one of the characters makes an appearance in American Gods. Aside from all that, the story was fine, the plot points were all tied together nicely enough, the characters were great, it was just lacking something to set it apart from other books with similar tropes.

Hocus Pocus
by A.W. Jantha
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This book is divided into two parts. Part one is a novelization of the movie and I think it translated well enough, it was basically a play by play of the movie and I did enjoy it. But then. Then we come to the sequel and the trainwreck that follows. It started off well enough but I did have some issues with the timeline and how Max and Alison were able to graduate, go to college, get their law degree, get certified to teach and have a 16-year-old daughter in 25 years, just seems to be cutting it close to me. It was also incredibly cheesy and it didn’t need to be that way. I also had some issues with the narration, there was a lot of “this character walked up to the door and they opened the door and walked through the door” Everything was spelled out and could have been massively improved with a few rewrites.

It
by Stephen King
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I am so proud of myself for reading this, it didn’t scare me as much as I thought it would, there were moments where I had to set the book down and just take a minute or two. These characters were so fleshed out and felt so real along with the town, it feels like I could pack up and move to Derry it feels that real.

Shattered Blue
by  Lauren Bird Horowitz
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed this well enough while listening to the audiobook but thinking back on it, I feel underwhelmed by it overall. Everything just felt average, I did love the play on colored Fae, that was a fun twist and there was not enough poetry throughout the story.

The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked this, I actually went into this thinking it was a reread but I dont think I’ve read this before! I enjoyed the writing style, there was this kind of investigation feel that gave the book a crime drama feel to it. There are moments of frustration but overall I thought it was pretty good.


Quite a “meh” reading month for me, a lot of 3 stars, a few 4s and more 2 star reads then I was expecting.

Favorite of the Month: The Two Towers
Least Favorite of the Month: Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel

 

 

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