October was a dramatic month for me. I was too excited at the start of it, I felt downright melancholy and irritable for the middle of it and then near the end, there was Diwali. It was a roller-coaster of a ride, for sure.
In between all that drama, I turned one year older because it was my birthday. Obviously. Why did I write it like that? Who does that? Omg. Anyway. So, yeah. I entered a whole new decade of my life and I am not sure how I am feeling about it. Oh well. Whatever it is, I have to accept the fact of life and wheel of time.
I doubt I actually did anything productive with my blog in the second half of the month. I just wasn’t feeling like doing anything in life, blogging wasn’t even on the list of obligations I had irl. So, it suffered, unfortunately. Funnily enough, my reading also suffered during the month? Which sucks any given month but to be fearing a reading slump during the birthday month? An even more terrifying fear than usual.
Now, onto more bookish things and less life/existential crises. I only wrote two reviews this month and a ton of WWW Wednesday. So, yeah. A very productive month, indeed.
As I did a post like this last month about the nine books I should be reading before the end of the year, I also did another edition of the same thing this month. This time it was all about e-books! Woohoo. I really do need to be held accountable for my purchases, if I am being honest.
I also talked about spooky/spoopy reads that I wasn’t gonna get to. It was more of a ‘woe is me’ and me mourning that I don’t have enough time in the day to read all the books. However these are just the books that sound like they are pretty fun!
Then there were a lot of WWW Wednesday memes/ tags during the month because it was a looong month.
As I said that there were only two reviews for the month and here are the links :
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
I knew reading another Ruta Sepetys book was going to make me cry but I didn’t know how much I was gonna be hooked to it while I was reading it. The review can be found here!
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
This was such a creepy read and I loved it. I cannot wait to read more from Laura Purcell. I am hoping that the review for this one will be up next week. It was different from my usual picks but it was so appropriate for October!
Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4) by Shannon Messenger
My love for this series and the characters grows ridiculously. This one was just as action packed as I expected it to be but what I really go for in the book are the relationships! From parent-children to just plain friendships to finding out more about the people we sometimes don’t care about and how they live their lives.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
What a treat this book was! I was a bit skeptical going in but then I actually read it and omg, this is exactly what I would have wanted while I was middle-grade age. I am just glad that I get to read more Katherine Arden. Fair warning though, this book will make you hungry. Ollie is super lucky to have her dad.
46% Better Than Dave by Alastair Puddick
It was a fun and quick read and something that makes you think once you are finished reading. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it and you can find the review here!!
Leaf by Niggle by J. R. R. Tolkien
Near the end of the month, I was almost going into a reading slump. I picked it up hoping that something different and by Tolkien will help me revive my reading will. It totally did! Such an odd and hopeful story and it’s Tolkien so….yeah.
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
Oh god. This was something else. I was not expecting the things that happened in this one. I went in completely blind and boy, that did not help, I think. I just wasn’t prepared for it but in the best way possible, I think. Interestingly, I went from Leaf by Niggle to this one immediately. I don’t know what that says about me.
That was October for me. I was all over the place, reading-wise? But I am just glad that I ended up reading those books though because they were pretty awesome. Not a two star or a one star read and that’s a win for me.
If I had to pick a favourite, I would choose between The Fountains of Silence and The Silent Companions. Those two were so good and so different but they were just brilliant in their own genre. Leaf by Niggle does not come in the competition because I read it to see if I can stop the reading slump from happening.
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.
Till the next time!!!