This month has been really weird for me. My reading had slowed down a crazy amount. I’ve gone from 15 books in July to only 6 this month and only 4 of those physical. This is possibly one of my slowest reading months ever and I have no clue why, I just definitely want to try and get back to a minimum of 10 in October. It’s also been weird because this month 3 of my very favourite series have ended, so I’ve just been reading stuff that ends a series and now I feel the need to start a bunch of fantastic new series from this point on! So I hope that is what October brings for me!
1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I am living for this series so much. With all the fantastic series ending at the moment, diving into a new, super addictive series was definitely what I needed. I loved this and can’t wait to continue on!
2. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – 5 Stars
This was bittersweet – the next instalment of the Nevernight Chronicles, but the end of a magnificent series. I really enjoyed this book. It was a journey and a half, but ultimately I thought it was an incredible ending for Mia and I was very satisfied with it. I can’t wait to reread this series again and again!
3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – 3 Stars
This was one of those books that I’ve had my eye one and have been interested in reading for a really long time, so I eventually decided to pick up the audiobook. At first I was really intrigued and really really loving it, but then it just became more and more complicated and convoluted. I felt like I couldn’t examine the plot too closely or it would just fall apart under scrutiny – this is why I don’t usually read stuff with time loops! In the end, I just felt like this book was much much longer than it needed to be. After about day 4 I was ready for the story to pull together and end, but it just kept going on and and on and on, and getting more ridiculous. I think the author was just trying to be so clever that it actually became boring and it ruined a good thing. 150 pages less and I think I would be giving this a 5 star rating.
4. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake – 4 Stars
This was another ending to a beloved series, and I don’t think I loved it like I hoped I would. I liked it, I just was feeling like I didn’t connect with the writing style and didn’t feel that the characters I’ve loved for 4 years got the ending they deserved. I still enjoyed it, I just didn’t absolutely adore it – I’m very sadly wondering if I’ve outgrown this series. I half want to reread and see, but I don’t want to ruin my love for the series if that is the case.
5. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – 4 Stars
This was simply beautiful. I listened to the audiobooks as I was driving and I adored having these reimagined stories told to me. Some stories I loved more than others, but overall it was really enjoyable.
6. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco – 5 Stars
Yet ANOTHER end to a favourite series and this one absolutely did not disappoint! It was an amazing story and an amazing end for Thomas and Audrey. It gave me so much more appreciation for the first book as it really calls back to the events of earlier books and ties them up so cleverly. I was so impressed and really happy with the ending two of my very favourites got. Thank you Kerri for not trashing everything with your ending!
And that was IT for this month! I read no more than that… oops! I’m going to try and rectify that in October, so stay tuned! Please let me know what you read this month!