Another month gone, and another wrap up! I’ve still be reading very slowly, as I have the last couple of months. It seems the days of 15 books a month are gone! However, I have read some chunky books and 2 classics this month, so my reading tastes are definitely evolving!
1. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – 4 Stars
This was just the perfect cute and quick autumnal read! I really enjoyed it, it was fun and sweet and diverse. Once I’d finished reading this one, I passed it on to my little sister (she’s 12 and it’s impossible to get her off YouTube and get a book in her hands) and she devoured the whole thing, cover to cover!
2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – 5 stars
I say this every time I finish another, but this may just be my new favourite Jane Austen book! If you’ve not listened to any of Juliet Stevenson audiobook versions of Jane Austen’s books, I highly recommend you do – they’re absolutely fantastic. This had me gasping with the twists and turns and shocking characters – it was an absolute ride. I’ve never seen the film before, or read the books so all the plot points were total surprises to me and I just adored it!
3. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh – 3.5 Stars
I won’t say too much about this here, because I have a full review up on it (which you can find here!). It was a strange one because I didn’t hugely enjoy it for most of the book, but the ending was great and this has so much potential for the sequel. I’d say, if you have a burning desire to read it then go ahead, but if not perhaps wait to see how the sequel is reviewed before deciding whether to start this series.
4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – 5 Stars
Oh golly gosh, I can’t even formulate words on this and I finished it a couple of weeks ago. It was just a masterpiece. I truly loved it and don’t know how I’m going to wait so long for he sequel! There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book, and I don’t want to get into it here because I have OPINIONS, but just be aware that this book has very adult content and educate yourself on its CWs if you feel like you might need to. This was the spooky, angsty, angry book of my dreams. It was deeply rooted in trauma recovery, but also friendship and the occult. And I’m a hoe for Darlington. Just forget the drama and read it, okay? You’ll probably be seeing this on my favourites of the year wrap up.
5. Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – 5 Stars
I won’t talk about this too much, because I have a review for it going up on Thursday 7th (so keep an eye out!). I’d been eagerly awaiting this after really enjoying Girls of Paper and Fire last year, and honestly I was so blown away by this book. At it’s core, we see Lei and Wren trying to cope with the aftermath of the events of the last book, and the sexual abuse they faced at the hands of the King. This book is about recovery, rebellion, love, friendship and so much more, all packed into this magical fantasy. I highly recommend starting this series if you haven’t yet, or picking up this sequel releasing on 5th November if you have.
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – 4.5 Stars
This was a reread for me. I read this in high school and didn’t think much of it, but allowed myself to be pursuaded to give it another chance with fresh eyes, and I am SO GLAD I did! This book was absolutely beautiful. It was so stunningly written with quotes to die for and heartwrenching romance. It was gothic and feminist and I just ADORED this book a hell of a lot. I can see this being reread many times in my life. Here are some favourite quotes because I just want to gush:
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! – I have as much soul as you, – and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
And there we have it! My month was full of dark fantasy, cosy classics and Autumnal vibes! What was your favourite this month?