So, it turns out I read a lot this month, mainly due to publication deadlines as I try to review a book before or on the publication date! Overall, I have read 16 books, 1 was a DNF at around the halfway point, and 1 I am still reading but am a decent way through. I have read quite a range from horror to gen-fic to fantasy, so hopefully you will find something that interests you as well!! Happy Reading BookNerds!😊💖📚
Books I Have Read/Reviewed This Month:
Spooky And Dark Reads:
Starve Acre, by Andrew Michael Hurley: Status–Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ — This is a wonderful horror, filled with suspense, Gothic motifs and a satisfyingly creepy tone. This atmospheric horror follows Richard and Juliette as they try to deal with the untimely death of their 5 year old son.
It, by Stephen King: Status – Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐⭐ — A tale known by most of us, a horror for the ages, follow 7 children in the town of Derry as they deal with the horror that is Pennywise. A gripping horror, positively spooky and gruesome to the core.
The Lost Ones, by Anita Frank: Status- Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐⭐✨(4.5) — A beautiful and heartbreaking story that follows Stella as she visits her sister at Greyswick, after losing her own fiance, and tries to deal with this loss while untangling the sinister secrets of the mansion. Unsettling, haunting and creepy, a perfect read.
The Widow Of Pale Harbour, by Hester Fox: Status–Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐⭐✨ (4.5) — A gorgeous Gothic horror that follows a Widow and a Widower, as they both deal with their past, they are also dragged into the murderous mystery that floods the town. Witchcraft, murder and grief all entwines to create a beautifully heart-breaking horror story.
‘Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King: Status– Currently Reading, Review to follow. — My final spooky read for the season, so far it is positively creepy, but more on this later!
The Monsters Of Music, by Rebecca F Kenney: Status- Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐🌟 (3.75) — A modern, gender bent retelling of the gloriously dark Phantom of the Opera, only this time there is the magic of the Fae, more blackmail, and sinister events to ensure things go Mel’s way.
The Unspoken Name, by A.K. Larkwood: Status- Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ — An amazing f/f led fantasy, filled with old religion, old magic, and a death cult. Follow a wizard, a destined bride turned sword-hand, a smooth talking thief and a powerful mage as they fight danger at every turn.
House Of Ash & Brimstone, by Megan Starks: Status- Read + Reviewed.⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟(4.75) — a dark urban romantic fantasy with demons, magic, Minotaurs and gateways to hell. This fantasy is action packed, steamy and will leave you craving more.
Evie And The Upside Down World Of Nevermore, by Birgitte Margen: Status- Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐✨ (3.5) — an Alice in Wonderland retelling, filled with magic, self discovery and deception. Nothing is as it seems in this world and danger is found in the most unlikely of places.
The Secret Chapter, by Genevieve Cogman: Status- Read + Review To Come. — hehe I loved this but you will have to wait for my review to drop. This is the story of a librarian, a dragon, and some fae as they try to pull off an impossible heist for some unique rewards.
The Devil’s Apprentice, by Kenneth B Andersen: Status- Read + Review to Come /in December For #BlogTour. — Again one you will have to wait for I’m afraid, but it was wonderful!!
Strungballs, by Mike Russell : Status- Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐✨(3.5) — a weird, dystopian/Utopian setting, humanity is in question, and society is not all it seems. This novella is a weird but wonderful dive into society and our morals.
The Almanack, by Martine Bailey: Status- Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐— A historical murder mystery, with a strong-headed female lead, a charming male accomplice, and brutal murders predicted by the calendar, the two find themselves trying to untangle the mysterious and murderous identity of D.
The Red Death, by Birgitte Margen: Status- Read 1/2 Then DNF’ed- Will Not Review. — So I very rarely DNF because I like to know how a book ends, but I could not get into this, the portrayals and attitudes of the characters were sexists, homophobic, fat shaming, among other issues, and it seemed unnecessary and not even in the novel to make a point against it.
General Fiction Reads:
Akin, by Emma Donoghue: Status- Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ — A beautiful story following an elderly man and his young great grand nephew as they are forced together due to past problems and end up on a trip to Nice where they discover some interesting facts about the past. Family, generations and trust are explored and tested through this gorgeous novel.
The Choice, by Claire Wade: Status- Read + Reviewed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐— A stunning take on society, an incredible look at humanity, choice and fear, and a story that is about self discovery at it’s core. In a world where baking is illegal and the people forged their own shackles, just how much choice do they have?
Now that we have tackled my October Reads, I have also puled together my October posts, book tags, and blog tours! So if you missed any or want to take a quick look then jump right in! I was attempting #blogtober, but missed a lot of days for numerous reasons but I did manage a fair few posts so I hope you enjoy! 😊
My October Bookish Posts And BlogTours:
- Mistletoe #Blogtour + Review
- Bookish Things And Thoughts
- WWW Wednesday
- Bookish And Comic Fandoms And Where I Belong
- Things I Like In Books #BookTag
- Five Reasons I Love Reading #Booktag
- Is Context Important To A Book
- WWW Wednesday
- Get To Know Ya #BookTag
- Woeful Wednesday Books That Made Me Sad
- Books I Had To Read In Secondary School And College
- Spooktober Reads And Movies
- Would You Rather #BookTag
- WWW Wednesday #3
- Elitism vs Progression
I don’t have an official November TBR but some reads I will try to get around to are: Escape Routes, by Naomi Ishiguro; The Island Child, by Molly Aitken; The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel; The Silent House, by Nell Pattison — all eARC’s from netgalley. My own books that I want to read next month are: Renegades, by M Meyer; Wonder, by Palacio; Dark Tower #2, by Stephen King; Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King.
I have found so many supportive and fun bloggers this month who have commented on my posts (that I have linked) and have been tagged in the posts I have linked, they are so fun to talk to and discuss bookish things, so be sure to check them out!
|RAIN – The Withering: Beautiful review of Jane Eyre + Post on Keats Love Letters!||OwlBeSatReading – And their post on chunky books #Tomes!|
|HollyLovesBooks-October Wrap up- fun and some great reads!||Prose & Pancakes – They had a fun take on popular books they have never read!|
|Nen + Jen – They have a fun but difficult take on a Would You Rather Booktag here!||Book Review Hub- And their beautiful Monsters Of Music review|
|Book Duchesses – Their Super Fun take on the Booktag – Night Before Christmas||Moonlight + Moths-A fantastic review of The Beautiful – definitely will get you interested!|
|Polly- Looks at their favourite Book Cover of this year – it is a great choice!||Faeryreads- A wonderful, spoiler free review of Forever Interrupted!|
There are so many more bloggers I could include! But, I will add them to my next wrap-up or blog post!! These bloggers are amazing and have such diverse tastes you will never be bored- they have been such a big help to my tiny blog this year, and I hope I have been helpful to them too – so check them out, I promise you will love them!!