October has been one of my best reading months for far! I also manage to read quite a few spooky and/or magical books, which I never do! It has been so much fun and I can not remember the last time I was this in to Halloween. Reading all of these books has really help get me in to the spirit of the holiday!
# of Books Read: 8
# of Pages Read: 2594
Favourite Book(s): Stalking Jack the Ripper, Wild Beauty, Far From the Tree
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”
This was the perfect way to start my October, and really set the mood for the rest of the month. Stalking Jack the Ripper is just as good as everyone says that it is! It is so creepy and addicting! I adored all of the characters as well- especially Thomas! I can not wait to read the next book!
Everything I’ve Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“You never got what you wanted; you just learned to get by without it.”
Celeste Ng is a fantastic writer, and this is one of those books that you can devour in one sitting. There is definitely an element of mystery to the story, but it is more focused on family dynamics. A lot of the characters are quite unlikable, but I enjoyed that aspect of the story. This is one of the books the weighed heavy on me and left me feeling drained when I finished it. I definitely will be picking up more of her books!
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
“Everyone’s broken. The only difference is how.”
Wild Beauty was my most anticipated book of the year and it was absolutely beautiful! This is magical realism done perfectly! The imagery is so vivid, and the characters are so charming. I wrote a review for this one if you are interested in reading more of my thoughts.
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
“I wasn’t sure which was worse – to know you were a liar, or to believe your own bullshit.”
I have not read a lot of YA mysteries but this book has convinced me to try more books in this genre. There are so many twists and turns and jaw dropping moments. I need to read Eileen Cook’s other book! I also wrote a review for The Hanging Girl!
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
“Anybody can look at you. It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.”
I was reluctant to read this book because John Green has been hit or miss for me but I saw it in the store and I could not resist! It actually ended up being my favourite book of his! The mental heath representation is fantastic, and he truly is a great writer. Here is a link to my review!
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
“But I know human nature, my friend, and I tell you that, suddenly confronted with the possibility of being tried for murder, the most innocent person will lose his head and do the most absurd things.”
I knew I had to read this book before I saw the movie, and I am so happy that I finally had an excuse to read an Agatha Christie novel. I now get the hype! It was really fun trying to unravel the mystery. I can not wait to see the movie, and I will definitely do a book to movie comparison.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
“Writing itself was a magical act in which imagination altered reality and gave form to power.”
Well Hoffman has done it again! She is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This book was everything I would want in a prequel to Practical Magic. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of the Owens’ family.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
“The older she got, the more human her parents seemed, and that was one of the scariest things in the world. She missed being little, when they were the all-knowing gods of her world, but at the same time, seeing them as human made it easier to see herself that way, too.”
THIS BOOK!!! I can not begin to put in to words how good this book is! I absolutely devoured it, and it gave me such warm and fuzzy feelings! I love these characters and all of the relationship in the book. There is a huge focus on family and sibling relationships, which was so refreshing to read about.
I noticed something interesting while writing this wrap up. Both Wild Beauty and The Rules of Magic are about women who are cursed and can not fall in love or else they partner will disappear/die. Obviously this is not a unique concept, but they both handled it in completely different ways and I hadn’t even noticed the coincidence until writing a review for the Rules of Magic!
I have been reading so many amazing books lately, and book blogging has really help with that. I do not think I would have picked up any of these books (beside maybe John Green) if I was not a blogger. I have really started to figure out which books I know I will love and avoid those that I know I won’t!
What was the best book that you read this month? Have you read any of the book I talked about? I would love to know!
51 thoughts on “October Wrap Up”
I was worried that Stalking wouldn’t live up to the hype so I’ve been putting it off. It just moved up my TBR
Yay I am so glad! It was awesome! I truly do not think you will be disappointed!
Yayyy I’m glad you loved Everything I Never Told You and Orient Express! <3
I know! You were so right!
I really should read Stalking Jack the Ripper soon 😍
Yes you should! It’s so good!
I really want to read The Rules of Magic! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
It was really great!
So glad that you enjoyed these books!! They all sound amazing!! WILD BEAUTY AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Great reading month 😀
Thank you! It was the best reading month I have had in awhile!!
You’re welcome!! I’m glad, and I hope you read amazing books this month!!
Best adult Forever Right Now by Emma Scott bests YA an ARC This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter .
Interesting! Going to have to look those up on goodreads!
I read Turtles All the Way Down. But between this quick review and everyone else’s, my anticipation to get my hands on Rules of Magic is ever growing. I know in some reviews it says you don’t have to have read Practical magic beforehand. What do you think? I have not read it yet, nor have I seen the movie based off it. Do you think I will still enjoy it? Or should I read Practical magic first?
I also keep seeing positive reviews for Wild Beauty. I may need to add that to my TBR shelf as well..
I just started using the app Serials..maybe after I finish Pride and the Prejudice, I will try out Murder on the Orient Express on there.
You definitely do not need to read Practical Magic first! I actually think that it might be more fun to read Rules of Magic first and then if you enjoy it pick up Practical Magic!
Wild Beauty is amazing! I highly recommend it!
That is a great idea Murder on the Orient Express is really fun!
Awesome! I am telling you. with every review, Rules of Magic creeps higher and higher on my TBR.
That’s awesome. I don’t think you will be disappointed by it!
I actually haven’t read any of the books you mentioned, but a lot of them are on my TBR lol. The best book I read this month was probably Dear Martin by Nic Stone. I had super high expectations for it and it completely exceeded them. The only complaint I really had was how short it was but it packed a powerful message in those pages. 🙂
They are great books. I had such a successful reading month!
I definitely want to read Dear Martin in November. I have heard nothing but amazing things about it.
I hope you enjoy it, can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
You’ve read such amazing books this month! gahhH! *heart eyes* Wild Beauty & The Rules of Magic are at the very top of my TBR for November, Cannot wait! every single book in your wrap-up really is on my tbr haha! glad you had such a awesome quality reading month 🙂
It was an excellent month! Both of those books are amazing! I hope November’s books end up being just as good.
I wasn’t planning on picking up Turtles All The Way Down, but I’ll definitely need to read it soon after hearing all the amazing reviews!
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
I’m glad you enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express! You had a great reading month.
Thank you! I really did! So many good books!
You really had a great bookish month! I’m glad you enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper! I recently finished Hunting Prince Dracula and it was pretty good! I hope you enjoy it! I haven’t read Wild Beauty but it’s in my tbr. My favorite book of this month is Enchantment Of Ravens By Margaret Rogerson. It’s really a wonderful read! Anyways, I hope you have a great November! 🙂
I really did! I am excited to read Hunting Prince Dracula! I have heard so many good things about Enchantment of Ravens! It is definitely high on my TBR!
That does sound like a great start to the month! And I really love the Wild Beauty and Far Tree- great wrap up!
Thank you! Both are such good books!
Great Wrap Up ! Cant wait to read Wild Beauty 😍
It is beautiful. I think you’ll love it!
I’m glad to hear you had such a great reading month, eight books, nice job! Dying to get my hands on Wild Beauty and that book cover is so amazing! I have a love/hate for John Green’s books. I loved TFIOS, but then every book I read since then has been kind of boring to me. I did get Turtles All the Way Down though, so I’m curious how I do with that one.
Thank you! Wild Beauty is amazing. I think you’re going to love it! John Green is hit and miss with me as well and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Turtles!
I have not read any of the books from your wrap-up, but I have a few of them on my TBR. I read quite a few great books this month, so I can’t say for certain which was my favorite.
These were all great books!
Amazing wrap up, such a great variety, there’s a few in there which are on my tbr so I’m really pleased to have got your thoughts on them!
Yay I am glad. It was a great reading month for sure!
Love your wrap up! Stalking Jack the Ripper and Agatha Christi’s books are still on my TBR. So glad to know you loved them. 8 books! That’s awesome!
Thank you! I highly recommend both!!
what a great read month! and most of them are new release!
ill check your review for turtles all the way down later, cause i have had the same problem with John Green. 😉
It is very rare that I read so many new releases! It was awesome! I was definitely surprised that I liked Turtles so much!
Oh wow, you’ve read so many incredible books! I’ve seen John Green’s new book EVERYWHERE but I haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet! I’ve heard some amazing things about it though so I’m excited about it! And I realllllly need to get my hands on Stalking Jack The Ripper!!!! I’ve seen it around the blogosphere a lot lately and I never really read the synopsis until recently??? But it REALLY spoke to me and I feel like it could be a favourite read of mine! 🙂 AND OMG WILD BEAUTY HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVER I’VE EVER SEEN I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON IT ❤️❤️❤️
I was so happy with all of the books I read this month!! I was surprised by how much I enjoy Turtles! Stalking Jack the Ripper is a must read. I think you will love it!!
I’m so eager to pick up TATWD, Wild Beauty and FFTT! I’ve heard fantastic things about them, and to see you enjoyed them that much only made me more excited!
By the way you had such a great reading month!😊
I did read a lot of good books this month! I recommend every single one! Each were really special!
I read Stalking Jack the Ripper too this October and it was so good! Definitely lives up to the hype. Great wrap up! 😊
Thank you! I am so excited to read Hunting Prince Dracula now!!
I read Murder on the Orient Express last month too and went to see the movie a couple of days ago. I’ll definitely do a comparison post as well 🙂 Hope you enjoy the movie when you get to it!
Can’t wait to see your post!!