Happy Belated Halloween, I hope you had a very spooky and spoopy October, and that you had a great reading month BECAUSE I DID *yippee* I managed to read a total of 12 books, some small and some were a decent size. I also started a few books and never finished them OPPS.
Anywayyyy, let’s start talking about all the books I finished and what I rated them!
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner | ✰✰
This was such a shocking first read. I picked Hunted up in anticipation for the Unearthed launch, which is being release in Australia later this month, and it fell so short for me. The first hundred or so pages were fine, and I was like “Hey, I might actually be enjoying this” for a while, and boy . . . was I wrong. It just wouldn’t end.
The only reason I kept reading was simply because I spent $19.99 on it. Thankfully, it now has a new home with a good friend of mine, hopefully she likes it more than I did.
- The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson | ✰✰✰✰.5
A new reading month truly doesn’t start until you read an amazing book. I absolutely loved The Build-Up Season, it touched serious topics which are generally taboo, it was funny, smart and heartfelt. And it’s also #LoveOzYA.
I’ve already written up a post about my thoughts, so if you would like to read more, just read here!
- Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling | ✰✰✰✰✰
This was an obvious 5-star read, I absolutely adored my time re-reading this one and flicking through the gorgeous Jim Kay illustrations. One of my favourite things about reading The Philosopher’s Stone again, is that it means just as much to me now as it did when I read it so many years ago.
The world is incredible and well thought out and built, and the story is still engaging and funny and witty. Bits and pieces of the novel surprised me though, as I’ve watched the movie so many times that I had forgotten some of the best moments of the story.
If you haven’t read this essential novel yet, please, give it a try. I solemnly swear that it will be good.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | ✰✰
Don’t get me wrong. I loved Milk & Honey, but I didn’t enjoy her second poetry collection as much as I thought I would. I only enjoyed a few poems, and honestly can’t say I related to any of the others. Despite being beautifully written, I can’t offer it more than 2-sars.
- ,Said the Shotgun to the Head by Saul Williams | ✰✰
This poem book was very short and very confusing. I read it in just an hour or so and honestly have no idea what it’s purpose was. Again, I only understood a few of the poems and dread the bleak poems kept between the brilliant ones. The context given at the beginning offered me no real help whatsoever in how I was meant to interpret it, it was barely a 2-star read for me.
- Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | ✰✰✰✰.5
I loved this. I listened to the audio in about a day or so and really had to stop myself from leaving my house and buying the sequel Hunting Prince Dracula immediately.
I loved the banter between the two characters and the Sherlock Holmes feel of the novel. I adored the mystery and the thrill and the fact that I couldn’t pick the killer no matter how hard I tried. I just need the sequel ASAP. Plus, it’s set in the eighteenth century making it ten times better. Please read it, and love it with me.
- Warcross by Marie Lu | ✰✰✰.5
Warcross was our BoTM over at The YA Room and I really enjoyed, although it had its flaws it still made for and fantastic read. I may or may not have picked the plot twist, but I’m still looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I loved talking about it with my friends, old and new, at our book-meet last month, and we were all able to have a laugh about it. If you love Ready Player One, this might be good for you!
- Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling | ✰✰✰✰✰
Yet again, another 5-star read. I loved this one just as much as The Philosopher’s Stone. I loved all the characters, except for Lockheart, for obvious reasons. Also, is it just me, or do Jim Kay’s illustrations keep getting better and better.
- Egghead: Or, You can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham | ✰✰✰✰
I listened to this on audible and it was only about an hour long. The poems were funny and witty and oddly profound. #tooreal and #relatable. I would definitely recommend it for something to listen to mindlessly and then be drawn into it suddenly and have a mild existential crisis.
- Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick | ✰✰✰✰
I only have one thing to say about this book: I love Anna Kendrick more than I thought. Her autobiography, which she read herself, is honest, sincere and funny. I loved every page, and constantly had the “o m g I am Anna Kendrick” or the “w o w is that me or is that me” thought.
I thoroughly enjoyed the eight hours I got to listen to her voice and suggest you give it a listen to, if autobiographies are your sort of thing.
- See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng | ✰✰✰✰
I haven’t read a middle-grade in the longest time, aside from Harry Potter, so I decided to pick this one up! See You in the Cosmos is a story about a boy who knows how to care for himself more than he should, and a mission. A mission to find his father and send his gold-painted iPod into outer space.
I read it in just a few hours. I cried, I laughed and thought about life for the longest while. It was funny, real, beautiful and surprisingly deep. It touched topics I didn’t expect, and I really liked them. If you haven’t read this, and wouldn’t mind a gorgeous short adventure, I would definitely recommend this.
- Liar by Justine Larbalestier | ✰✰
Let me tell you a story about this book. When I was much younger than I am now, I borrowed this book from my school library . . . I was halfway through the book when one evening after squad I went to my bag and it was MISSING! Did someone steal it? Did it fall? Did I lose it? Why did I take it swimming to read when I would have been swimming and been way too wet to read a book. I cried though, and my amazing librarian didn’t make me pay for it #bless
And it’s because of that story that I decided to loan out the audiobook, not only would that mean I can’t physically loose the book, it also meant I could finally finish it. Word of advice? Don’t bother reading it.
I enjoyed some parts of the novel, the writing style and some of the chapters where interesting things happened. The protagonist was just a bloody liar, shock horror. She was unreliable and every time she said she was going to stop lying, she just kept lying?! Also by the time I finished the novel I honestly had no idea what happened or what was the real story. All I can think about is how it was a blessing almost, that I lost the book when I did. And that I should have just left it, and never finished the story.
YIKES that’s a lot of books. It’s four times the number of books I read last month which is a massive improvement. I’m finally out of my reading slump and I really hope it sticks for the rest of the year.
That’s all from me! May the reading fairies be kind to you this month,