Happy Halloween friends! Today we’re going to go trick-or-treating at Griffin’s office later this afternoon. I don’t think we’ll actually go trick-or-treating because it’s freezing and Von won’t care. She also refuses to wear the monkey costume we got her, so ya know. Life with a toddler is a fun time. Anyway, time to talk about some good books.
October was a really good reading month for me. I read several books that definitely will be hitting my favorites of the year list and I can’t wait to talk about everything I read with you! Every month I share all the books that I read that month here on my blog, I’ll leave previous posts linked down below. Let’s get started.
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What I read in October 2019:
1) Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I read/finished this book on October 1st. I don’t remember the names of the characters (oops) but essentially, girl freaks out on a plane ride home and tells ALL of her secrets to the handsome stranger sitting next to her. Only to find out the next Monday that he’s the CEO of the company she works at. Awkward. This one was funny and entertaining. 4/5 stars.
2) Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. LOVED this book! We follow a new widow who’s got a big secret + a pro baseball player who can’t pitch anymore. There’s love, there’s friendship, there’s real-life mess + goodness. What more could you want? You can read my full review here. 5/5 stars
3) The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I read this one in a day (which doesn’t happen often now that I’ve got a toddler running wild) but I just couldn’t put it down! I had to know what was going to happen. The Wicked Deep was creepy, spooky, and witchy. You can read my full review here. 4/5 stars.
4) Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. This is book 2 in this middle-grade series and I had such a fun time reading it! This one is about a girl who almost died and can now see ghosts. Her parents are writers and they write about ghosts, even though they can’t actually see them. While filming a show for their newest book, the travel to haunted places with their daughter. This time they’re in Paris and there’s a poltergeist who’s causing mayhem. What a fun read. 4/5 stars
5) Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E./Victoria Schwab. It’s been a long time since I picked up a comic book, but I devoured this one. This comic series takes place in the same world as the Shades of Magic trilogy (which I love) and follows Prince Maxim before he becomes king. I loved the art, I loved the story. I can’t wait to read Vol. 2 which just came out!
6) The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews. This book made me laugh and cry and it destroyed my heart but in the best way. I have so much love for Sam and Avery and their stories. This book was so good!! Ah. Just go read my full review and then pick this one up. You need to, I promise. 5/5 stars
7) Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer. What a beautiful and captivating retelling. This one is a retelling of East of the Sun West of the Moon (a story that I love). Growing up I read East by Edith Pattou so many times because I loved the story. Echo North was a more grown-up version of the story (there’s more romance than in East, less than in A Court of Thorns and Roses which has some elements of the fairy tale as well). This one was so fun to read! I loved it. I gave it 4/5 stars because the pacing was a little slow in some parts, but it was still really fantastic.
8) When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley. I’m part of the launch team for WLBM which comes out on November 12th. I’ll be sharing my full review next week, but wow. This book came at just the right time. It’s beautiful and really takes you back to the things that make life GOOD. I think every woman should read this book, I think it’s my favorite of Emily’s book and possibly my favorite of 2019. 5/5 stars
9) Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble because I wanted to read it because it’s sort of similar to the book that I’m writing (only similarity is that it’s told in a then/now timeline about a couple who met as teenagers. I love that part of this story, but this story also sort of crushed me. It was so good and heartbreaking and happy and sad all at once. I thought the ending/explanation for everything could have been done a little better, but overall I really enjoyed this one. I think this one + Autoboyography are my favorites by CL. 4.5/5 stars.
That’s everything I read in October! As I said, it was a really great reading month! I had so much fun reading all of these books and I hope that in November I have another great reading month! I’ll also be participating in NaNoWriMo so IDK how much I’ll actually be reading, but I’m still excited to pick up a few good books!