Monthly Wrap-Up | October 2020

Hello everyone!

As much as I love the ambiance and feeling of fall, I am so excited for Christmas! This year has been difficult for everyone and I know that Christmas won’t make everything better, but no matter what’s going on in my life the Christmas season always makes me smile.

But before we can gush about the season, we have to look back at October. During the month of October, I read 8 books, 2 novellas, and DNF 1. My goal for October was too read spooky books and continue my reread of The Stormlight Archive, which I accomplished.

So, here are some stats!

Number of pages read: 4551
Number of print books: 8
Number of e-books: 3
Favourite quote of the month: 

The most important step a man can take. It’s not the first one, is it? 
It’s the next one. Always the next step, Dalinar.
” – Oathbringer

“The way you say my name like that? It’s going to kill me,” he said, his tone still that strange, power-heavy, cold one, but his words? They were all Luc as he caught my lower lip between his teeth. “You have no idea.” – The Brightest Night

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Without further ado…. here is my favourite books of the month from differing genres.

Unseen is now, in my opinion, the best novel in the series. Everything about Unseen works perfectly. The mystery is twisted. The character moments are impactful. The dialogue continues to be my favourite aspect of Slaughter’s writing.

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I usually don’t include rereads in my best books of the month, but Sanderson is the exception. Surprise. Surprise.
Think 1200 pages are long enough? Think again. Oathbringer is 1200 pages of epic Fantasy writing that is absolutely flawless.

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In true Armentrout fashion, The Brightest Night turns everything readers thought they knew about the world and characters on its head. Origin is a slow burn novel as Armentrout takes her time exploring Evie and Luc’s relationship as well Evie’s new powers and discovering her limits.

The Nanny was a disappointing read that offered nothing new to the nanny trope in the mystery genre. The reveal did not justify the slow and meandering path to get there.

 The Children of Red Peak is an interesting enough horror novel centered around a mysterious doomsday cult. The horror scenes are brutal and not for the faint of heart.

The Naked Truth is another in a long line of Keeland novels that mimic one another. If you enjoy her typical writing style and character arcs then you’ll enjoy The Naked Truth.

The Woman in the Window is a fantastic thriller that deserves the hype. It’s an unsettling novel that will make you question everything.

Edgedancer. What isn’t there to like? Lift is awesome and I can’t wait to see more of her.

A Deadly Education is one of the most disappointing novels I’ve read this year. The idea behind the novel is incredible, even if it is a Harry Potter rip off, however the execution is borderline terrible. DNF @ 233 of 313.

The Skin We’re In is a raw and unflinching look at what it’s like to be black in Canada. We like be believe we’re superior to our neighbour, The United States of America, but we’re not.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think? What did you read in the month of October?

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