October 2021 Wrap-Up!

Excuse this post if it looks a little wonky. WordPress yet again tweaked their editor and I can’t quite figure out how to get things the way I usually like them.

Anyway! I did manage to read all the books I wanted to this month, which I’m thrilled about! That’s 27 books, though quite a few of them were novellas I needed to knock out from previously-read series. Not bad, I’d say! Next month won’t be as intense reading-wise due to NaNoWriMo, so I’m glad I got what I wanted knocked out. Speaking of…

What I read:

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides // ★★★☆☆
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer // ★★★☆☆
Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer // ★☆☆☆☆

Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer // ★★☆☆☆
Shadow Days by Andrea Cremer // ★★☆☆☆
Treachery by Andrea Cremer // ★★★☆☆

Aftermath by Andrea Cremer // ★☆☆☆☆
Legacy Lost by Anna Banks // ★★★☆☆
Hard to Get by Anna Banks // ★★★☆☆

Girls Day Out by Anna Banks // ★★★★☆
Human Date by Anna Banks // ★★★★☆
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane // ★★★★☆

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir // ★★★★★
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir // ★★★★★
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir // ★★★★★

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir // ★★★★★
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones // ★★★☆☆
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn // ★★☆☆☆

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu // ★★★★☆
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass // ★★☆☆☆
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys // ★★★★★

Wicked: Witch & Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie // ★★☆☆☆
Chime by Franny Billingsley // ★★★☆☆
Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray // ★★★☆☆

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // ★★★★☆
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mean // ★★☆☆☆
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones // ★★☆☆☆

21 in 2021

  1. Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  4. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  6. World War Z by Max Brooks
  7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  8. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  9. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  11. Replica by Lauren Oliver
  12. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  13. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  14. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  15. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  16. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  17. Wicked by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  18. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  19. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  20. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  21. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Whew. Busy month. And I only have two more books on my list to finish! I’m absolutely saving Wuthering Heights until December, but I think I’ll try to knock out Mara Dyer next month.

As for some of the books I read, An Ember in the Ashes and its sequels? Blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to read them this month, but my brain revolted on me and there I was, not listening to what I had planned for the year. AKA saving them for last because I had a feeling I would love them. I don’t regret not waiting exactly, but they would have been such a high note to end on, because they were AMAZING. My god can Sabaa Tahir write a story. I am absolutely going to be reading anything else of hers I can get my hands on as they come out.

My other five-star read was an expected one. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by anything Ruta Sepetys has come out with. I’m so ready for her next one.

Everything else was very up and down, as you can see. A lot of surprises, a lot of disappointments. One of which was The Taking of Jake Livingston. I had really high hopes for it, but it just wasn’t as well written as I had hoped for, and I ended up being bored a lot as I made my way through the story. It had potential, but the actual execution was just… meh. A slightly different disappointment, but not as heavily of one, was Beasts of Prey (which was a 3.5 star, actually). I didn’t know it was supposed to be a series! I liked most of what I read even if it was very trope-y with a few snooze spots, but I was not prepared for the ending! Now I’m waiting in anticipation for the next book to find out what happens.

Onto November!

Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “October 2021 Wrap-Up!

  1. So many books! I also loved the Ember Quartet. I did not get a chance to read Shutter Island in October but I still have it out so I can constantly be reminded of it! lol. I also gave The Bone Houses 3 stars and Sharp Objects 2 stars. Sharp Objects is my least favorite Flynn novel. I still haven’t watched the miniseries. I didn’t love The Glittering Court trilogy, the concept to begin with was ick. lol. I have also really loved Ruta Sepetys’ books. I gave 3 generous stars to Jake Livingston and I ended up really enjoying Beasts of Prey once I was done, but yes, there were definite slow points and there is still nowhere that says anything about a book 2, I don’t know what Ayana Gray’s contract is for! Because CLEARLY there needs to be a book 2.

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    1. Beasts of Prey ended on such a cliffhanger, if we don’t get a second book I might riot 😂 I scrounged around her website and it says there are supposed to be two more books in 2022 and 2023, though, so I’m ready and waiting! Also apparently a Netflix adaptation? Looking forward to that. When I went into The Glittering Court, I thought the story was going to be broken up over three books, but that was so not the case! If I had known it was a trilogy of the same story three times over, I probably would have just started with the third book because I would love to know what the hell happened to Tamsin when she went missing, what, twice in one story, was it?? I need to watch the Sharp Objects miniseries too, I think I might like it more than the book. I actually have to watch Gone Girl too, I’m really bad at watching adaptations 😬

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      1. Oh cool didn’t know about TWO more books AND Netflix! Wow go Ayana! The first one was so long for a YA book and a first in a series. I thought the Gone Girl movie was pretty good.

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