I hope you guys are having a great start to the week. I can’t believe how fast this month is flying already. I would have had this out earlier this month, but October is a busy month for me with papers and midterms, so I got a bit sidetracked on some of the posts I wanted to get out. It’s also been unbearably hot here for the last few weeks, but we finally have fall weather and it is definitely nice. I have a very loose TBR this month since I’ve only read one and I finished it this weekend. Last week I had my fall break which was really nice and refreshing. I have two midterms and a test this week so I am going to be extremely busy studying and reading for school. I start my second book for my Southern lit class next week, and I am not entirely sure about it, but I am excited to start it. I also have a couple of big projects coming up where I have to read some books and do some side stuff for that as well. I think I already have my book chosen, but I am still kind of in the deciding mode right now.
Last week I also got a sinus infection and an ear infection though I am feeling a lot better this week than I was last week. I also got to go to Books a Million on my way back to campus yesterday since my grandparents were going in as well. I ended up with a paperback of The name of the wind and The last wish by Andrzej SapKowski which is part of the Witcher series. Even though I have struggled with Fantasy this year I have never heard of this series and I was intrigued enough by it to buy the first one since I’d never heard of it before.
Number of books read this month: 8
Number of books read by year: 76
Number of pages read monthly: 2,818
Historical Fiction: 1
- Jackaby (#1) by William Ritter – This was one of the last books that I needed to finish from when I started it back in May. When I first started it, I wasn’t in the right mood to read it since I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I picked this one back up toward the end of August and absolutely loved it. I loved the banter between the characters and the mystery was very interesting though I did kind of predict who it was before the end. I’ll probably be continuing this series sometime next year hopefully. (4 stars).
- Nyxia Unleashed (#2) by Scott Reintgen – I received an ARC of this one way back before it was released and for some reason I struggled with trying to start it. This month I decided to look for an audio book and stumbled across this one on my Overdrive account. I can’t remember who the speaker was, but he read the story so well that I was able to get back into it and finish it in two days (5 stars).
- I’m not missing by Carrie Fountain – This one was also an ARC that I got from Netgalley last year that I struggled to start for some reason. Once I got into it the story picked up and it was alright. I haven’t been real big on Contemporary this year either but the ones that I have picked up have been interesting so far (3 stars).
- The sound and the fury by William Faulkner – This one was definitely interesting and I was surprised by how easy it was for me to read. The characters did frustrate me multiple times and there were a couple of sections where it did get dense, but I am glad that I got the chance to read it.
- I’ve been thinking…Reflections, prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful life by Maria Shriver – I was looking for something different to read and found this one on my Overdrive account. I read the audio book and it was interesting. The personal stories of the author made it more interesting than it would have been. I’d like to try and find more of these for something different every once in a while though (4 stars).
- Skyward (#1) by Brandon Sanderson – I feel like Sanderson is going to be a hit or miss for me at this point. I’ve only read the first book in his Steelheart trilogy though I did add The way of Kings to my TBR for next year. This one took me a long while to get into though I did enjoy the second half of the story much better than the first. I liked that the first half set up the characters, but it did feel a bit slow at times. Overall I am excited to see what happens in the second book in the series (4 stars).
- On the come up by Angie Thomas – I did not expect to like this one as much as I did, but I absolutely loved it. I picked it up on a whim and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I was invested in the characters from the very start and loved the romance though it did come as a surprise to me. This is one that I would highly recommend (4.5 stars).
- The end of procrastination: How to Stop Postponing life and life a fulfilled life by Petr Ludwig – This was not quite what I was looking for when I was browsing through Overdrive, though it was alright. It did get kind of repetitive after a while though. I’m not sure if I would recommend this or not (3 stars).
So this was my September Wrap-up. Overall it was really good, and I was impressed that I was able to get so much read considering all of the reading I was doing for my classes this month. October and November are both extremely busy months for me, but I plan to have a TBR up for them even if I might not get to all of them until December.
The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy and this one looks to be just as busy but I am hoping to squeeze in some reading that isn’t for school. I do have a big project due for one of my English classes where I get to pick the book that I want to read and do a number of topics for it. I think I have the book that I want to read, but I will find out later this week, otherwise I will be searching for a couple of weeks before I make a decision.
- Unearthed (#1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – I actually just finished this one over the weekend and it was alright. I really loved the main characters though I’m not sure how I feel about the romance yet if there is one. I did really enjoy the puzzles and mystery of the temples that were in the story. I’m intrigued enough to pick up the second book but it will probably be next year before I get to it (4 stars).
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – I’ve been reading this one since August and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s interesting and is definitely picking up now that I’ve gotten into the story, but there’s just something that I can’t pinpoint exactly whats missing. Its different though and i am intrigued enough to see how it ends.
- Black lagoon Vol. 1 by Rei Hiroe – On one of my challenges I am hoping to read more manga this year and I am doing okay with it so far. I haven’t started this one but it sounds really interesting.
- Under lying by Janelle Harris – This is an Amazon first read novel that I picked up on a whim while looking for a good mystery novel for the month and it is definitely interesting so far. I’ve only read a couple of chapters so far though. It definitely has fall vibes for it which is what I am looking for this month so I am excited to get into it.
- The secret commonwealth (#2) by Philip Pullman – This is my most anticipated book of the second half of the year and I finally got it this weekend. I haven’t gotten far into it and it might be December before I am able to get back into it but I’m thrilled to be back in this world again and I am sure that I will enjoy it just as much as the first book.
- Serena by Ron Rash – I read the world made straight last spring so when I heard that my Southern lit class was reading it this semester I was definitely excited for it. We start it next week and I am not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, so we shall see how it goes.
- The last wish (0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – So, I have never heard of this series until I saw it on book tube a month ago, but it instantly gave me Final Fantasy 7 vibes for some reason and I was totally on board after that. My library has it through a different system which would take it a while to get here so I went and bought it on impulse at books a million the other day. I honestly wasn’t expecting my bookstore to have it since sometimes the books that I am looking for they don’t have at the time, but they did have this one. I really want to stop everything and read this one, but I am holding back my temptation since I do still have a very busy schedule. I am hoping to read it for my project though which would be very exciting if that worked out. I’m also interested in the Netflix show that is coming out sometime toward the end of the year, and hopefully it will air when I’m on Christmas break.
So this is my October TBR. I know I say this every month but I am hoping to get out some reviews that I have been neglecting this year. I also have a couple of fall tags that I am looking at doing as well.
I hope you guys have a good week,