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October was a pretty good month for me. I read a bunch of books on my list and several others that I just wanted to. While I didn’t love every book I did read, I still found several that I did and finding any books that I love makes me happy. I have a couple that I started this month and didn’t finish that I’m trying to decide if I want to keep going with. So let me know in the comments if you’ve read either of them and what you think I should do with them. But first, here are the books I read this month.
Come Back to Me by Mila Gray and Maybe This Christmas by Sarah Morgan: These two romances were great. Come Back to Me is a lot more emotional and intense and Maybe This Christmas is a bit more family oriented, but both were great, fast reads and ones I’d definitely recommend to people looking for romances.
Talon by Julie Kagawa and The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker by E.D. Baker: I actually DNF’d Talon. I’m not even sure if I’ll ever want to finish it. It was so far off from what I was hoping for that I just don’t know that I’ll ever want to go back to it. I was really sad about this one. The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker was a cute MG book about a fairy trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. It had a very rough start for me, but I stuck with it and ended up liking it fine in the end. It will never be a favorite but it was cute enough.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch and Altered by Jennifer Rush: Snow Like Ashes. Guys. Snow Like Ashes!! If you haven’t read it, I definitely recommend it. It’s a great fantasy with amazing world-building and characters that will surprise you. I loved it. Altered was one that I’ve had for a while and finally picked up and loved! I was so surprised by this story! If you didn’t already get it, I highly recommend both of these books!
Exile by Kevin Emerson: Exile was one I started a long time ago after buying the audio and finally decided to finish it this weekend when I had a short road trip on my own. I wish I could say I loved it, but I just didn’t. Also, I did not like the narrator at all. This one is most definitely better on paper than audio.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: The Retribution is finally here!!! We’ve been waiting for this book for so long. I pre-ordered it and will be reading it. Bloomsbury is hosting a readalong of The Bone Season on Goodreads and were awesome and sent me a paperback copy. I’ve been interested in this book for a while, so I’m excited to finally start it! I’m only a few chapters in but it’s great so far!
Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas and Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger: W & W is the third Finishing School book and if you want steampunk and humor and fun and spy stuff, pick up this series. They make me laugh and so I love them. I’ve already started this and I’ll be finishing it soon. If you want to pick up all three books in the series, this one comes out on Tuesday (11-4)!
The Beautiful and Strange Sorrows and Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton and Kid Presidents by David Stabler: Ava Lavender is this month’s book club pick. I really don’t know anything about it so I don’t have any expectations. I do hope it’s good though. I won Kid Presidents in a giveaway from Quirk Books and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve skimmed through a little bit and it looks pretty funny!
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini and Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle: Guys, I’m currently debating whether or not to DNF both of these. Neither has truly gripped me yet. I’m about 1/3 of the way through TbF and I just don’t know how I’ll end up caring about the characters. I’m going to give it one more chance and if I don’t love it then, I’ll DNF it. FiL is just a story that I don’t really care about. I feel like it’s a behind the scenes high school version of Twilight. It’s very fluffy and sometimes eye-roll inducing. (Also, apparently it’s the beginning of a trilogy.) I’m hoping that I’ll want a fluff book soon and will feel like finishing it. Otherwise, I’ll be DNFing it this month too.
I’m not sure I’ll have time for any more than that. If I do, I’ll be returning to older NetGalley review books that I haven’t read yet. I need to start catching up on NetGalley and getting my feedback to approval percentage up. I really hurt myself in the beginning by requesting so many books just to get them and not really trying to only choose books that would really interest me. Now I’m stuck with a low percentage until I force myself to read those books. So a piece of advise to those just starting on NetGalley, don’t request every book you can. Only request books you actually want to read. You can get books at the library or bookstore to review too. Don’t forget that!
So, while I’m here trying to keep up with upcoming books and getting caught up on past books, I hope you guys are also able to find books you’re excited to read! Tell me, what book are you most looking forward to reading in November?