It happened. I’m behind in my reading challenge. I’m pretty sure this happens around this time every year and it’s why I always end up reading a bunch of graphic novels around this time as well but there are actual real-life reasons that make October/November/December a difficult time to keep up with reading. It’s just a crazy busy time for us. I try to get ahead of schedule earlier in the year but I just didn’t have it this time. So right now my reading plans are a combination of what I really want to read before the year is over, what I had wanted to read this year at the beginning of the year, and what will help me complete my reading challenges. So every book now until the end of the year will (maybe) fall into one of those categories. Probably. Who knows. I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs. But regardless, here are the books I read in October and the books I’m hoping to read in November.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: One of my favorites series. Wasn’t my favorite book ever and I think I still like the first one better but I really just love these characters so much.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: I was blown away by this book and how relevant it is right now and how we were finally given a female MC who is full of rage and revenge but is also so aware of how her feelings and brokenness can affect other people. It’s dark and difficult to read but really, really perfect.
By Your Side by Kasie West: I love Kasie West books! They’re always perfect when I need some YA romance with great characters. This wasn’t my favorite of hers but it does have a girl, a guy, and a weekend locked in a library!
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid: Picked this up completely by chance, then saw people loving it. So I read it and was slightly disappointed. I loved the MC but the story was a little different than what I was hoping for. I wanted more tension and suspense and war. But it was still good.
One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis: I really love this Heartbreaker Bay series from Jill Shalvis. This holiday novella is pretty short (much shorter than the actual file because 30-40% is a preview for the next book) but it’s still a really good little story about some great characters. Especially Rory, who we see a lot in the previous book. Also, I really love that all of the couples from this series so far all have histories with each other.
Romeo & What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff: This was a random pick off my shelf because I wanted something cute and fast and it completely satisfied me! It was a lot of fun! I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
I also read Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas but it doesn’t have a cover yet so I’m just going to mention it because I loved it. It’s set to come out in December and it was easily my favorite of hers so far. All of her books have been cute and fun but this one was definitely more deep than the previous ones. So be sure to check it out!
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: I’m so late in doing this post that I’ve actually already read both of these books. This new shadowhunter book, which I was pretty nervous about, was actually very enjoyable. Much more The Infernal Devices than The Mortal Instruments. I’m dying for the second one!
Unwrapping Her Perfect Match by Kat Latham: So, once it hits November, I want all of the holiday romances! Many searches for free downloads on Amazon and the library. I found this one and it sounded good but unfortunately, it just wasn’t as good as I was hoping. Hopefully I’ll have a review soon but overall it was just not quite a tight enough story to be great.
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin: I’m really looking forward to this one. I was unsure of Wolf by Wolf since it’s an alt-history about WWII but I actually really liked it and how emotional it was.
Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis: This is the last book in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Shalvis and I’m highly excited but also a little sad to see it end. It’s been one of my favorites and I hope this will be a good ender for the series.
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch: I finally read Ice Like Fire recently to get ready for this series finale and I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens with these characters. But also, it’s a lot longer than I was anticipating.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I’ve actually already started this one as well and am really enjoying it. I’m not very far in but the characters are interesting and the set-up is still very mysterious. Can’t wait to read more!
How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore: I’m mostly drawn to this one because of the title and the bright colors. It’s like I can’t look away from it. I hope it’ll be fun but also have some important messages in it.
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski: I really want to read this before the end of the year. Do we think it’ll finally happen this month?! Who knows. But I hope so!
That’s all I have for now. Make sure you check back at the beginning of December to see if I actually read these books or just switched them all out for holiday romances!
What are you guys reading this month?