October Wrap-Up

I feel I didn’t do half bad this month. I posted a decent amount of Blogtober content. I read 8 books, which is way more than I’ve read since June. I lived my spooky month life, so let’s get into the books!


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – DNF

I stopped listening 14% into the audiobook. The long and sort of it is I couldn’t suspend my disbelief enough for this to work for me. Plus, I was expecting the podcast parts to have a better feel to them.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – 2.5 stars

I really only grabbed this because the audiobook was short and it was made into a well known horror film. This ended up being more of a thriller than a slasher than the movie. I still found myself on the edge of my seat in places. The problem was the cast was the worst.

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker – 3 stars

This was a really solid anthology. Like all anthologies, it had its ups and downs, but I enjoyed the stories overall and I appreciated a diverse collection of vampires. Read my full review with individual ratings here!

A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell – 3 stars

This dark YA fantasy about found family and magic was a solid debut! You can read my full review here!

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – 3.5 stars

I’ve been wanting to read this novella for years ever since I heard about it. It’s about a monster who is found by a sorcerer and helps the sorcerer with his dark plans for the town of Elendhaven. If you’re looking for a villain/villain relationship, this is your book. The atmosphere was there, the gore was there, it was perfect for october.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – 4 stars

This was a very weird nonfiction book. It has todo will all the things that can and have happened to people who have donated their bodies to science or just thing that have happened after death. It’s definitely not the book to read while you eat, as the author makes many comparisons to food to describe what she’s seeing regarding the dead bodies.

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life & Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts – 4 stars

I’ve been reading been reading since June because it is very dense and is a full look at Harvey Milk’s life. It was dense, but so good. I highly recommend it!

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee – 4 stars

This middle grade graphic novel had me nearly in tears! A young girl finds a ghost in her attic and decides to become best friends with her. It’s all about growing up and making friends and it was just so good! If you haven’t picked this one up, do it!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – 4.5 stars

This book surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. As much as I had heard about it when it was initially published, I never expected this to absolutely grab me from the first chapter. This was exactly the kind of college level dark paranormal adventure I wanted with a great cast and twists! I cannot wait for book two to be announced!


What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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