October Wrap-up

In October, I read 27 books, which I believe is the lowest amount of books I’ve read all year. I don’t know exactly why this is the case, because I have been enjoying a lot of books and have definitely gotten out of my reading slump. I guess I’ve just been reading quite slowly, which I’m very much okay with.

As always, I’ll share my 4 and 5 star reads in this post.

Rainbow Rowell – Wayward Son

You can read my review here!

Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks – Pumpkinheads

This graphic novel is delightful, and it’s the perfect way to start October. I also learned that pumpkin patches aren’t just, you know, a pumpkin patch, but there’s other activities as well. Which… does make a lot of sense.

I do have one question though: why the fucking hell can we never (NEVER) just get a wonderful, 100% platonic friendship between a boy and a girl? Pleaaaaaaase!!

Rep: queer fat Black MC, multiple side characters of colour

CWs: fatphobic comment (challenged)

Nina Moreno – Don’t Date Rosa Santos

Gilmore Girls meets Jane the Virgin. This is such a heartwarming, atmospheric read!

Rep: bisexual Latinx MC, multiple side characters of colour, m/m couple

CWs: past death of a parent, mentions of drowning, heart attack, death of a family member

Anna Meriano – A Dash of Trouble

Ahh this was so adorable! And such a fun read!!

I read this and Don’t Date Rosa Santos for Latinx Heritage Month.

Shaun David Hutchinson – At the Edge of the Universe

When the universe really does revolve around you.

Rep: gay MC, genderfluid side character, gay biracial side character, questioning asexual Chinese side character

CWs: plane crash, fire/explosions, child abuse, rape, rape drugs, parental abuse, violence, self harm, racism, paranoia, divorce, transphobia, homophobia and homophobic slurs

Katherine Arden – Small Spaces

Frankly, I could read Katherine Arden’s grocery list and still love it. As I absolutely loved The Bear and the Nightingale, I just had to pick up her middlegrade debut. I’m such a scaredy cat that this book properly creeped me out, but I also really enjoyed it! It’s a rather short novel but it really packed a punch and almost had me crying by the end. It drew me in with the whole “book in a book” situation, which I’m always sure to love. But it’ll really stay with me because ultimately, it was a story about a girl coming to terms with the death of her mother. The way her grief was described felt a lot like my own experience with depression (especially the description about “book dreaming”, where Ollie hides in books because they’re a preferable alternative to her reality), and so it hit a lot closer to home than I expected before picking it up.

Katherine Arden – Dead Voices

This was terrifying, I’m not cut out for this.

Molly Ostertag – The Hidden Witch

I’m really enjoying this graphic novel series!

Leigh Bardugo – Ninth House

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I’d seen so much hype surrounding it that I was almost apprehensive to start. This was worth all of the hype though, and I really need the sequel as soon as possible.

While the story takes a while to start up, the writing is so immersive that I was hooked from the very first page. It was really hard to put down, but I did take a few days to read it just to savour it a little.

This book is the perfect example of having a morally grey main character you can’t help but root for, and I’m so here for it.

Rep: half Jewish half Latinx MC, Chinese side character, black side character

CWs: murder, rape, sexual assault, blood, bite wound, surgery and section, descriptions of a corpse, drugs, drug dealing, periods, choking, racism, ableist language regarding mental illness, vomiting, past bullying

Victoria Lee – The Fever King

You can read my review here!

Victoria Lee – The Electric Heir

You can read my review here!

TJ Klune – Heartsong

This book broke my heart and put it back together, only to break it all over again. I just love these characters so much, this series handles the found family trope perfectly.

Rep: gay MC, asexual love interest, several queer side characters

Jody Revenson – Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films

I’ve read the Movie Magic books before, and those are mainly centered around visual material and removable extras, and the text felt more or less secondary, like filler material. This is the first Vault book I’ve read, and I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting the text was. It was a very compelling read and I actually learned some things about the movies that I hadn’t known before. Of course there are amazing photos and other visual content as well!

Fleur Pierets – Julian

This is a Dutch book about a Belgian artist who was going to marry her wife in all countries where gay marriage is legal, but then her wife died of cancer. It was a really impactful novel.

How many books did you end up reading in October? What was your favourite read of the month?



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    1. It’s quite a lot! I just normally read more. But at least I enjoyed most of them 🙂

      That’s such a shame that you felt like you were forcing it! Do you think you’re in a reading slump or something?


  1. You had an excellent month! I only managed 8 – two were novellas, two were short audiobooks, and one was a cookbook. Hahahaha! Will have to check some of these out now.

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  2. I loved reading your wrap-up! I really want to read Small Spaces now, it sounds like the amount of scariness I can handle, haha :$ I’m so sad that I did not enjoy Ninth House as much as I hoped, but I really want to give it a second chance soon!

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