In October, I read 46 books, which is a little more than last month. Since I reached my reading goal already a few months ago, I’m just continuing to read as much or as little as I want, without pressuring myself.
My favourites of the month have been Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto, Horrid by Katrina Leno, The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling, and The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake.
In this post, I’ll share my Goodreads reviews of my 4 and 5 star reads of the month. Want to keep track of my reading in more detail? Feel free to add me on Goodreads!
Chloe Gong – Our Violent Ends
The drama of this book has left me screaming. It’s exactly the conclusion of the duology I was hoping for, and I was on the edge of my seat from the tension the entire time. I do have to admit I found the beginning of the book a little slow to get going, as we were mostly looking back at what happened in the previous book, but the second half of the book more than made up for it. One “problem” I have as a queer reader is: if you’re going to introduce a queer couple in your book, I won’t be held responsible if I end up shipping them more than the main couple.
Lana Harper – Payback’s a Witch
If you read one witchy book this spooky season, make it this one!
This was such a well written, atmospheric read, with amazing world building. There were all these details about the town that really built the scene and made it so easy to visualize. It was impossible not to love the main character, who had so much depth to her. Aside from this being a romance, it’s also about whether or not you can grow into your full potential if everyone who’s known you your whole life has boxed you in with their ideas of who you are and should be, which I found really relatable.
But the romance. Omg, the romance! I loved this sapphic romance SO much!! I could really feel the chemistry between them, and there was this scene which was basically like “show me all of your tattoos and explain them”, and just… Yeah, you should probably just read this!
Rien Gray – Her Wolf in the Wild
I’m still slowly getting into paranormal romance, so I didn’t quite know what to expect from this, but it was a delight! I’m a big fan of werewolves, especially because of the found family trope that’s often used, as was the case here as well. I absolutely adored Micah’s entirely queer little wolf pack, they were all amazing! Four sapphics, a trans guy and a non-binary person!!
In terms of the plot this book is on the intense side, because Christiana is coming out of an abusive relationship and is being hunted by her ex. I personally didn’t find this a particularly heavy read though, because the wolf pack and the romance bring a lot of comfort.
June Hur – The Forest of Stolen Girls
This was such an immersive and atmospheric reading experience, I felt completely transported into the setting of this book.
Olivia Stephens – Artie and the Wolf Moon
This was a perfect comfort read with a touch of suspense. I really loved this graphic novel. I found it so interesting to see how the werewolf lore intersected with Blackness, and how the dynamics between vampires and werewolves worked as a metaphor for white supremacy. At the same time, it’s a really cute, comforting story with a touch of suspense and mystery, and it has such a cute romance between two Black girls.
Lee Mandelo – Summer Sons
I didn’t review this book, because I honestly wouldn’t even know where to begin. It’s really good, though!
Iris ter Haar – Een steekje los
Heel veel dank aan Blossom Books voor het recensie-exemplaar!
Nadat ik Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit precies op het goede moment las en aan mijn halve familie liet lezen, was ik zo benieuwd naar de andere boeken in de Hoofdzaken-serie. Laatst las ik al Druks, over ADHD, en nu mocht ik Een steekje los recenseren, over angst. Zelf heb ik veel angstklachten als gevolg van mijn autisme, dus ik hoopte hier opnieuw veel aan te hebben.
En dat was zeker het geval! Een steekje los was voor mij de perfecte combinatie van herkenbaar en leerzaam. Iris besprak zoveel dingen die voor mij echt precies hetzelfde zijn en het is zo’n fijne bevestiging om te lezen dat je niet de enige bent! Maar er waren natuurlijk ook veel verschillen en ik vind het altijd enorm waardevol om inzicht te krijgen in hoe andere mensen de wereld ervaren.
Vaak vind ik het eerlijk gezegd best lastig om non-fictie te lezen, want het kan vrij droog zijn. Maar deze heb ik in één ruk uitgelezen. Het was zo prettig geschreven, wat het enorm toegankelijk maakt, met een fijne balans tussen Iris’ eigen ervaringen en een theoretische onderbouwing daarvan.
Lauren Blackwood – Within These Wicked Walls
“My love may be mad and reckless, […] but it’s real and honest.”
I absolutely adored the romance in this book. It’s not the kind of romance that’s meant to be a good example, because this is not that kind of story. But it’s SO compelling.
And as a whole, this was probably the best Jane Eyre retelling I’ve read, it was so well crafted and engaging, the author recognizably working with the original text but making it their own, and really adding to it.
Jesse Q. Sutanto – Dial A For Aunties
This is the most fun I’ve had with a book in a while. It was engaging and hilarious from start to finish, but also had me very emotionally invested, which I didn’t expect in light of all the absurdity.
Helen Hoang – The Heart Principle
This was by far my favourite book in the series.
Kazuo Ishiguro – Klara and the Sun
I didn’t review this book, but I loved it a lot.
Lorena Alvarez Gomez – Nightlights
No review, but the art in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning. I read and loved the sequel as well.
Katrina Leno – Horrid
I somehow didn’t have high hopes for this but I’m going to have to personally apologize to everyone who told me to read Katrina Leno’s books because this was fantastic! The writing is so gorgeous, and everything about this is so eerie and atmospheric, I was transported into the story and it was so creepy.
Caitlin Starling – The Luminous Dead
I read this almost in one sitting, as I just could not put it down. This was nothing like I expected, but so amazing.
Diana Urban – These Deadly Games
I took a chance on this book because it was “read now” on Netgalley, but I’m not a huge thriller reader. I read this in one sitting though, I just couldn’t put it down. It was fast-paced, brutal, and intriguing from beginning to end, and every time I thought I’d figured everything out about the story, there would be another reveal.
Makiia Lucier – Year of the Reaper
Set after a plague that killed many, many people, we follow a prince reuniting with his family at court, but also with some enemies. What’s interesting about this book is that a book like this would normally be set during the plague itself, and following the main character through it, but here, the author asks: what happens next? And what happens next is honestly a wild ride of brutal events, keeping me hooked and making this book unputdownable.
Mari Costa – Life of Melody
This was the absolute softest story, I adored it so much! Will definitely be one of my go-to graphic novels when I’m in need of a comforting read.
Olivie Blake – The Atlas Six
Meet my new obsession. The Secret History meets The Starless Sea, this was every bit worth the hype and firmly plants itself among my favourite reads of the year. The writing was pretty dense, and I’m very picky when it comes to that, but it never got dry or boring or hard to read and instead really enhanced my immersion in the plot. It was a slow read for me, but a lovely book to savour, and I just adored every second.
What was your favourite read this month?