I can’t believe that we are nearing the very end of October already. Talk about time flying!
So this month I didn’t do too badly in terms of reading. I got through 6 books in total, not including about 70% of an audiobook which I ended up abandoning. I was in a bit of a reading slump for a couple of weeks, mainly as a number of family things cropped up, but I think that now might be out of the way.
Before I jump into my wrap up, I want to gush/ramble about my favourite reads for this month. I have three that really stood out for me and I’m actually rather excited about two of these so let’s just jump right in.
I’ll start with the most recent book and that is:
I’ve mentioned a couple of times in previous posts that I wasn’t a big fan of Illuminae but despite that, I decided to pick this up yesterday from Waterstones and start reading it as I was on the train to my grandmother’s. I finished it earlier this afternoon, and holy crap it was amazing! The characters, the plot twists, the flow of the writing, Marie Lu’s illustrations, it was all great. Everything that bugged me about Illuminae was fixed in this sequel and I can’t truly believe that it is a part of the same series, even if Kady, Ezra, and AIDAN make an appearance towards the end. I loved it! A firm 5 out 5 stars!
I absolutely loved Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy when I read it back in the summer so I was super excited to read this. This collection of three short stories (Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses, and Hatchling) doesn’t exactly have the best title but for anyone reading this, don’t let it put you off because the stories are incredible. Each one is focused on supernatural love and the prospect of first kisses but they also deal with identity and how we personally define ourselves. Laini Taylor’s writing is effortless, beautiful, captivating, and completely entrancing. It is also accompanied with beautifully haunting illustrations that you just want to stare at forever. Out of the three stories I think my favourite was Goblin Fruit, and the only qualm I had was that it wasn’t longer. I left wanting more and that is one of the best things that can come out of stories and collections like this. A highly recommended read for any Laini Taylor fan. 4 out of 5 stars!
The sequel in the Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom starts where Six of Crows left off. Kaz Brekker and his crew have just survived a heist and instead of taking a break, they decide to launch themselves into more dangers and other heists without thinking about the consequences of their actions. I really like this duology and what stands out for me are the characters – they’re all so complex and you think that you’ve got them all figured out but in truth there’s still a lot of mystery behind them, particularly Kaz. What is also complex is the plot because it is one heist after another and they all end up culminating into one big finale. Sometimes I did find it a little too jumpy but that’s only a minor issue. I think I’m going to need to re-read both books again just to appreciate the story more but it was still a great read. Lastly I loved how it tied in to the original Grisha trilogy. I kinda gave a little squeal when Genya and Nikoli popped up! I also gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
So I mentioned that I partly listened to one audiobook this month and that was Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi. I have mixed feelings about it, and I don’t know whether it was down to the characters or the narrator itself. Juliette came across as really whiny and irritating, whilst both Adam and Warner were as bad as each other. I think the concept of the story and Juliette’s power was great but it could have been developed better. The same can be said for the writing because that was just as annoying as Juliette. The repetition was tiresome and the strike throughs were unbearable to listen to. If I want to revisit it, I’ll be more tempted to read the actual text than listen to the audiobook but I’m not sure if this is a series I want to continue.
The other books in this month’s wrap up are:
The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg – a quick, decent read with an interesting magic system. Not sure if I’ll finish the trilogy though.
If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot – a re-read that I truly needed this month. It’s the first book in the All Creatures Great and Small series that helped to create the wonderful and successful BBC serial from the 1970s-1990s, and one of my go to comfort reads. You can go here for my full review of this book!
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot – the second book in the ACG&S series and another re-read. I’ve not put a review up yet but it’s just as good and what I particularly like about this one is that we get to see James be that awkward man in love, trying to find the right way to successfully woo one of the local farmer’s daughters.
That is it!
So what have you read this month, and what were your favourites?
Thanks for reading!