After reading 9 books this month, most of them rating around 4 stars, I would say October is one of my favorite reading months this year. Most of these were library books that I was really sad I had to return. I don’t regret reading any of those books, but I feel bad for ignoring many of the books I own at home that I have not read yet. I plan on remedying that by the end of the year.
In order, I read in October:
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (library book)
A collection of scary short stories with some of the prettiest artwork I have seen in a graphic novel, Through the Woods was just the book I needed to get me in the Halloween spirit. Each individual story varied in creepiness and the color scheme changed to fit the atmosphere. Some of them freaked me out just a little bit, but nothing truly gruesome or terrifying. My favorite was The Lady’s Hands are Cold.
Half Wild by Sally Green
I read the first book in the Half Bad trilogy, Half Bad, by Sally Green last summer. I finally got around to picking up the second book, Half Wild, this month. I remembered why I enjoyed these books so much. Once I picked it up, it was hard to put it down. The story moved fast, but the writing made it so I wanted to keep reading. This book also expanded on the world of Black and White witches in this series, as well as the fascinating, complex magical system.
Also, I wanted to mention, there is an element of LGTBQ in the story. Nathan, the protagonist, is possibly bisexual. He is infatuated with Annalise, the girl he fell in love with in Half Bad, but denies his growing attraction to his friend Gabriel, who makes no secret of his feelings for Nathan.
Half Wild is likely my favorite book in the Half Bad trilogy and I plan on picking up Half Lost soon.
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (library book)
And the Trees Crept In follows Silla, a teenaged girl who flees with her little sister in the middle of the night to her aunt Catherine’s manor. At first, the girls are well taken care of and happy. Then, everything starts to fall apart after Catherine warns her nieces to stay away from the woods surrounding the manor or the Creeper Man will take them. Silla is terrified of the woods and her little sister, Nori, starts talking to an invisible man in the shadows. And it gets a lot weirder from there.
Dawn Kurtagich is number one on my list of new favorite authors I discovered this year. Her writing is unique and she writes horror well. The stories she writes mix fantasy with the psychological: you often wonder if what is happening to the protagonist is real or if the character is really having a nervous breakdown.
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I posted a whole review of This is Where it Ends earlier this month, if you want to know my full thoughts and opinions on it. Overall, I liked it but I had some problems with it, such as portrayal of certain characters.
As I Descended by Robin Talley (library book)
Another book I did a review of this month. A lesbian young adult retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it lived up to the hype for me. I was impressed with the writing, the pacing, and the character development. Plus, I was delightfully scared—don’t read this book after midnight.
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
I’ll be honest: not my favorite book in the Vampire Academy series. Don’t get me wrong. It was still a good book, but obviously more of a filler until we get to the climax of the series. There was a little too much Rose/Dimitri and Rose/Adrian relationship drama for my liking. I did enjoy the world-building of Blood Promise though, primarily the introduction of the Alchemists and Rose learning more about the Spirit element, as well as the magic behind her bond with Lissa.
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (library book)
I have a full review of The Women in the Walls if you want to know all my in-depth thoughts on the book. In short, I enjoyed it very much. Like Dawn Kurtagich, Amy Lukavics has joined the list of my new favorite authors this year. The writing was fast-paced and scary, and the protagonist was troubled but had a surprising amount of spunk. The story had its disturbing moments, only nothing gross until the last 30 or so pages. And the ending was not what I expected.
What the Dead Want by Norah Olson (library book)
This is the book that broke this month’s record of high ratings. The writing made me want to keep reading and the pacing matched the length of the novel, except I still had quite a few problems with it. What the Dead Want is the last full book review I posted this month, if you want to know more.
A World Without You by Beth Revis (library book)
The best book I read this month by far. Nearly 400 pages and I flew through it. Beth Revis did a good job at mixing psychosis with fantasy. There were moments I thought maybe Bo really was time-travelling and everyone else simply thought he was crazy—a common theme in young adult fantasy novels anyway. The writing was also very good. I got into Bo’s head and was able to understand what he was going through. He blamed himself for Sofia’s death. He could not face the reality of what actually happened to his girlfriend. I also liked the chapters narrated by his sister Phoebe, who gives the reader an insight to Bo that no one else can. I was originally going to give A World Without You 4.75 stars. Then, the last few chapters bumped it up to 5.
What did everyone read in October?