October Reading Round-Up

Hi all!  Despite it being a weird month, I got some serious reading done. Victober was a bit of a disaster, as I finished absolutely zero Victorian novels this month! Due to real life circumstances, I was just not in the mood for that kind of fiction.  Instead, I ended up reading lots of science fiction and fantasy — escapist books. I also acquired far too many books, as per usual (I’m sure no one is surprised). 

A lot of this will be a repeat of my last weekly wrap up, which you can see here, because I chose to cover my hiatus in that post.  I decided to wrap things up for the month anyway.  So just as a heads up, there will be a lot of repetition from Friday’s post.

Here we go!


Books I read



Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Review)

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Mistborn: A Secret History by Brandon Sanderson

The Last Namsara by Kristen Cicerelli (Review)

Artemis by Andy Weir

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

That’s ten books this month!  Ten!  I took a bit of time off work and made good use of my days off apparently.  A fair number of these reads were five star reads as well — even better!  My favourite books I read this month were Artemis, The Language of Thorns, and Night of Cake and Puppets.  All very different books, but all amazing in their own way!  I’m working on getting reviews for all of these (except Mistborn — it would be weird to only review books 5 and 6 of a series), so keep an eye out!


Books I am currently reading



The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

I’m currently reading two books.  The Dollmaker of Krakow is a children’s book set in Poland on the eve of World War II.  I have a feeling it’s going to get really depressing really quick!  It’s a beautifully written book with just the right amount of whimsy and magic.

The Seventh Decimate is the newest book by acclaimed 80’s fantasy novelist Stephen Donaldson. So far it feels very 80’s and nostalgic. I am enjoying it so far, but I’m wondering how a modern fantasy audience would feel about it.

I haven’t been reading much this past week or so.  I’m not sure why.

This might have had something to do with it.
Okay, maybe this too.


Fine!  So I’ve been actually watching TV for the first time in ages.  I so rarely watch TV that I’m incredibly behind on all the amazing things.  So when Scottish Fiance threatened to watch GLOW without me, I put down my book.  Then Stranger Things 2 came out. My book didn’t stand a chance.

But we’ve finished both of those up, so now it’s book time.  I plan to get a lot of reading done over the next few weeks.


Books I bought



The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steivater

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Slated by Teri Terry

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Yikes — that’s 16 books I bought this month!  So I was a little bad. However, this is my last hurrah until Christmas. And I’ve done a very good job of actually reading a fair few of the books I bought — I’ve read three of them already and am working on another.  So yay me?

It’s certainly an interesting mix of purchases! We’ve got horror, thrillers, poetry, fantasy, contemporary, and children’s lit here.  I think I’ve just guaranteed I’ll never be bored again.


Book post



A Bargain in Silver by Josie Jaffrey

Geronimo Stilton: Cat & Mouse in a Haunted House

Austral by Paul McAuley

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick

Rhyming Rings by David Gemmell

Zenith by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick
I got really lucky with book mail this month!  Thank you so much to the authors and publicists who sent me these books — I’m beyond thrilled!  I have to say that I’m really looking forward to all of these.  I plan to get cracking on I am Thunder, Austral, and the Philip K. Dick books soon!  I’m trying to pace myself in terms of publication month.

I actually received four more books yesterday (!!!), but had already written up this post and taken my photos.  So those are getting rolled into November!


So that’s it for October’s reading round-up.  It has certainly been a busy month!  Now that the year is nearly through, I’m putting some serious thought into my November TBR strategy.  I want to make sure I power through all of my 2017 reads and clear the path for 2018!


So, what have you read this month?  Have you been buying more books than you can possibly read?  Have you read any of these or are they in your TBR?  Let me know!



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