Monthly Rundown | October 2019

Posted November 7, 2019 by Bonnie in Monthly Rundown / 10 Comments

Books Read = 14

It never fails, I make a game plan for the month and I end up doing the opposite. I’ve been struggling for a while now to balance blogging and reading and have for many weeks ended up avoiding both completely, but I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, at least in terms of reading. Blogging is still a whole other matter but, baby steps. I did manage to post some reviews this month so I’m considering it a success. I didn’t manage to read quite as many horror books as I planned on but I read a whole lot of other things and all in all it was a good month.

Posted Reviews

Unreviewed Reads

25985241. sy475 Best of the Month: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray ★★★★★
By this point, I’m already fully aware that Libba Bray is an incredible storyteller, but she continues to astound me with how much better she seems to get. This series is simply fantastic. Complex and creepy storytelling with one of the largest cast of characters that amazingly enough all end up being central in some way to the plot. January Lavoy is an absolute marvel and is quickly becoming my favorite audiobook narrator ever.

Least Favorite: Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren ★★Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
It’s sad, but I think I’ve fallen out of love with CL. I’ve read every single one to date and with each new release I feel they keep getting less and less special. (And actually, I’ve already attempted their upcoming 2020 release and it’s sitting firmly on my DNF shelf). I think it’s time to call it quits.
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Biggest Surprise: Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes ★★★★★
Admittedly, this could probably be considered more a podcast than an actual book, but however you want to designate it, this was riveting. Having read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, I thought this would just be Paul Holes’ side of things but it was a fascinating look at the ins and outs of the investigation that eventually led to the Golden State Killer finally being captured.

Biggest Disappointment: The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire ★★★Rapid Reviews – Twice in a Blue Moon, Wanderers, The Unkindest Tide, Sapphire Flames
This series has been consistently well but this installment had me all frustrated. It took me ages to get through and I just wasn’t loving it and I couldn’t understand why. Still not sure if it was the book or myself (and my mood) to blame.



10 responses to “Monthly Rundown | October 2019

    • I’m really trying. lol I really wish I could post more but my creativity is really lacking these days. I totally get that about going backwards. I try to mix backlist with review books often and it usually ends up a mess. lol The Diviners is truly fantastic though. The finale comes out in 2020!
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  1. What a great month. I struggled in October as well. I wanted to read ALL the horror but it just didn’t happen. I also had several 2 star reads and I hit a slump. Guess I need to start the Diviners huh? And don’t you hate it when a well-loved series kind of disappoints you?

    • I think I just need to learn to mix horror throughout the year so I don’t feel the need to go all-in in October. 🙂 Diviners is fantastic! And yes, well-loved series that end up disappointing is the worst. I’m really hoping the next installment makes me forget all about that.
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  2. I am struggling with reading and blogging too. Right now it feels like a chore. I am having a hard time balancing work, blogging, reading and kids. I am keep hoping to get back on track but I just feel too tired lots of nights to delve into blogging. I just wrote my review for Twice in a Blue Moon and I really didnt’ like it either. I hated Sam and the romance. I will try Christina Lauren again, but there last couple haven’t been nearly as good. Hope you have a great week, Bonnie.

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