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.
- [4 Oct] Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren ★★
- [4 Oct] Wanderers by Chuck Wendig ★★
- [4 Oct] The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire ★★★
- [4 Oct] Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews ★★★
- Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep ★★★
- Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden ★★★★
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell ★★★★
- Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★
- Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
- Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★
- The Unwritten, Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey ★★★★
- The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man by Mike Carey ★★★★
- Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray ★★★★★
- No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny ★★★★
- Summer Frost (Forward Collection #2) by Blake Crouch ★★★★★
- Evil Has A Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation by Paul Holes ★★★★★
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 ★★
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.
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 ★★★
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.