It is the end of October, which means that it is time to tell you everything I have read in the last 4 weeks. I had a bit of a rough start this month with reading, but by the 3rd week I was well and truly back on my reading game, so I am happy to report that I have a few more books to tell you about than last month. I still hoping to make it to my newly set goodreads goal of 75 books this year, so I have a little way to go, but I am confident I can do it! I am currently on 66/75, so I am well on my way. Let’s talk about the books I read this month though because I read some dam good ones! (did anyone get that reference? Leave a dam comment if you did!)
Rapture by Lauren Kate
Rapture is the conclusion to the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and I absolutely adored it! I didn’t feel that I could quite give it 5 stars because I did predict quite a lot of what happened, but it didn’t make it any more devastating! I rarely cry at books, but I sobbed at this one, which makes it only the 3rd book I’ve ever cried over, so I think that says a lot. I know this is an old series now and is probably not everyone’s cup of tea as it is a purely romance based book, but if you like romance then I 100% recommend this. I like to describe it as twilight, but not as cringey and with angels instead of vampires.
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Fallen in Love is a fallen novel that is made up of 4 different stories from 4 of the other characters points of view during the 3rd book of the main 4 book series. At first I wasn’t that keen on it because I find it quite hard to fall in love with characters in such a short space of time if I haven’t previously read from their point of view, but I did end up loving it! After the heartbreaking, but also kind of happily ever after ending of the Rapture, I felt that this eased my pain and helped fill me in on everything else that was going on while I was wrapped up in Luce and Daniel’s story.
Macbeth by Shakespeare
I had to read Macbeth for school this month, but as you can see from my rating, I did not like it…. at all. I am not a fan of Shakespeare because I don’t understand what is going on due to the Shakespearean English and even when i read a modern translation I don’t find the story very interesting. There is an awful lot of drama in Shakespeare’s plays and I’m not a fan of drama. I’ also not a fan of real life settings because I’m more of a fantasy girl. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t care what books I like to read, so I didn’t get a choice, but it is safe to say I won’t be reading any more Shakespeare if I can get away with it.
Shadow Jumper by J.M.Forster
This is a middlegrade novel that I inherited from my sister. She won a load of books from school a year or two ago, but wasn’t interested in a lot of them, so she passed them onto me. I gave this one a read because the premise sounded quite interesting as it is about a boy who can’t go in the sun and his only hope is his missing dad, but I actually found it to be incresibly underwhelming. I predicted the ending in the first few chapters and found the characters very annoying. I never expect the level of complexity or action in a middlegrade novel that a YA novel would have, but it still just didn’t live up to my expectations. If you have younger brothers or sisters, then I think they would like this, but I think it was just a bit too young for me.
9 from the nine worlds by Rick Riordan
9 from the nine worlds is the collection of short stories that Rick Riordan released this month about other characters from the Magnus Chase trilogy that ended last year. Being a long time Rick Riordan fan, I of course went and picked this up as soon as it was released and read it that very same day. I really enjoyed it as I always do and it was great to hear more from some of the other characters in the series because we only see things from Magnus’s point of view in the trilogy. I love the diversity in Rick’s books, but this trilogy especially is chock full of it, which I love to see. I find it makes the book so much more enjoyable and really differentiates the characters from one an other. I did give it 4/5 stars which is because I find Rick’s short stories aren’t as action packed as his full length novels, but I did adore it!
Unforgiven by Lauren Kate
At the time of writing this blog post, I have actually not finished Unforgiven, which is the last book in the Fallen series. I am doing a 24 hour readathon on Halloween though, which is the day after this post goes up, so I know I will have finished this by the end of October. I can’t tell you all that much about my thoughts on it because I haven’t finished it, but I will tell you a bit about it and my thoughts so far. This is a Fallen novel that takes place after the events of the 4th and final book in the fallen series (Rapture), but it follows Cam instead of Luce. He has to try and win back his past love in 15 days else he has to return to Hell with Lucifer forever. I’m not that far into it as of right now, but I am enjoying it and I know it will likely pick up later into the book, so I have high hopes for this one!
Those are the 6 books I have read in October! I am really happy with everything I have managed to read this month because the last month of two has been a bit of a flop. I will be reading a fair few other books in my 24 hour readathon tomorrow, but those books will be included in my November wrap-up due to the poor timing of Halloween this year. Before I go I wanted to say that this will be the last ‘normal post’ until December because I am doing a 30-day-book-challenge on here for the whole of November where I post a shorter blog post relating to a list of prompts every day. That means there will be a lot of content going up on here over the next month, so you can sign up to my email subscription to make sure you don’t miss any of them (at the bottom of the page). You can also feel free to join my in my 24-hour readathon tomorrow, so check out my Instagram to get all of the updates on that https://www.instagram.com/theoriginalbookdragon/
What books have you read this month? Are you doing anything for Halloween tomorrow? I’d love to know!
Goodbye for now!
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