October Wrap-up


This is quite a shocking moment in the history of my blog, as I`m doing a monthly reading wrap-up. Crazy, I know! This month not only did I read a decent amount of books, but I`ve also been pretty consistent with my reviews, so it`s a proud moment for me. I actually feel like a responsible book blogger for once. Pat pat, on the shoulders and a golden star! In October I have read a total of 5 books. Nothing amazing, but I did get out of my reading slump. I am still nowhere as near as I wanted to be with my goals, but we`re getting there. 

The first book that I have read in October was "Trapped in Silver" by Emily Sowden. Like I mentioned before, I am an official Oftomes reviewer and each month I`m taking part in their readathon. Because I had troubles with my computer, I couldn`t read this book in September, but I literally flew through it in October. This is a fantasy book that features demons, Berzerkers, shapeshifters and all the magical creatures you can think of. If you`re a fan of "Supernatural", then I highly recommend this novel. It`s so well-written, filled with interesting characters and a solid world building. If you want to know more about this book, check out my review here.

For our October readathon, we had to read "The Witches of the Glass" by Gabriella Lepore. Although this book had a promising start, I did not like it as much as I liked "Trapped in Silver." This book is about Mia and Dino, who one day discover that they`re witches and are sent to a castle to learn about their powers. There they make friends and Mia falls in love, the part where the book started to go downhill for me. By now, you all know I am not a fan of insta-love and I could not deal with the fact that Mia was calling the guy she knew for a couple of weeks her soulmate. I know you`re young but chill the f` out! It`s a shame though because I was really enjoying this book before that part. 

I have finally read my first Agatha Christie novel and all I can say is WOW! I mean, technically I listened to it on Audiobook and let me tell you, Dan Stevens was the perfect narrator. Everything from his accent to his voice inflection was perfect. As far as the story goes, I highly enjoy it and I must say that the ending took me off guard. I did catch on some things, but the way everything fitted together was absolutely beautiful. And because I loved Dan Stevens and Agatha Christie so much, I also listened to "And Then There Were None". Although this is her most famous novel, I did not enjoy it as much as the previous one. I mean, it was still great, but the ending was nowhere near as shocking as in "Murder on the Orient Express".

I did manage to pick up a YA contemporary and that was "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie. All I can say is that this book is definitely worth the hype, combining a beautiful coming of age story with life lessons about stereotypes, discrimination, family, friendship and much more. The only thing that stopped me from giving this book 5 stars was the fact that sometimes the narrator felt too detached. But other than that, a beautiful and heart-warming story.

At the moment I am reading "Haunting Violet" for Halloween, but I`m not sure I`ll finish it by the end of today so I might include it in my November wrap-up. Let me know in the comments what books you`ve been reading this month.




18 comments :

  1. I need to reread some Agatha Christie novels, I haven't read them since I was a kid. That's awesome that Dan Stevens narrates them!

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    1. He`s such a terrific narrator, highly recommend the audiobooks.

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  2. Yay for getting five books read! I really love Agatha Christie - those are two great novels by her. I'm so excited for the Orient Express film next week! You should read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd bu Christie; that's probably my favorite from her.

    I also really liked The Absolutely True Diary...!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. That`s next on my list, hope I`ll enjoy it just as much.

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  3. I haven’t read Agatha Christie since high school. I should get back into her work. Have a great November!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. My best friend loves her books and I have to say, I`m hooked as well.

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  4. So glad to know your first Agatha Christie novel is a good read! I really want to read Murder on the Orient Express prior to the new film releasing - cannot wait to see what I think!! (This would be my first Christie novel.) Also, LOVE that Dan Stevens narrates some! That makes things all the more awesome. :)

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    1. After reading the book, I`m afraid that the new "Murder on the Orient Express" will be a flop. But it does have a terrific cast.

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  5. And Then There Were None was my first Agatha Christie. She'd definitely an author I want to read more of. Happy November!

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    1. She`s a really good author, will definitely continue on with her works.

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  6. Great list! I remember listening to 'And Then There Were None' and being too scared to go to sleep!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, very suspenseful.

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  7. I really want to read And Then There Were None I heard its really good, maybe I'll listen to the audiobook :D

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    1. I highly recommend the audiobook, Dan Stevens is amazing

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  8. Great list! I have so many Oftomes books on my TBR but haven't actually read one yet, so I should really make work on that! I do love Supernatural so maybe I should start with Trapped in Silver :)

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    1. "Trapped in Silver" was such a pleasant surprise, loved the set-up and the characters.

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  9. Yay, congrats on your reading month!! I've yet to actually read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, so I'm super excited to hear that you enjoyed it!
    -Amy @ burstingwithbooks.com

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    1. It`s great book and I wish I would have read it sooner. One of those books that you`ll love as a teen.

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