October Wrap Up

I read a total of 17 books this month, 13 of which were physical books and 4 of which were e-books. Last month in my wrap up I said that I finally felt like I caught up on my ARC/review pile, which lasted for about a week haha! I am so grateful for all the fabulous authors and publishers who send me advanced reading copies or review copies of books and I do my absolute best to get to them as quickly as possible. I also have my own TBR list for each month, plus holds at  my local library so I usually end up reading several books at once, however I find that in the book blogger/lovers world this seems to be very common. Once again, I think I read one book from my planned TBR that I posted on Instragram. I usually decide on several books from a variety of different genres. This month, I found myself getting into a reading slum[ with a specific genre, so I took a break from the book I was reading and switched to a completely different genre. I have said this before, but I always get distracted by other books, even when I am really in love with the book I am reading, I want to be reading like 10 other books at the same time! But I did read some fantastic books this month!

The books in the top section I either own or borrowed digitally from the library and the books in the bottom section are ARCs or review copies that were sent to  me from publishers or authors.


Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo  5/5 stars

Into The Forest by Jean Hegland 3/5 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 3/5 stars

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena  4/5 stars

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu  4/5 stars


Starry-Eyes: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood by Mandy Arioto  2/5 stars

Exodus in Confluence by Bryant A. Loney  3/5 stars

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder  4/5 stars

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz  3/5 stars

The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughhead  3/5 stars

The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training by David Magida  5/5 stars

Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by Greg Saunders  4/5 stars

Bedlam’s Door: True Tales of Madness and Hope by Mark Rubinstein  4/5 stars

There Now by Eamon Grennan 3/5 stars

In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine by Tim Judah  4/5 stars

The Race Thing: Ignorance Knows No Color by Donna Milner  2/5 stars

The Simple Guide to Having a Baby: What You Need to now by Penny Simkin  4/5 stars


I read a lot of great books this month, but I have to say that Crooked Kingdom was my favorite, followed closely by The Midnight Star. I also really loved The Couple Next Door and recommend that book to anyone who is a fan of books like The Girl on the Train or any of Gillian Flynn’s books. I really loved Crooked Kingdom and thought it ended the series pretty well and the same goes for The Midnight Star. I always get worried about how an author is going to wrap up a series and I think both of these series ended almost perfectly. And a big thanks to all the authors and publishers who sent me books this month. Although enjoyed many of the review copies I read this month, I think Black Earth was my favorite because I am really interested in history, particularly the WWII era and the Holocaust. What were your favorite books this month? I have yet to most a TBR post for each month because I rarely follow it, but if we are friends on Instagram I usually post my intended TBR for the coming month there. Happy reading!



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