Hello November. Wow that year just got away from me. I hope you all had a spooktacular October full of awesome books. I managed to knock 25 off my stack during October!! A couple were small lifestyle books, and there were 2 shorts and some poetry thrown in, but overall i feel like i read more than usual. I started the month with my first ever Brandon Sanderson book which i adored every word of. Below is a brief rundown of my October reads.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars – a great addition to the fantasy genre. Raoden rocked. I can’t wait to start the Cosmere series now.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – 5 stars – i keep having to remind myself modern poetry doesn’t have to be an epic tome or rhyme. This collection was beautiful and moving.
Hope of Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – Elantris 1.5 – 4 stars – a great short story addition to complement the first novel.
The Eleventh Metal by Brandon Sanderson – Mistborn 0.5 – 4 stars – a solid prequel story that has me wanting more of this world.
The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper – 3 stars – it was a good solid m/m story but it lacked a little heat for me.
The Fifth Room by Allison Rushby – 3 stars – i like the whole secret society aspect, and there is plenty of intrigue but i struggled to really care about the outcome.
All The Birds Singing by Evie Wyld – 3 stars – a solid character driven work.
The Little Book of Hygge by Miek Wiking – 5 stars – a gorgeous little book of loveliness. I love the presentation. The book itself is a little bit of Hygge all on it’s own.
Moxie by Jennifer Mattheiu – 5 stars – a riotous good time. I wish my old school had moxie girls.
Archangels Viper by Nalini Singh – Guild Hunter book 10 – 5 stars – finally the tale of the mysterious Venom. I must admit though i really wanted Illiums story first but Ms Singh is making us wait and wait for that one!
The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking – 4 stars – another gorgeous book but it was not quite as engaging as the first book about Hygge.
How it Feels by Brendan Cowell – 2 stars – I had such high hopes for this one after hearing such amazing things about it, but is sadly fell flat for me.
Lady Catherine and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon – 4 stars – it was very interesting and quite in-depth. I found my attention lagging towards the end though.
The Hunters by John Flanagan – Brotherband Chronciles book 3 – 4 stars – another compelling instalment in this adventure on the high-seas.
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – 4 stars – i adore this cover edition. It was a well crafted classic tale.
Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher – 4 stars – a gripping crime drama with a distinctive australian voice.
Mortuary Confidential by Kenneth McKenzie – 3 stars – it was an entertaining collection of stories but didn’t wow me or have me laughing out loud.
Bound by Night by Larissa Ione – 3.5 stars – Moonbound Clan Vampires book 1 – I adore Larissa’s Demonica series but i have run out so i started the moonbound series. It is not as engaging as her demonica series but it is well paced and plotted, with plenty of action, and i am looking forward to seeing where the series goes.
Ikigai by Hector Garcia – 5 stars – a beautiful book both inside and out. Pure loveliness.
Chained by Night by Larissa Ione – 4 stars – Moonbound Clan Vampires book 2 – i enjoyed this more than the first. Hunter is intriguing and the quest was action packed. The conflict regarding the twins was intense and captivating.
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck – 4.5 stars – A fantastic debut novel full of humour and heartfelt moments.
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Throne of Glass Book 6 – 5 stars – Maas can do no wrong. I absolutely love Sartaq and the cast of new characters.
Six by James Crow – 4 stars – not for the faint of heart this one. It packs some serious heat, major kink, and a few slightly icky moments. Overall it was a solid kinky romance.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin – 5 stars – Gripping and intense. Well constructed and entertaining.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – 5 stars – a sharply written, brave and important work. Highly relevant.
Well that was quite a collection but i am hoping to match it next month with some equally compelling reads. I am finally going to read Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (Book 2 in the Farseer Trilogy) which is an epic sized tome. I also hope to knock off a few light romances and a non-fiction or two aswell.
Did you read anything recently that i just have to add to my read list? What is on your November line-up?
Wishing you all a healthy and happy November.