As much as I’m super excited that it’s October now, I’m also really sad that it’s already October. This past month was really stressful and yet incredibly successful in terms of reading. I’m hoping I can keep this momentum going in October as well because the reading has been helping me a lot with my stress. I managed to read 20 books this month so bear with me as this post is going to be quite long! I’ll try to keep my reviews short and sweet!
Books marked with ** were ARCs that I received through NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.
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Filter This by Sophie White**
You can read my review here.
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
My favorite middle grade book! I made a post about it here.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
My new favorite book of all time. You can read my overly emotional review here. I read this twice already and am probably going to reread it because I need a pick me up after the week I had last week.
Though I didn’t read them in this exact order (there were books in between) I’ll group them together for the sake of this post. I read Jenn Bennett’s books:
I rated them 4/5, 2/5, and 3/5 stars respectively. You can read my review post about them here.
Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn**
I rated this 4/5 stars. You can read my review here.
I rated them both 5/5 stars and you can read my reviews of them in this post.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
I genuinely didn’t have the energy to write a full review of this after reading. It was boring, nonsensical, and incredibly insensitive. I would highly recommend reading some of the reviews on Goodreads from people who actually have schizophrenia or actually just most of the 1 or 2 star reviews are really thorough in all things wrong about this book. Ugh just writing this makes me frustrated all over again. I am genuinely glad I read Eliza and Her Monsters before I read this or I never would have picked it up. This book was atrocious.
Meet Cute by A Variety of Authors because it’s a short story anthology.
Oomph by Emery Lord was my favorite story of all of them and honestly, the rest were pretty forgettable. None of them fit that meet cute vibe to me. Except for Oomph that is. If you want my full list of individual ratings, you can see them on my Goodreads review, linked here.
Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt**
My post where I talk more in depth about this book can be found here.
A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean**
My review can be found here.
Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff**
This book was quite a disappointment in the end. As are my thoughts with Made You Up, I just really wish authors would stop using mental illness in their books without properly knowing how to write it and handle it. This book had the potential to be really good but it ended up being not great. You can read my review here.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I swear, everyone and their mother loves this book so I genuinely thought that I was going to love it too. So imagine my surprise when I’m reading and it just stays at the same level of interesting the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I was very far from hating this book but it also didn’t wow me like it seems to wow so many other people. It was good, which is why I rated it 3 stars, but I won’t be shouting my love for this book from the rooftops anytime soon.
The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills**
This was a really beautiful story about grief and ghosts and I am looking forward to going more into my thoughts on this book in a post later on this month. If you’d like to read more of my thoughts now, you can check out my review on Goodreads.
The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff**
Oh boy… This was really not good? Like the convoluted plot and overuse of 1800’s “slang” could have been easily overlooked had this book been not downright racist. It’s one thing to use the term colored (which the author explains her choice for doing so in an author’s note, which I respect seeing as this is a middle grade book and it’s important to talk about stuff like that) and make off-hand comments about how one of the characters couldn’t get into medical school because “you-know” (also due in part to her being a woman, so I’ll let it slide) but literally all of the victims of the grave robbing were black? And the housekeeper was straight up out there racist and the author thought that was okay to include in a middle grade book? I get that this book takes place in the 1800’s but I felt like it was really insensitively written. Like incredibly insensitively written.
SPOILER: Literally at one point the black woman who is pregnant throughout the story delivers too early and they steal the body of the stillborn baby… THIS IS A MIDDLE GRADE BOOK WTF.
Okay… I’ll get off my soapbox now.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
WTF THIS WAS SO GOOD. I am so pumped to read the next book, I already bought it and am going to pick it up this week. Robots and “what does it really mean to be human” and so much sarcasm and corporations and holy shit YES YES YES. This is probably going to be one of my favorite series of all time. Also this is super short so if you’re at all interested I 100% recommend picking it up because you can read it so quick!
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
I loved this book and emotionally, I would have rated it 5/5 stars but the more that I thought about it, there were definitely aspects of it that I wasn’t a huge fan of (mainly Astrid’s and Dee’s relationship) so that’s why I decided to go with 4 stars instead. Also I went to my library over the weekend and picked up three more A.S. King books and I’m really looking forward to reading them!
The Missing Season by Gillian French
I will not lie to you when I say that this was really well written, because it was genuinely really well written. I was just not a huge fan of it overall and I got really bored. The action and solution literally took up less than 20 pages and by that point I had skimmed most of the book.
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What did you read in September? Any fun reading plans of October? I might be trying my hand at the Spookathon (and I might try vlogging it too) but I have no idea yet, I’m not that great with readathons!