#RockMyTBR October Update (2020)

Hi everyone! So since I last did one of these, England’s gone back into lockdown, I’ve temporarily moved back up to Stirling and the coronavirus nightmare seems to be never ending. On the upside, being back in Stirling has been nice, even if the weather this time of year is never great. I hope that wherever you guys are in the world, in lockdown or not, that you are staying safe and doing well.

For anyone who is new to my blog over the past month, #RockMyTBR is a challenge originated by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler. The challenge is pretty straightforward, you pick a list of backlist books from your TBR (books not published in the year that you’re reading them) and read them over the course of a year. I always do 12 books, one for each month, and then every month I post an update of all the books I’ve been reading (not just the challenge ones). In October I read 3 books, so slightly down on September, but I still feel well on track to finish my Goodreads Challenge by the end of the year, so I’m not too worried about it. Here’s what I read in October:

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Men Who Hate Women-Laura Bates

This was my audiobook read for October. I’m not usually a non-fiction reader, but I have been trying to include more non-fiction in my reading over the last couple of years as I do love learning new things. Laura Bates’ latest book delves into the world of online misogyny and I was shocked and appalled by some of the things she uncovered in her research. It’s definitely a tough read, but very insightful and I look forward to reading more of her back catalogue. I read this one from 5th-29th October. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/07/men-who-hate-women-review-audiobook/

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab:

My Netgalley read for October and my most anticipated read of the year. I’m happy to say Addie lived up to all expectations, a beautifully written, haunting story about art, history and what it means to be remembered. It was a little slow in places but on the whole I was really captivated by it. I read this one from 22nd September-1st November (She’s designed to be read slowly!). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/09/the-invisible-life-of-addie-larue/

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The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman

My October #RockMyTBR read after I swapped Tunnel of Bones in for September. I was kind of disappointed by this one, I was expecting a brilliantly spooky Halloween read, and it wasn’t quite spooky enough for me. The characters also fell flat and it was far too slow paced for my liking. I read this one from 7th October-5th November. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/the-devouring-gray-the-devouring-gray-1/

So that’s what I read in October, here’s what I have coming up for what’s left of November (since once again, this is later than usual). The eagle eyed among you may notice that I don’t have a challenge book on my list, that is because I DNF’ed Assassin’s Apprentice after not being able to get into it, so I’ll be finishing my #RockMyTBR Challenge on 11 this year.

Seasons of War-Derek Landy

I had this down for October, but The Devouring Gray took me far longer to read than I thought it would so I didn’t get around to it. I’m about seven chapters in now and loving being back with Skulduggery and Valkyrie. If any year needed a Skulduggery adventure, 2020 is definitely it!

The Book Of Two Ways-Jodi Picoult

One of my Netgalley reads for this month, I’m about 40% of the way through and I’m liking it so far although the chapters are CHUNKY, so I’m moving through it slower than I’d like.

Kingdom of The Wicked-Keri Maniscalco

My other planned Netgalley read for the month, I have a bit of a backlog from October because Addie took me longer than I was expecting to finish. I’m really looking forward to this one, it sounds so good.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin-Roseanne A.Brown

My Audiobook read for November, I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s so well paced, things are ticking along really nicely and I’m nearing halfway through the book now and I love all the West African cultural influences, particularly the food descriptions!

Slightly less books on my TBR for this month than I’ve had previously but since I seem to have been finishing around 3-4 books a month since September, I thought I’d set my TBR at something manageable rather than overreaching for November. How are everyone’s Goodreads Challenges’ going? I’m on 41 out of 50 now, so I think I should be able to make 50 before the end of the year. Whatever happens, I’m definitely going to beat my previous all time high of 42 from last year, so I’m very happy about that. Let me know in the comments how you guys are getting on!

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