Hi everyone! It’s November, and as you can tell from the title, I kind of skipped my September update, October was just so crazy for me, workwise that I figured it made more sense to combine my reading updates for the two months as I just haven’t had time to sit down and write two separate posts. I’m sorry about that, but fourth year is really kicking my butt!
As you might have guessed from my late post, I haven’t actually read that much since I’ve been back here, I only read 3 books over the whole of September and October, which is one less than I usually do, even with Uni, so yeah, not great and I have ridiculous deadlines through November, so I’m not imagining this will be a great reading month either!
For anyone who is new to the blog, #RockMyTBR is a reading challenge, originally started by Sarah K at The Book Traveller in which you aim to cut down your TBR over the course of a year. I’ve kind of borrowed it for myself this year, since she isn’t officially running it and it’s become a fun way to keep you guys all updated on what I’ve been reading. Like I said, I read three books in September and October and they were these:
Vicious by VE Schwab:
This was my #RockMyTBR read for September, and as expected, since it’s Schwab, I LOVED IT. The way the story was told, though confusing at first, was really clever, the characters were all so complex and well developed and it was such a unique little story. I’m so excited to get to Vengeful where the women will take centre stage. I read this book from 4th September-17th September. Here is my review of it:
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning:
Sea Witch was my Netgalley read for September, although I actually started it in August, it took me forever to get through, which probably tells you a lot about how little I enjoyed it! It took me from 15th August-3rd October to read and I had to take a lot of breaks. The plot just moved SO SLOWLY and the character and world development was so shallow. The idea of a Sea Witch origin story was a great one, but the execution was flawed. Here is my review of it:
For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig:
My other ARC read for this month, a physical arc this time. I actually really enjoyed this one, it was a little slow in places, but I thought it was a really creative concept, the main character was awesome and it was great to see a fantasy story with a mentally ill protagonist, especially written by an #ownvoices author, we need more of them. I read this one from 20th September-12th October. Here is my review of it:
You may have noticed I had no #RockMyTBR book for October, I was meant to be reading All The Crooked Saints, but I just wasn’t in the mood for it, so I’m just going to read 11 books for my challenge this year, same as last year.
So anyway, that’s what I read in September and October, here is what I have planned for November, if I can squeeze it in between my deadlines:
Midnight (Skulduggery Pleasant #11)-Derek Landy-I thought the spooky season was the perfect time to start reading this book, plus I was feeling a little slumpy after I finished reading For A Muse of Fire so I thought an old favourite author would help pull me out (it did, yay!). I’m about 40% of the way through this and although it’s not the fastest paced book, I’m loving being back in Valkyrie and Skulduggery’s world.
Firestarter (Timekeeper #3)-Tara Sim-I got approved for the finale of Timekeeper on Edelweiss which has made me very happy! I’m again about 40% of the way through this one and I’m really enjoying it, Danny and Colton are honestly just the softest, sweetest boys and I want to protect them at all costs. I’m really excited to see how this series wraps up.
Strange The Dreamer-Laini Taylor-I suggested this book for the Goodreads book group I’m in and it won the group vote, so I’m definitely going to try and join in! My friend absolutely loved Strange The Dreamer and we usually have very similar tastes in books, so I have a good feeling about it.
Kingdom of Ash-Sarah J Maas-I am definitely not going to finish this behemoth of a book this month, but I know as soon as I get it am going to have to start reading it. I want to know how everything ends, but at the same time, I AM NOT READY. I know I will be emotionally broken by this book.
Night of Cake and Puppets-Laini Taylor-This is my #RockMyTBR book for November, I know it’s only a novella, but honestly, it’s just what I need right now, something small and sweet and quick!
So there we go, my November TBR. It’s stupidly ambitious considering how many deadlines I have, but I think I should be able to finish at least 3 of them! I’ve slipped back to being just on track with my Goodreads challenge, so I’m hoping that I still manage to keep momentum going in November, as I only need to read six more books before I meet it! How’s your reading going so far this year? Let me know in the comments!