Anyone else feel like October just flew by?! I can’t believe it. To those who participated in Blogtober, I hope it was a successful & fun month! I’m so happy I decided not to post daily this time around. Life has became too hectic for daily posting. On the other hand, I did manage to read 11 books this month! Like – how?! 10 physical books & one audiobook! And I also surpassed my yearly reading goal of 50 books! Before I begin this wrap up, I wanted to answer a frequently asked book related question – “how do I find the time to read so many books? I’m lucky to say I’m a relatively fast reader [ and the more i read – the faster i become ]. Also, I have revamped my routines to make reading more of a priority. My husband & I both have been reading pretty much every evening for the past 6 months. We find it relaxing & our way to unwind. Lately, we’ve been adding a bit of ambience by playing rain sounds with fall scenery on the TV. Highly recommend if you are trying to romanticize the autumn season. Regardless how many books you read a month, just picking up a book & finding something that helps you escape reality / expand your thoughts is something to be proud of. And I hope these wrap ups have sparked your interest in reading & inspired you to add a few to your TBR [ to be read ] lists. Let’s get into the wrap up…
May called for tons of traveling for both our wedding & honeymoon which in turn, allowed me to have tons of reading time [ because reading on planes & in airports just hits different]. This month especially, I branched out to new genres & even started a much hyped fantasy series. Let me know if you have read any of these listed & whether you liked them or not.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, but when I saw they were making it into a motion picture, I figured I should read the book first. I love the setting of this book & the concept but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a top tier read for me. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Kya & Tate as well as the story of her childhood & growing up. I think for me, the beginning was a very slow burn & didn’t get going until 100 pages in. But overall I give it a solid 3.5 stars & I feel like as a movie, it will be very good.
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
This was one of those reads where, if it hadn’t of been free on the book app, I don’t think I would have chosen to read it. But a lot of people rave about the off campus series & so I decided to see what the hype was all about. It definitely wasn’t one of those books with a lot of depth to it but it kept my attention in a “college drama & smut sort of way.” It’s tough to say if I’ll ever get around to read the entire series, but it was a great option if you are looking for a quick & easy read in between those more lengthy favorites.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
TJR is probably one of my favorite authors at the moment. Her writing & creativity is phenomenal & I honestly felt like I was reading about a REAL band in the 70’s. This is an easy read for it’s dialogue written style. It realistically tells the struggles of rock & roll, drug use, alcohol abuse & the tension that builds among bandmates. I also really enjoyed the stylistic twist at the end. I did find this novel to be sad a times & is filled with triggers [ so check the warnings]. But I truly believe TJR has a way of telling a story to really make the point of such struggles known to the world. I highly recommend it.
The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This was such a fun light read for my honeymoon travels. The story is based in Maui [ which is the main reason I decided to read it this month] & it’s an enemies to lovers trope of them being forced to go on a trip to Maui [ her sister’s honeymoon] after her sister & entire wedding guests get food poisoning besides her & her enemy, Ethan. I definitely recommend this one for a summer read & can’t wait to read more from this author, including her ever so popular book, “Love & Other Words”.
A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book #1
We are ending off the month with a strong one. I finally decided to start the ever so popular fantasy series ACOTR. When I say I can already tell I’m going to love a series after reading simply the first chapter, you KNOW it’s going to be good! Please, no spoilers. I haven’t felt this drawn to a story since highschool & the Twilight series. At first, I was hesitant to read this series because it seemed too YA for my taste. But it definetely fits closer to an adult audience than I realized. I felt like I was watching a movie, the story was so good! I’m sure they plan to make this series into a Netflix series of some kind in the future. Or rather, I seriously hope they do! I can’t wait to get to the second book & read the entire series.
What books should I add to my June TBR?