Wrap Up | October 2019

Like we said in our bookhaul yesterday, it’s crazy how fast this year is going by. We have reading goals for 2019 and with two reading months left to go, it’s getting close to the end of the year! How was our reading month in October? Were we able to get a lot done? Let’s take a look in our October Wrap Up!

Candyce

October was a good reading month for me, even though I feel like I was slower than most months! I read 18 books this month and am happy with that! It won’t be long before I get to 250 books. I don’t think I’ll be making 300 this year, but I can’t wait to see how close I get! Looking back at the list of books I want to read before 2020, I didn’t make any progress this month! I’ve still only read one.

To start off this wrap up, I need to add three books I read the last few days of September. I already had my wrap up written and didn’t have much blogging time, so I decided to save them for now.

#Murderfunding – Gretchen McNeil

This is the sequel to #Murderfunding. It was still interesting in a messed up way. I did enjoy this one less than the first book though. Some things didn’t quite make sense and I would’ve liked certain things to be explained just a little bit more.

Room for Two – Christina Butrum

Room for Two is the next book in the Maple Glen series and was a fun small town romance. I enjoyed this one just a bit more than the one before this. Also, I really want to move to this small town and interact with all of these fun characters!

Kiss Me Tonight – Emma Hart

I enjoyed Kiss Me Tonight just a little bit more than the first book! Who knew a private picture sent to the wrong number could lead to all the events in this book, haha. It was a fun read that had me smiling for quite some time after reading it.

Okay, now it’s time to talk about the books I read in October! Let’s take a look. I’m also really bad at sticking to one book at the moment. I’m currently still reading: THe Gypsy King, Sweet Revenge, The Beautiful, Serpent & Bone and Little White Lies! So hopefully they’ll all be on my November wrap up.

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

At the beginning of the month, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to read. I was tired and wanted something easy to read. Pumpkinheads was a great read for the mood I was in and I finished it in one sitting. This is one cute Fall story!

Rebel Spring – Morgan Rhodes

Rebel Springs in the sequel to Falling Kingdom and I have to say I enjoyed this book. The events taking place are interesting and I love the politics. I could do without the insta-love in this story though. Some is a bit too far-fetched. I’m hoping to read the third book in November.

Rowan Revived – Taylor Danae Colbert

Taylor Danae Colbert is definitely one of my favorite authors and she wrote us another amazing book! The story was at times very heartbreaking, but also beautiful! I’ve decided I want to move to the small town this book takes place in.

Suggested Reading – Dave Connis

I actually stumbled upon this book by accident and I honestly don’t understand that Suggested Reading had no hype. This story is such a good example to show us the power of books and what happens when a school tries to ban books. Suggested Reading is a powerful story that I highly recommend.

Beard With Me – Penny Reid

Beard With Me is a story that takes place quite a few years before this series started. I haven’t read all of the books yet, You don’t have to either, because Beard With Me is its own story. Penny Reid really knows how to write a book that breaks your heart. She definitely has a way with words though.

Down Too Deep – J. Daniels

Nate is a character I’ve wanted a story from for awhile! My wish was finally granted with Down Too Dep. Once again, J. Daniels gave us an emotional roller coaster ride, but it was such a good one! I was said their story was over, because I just couldn’t get enough.

Getting Played – Emma Chase

Getting Schooled was a fun book, so I was excited when this sequel was announced. This was another book I couldn’t put down. Get Played definitely had bonus points, because of the main character’s career. I loved the characters and loved how everything played out!

Awk-weird – Avery Flynn

I have to say that the title got to me and made me very curious! Awk-weird is such a fun story with so many laugh out loud moments. The main character is very relatable and the cat in the story made my heart melt, haha. This story was just a bit too long though. In my opinion it dragged a bit near the end.

Holidate – Monica Murphy

Holiday romances are a favorite of mine and when I read that the main character had the same first name I do, I was sold. Holidate was a fun story and I enjoyed that the main character was a Christmas fan. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. All in all, a fast and fun read though.

I Knead You Tonight – Teagan Hunter

After enjoying A Pizza My Heart, but having a few issues with it, I was curious about I Knead You Tonight. I loved this story. The characters were amazing and I laughed out loud a lot! Teagan Hunter really knows how to write romantic comedies!

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story – Kheryn Callendar

I remember hearing about this one awhile ago and it sounded really cute. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. The concept was really interesting, but I felt the characters fell a bit flat. In the end it was mostly the main character living his life with a few obstacles along the way. I just didn’t feel connected with this one.

The Bridesmaid and the Jerk – Kayla Tirrell & Daphne James Huff

Two authors that I love teamed up again to write something outside of YA. The Bridesmaid and the Jerk takes place during the filming of a reality show. A lot of things happen and there are many ups and downs. The characters are fun and I didn’t see the ending coming at all!

Forged by Sacrifice – LJ Evans

My list of favorite authors is growing quickly and LJ Evans has a spot on my list. Forged by Sacrifice isn’t a short story, but it was over too quickly. The main characters are two I didn’t want to say goodbye to at all. Add an amazing playlist and this is definitely a favorite! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Exiled to Freedom – SGD Singh

I’ve wanted to read this book for quite awhile and finally had the chance. Historical fiction isn’t a genre I read often, but one I do enjoy. SGD Singh takes us to an important time in history and one I didn’t know much about. Exiled to Freedom is an emotional story, but so good!

Girl in Luv – Jay Crownover & Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is the queen of emotional stories and she teamed up with a new to me author. Girl in Luv and Boy in Luv were part of pre-order bonus and they released them for everyone now. This is a novella and a fun one at that, but for the events that takes place it felt a little short and has insta-love. I will be reading Boy in Luv though, I need to know how everything ends.

Redemption – Rebecca Sharp

Another new to me author this month and I’m so glad I took a chance on this one. Redemption had me hooked from the start! It’s not an easy read, because it’s very emotional and has some intense subjects. The characters are amazing though!

Kiss Me Again – Emma Hart

The third and final book in the Kiss Me trilogy. Kiss Me Again was an enjoyable read, but my least favorite of all three. I just couldn’t connect with the main character and she annoyed me during a big part of the story. It was still a fun read, just not my favorite.

Isabelle

This was my worst reading month in YEARS. I only read 3 books and I honestly can’t remember when that happened last. But at the same time, I’m not too concerned. While I don’t think I can beat my 2018 record (157 books!) I did already met my goal of a 100 books. I also watched quite some shows and listened to A LOT of podcasts haha. Let’s see which 3 books I did manage to read this month.

By Your Side – Kasie West

I have been wanting to read this one for quite awhile now! After I hardly read anything for about 3 weeks, I decided to pick an easy audiobook. And Kasie West books are both easy and very enjoyable. This was the first book I finished in 4 (!) weeks but it was nice to get back to it. I really enjoyed By Your Side, it was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Tarnished Are the Stars – Rosiee Thor

Because I was part of the blog tour for Tarnished Are the Stars, I simply HAD to read this one. And I’m really happy I did! This was a very enjoyable story as you might have seen in my review. I wasn’t expecting too much when I started the book, probably in part because I hadn’t really been reading before then. Turns out, this was a good read to keep me going!

The Beautiful – Renee Ahdieh

Both Candyce and I had an eARC for The Beautiful and we had planned on reading it in September. Obviously that didn’t happen haha. But I did finally read it in October! The first part took me quite a while, but once I really got into the story I flew through it. I love Renée’s The Wrath and The Dawn duology and I was hoping for the same magic here. And while this wasn’t as swoon worthy in the romance department, it still had a pretty good romance in my opinion. It is quite a  slow paced book but I didn’t mind that and I can’t wait for the sequel!

So that’s what we read this month! If you’ve read any of these, definitely let us know in the comments. We love to talk about the books we’ve read. Also, what was your favorite book this month?

8 thoughts on “Wrap Up | October 2019

  1. Great Wrap up! Some awesome books – I want to get round to the beautiful and Tarnished are the stars at some point, and I may have to add the falling kingdom series too! Wonderful month!!

  2. What a great Month! I would love to get my hands on Pumpkinheads. Hopefully soon. I had read the first few chapters of The Beautiful on Bookishfirst, but I couldn’t seem to get into it. But I see it on so many people’s lists. Maybe I need to give it another shot. 🙂

    1. That’s amazing that you’ll probably hit your challenge this month!

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