As I’ve already mentioned in last month’s wrap up, I’m a student again, so October has been a mix between anxiously waiting for uni to start and anxiously fearing the start of classes and having to meet new people. So far, it’s been quite okay, and I do like my film study courses on musicals, Game of Thrones, and Aliens, but let’s see how it will all turn out since we’re only two weeks into the new semester and there are big papers waiting for me at the end of it. Other than that, I’m still busy with decorating my flat and I can’t wait to have a new location to finally shoot more bookstagram pictures for my Instagram, so it won’t look so dead.
But let’s get onto more book related stuff. I got tons of new books from Frankfurt Book Fair, you can see some of those here. This time, I do plan to read them all sooner. Since I had more free time in the beginning of the month, I managed to squeeze in a Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom reread and all those feelings made me want to read it again as soon as I was finished. Overall, I read 7 books and for once my Goodreads goal of 50 books looks more and more doable before Christmas.
This one is a book I’ve actually been wanting to read for a while. Thanks to my former work place, I was able to get a copy for free which is also the reason why I read the book in German. I liked the story in the beginning but then the plot turned into a direction I had not anticipated – which is not a bad thing, but it made less and less sense for me and just felt rushed. This might also have been augmented by the weirdness of reading a book in German again.
To get into the spirit of Halloween, I read this horror short story collection that has been on my kindle for months. I loved most of the stories on all the different kinds of monsters, from kelpies to giant rats or the Mothman. The “problem” I experience when reading short stories is a blessing and a curse at the same time: I love that they are short and that I can just read them in one go, but I also hate that fact as soon as I get hooked on a story and want to know a lot more than I get. Nevertheless, I can wholeheartedly recommend this piece to anyone wanting to read something suspensive involving monsters.
One of the books I got at Frankfurt Book Fair! I’m normally not one for Middle Grade books, but I’ve seen some reviews before so when I spied the cover at the Random House sale, I knew I had to get it. And I couldn’t put it down. I loved the setting, both location- and time-wise. Romero’s writing was beautiful and fitting for this story and all the little twists kept me glued to the pages.
#4 Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo
Apart from rereading the Six of Crows Duology, I finally got my hand on Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman. I still remember most of the movie, so the beginning was kind of hard getting into since they are quite similar. However, it didn’t take long for the plot to unfold itself in a different way. I can’t decide which character I loved the most – probably all the girls – , and this book is another prime example on how to incorporate a diverse cast and different sexualities. I didn’t expect anything less from Bardugo. Considering all the Greek mythology that plays a heavy role in this novel, Wonder Woman did remind me of the Percy Jackson series, which I guess I’m now going to read again (or maybe start those Magnus Chase books I got from a friend) and you should too! Or read Wonder Woman and come talk to me about it!
After what felt like forever, I got accepted for an ARC on Edelweiss. I remember liking the first two Mara Dyer books a lot, but then the last one was kind of disappointing. My reading experience with The Becoming of Noah Shaw seems similar. I’m not saying that this book was bad, but I didn’t really feel anything after I finished it. I’d still say that it was an okay book and a fast read as well. You can read my full review here.