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October Wrap Up

It’s already a few days into the month, I know, it’s a tad bit late, but I have had stuff on and now finally have time to write about the books I read in October, which for most, is the time to read horror, but uh… I was never one to read what others were reading so I sort of just read whatever that I felt like at that time so umm, yeah. October has been so far my second worst reading month of the year so far, I read a total of eleven books and 5701 pages according to Goodreads, although, I did DNF a book so I technically only finished, ten books. I am perfectly aware that ten books in a month is still amazing, but rather, compared to some of the other months where I have been reading so much, October was a bit on the disappointing side.

Out of those eleven books, four of them were adult epic fantasy, of which two were rereads because I was bored, and the remains seven books were all YA, with one dystopian, two low fantasy books(fantasy that is set on Earth), two high fantasy books(fantasy set in a made up world) and two fantasy/paranormal books. So essentially, they were basically all fantasy. Should I branch out and read other genres, yes, I probably should, but I could not exactly be bothered this month.

The Wheel of Time: I reread the first two books of The Wheel of Time, which is a massive epic fantasy series that spans a total of fourteen books(the shortest comes at just over 600 pages with several nearing one thousand pages per book). The reason I picked up the first book again was because that I had finished all of the books that I had borrowed for the school holidays and needed something to read. Also, I am going to try and reread all for them in anticipation of the Amazon Prime adaptation that is currently in the works. This is one of my favourite series of all time, though that does not mean I do not have my fair share of issues with it. The first eleven books were written by Robert Jordan, who unfortunately passed away, where Brandon Sanderson finished the last three books, who happens to my favourite author at the moment.

The Eye of the World[The Wheel of Time book 1]: This books follows Rand Al’Thor who is from the Two Rivers which is an isolated part of the world but everything gets crazy and he has to go fight the dark lord. The first book is very similar in plot of The Lord of The Rings which was done so that people would purchase the book. 9.5/10

The Great Hunt[The Wheel of Time book 2]: This books picks right up after the events of book 1 and the characters(the main ones at least) go on a hunt for something that I won’t spoil. The plot also deviates form that of LotR which I’m sure many will appreciate. 9.5/10

Between those two mammoths of novels, I read Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor which is a young adult fantasy set in Melbourne. There was actually an event that he hosted on the 2nd of November in Melbourne that I went to and was a lot of fun. The book itself is great with ghost, humour and a wide range of different characters. I do have a full review of this book on my blog. 9/10

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: This is an adult epic fantasy novel and it is the first one in a planned trilogy of three. If again is quite lengthy, with my edition being just over 650 pages. Most people seem to really love this book, but I personally had a few problems with it such as the sexist themes that it contained. One thing however is that the guy’s writing style is phenomenal. You might need to wait until 2100 until book 3 comes out. 8/10

After this was The Children of Húrin by J.R.R/Christopher Tolkien. I’m a massive Lord of the Rings fan though by no means am I a nerd of the series but I saw this in my school library and thought that it would be super cool to pick up something set in Middle-Earth. This is a story set during the First Age and is roughly about the struggles of Hurin’s children against the first dark lord, Morgoth, who was Sauron’s master. It’s surprisingly dark and the writing style is very much so Tolkien’s though it was less polished compared to his ‘masterpiece’ which is Lord of the Rings. 7/10

Bedlam[Skulduggery Pleasant book 12] by Derek Landy. This was a series I really loved when I first read it in grade 5 and since then he has written multiple additional books after the initially planned books. I ended up really enjoying this and if anyone is wanting a story of fun, magic and talking skeleton detectives, then this may be the series for you. 8.5/10

After reading Bedlam, I had my DNF for the month which was a real shame. The book was Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I was really disappointed since I found it on a fantasy list online and saw that my school library had it but it ended up being a disaster. It has really dodgy prose at times, the world building is some of the most unimaginative I’ve ever seen and the main character is a tantrum throwing abusive piece of trash. I have a very long rant on Goodreads if anyone wants to see why I disliked this book in full. 2/10

Thunderhead[Arc of a Scythe book 2] by Neal Shusterman was what I read after that flop and to say the least, I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Book 1 was also shortlisted for this year’s Silver Inky for those who may not be aware. I would highly recommend dystopian fans check this book out. 9/10

Angel Mage is the newest book by Garth Nix and he has been an author I have liked for a while now from his Keys to the Kingdom series to his Old Kingdom series(which is some great epic fantasy). This has incredible world building, which may very well be too much for some people. While I liked it, it was not as satisfying as I would have liked with the ending, ending far too quickly and without the greatest amount of character development(then again, it is a standalone). 6/10

I would like to say that I have just finished the Raven Cycle and have each book 4 stars, though, technically, as of the end of October, I had only finished the first two, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. This is a series by Maggie Stiefvater and is about a journey on finding the Welsh King of Glendower. It truly has some of the best character work I have read in a while for a YA series and ended up really loving each individual character a lot. In general, it is a thrilling ride, so

  • The Raven Boys: 8/10
  • The Dream Thieves: 8/10

Average rating for the month: 3.91 🌟

Which to be fair, in not that bad and in fact, is highly than my average rating so while I did not read the most amount of books this month, I certainly read a fair bit that I really enjoyed.

13 comments

inky State Library Victoria

Reading machine! I love Skulduggery Pleasant too! The language is so fun. I listened to the audio book of one which was fun too.

4th Nov, 19
zitongbooks

That’s great!

4th Nov, 19
bookwithbane

This year has been my worst reading year >:(. Like FML, I read 295 books last year, and this year only 83... Adding most of these to my TBR. So many good authors!

4th Nov, 19
zitongbooks

Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! There are indeed so many good authors and I hope you like them too!

4th Nov, 19
bookwithbane

I'm crying rn because I couldn't come to the ghost walk, and it was something I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllly wanted to go to. Like you don't understand how upset I am.

4th Nov, 19
zitongbooks

I’m really sorry to hear that :(

4th Nov, 19
lauraamabel

How good was Thunderhead though! In the middle of writing a review. The ending though... really leaves you hanging. I'm about to devour "The Toll".

4th Nov, 19
zitongbooks

I know right! That ending!

4th Nov, 19
lauraamabel

In reply to zitongbooks

Poor Scythe Curie!!

4th Nov, 19
zitongbooks

In reply to lauraamabel

Don’t remind me!

5th Nov, 19
sylvs

Damnnnnnnn you read a LOT. Last month was an awful reading month for me. I read only 6 books!! I usually read around 15+ per month and I'm just trying to get out of my reading slump. However, I do have a lot of homework so during my free time I'm trying to read more and finish the seven books on my "currently reading" shelf on Goodreads.

4w ago
zitongbooks

Haha, thank you, and I’m sad to hear that last month was a bad reading month for you. I hope you get out of your reading slump soon. Also having loads of homework must suck as well.

4w ago
sylvs

In reply to zitongbooks

Ohhh yes it does suck! Thank you! I'm reading We Contain Multitudes and Whisper atm hopefully I'll actually finish them XD

4w ago