Monthly Reads

October Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews


This month was quite successful when it came to both reading handwriting for me.  Unfortunately, I developed several physical ailments that have led to me not being able to stand for extending periods of time without immense pain.  While the doctor was unsure about what the issue was fully, he basically told me that on top of already having bad ankles (I’ve sprained each at least once or twice badly enough to be on crutches) and knees, I’ve now developed achilles tendonitis and the beginnings of plantar fasciitis in my left foot/ankle and may be have recurring flare ups from a past compartment syndrome in my right shin! In short summary, my left foot cannot bear my weight when I attempt to stand on my toes or run at all because the back part of my ankle feels like it’s going to rip in half or stand too long because the bottom of my foot will go numb and my toes will tingle.  And my left shin feels like someone took a knife and has cut open my shin causing immense pain from knee to ankle and my leg basically gives out on me when I turn. Fun stuff for sure 😛

On the plus side, that means ore time on the couch reading!!  Due to this, I read 12 books this month.  That’s gotta be some sort of record I swear!

Books Read:

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (ebook for review) – (three point five beans) – While the ending was worth the slow tempo of the book, I felt a strong desire to slap each and every character, except Howard.  I guess my issues with the book were more personal than anything, it is very true to the time period.

Assassination Classroom, Vol 12 by Yusei Matsui (paperback bought) – (five beans) I will devour each and every Assassination Classroom book that gets sent my way! It is for sure in my top manga that I have ever read and I can’t wait to read what happens next! Also, yes, I am avoiding the anime until after.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (hardback bought) – (five beans) – This book needs to be read by everyone!  I have not yet posted a review but it was so emotional for such a short book.  There is a powerful message that you can’t ignore nor forget when it comes to this read.

Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand (ebook for review) – (five beans) – The story itself was gripping, thrilling, tense, and had just enough magic realism to round it out in a way I felt it needed. I would highly recommend this story for any fan of middle grade as well as any teacher or anyone who wants to get into the lighter part of true crime. It was seriously well done!

Second Street Station (Mary Handley Mystery #1) by Lawrence H Levy (hardback bought) – (four beans) – The most interesting thing about historical fiction is when authors insert true historical figures with unpredictable personalities into historical fiction stories. While this story was a true murder mystery, it was also a book about a woman attempting to make her way in a man’s world: being a detective.

Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (audiobook for review) – (three point five beans) – This entire book was completely out of my comfort zone as well as being an audiobook.  The writing was brilliant and I loved how it was read, but I just didn’t like our main character and that put me off from the majority of the story itself.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendra Blake (paperback bought) – (five beans) – It’s hard to talk about this book without any spoilers, but I LOVED it! I have the second book on my tentative TBR for November.  It was gripping and I read it super fast.  Think ghosts plus romance plus possession.

The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello (ebook for review) – (four point five beans) – While I would highly recommend reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde before diving into this, I was most pleasantly surprised by this book (in a good way). Complex, intriguing, historical, witty, and with the touch of gruesome that makes your skin crawl just enough.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 4 by Kore Yamazaki (library manga) – (four beans) – This series is really growing on me and as I learn more about the characters and the world in which I live, the more I want to know. I feel like it is a lot of history lessons but that suits me just fine!

Sword in the Stacks (The Ninja Librarians #2) by Jen Swann Downey (ebook for review) – (four point five beans) – I am surprised to say that this book was excellent as far as sequels go. I’m not usually one for sequels, usually I don’t go for them much at all, but this one was so well done and a quick read…once I had sit down time. There is a third book right??

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 5 by Kore Yamasaki (library manga) – (four beans) – What am I going to do?? The next volume isn’t out in the US until January, so it’ll be a while before I have anything up in this series again 😦 Which sucks because this was a horrible place to leave me hanging!!

Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch (ebook for review) – (three beans) – I was honestly just not impressed with this book.  It was a great idea and I loved how it was going, that is until the ending. I really disliked the ending quite strongly.  I really wish the book had ended before that part and had stopped at the fence or something else.  I won’t be picking up the next book.

Monthly Favorites:
Book: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
TV Show: Your Lie in April on Netflix, I’m not crying…I swear…
Movie: Hocus Pocus because Halloween!!

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