October Wrap Up

I read a total of 9 books in October, which is way better than I’ve done in months. In fact, it’s the most I’ve read in a single month all year. This is exciting for me because I wasn’t even trying to read more than usual; it just happened on its own.

I’m going to jump into the books in the order I read them. (I am curious to know if people prefer wrap ups that are chronological or that go from lowest rated to highest rated? Let me know in the comments what you generally prefer to see.)

Sightwitch by Susan Dennard

My Rating: ★★★

I didn’t do a full review of this book, but in general I feel like this like I do about the rest of this series so far. It’s fun to read and I liked it well enough but I didn’t feel very strongly about it in any way and I don’t think it really stands out at all.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

My Rating: ★

I did a full review of this here. The short version is that I expected this to be a 4 or 5 star book but I was just very disappointed with it.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

My Rating: ★★★★

I also did a full review of this one here. I really enjoyed this one even though it wasn’t quite what I had expected (maybe that made me enjoy it more?) Anyways I definitely have to read more Stephen King after this one.

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

My Rating: ★★★★

I reviewed this here. I flew through this book and really enjoyed it.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

My Rating: ★★★

This was good but missed chances to be great or to discuss nuances in some of the topics it tackles, and it’s also not something I’d recommend to people who aren’t very well acquainted with feminism or who don’t call themselves feminists. I did a full review here.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

My Rating: ★★

I went from flying through this book to having to force myself through the end of it. I felt cheated in that the world wasn’t actually different from any other YA fantasy, it was just dressed up in incorrectly used Russian names and words. The characters were all flat, and I did not care one ounce for any of the romance nonsense happening. I do have a full review on my blog but as of writing this it’s still in my schedule waiting to be posted.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

My Rating: ★★★★★

I don’t plan on doing a full review for this because I don’t feel all that comfortable rating and reviewing the individual stories that this book discusses as most of them are fairy-tales or legends or myths. I went back and forth on the rating for this between 4 & 5 stars and decided to be generous mostly because I’m a hoe for the stories inside and the ways in which they empower or at least give agency to their female characters. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I’ll definitely be thinking about it a lot in the future.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

My Rating: ★★

I don’t have a formal review of this but I was feeling a little jaded and snarky by the time I pushed through the end of this book so I wrote up an informal Goodreads rant review about it. The ridiculous love pyramid had me wanting to DNF this multiple times.

Low, Vol 1.: The Delirium of Hope by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

My Rating: ★★

I’m not going to review this fully either, but I will say that the story was not well developed. None of the characters were developed. The female characters, even the ones who drive the action, are subjected to major objectification and male gaze. The world had the potential to be interesting but it wasn’t developed enough. Then there’s the art which was good, but I had a hard time telling the difference between the male characters who for some reason all had the same facial hair? There’s little to no facial expressions. And the mom looks the same age as her daughter. The colourist did a very good job with giving the art dimension though and that’s actually the only reason I pushed through to the end of this volume. Not gonna continue this series.

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