I realized that I spent over 15,000 pesos on books alone from July to September that I pledged to myself that I shall skip the month of October and allot my money on more important (by societal standards) things like food and my savings account so I had no October haul. *weeps in the corner* I hate adult life.
What’s important though is I read 14 books (rather measly but still :D) for the month of October and I will go through all of them and try to summarize them into little snippets of each.
Crooked Kingdom is my first book of October and I couldn’t have had a better start. This book vanquished any favorite YA Fantasy I have ever had and Leigh Bardugo has now set the bar high.
I read An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night in the same month and I know I am very much late for the boat to amazingness but I am totally… well amazed. These two books are very compelling, and it evokes all kinds of emotions. I loved it.
I also read The Sword of Summer, the first installment of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series and as much as I liked it, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus are still my favorites from Uncle Rick. I am currently reading Hammer of Thor and I think I am falling in love with a certain argr Loki-mothered character.
I also read some romance books – Tied, PS. I Still Love You, Twisted Palace, Royally Screwed, Since You’ve Been Gone, Punk 57 and Our Chemical Hearts. Out of all the 7, only Punk 57 stood out. I really have an inkling towards dark storylines (I can’t help it) and Punk 57 had that element and it made it distinct, and of its own. It was a beautiful book, I believe I gave it 5 stars. The others were okay, I enjoyed them, with the exception of Twisted Palace and Our Chemical Hearts. The former has a weak and underdeveloped premise, and the latter just annoying.
A Shadow Bright and Burning is quite… mediocre. I didn’t think it was bad but it’s like a portfolio containing different plots from different YA fantasy books – unoriginal.
The Trespasser is a mystery/thriller book and I have high expectations for this genre. Blame it on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Lisbeth Salander is my main. #LoveLove. The Trespasser was unremarkable as well.
Lastly, Small Great Things. I believe this got mixed feelings from me. It tackled racial discrimination and it tugged my heartstrings at best, I just had a few reservations which hindered me from totally loving it.
Thar you go! I hope I’ll have better days this November (meaning not too much load of work) so I could read all of the books I’ve been wanting to read for days. :D