Hope you are having a lovely day/night, wherever you are in the world. I’m back with a classic wrap-up. For this month I was sort of participating in the Hocus Pocus readathon. It was always in the back of my mind when I was choosing my books. I knew I wouldn’t be able to complete all the prompts as I’m still busy with university but I’m still loving finding all these readathons and going along with them.
For the Hocus Pocus readathon I was following the Team Trick or Treaters prompts (last year I followed the Sanderson Sisters prompts).
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
The first book I finished in October was the second book in The Bromance Book Club series. I can tell you I’m still very much loving this series. I’m such a complete softy that these group of guys are getting romance advice by reading romance novels. I just love that whole concept. Initially, I was hesitant on reading this one as I didn’t really gel with Liv’s character within the first novel, who is the main protagonist within this one. I’m happy to say that I’m so glad I read it because it made me understand Liv’s character a lot more and why she is the way she is. I loved her dynamic with Mack and the relationship between them. It did cover very important topics and involved deep discussions which I appreciated and think handled well.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m not normally a sci-fi reader but this series was so captivating and engaging. I will admit there were times where I got lost and was trying to work out what was happening with all the information but this is why the audiobook was a lifesaver. If I didn’t have the audiobook for this series this would have taken me double the time to complete this series. Not because I didn’t enjoy it or anything just focus wise with these types of books. It’s why I struggle with high fantasy or sci-fic but definitely recommend the audiobooks.
I won’t be saying too much as this is the final book in the series but I’m so happy to have completed another trilogy. I loved the characters, the story line and just overall glad I gave this series a go. Out of the trilogy it wasn’t my favourite but was a great conclusion and gave the ending everyone deserved in such a satisfying way.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Sisters. Witches. Demons. Murder mystery. That sums it up and if those words are your jam then I suggest maybe checking out this book. I enjoyed it, not as much as her first series Stalking Jack the Ripper, but this was still enjoyable. I’ve already ordered the second book so it’s on its way and can’t wait to see how the story continues. The author has said the romance does build up more in the second book which has made me even more keen
It follows the story of twin sisters who are witches, Emilia and Vittoria. Bodies of witches are found which have them and their family on alert until tragedy strikes them and Vittoria becomes the latest victim. Emilia is desperate to find her sister’s killer and to stop them before they find a new victim. On the way she crosses paths with The Prince of Wrath and now must battle demons as well as figure out who’s telling her the truth.
Pumpkin heads by Rainbow Rowell
I thought this month would be the perfect opportunity for a reread of Pumpkin heads. It’s such a cute and fun graphic novel set in a pumpkin patch where Josiah and Deja work. I still really enjoyed this and loved reading it in bed with a coffee.
If We Were Villains by M.L Rio
I was amazingly surprised with this book. I thought I might like parts of this book but I didn’t expect my high need to finish this book and constantly wanting to know what happened next. I don’t read much dark academia so this story was refreshing from the usual books I read. Yeah, overall, I was surprised on how much this story stole my attention. It felt like a good book to read in October.
Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka
I thought this would be a lovely, light re-read. After reading If We Were Villains I wanted a book to break up the time in between choosing my next book and this felt like a perfect choice. This was a fun, cute manga featuring a girl named Makoto who is learning the skills on how to be a witch and moves in with her cousins who live in Aomori.
The Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
I am so happy that I managed to finish The Kingdom of the Cursed before the end of October. After reading this I’m so excited for the next book but also so sad because now I have to wait until it comes out! It was fun to read about the underworld and getting to know all the demon princes. The romance in this book got me so excited, it was heated up and there was so much tension. I’m ready to see what’s going to happen next, especially with the mystery taking a turn.
With the books I read I was able to complete the readathon prompts:
- Read a romance book: Undercover Bromance ✔️
- Read a book featuring brave characters: Obsidio ✔️
- Read a book about witches: Kingdom of the Wicked ✔️
- Read a scary book: If We Were Villains ✔️
- Read a book featuring high school students: Flying Witch Vol.1 ✔️
- Read a book set in October: Pumpkin heads ✔️
- Halloween party: watch Hocus Pocus ✔️
I can happily say this has been a good reading month. I completed all the prompts and so glad that my reading has increased this month. As uni is slower down for the end of the year I’m finding I have more free time for reading and I’m happy to get that back.
For October I thought it’d be the perfect time to binge on Disney+ Only Murders in the Building. It’s starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez and oh my god I loved it. It makes me want to start listening to True Crime podcasts and just the whole vibe between the three when solving the mystery was so good. I knew as soon as I saw it advertised that it had all three of them together, there was no doubt about it, I was gonna watch it. I knew I was gonna love it and I did and looking forward so much to the next season. As they worked on solving the murder the dynamic between the three kept it light hearted. I was also amazed at an episode (I don’t want to go into too much detail in case of spoilers) but revolved around a character in the show that is deaf. It was so cleverly done, so unique as I’ve never seen that done before in any movie or tv show. I loved how they included that.
I hope everyone’s October went well. If you celebrate Halloween, what do you do during October?
Until next time,