Saturday, November 3, 2018

What I Read: October

October was a decent reading month. I'm still keeping up with the audiobooks...this month I actually finished more audiobooks than physical books! And four of the six books I read were rereads. As always, click on the titles for my Goodreads reviews. 

Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale. (Audiobook, not pictured.) This was a reread, in order to finally read the third book in the series. I don't think I enjoyed it quite as much as I did the first time I read it, but it's still really good! I just prefer the first book. I spend a lot of time feeling frustrated with Miri here for being so wishy-washy! 

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer. (Audiobook, not pictured.) Not really sure how I feel about this one. It's no Lunar Chronicles, that's for sure! All of the baking and food made me hungry, and I liked Catherine well enough. It was just so much longer than it needed to be! Not much happened for the longest time, then everything happened at once. The book wasn't bad, just disappointing. The audiobook was excellent though! Great narrator and I loved her voice for the king. 

Lark Rise to Candleford, by Flora Thompson. This was really good! Not much like the show (major characters from the show only have a mention or two, Laura doesn't even go to the post office until 2/3 of the way through the book, etc.). I was worried it would be slow or dry, but it's not, even though not much actually happens, ha! The writing is just really engaging, and I happen to enjoy reading about rural England. :) I'm glad I finally read this, and now I want to rewatch the show!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. (Audiobook, pictured.) This was a perfect October book. I was wondering if I'd love this as much as I did when I first read it a couple of years ago, and thankfully I did. It's so creepy and disturbing, but good! It sucks me in every time. 

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I really do love the Lord of the Rings, but honestly the books are just hard for me to get through! I love the whole feel of it and the characters and humor, but the descriptions are so long. The books are just a little overwhelming, but I still am enjoying rereading them!

The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater. Another audiobook and reread! This was another good October read. It's basically the opposite of anything I can imagine myself enjoying. Even though it does make make me roll my eyes at times, I still enjoy it! Maybe even more the second time around. 

I also had one DNF this month. I've owned this book for years and it seemed like something I would like. But halfway through, I just didn't care about the characters or story so I decided to give up on it.


  1. I'm so glad that you're enjoying audiobooks! I absolutely love them, so it makes me really happy when other people find the same enjoyment. :)

    Oh, that's good to know about Lark Rise to Candleford. All I'd heard previously is that it's dry and isn't nearly as good as the show, so it's nice to hear your positive opinion. I can definitely appreciate a slower story set in rural England. ;)

    I feel the same way about the Lord of the Rings! I love the story and the world, but the books do feel pretty dense and kind of intimidate me whenever I think about re-reading them. I tend to fall back on the movies every once in a while for my Middle Earth fix instead. :/ I guess that's not necessarily a bad thing, but I know I need to read the books again because they are so good!

    1. I really enjoyed Lark Rise, and I think you probably would too!

      Yes, honestly I like the movies so much that I'd rather watch them again than reread the books. :) I'm glad I'm finally doing it, but it's definitely not easy!


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