Sunday, November 5, 2017

October Reading Wrap Up

In October I completed 15 books.  Despite reading so many books I don't feel like I achieved a lot. I think that stems from the fact that a lot of the books I did read were read in one sitting and I didn't love most of them. I may be reading a lot of books but I'm feeling pretty 'meh' about most of them.

I read 9 physical books and 4 ebooks. I also listened to 2 audiobooks but that's from being too lazy to hold an actual book, I still don't think they're my cup of tea. My goodreads ratings ranged from 2 stars right up to 5 stars so slightly better than last month.

I've blurred the line between non-spoiler and spoiler in a lot of my thoughts so if  you haven't read but want to read any of these then I'd probably skip my thoughts paragraph for that book. 

Book one: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4/5
I'm so happy I continued with the series, this was such a drastic improvement from the first book. Had I read the first one without having watched the tv show I probably wouldn't have continued but I flew through this book and I'm loving reading about the characters and getting to know the story the way it was intended.

Book two: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Rating: 5/5

I love Mara Dyer so much. I loved this book more than the first which I didn't think was possible. I really enjoyed the direction the plot took and I found myself gripped from start to finish.

Book three: The Retribution of Mara Dyer
Rating: 4/5

This was a pretty weak ending to the trilogy if I'm being honest but I think I still gave it 4 stars. I spent a section of it being ever so confused. I enjoyed the characters but there wasn't nearly enough Noah. I literally can't wait for The Becoming of Noah Shaw to fall through my letter box soon.

Book four: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 3.75/5

This book was quite uncomfortable to read with 'siblings' pining over each other. Spoiler alert, I've watched the show so I knew they weren't actually related but most people will have read this back in the day completely unaware and it's just dodgy to read about. Another thing I'm really loving is Simon and Jace's relationship throughout the books and I hope we see more of it through the rest of the series.

Book five: Warcross by Marie Lu
Rating: 4.5/5

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I was going to. I can't explain why but I thought this was going to be one of those books that wasn't worth the hype. It really was. Worth the hype, that is. I don't know anything about gaming or coding so whilst I've heard that some of it is slightly unrealistic, that went right over my head and I just enjoyed it. I didn't buy into the 'relationship' but I definitely didn't see the twist coming at the end.

Book six: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Rating: 3.75/5

I listened to this on audiobook because Lin Manuel Miranda is the narrator and he has a great voice. I enjoyed it, it was an enjoyable read, but I wasn't blown away. I think the audiobook might have hindered my enjoyment as they aren't really my thing so I will be rereading this at some point next year.

Book seven: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Rating: 3.75/5

I'm trying to read more books on my kindle because I buy a lot and then never read them, always favouring my physical tbr. Having said that I did listen to the audio of this because I found it on Youtube. I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to and I did not see that twist at the end coming!! I've picked up the second one so hopefully I'll get to that soon.

Book eight: Charm School by Anne Fine
Rating: 3/5

I remember this being a favourite when I was in primary school and thought it would be a good nostalgia read. I definitely enjoyed it a lot more back then. I feel like the message is a good one and the ending is satisfying but I really don't like some of the decisions our main girl makes. 

Book nine: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 2.75/5

I knew what I was getting into with this. Sometimes you (I) just fancy a trashy easy read. I have to pretend the first section of this doesn't exist because Daemon is such an arsehole that I was just going to give up. It's a bit like Warner in Shatter Me. I have no interest in any kind of redemption arc. If I pretend it actually started about 100 pages in when he's less just a dick and more 'cliche brooding book guy' then it's slightly more sufferable. I can't see why I'd pick up the rest of the series at this point, the plot was just ok and I don't love any of the characters but never say never.

Book ten: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this book. This was a high 4 star read for me so I've just given it 5 on Goodreads. Also, I really love Sebastian.

Book eleven: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Rating: 2/5

I would describe this book as a romance with the occasional murder. I always feel like there's someone in my house when I'm home alone. It's one of my biggest fears so in theory this should have freaked me out. It really didn't.
I was underwhelmed by the killer reveal and felt like it came way too early. I also feel like, whilst the deaths were gruesome, they weren't written well enough to actually creep me out as a reader. Thirdly, a big section of the plot is Makani reflecting over what a terrible person she is and believing that the evens of the books are karma for the big thing she did in the past. That reveal was also very underwhelming.
I had heard a lot of people saying this wasn't overly thrilling but I'd also heard that this would be a great read for anyone who likes Scream. I love Scream and other than the killer's motive I don't see the comparison.

Book twelve: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 3.5/5

This is the first book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. 
This book took me so long to read. I felt like I'd be reading for an hour and I would only have progressed about 10 pages. The last 100 pages or so would have been 5 stars for me but I can't discredit the fact that it took me almost 400 pages to get involved. Up until that point I couldn't decide whether I actually cared about any of the characters or what happened. I think the clockwork army are a great enemy, very Doctor Who, and a great change from your general demon. So many people (most people) seem to prefer this to The Mortal Instruments so I'm going to continue with this trilogy because I want to love it too.

Book thirteen: The Spindle and The Sleeper by Neil Gaiman
Rating: 2/5

I feel like as a short story this was pretty weak but had it been a fleshed out 300+ page story it would have been great. 

Book fourteen: Say Her Name by James Dawson
Rating: 4/5

This was more of the thriller vibe I was lacking from 'There's Someone Inside Your House'. I have been checking the corners of mirrors ever since reading this even though I'm not silly enough to ever do the Bloody Mary thing. It wasn't anything special but I did enjoy the characters. I also really loved the school setting, I need to read more of those.

Book fifteen: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4/5

My main issue with this book is probably something that other people probably liked but any problems seemed to be wrapped up to quickly. I know they aren't normal teenagers but there's a lot more drama in real teenage life. I like that the Alec/Magnus drama wasn't immediately resolved because it just felt a lot more true to life. 
Overall this book felt like filler, definitely favouring character over plot. I did really enoy getting to read from Simon's point of view and getting to learn about his struggles and development as a vampire with him.

So those were the 15 books I read in October.
You'll be pleased to know that I've started writing my thoughts down as I'm reading a book so next month wrap ups should start making a bit more sense and be less rambly.
Nikki x

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