Hey everyone! I’m slightly late with this wrap-up but I want to share with you what I’ve been reading recently!
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
I was delighted to be sent a copy of the final book in the Winternight trilogy for a blog tour. This series conclusion was everything I could have wanted and more. Utterly stunning!
The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
I received a copy of this one from Titan Books and it was perfectly spooky for October! It was billed as YA but felt more middle-grade to me. However, I still enjoyed the story and would agree with the comparisons to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.
Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women by Sharon Blackie
This was a stunning collection of short stories inspired by European mythology and folktales. The artwork was stunning and there wasn’t a single story I didn’t like. It was fantastic.
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
I received an ARC of this highly anticipated new release from Gollancz but unfortunately, I struggled a little with it. I found it to be overly complex and there were lots of unnecessary characters to contend with. I did appreciate the feminist elements though.
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
I really enjoyed this story of girls lifting each other up and being strong together. The book was very readable and I loved the setting.
Books from my TBR
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
I read this in preparation for the final book in the trilogy. It was an excellent middle book which genuinely developed the story and continued the character arcs, rather than feeling like simply filler.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
This adorable graphic novel was a perfect seasonal read. I loved the artwork and the abundance of autumnal snacks featured. I’m hoping we’ll be treated to a sequel at some point.
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
This is one of those rare cases where I enjoyed the second book more than the first! I preferred the setting in this one and felt less like I was being spoon-fed. The plot is developing nicely.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
I was nervous about this one as I’m such a big fan of Frankenstein. But it’s clear that Kiersten White is a fan too. This reimagining felt respectful of the original while also adding its unique spin. Very enjoyable.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I did it! I read Dracula! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but I’m so glad to have finally read this Gothic classic. I will be sharing more thoughts soon!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Since I already had books two and three on my tbr, I decided to just reread book one and binge my way through the whole trilogy. It really made me appreciate the development of Vasya’s character and I loved immersing myself in Arden’s gorgeous writing.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
I wanted to reread this one before diving into Tunnel of Bones. I had been looking back on it fondly but when rereading, I was reminded of everything that had irritated me. Oops.
Hypnosis for Change by Josie Hadley & Carol Staudacher
I read this one for my diploma course. It is a resource that I found very helpful and I will probably refer to it in future practice.
Total pages: 4247
Average pages per day: 137
Longest book: Angel Mage (560 pages)
Shortest book: Pumpkinheads (209 pages)
Favourite read of the month: Foxfire, Wolfskin & Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women
Biggest disappointment of the month: Angel Mage
Male authors: 2
Female authors: 10
What was your favourite read of October? Or your biggest disappointment? Let me know in the comments! x