Blogtober // Angharad’s October Wrap-up

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Although my plans for reads this month were originally supposed to be horror based, I then remembered I’m the biggest mood reader so that swiftly went downhill. However, I did read some creepy books this month and I may carry it on into November (which is also my birth month woop!) So here is what I read this month – 

 

43263680Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
4/5 stars

Of course I had to start off the month with my most anticipated read of the year. I was hesitant going into this purely because of the mixed reviews and the fact that I was in a reading slump throughout September. However, it was all good in the end. Although I didn’t love this book as much as the Six of Crows duology (hence my rating of 4 stars,) I still loved this dark, atmospheric and interesting read. As you all probably know, this book has a lot of trigger warnings going into it. You can find an extensive content warning list at Imi’s review here.

 

 

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne44004352
4/5 stars

It’s no secret that I am a huge Holly Bourne fan. She has an amazing way of taking your standard young adult contemporaries and digging into the hard-hitting issues. That is no different in this book as we follow college-student, Amelie, who after moving across country, finds herself in a whole new world. That is until she meets Reese. At first this looks like your average YA love story, however, this story is about abuse – both emotional and sexual. (TW: rape) It’s hard hitting but extremely important in the YA genre. I cried, I laughed and I thanked Holly Bourne all over again (you know, mentally.)

 

 

 

42265183The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
3.5/5 stars 

Thanks to a book trade, I found myself with a copy of this and on a whim, decided to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised as I’ve struggled with Renee’s books in the past. Although this is marketed as a YA vampire story, vampires (or as we know them) don’t feature heavily in the book. We just have an inkling of supernatural creatures which is a shame as I wanted my vampire fix. More importantly however, I loved the setting of 19th century, New Orleans. Also, this is the first time in a long time I’ve found myself getting excited about a YA pairing (although let’s get rid of any love triangles, please.)

 

 

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Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (re-read)
5/5 stars

After all the news of the new television series, I knew I had to reread this series (and also do some tabbing!) Can I say much about this series that I haven’t already said? I love it to death. I would die for my Dreg children. Kaz and Inej own my heart. The entire heist is genius. Amazing representation. Just. It remains a favourite.

 

 

 

 

15808307The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
3.5/5 stars

So what I would not recommend doing with this book is watching the tv series first because that is what I did and let me tell you, this is one of those rare cases where the show adaption is a lot better. I didn’t realise how different the book was going to be when I started and it was missing one of my favourite aspects in the show – the Crain family and their dynamics. However, it was still an atmospheric read and some parts definitely got under my skin. (Do I actually want a plug a tv show in a book wrap up? Hmm. Yes. Watch the show!)


Did you have a good reading month? What was your favourite book of the month?
Lots of Love,
Angharad
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