I thought I’d been in a bit of a reading slump this month but apparently I got through nine books! Here’s a wrap up of what I’ve read in October:
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The Bone Houses was the first on my spooky TBR, and although I went in not really knowing what to expect, I ended up really enjoying it! It’s an atmospheric new fantasy set in a Welsh inspired world, and I’d definitely recommend it. Read my full review here.
The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
This was gifted to me a few months ago by Titan Books. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect to the story – I know in the US this is a book marketed as being more Middle Grade, but I felt it was very simplistic and didn’t feel as though I needed to know what was happening to the main character.
To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for such a long time, but thought with my spooky tbr, now was the perfect time to read it! As with most poetry books I got through it quite fast and as always, Amanda’s writing meant a lot to me personally.
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe (eds.)
I finally got around to reading this after being excited for it for so long! Toil and Trouble is the first of two witchy anthologies I read this month. As with all short story anthologies, there were a couple that I didn’t enjoy so much or skipped, but for the most part I really enjoyed this compilation. Some favourites were The Legend of Stone Mary by Robin Talley, The Gherin Girls by Emery Lord, Why They Watch Us Burn by Elizabeth May, and of course, Love Spell by Anna-Marie McLemore.
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery by Rachel Autumn Deering (ed.)
The second witchy short story collection I read this month. As with Toil & Trouble, there were a some stories I wasn’t as big a fan of – I unfortunately ended up skipping quite a few in this one. My favourites were Widows Walk by Angela Slatter, The Deer Wife by Jennifer McMahon, This Skin by Amber Benson, and How To Become a Witch Queen by Theodora Goss. You can read Angharad’s review of it here!
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
I finally picked this up after it being on my shelves for so long as I was wanting to read some more dark academia style books after Ninth House. I’m still not sure if this is really the genre for me, as although I did enjoy this book, I just couldn’t get on with the characters at all, and it reminded me a lot of when I tried to pick up The Secret History and just found the characters kind of pretentious.
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
I’ve had this on my TBR for a while now and managed to get hold of an ARC through a trade this month. I really enjoyed the story, however I did struggle with the four different POV’s as I only really cared about two of them for most of the book. It’s definitely a strong start to a series though and I’m excited to see what happens next!
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (re-read)
After my last few reads being a bit up and down, I decided to re-read an old favourite that’s perfect for this time of year, and I’m really glad I did – the first time I read Sawkill Girls was by the pool in Lanzarote last year so it was great to read it on an overcast autumn day! This is still one of my favourite books and definitely a horror I’d recommend straight away.
Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
I was gifted an ARC of Crown of Oblivion from Harper360. I was really looking forward to getting stuck into a new fantasy, but unfortunately, this one wasn’t for me. After finishing it I struggled to really remember what had happened and didn’t feel like I’d connected to the characters at all. It also seemed a bit too much like it was trying to be the next Hunger Games in more than one way (and I don’t mean that as a good thing). It just seemed like a lot of things were left unexplained and some aspects of the world were introduced with no background and the reader was just expected to understand. Hopefully this was just a case of it not being the book for me, and others will enjoy it more!
What have you been reading throughout October?