Wrap Up|| October.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Was it just me or did October seem like it dragged on forever? This year it also didn’t feel very “Halloweenie” to me either, which totally sucked. I love the month of October (and Halloween), but this month felt so different for some reason. I’m actually glad that it’s finally coming to an end. 😦 I hope the next couple of months don’t feel the same, because I love the holiday season. Happier news, I reached 1300 followers on the blog, which is exciting! 😀 As this post goes up, I’m a little over 1300 now. Totally cool! Thank you for following my blog and liking my posts.

As far as books/reading goes, I actually read a lot this month. I was able to read ten books, which is a lot for me! I think I normally read between 4-6 books a month, so ten is amazing! I even mostly stayed true to my Halloweenie TBR, which is rare for me to stick to any kind of TBR list. I only read one book that wasn’t actually on my TBR, but it was still good for Halloween. I didn’t get to read all the books on my list, but I already knew that wasn’t wasn’t going to happen because I made a pretty big and ambitious list for the month of October.

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Here are the books that I read in October. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of October.

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Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage – 3 out of 5 stars.
I liked Baby Teeth. It was really creepy, but I thought the ending kind of sucked. It got really boring toward the end and wasn’t what I expected. Overall, it was still a pretty good book though.

The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano – 4 out of 5 stars – Review.
I really enjoyed The No-Good Nine. I thought the adventure aspect was a lot of fun even with some things being a little out there. For a kid though, I think they’ll get a kick out of it. I liked that there were a lot of funny moments and the cast of characters made the story even better.

I Will Find You by Joe Kenda – 5 out of 5 stars –  Review.
I Will Find You is creepy, scary, and it’s one of the most realist books that you’ll ever read.  If you love true crime, this book is definitely for you. There’s a lot of triggers and gory things in this book, so proceed with caution. 

Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser – 4 out of 5 stars.
Children to the Slaughter was so CREEPY! I really enjoyed it a lot and I went and bought the sequel. Children to the Slaughter is free on Kindle and the sequel was only $2.99. I can’t wait to read it.

Sadie by Courtney Summer – 2 out of 5 stars.
Sadie…I don’t understand the hype for this book. I finally finished it over the weekend and I found the majority of the book to be boring. It had some interesting parts and the big picture and themes in the book are sad and so real. But the story itself, I was bored. I also hated the ending and it felt unfinished. It was just okay for me.

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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – 3 out of 5 stars.
There were a lot of times where I wanted to DNF My Sister Rosa. Most of the book was boring, to be honest. I had a hard time really wanting to read it, but I also wanted to know what was up with Rosa…which honestly, there really wasn’t that much going on with her for the majority of the book. It was little things, but nothing I felt was too crazy. It started to get a little more interesting toward the end though and there were a couple twists I didn’t see coming.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review.
I really loved Dear Evan Hansen and the characters. I found myself sucked right into the story from the beginning. There were a few times where it did slow down for me, but it didn’t take away from the story or my enjoyment of it. I thought it was really relatable, especially the characters. I never seen the musical, but I still really liked the novel version.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco – 4 out of 5 stars.
I thought that The Girl from the Well was pretty creepy and I actually enjoyed it so much. I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up. I swear I’ve added it to my Halloweenie TBR for like three years now, haha. There was one thing about the book that bugged me though, which was the character Okiku would count everything and it was annoying to me. The random counting thrown into the middle of the story/dialogue bugged me. I am really excited to read the sequel!

Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha – 4 out of 5 stars.
The original story was great. It was actually pretty much word for word/scene for scene of the actual movie. I loved that, because it was like the movie was playing in my head as I read it. There were a few things in the story that was added to setup the sequel. Now what did I think of the sequel? The sequel story was good. It of course didn’t top the original, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I also liked that all the characters from the first story make appearances throughout the sequel and that was great.

Penpal by Dathan Auerbach – 3 out of 5 stars.
Penpal was the book that wasn’t on my Halloweenie TBR, but it still stuck to the Halloween theme I had going for the majority of the books I had on my list for this month. Penpal was so creepy and at the end I’m like “HOLY CRAP, what did I read?!”. It was a pretty good book, but there were some times that I was bored. It was pretty shocking when it wasn’t at one of the boring parts of the story though. Definitely freaked me out a little bit and worth the read.

What books did you read in October? Have you read any of the books I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts if you have one!

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Tonight I’m supposed to go out with my older sister to take my niece and nephew trick-or-treating. I’m not entirely sure what their costumes are for this year, so it’ll be cool to finally see them. I have an idea of what they are, but I haven’t seen them put together. After trick-or-treating with them, I’ll spend the rest of the night watching Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown. I haven’t watched them yet this month, which is crazy! I usually would have watched them both by now. See? October this year just seems so different. My cats even knocked over all of my Halloween decorations and I didn’t even have it in me to put them back up. I usually post a ton of Halloween themed pictures on Instagram and I don’t think I even did that. I might have posted a couple throughout the month, but that’s it. I did wear my Hogwarts Halloween shirt (it has a cape too!) today, the glasses i wore today are black frame and round like Harry Potter’s, and I have a wand in my purse, so at least there’s that. 😛 Are you dressing up this year?

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| October.
Travel|| Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum.

I hope you have a great day!

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18 thoughts on “Wrap Up|| October.

  1. First of all, great reading month!! I usually can’t stick to my Halloween TBR, either, but I did pretty well this year. 4 out of the 9 isn’t too bad for me. Have fun trick or treating tonight! I wish they actually had trick or treat on Halloween in my area, but we have it the weekend before. It’s dumb. I miss the good ol days! They had a costume day at work last Friday (again…why not on actual Halloween?!) and I missed it. So today I’m rebelling at the office with my Halloween leggings (black cats and ghosts) and cat ears. 😉

  2. It seems like October was the slowest month ever ahah, you’re not alone 🙂
    You had a great reading month though that’s fantastic, I’m so glad to hear this ❤ I'm sorry you weren't a fan of Sadie though, I've only heard great things about it from everyone, it's actually good to see a different opinion 😀 I personally haven't read it just yet and don't know if I will with the trigger warnings haha.
    I hope you'll have a lovely November! ❤ ❤

    • I’m glad I’m not alone in thinking that October went by so slow! I am so happy that I had a great reading month. It felt good reading so many books since I don’t usually read this many in a month. Yeah, it sucked that I didn’t love Sadie like everyone else has. I heard only great things about it, so it was a disappointment when I didn’t love it. Thank you, Marie! ❤ I hope you have a lovely November too. 🙂 ❤

  3. I’ve had My Sister Rosa on my TBR for a while, but haven’t heard too many bloggers talk about it. I’m curious, but also don’t really want to put in the effort to read it. I feel like I know the story because I’ve seen The Bad Seed. Ending in horror novels are always tricking. Sometimes I like them and sometimes they can really spoil the rest of the story for me. Glad to hear you enjoyed Penpal overall, even if it got a little boring for you. Good job picking up so many book and 1300 followers. Happy Halloween!

    • I had it on my TBR for awhile too before reading it. I hadn’t heard too many people talking about it either, but it sound pretty interesting when I first seen it. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t expect, but not a lot really happened in the book (in my opinion) until toward the end of the book. So that sucked, because so many times I just wanted to put it down and not even finish it. Penpal was pretty good! Glad I seen you post about it. I was like “WTF” at the end when everything came together. I kind of figured that he didn’t run away and was taken, but it was still so crazy everything that unfolded and realizations. Thank you! 🙂

  4. I hope next month will be better! They don’t do Halloween down here so no dressing up for me… Although I wish I could. xD I read Baby Teeth and Sadie during October as well! I did enjoy them slightly better, although not as much as most people either. Congrats on the 1300 followers and Happy Halloween!

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  6. Hey, girl! I feel you on Halloween this year. I kept wanting to do something or get in the season, but before I had time it just seemed to pass as quickly as it came! Better luck next year. I’m super excited for the holidays too. TEN books?! I had to read that twice to make sure I read it right. Dang, that’s amazing! GOALS. Thanks for the reviews- such a fun post 🙂

    • I was hoping to do more Halloween things this year and check out a pumpkin patch too, but that just ended up not happening. Oh well. Yeah, hopefully next year we both can get into the Halloween spirit. I am really excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas though! I even bought some pretty cool wrapping paper at Target yesterday, lol! I am obsessed with wrapping paper. Thanks, I was surprised I read ten books too!

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