Halloween is sadly over and November has begun! I swear October goes by way too fast. I hope everyone had a great Halloween and reading month. For me, I had big ambitions for reading but they fell a bit flat. I only completed 3 audio books with two e-books I’m almost done with. I did go on a quick family trip again, which hindered some reading time and there’s other personal things that made me not want to read a ton. But here’s what I did manage to get done:
Listened to from September 10-October 6th
Rating: 3.75-4 stars
This is book 14 in the Dresden Files. This was a road trip audio book and I finished it a bit after we had gotten home. There’s a lot of build up in this book with other things to come but it was great seeing tables turned, more doom looming over our characters and just seeing Harry keep adapting to the stuff happening around him. James Marsters always is the best male narrator around and he makes this series even more fun. While there was some profanity and a couple somewhat graphic scenes I didn’t care for, it’s a good installments and I hope to get #15 finished by the end of the year.
Listened to from October 6-24th
Rating: 3.5-3.75 stars
This was one of my top anticipated releases for the year, since I love the first book and liked the second one. There were specific characters to go through dangers, heartache and other personal trials that continue shaping them. The character stuff that happened was awesome, as well as getting a few questions answered. The ending was also satisfying to bring more danger right before the final book. But…the middle was too full of modern politics shoved into a 1920’s time period. I personally felt like the author was getting on her soapbox on modern issues in this book, making the supernatural plot line take a back seat. I also didn’t like how the insane asylum plot line was done way too quickly. Was it better than book two? A bit, but doesn’t measure up to the first one. I’m still on the fence on whether I’ll read the last one or not. We’ll see how long it takes before it comes out. I do recommend this series overall, especially on audio, but be wary of a creepy atmosphere that gets intense.
Listened on October 25 & 26th
Rating: 5 stars
This novella, found in Arcanum Unbounded, takes place after the second Stormlight Archive book but before the third one. This follows a character named Lyft who appears in Words of Radiance. This was funny, fast paced, great narration by Kate Reading and offers some shocking and fun things into Sanderson’s Cosmere universe. You do need to read both Stormlight books before reading this little story, since some of the references will make more sense if you really pay attention. I will be doing a part 1 series review on the first 3 Stormlight books and this novella coming up by the end of the year, so if you want know more about this series, stay tuned for that in the future 🙂
Almost Finished With
Currently at 76%
This mystery/thriller book was a random pick up on Overdrive while on a quick vacation. It’s about a girl who claims to have psychic abilities and uses tarot cards. She tries to use her “visions” to help solve a kidnapping that she’s actually involved in. It’s pretty good. I’ll have a review coming up soon 🙂
Currently at about 65%
This book is apart of the now ongoing Fantastic Flying Book Club blog tour! My review is coming up this Saturday so I’m trying to finish it since I couldn’t read it while on the quick trip. So far it’s pretty awesome, but there’s a hint of a trope I’m not a fan of. But stay tuned for the review and definitely follow the blog tour for this book 🙂
So with a new month here, I am going to do NaNoWriMo! I’m mainly doing it to see if I can get back into a writing groove. You never know what will happen, but I’m hoping it’ll at least help me write more. I’m not doing a TBR’s for the rest of the year; I feel like they stress me out more than help and I don’t like seeing my reading plans go unfilled a lot of the time. I do have a couple things I need to finish this month, but we shall see what happens. I have a few library books, 2 ARC’s and 2 review copies from self-published authors that I want to read by the end of the year. I wish you all luck who are also doing NaNoWriMo; may the force be with us lol!
Have you read any of these books? What spooky books did you end up reading? Are you also doing NaNoWriMo? Any tips for staying motivated?