Wrap Up | October ’15

october wrap up

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far, and I really hope you enjoyed your Halloween! I may or may not have gone overboard with candy consumption, because despite being almost 20 (!!!), I’m still a child when it comes to Twix bars and lollipops. No regrets, though.

So I thought September was a bad reading month, but I got even less reading done in October. I dislike school and everything enough without it contributing to my lack of reading. I only managed to finish two (albeit large) books, and I’m almost done with a third, shorter one. But even though the quantity has been abysmal, the two books I read were quite good, so I’m happy with that.

Again, I hope that November is a lot more productive for me, considering that finals are approaching soon and I won’t be able to get anything done during finals. I bought a bunch of great books in October (psst, check out my book haul) which I plan on getting to in November. But let’s see how that goes *crosses fingers* With that unnecessarily long introduction, let me get into the actual wrap-up.

BREAKDOWN BY STAR RATING

CURRENTLY READING

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Whalton

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So, I’m almost done with this. I have 35 pages to go, so I thought it was okay if I included this in the wrap-up. I definitely think this book is overhyped. Although it is interesting, I found it difficult to get through the first half, and I still don’t think there’s much story in this. If I were to rate it right at this moment, I’d give it a two and a half stars, but of course, I still have some left, and I won’t make up my mind. Look out for my full review soon! 🙂

★★★★☆

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The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The world-building was a lot denser, the characters were more developed, and I found myself more invested in both the romance and the protagonist. The cliffhanger at the end was one of the best I’ve ever come across, and I’m very much looking forward to the last book.

★★★★★

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Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling

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If my rating doesn’t tell you how much I loved this, I’ll tell you. I love this a lot. I think this is the best in the series so far; the mystery was intriguing and addictive, and it had me invested in it until the very end. The pacing was brilliant. The characters I have grown to admire and love were given many more layers and development, and the writing was as delicious as ever. Can’t wait for the next one.


Total Books Completed This Month: 2.75

Total Books Read This Year: 96

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  2. I shoved like four small Twix bars in my mouth before reading this post, sigh. I love Twix so much and my niece doesn’t like them, so she just gave me all hers from her Halloween candy, lol!

    Some reading is better than no reading! 🙂 Hopefully you have a better reading month in November!

  3. Now I’m craving Twix and its all your fault. 😉 I haven’t read any of the “Robert Galbraith” books because I’m scared I won’t like them!

    • Nooo! Don’t be scared! I mean, the first one is meh but they get pretty good as they move along. I’m not even a mystery fan, but she has a way of sucking you in. And even if you don’t enjoy the mystery, you’ll stay for the characters- they’re just so REAL and lovable.

  4. Aimal! I love the new layout of your blog posts! It’s so clean and the aesthetics are just fabulous, I could stare at it all day!
    And as for your wrap up, I totally feel you. I only got two books reads this month as well! And the cause for my awful reading was also due to school! Curse you, school! 😄

    • Ah, thank you SO much! I can’t believe I changed my layout YET again. I’m such a spaz; I get bored so easily. 🙁
      HEY, at least you’re done with school! Yay for more reading, hopefully? 😀 x

  5. Omg I need some Twix right now! I haven’t had one of those for years!
    I’m sad that you didn’t enjoy Ava Lavender as much as most readers have. I personally really loved the book and the magical realism. The first half of the book was actually my favourite (I really loved learning about her mother and grandmother’s pasts) and I enjoyed the second half a little bit less. I hope the ending picks up for you though!

    • *le gasp* How have you survived “YEARS” without Twix?! :O I can’t survive a week, tbh, haha.
      See, I think with Ava Lavendar, it was more about personal preference than anything else. I thought the writing was lovely, and it was definitely interesting, but I guess magical realism just isn’t for me? Especially things that have to do with birds LOL? I really didn’t like Magonia either, and that’s another one that everyone seems to love.
      I personally wished the entire book had focused on the grandmother’s story. 😛 It was super heartbreaking, and just interested me more than anybody else’s, but unfortunately, it only lasted like 30 pages.

      • Yeah I absolutely loved the grandmother’s story. It was the most interesting of the three… and her whole family died so tragically!! I haven’t read Magonia but I’m not sure that I’ll like it either. The cover and everything is amazing though.

        I’ll probably go out and buy some Twix tomorrow. I actually don’t know how I’ve survived…

    • How do you people survive without Twix?! I can’t go a week without having some. xD
      I’m kind of an overachiever xD. I think my South-Asian heritage has something to do with that. *blushes*

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