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    What I read in October 2019

    *Another uncommon reading month for me. I somehow managed to read quite a bit even though the last two weeks of the month I didn’t read anything really. I hope you all had a great reading month as well!

    October was a pretty good reading month for me. I was able to read seven books. It wasn’t until I finished Kingdom of Ash that I stopped reading a lot. I just needed a break from books for a bit. I had been neglecting my home and various other things that I normally handle. I’m not going to lie it’s been nice not feeling like I always have to be reading. I’m sure I’ll get out of this “slump” soon. In the meantime, I’ll be making sure my family has clean dishes to eat off of. Lol.

    Books I read.

    Kingdom of Ash / Sarah J Maas / 2018 / 984 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This was a great ending to an amazing series! Of course, I want more from this world but I’m happy with what there is. I really appreciated the ending of this book, except for one thing. Why did Gavriel have to die?? I mean it felt completely unnecessary and I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive Sarah for it. I wanted Adeion to have a happy ending that didn’t fully involve Lysandra. Like, they are cool together and everything, but I wanted Gavriel and Adeion to be able to have the relationship they deserved. And if he was sacrificed so that Lysandra could have Adeion all to herself, I’m just not ok with that. I just don’t understand the point of his death.

    City of Bones / Cassandra Clare / 2007 / 486 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I had read this book before. Like when it first released. I remember liking it pretty well then, but I was so much younger. It was an ok book. Not amazing, but I’m pretty sure I had a crush on Jace.

    Nevernight / Jay Kristoff / 2017 / 463 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I actually had to borrow this book from Libby to read it. I read a lot faster on my iPad than I do a physical book which is nice. But the main reason I read it on my iPad rather than the physical copy I own is because of the footnotes. There is a footnote on basically every page of this book and I just could not with them. They yanked me out of the story every couple of paragraphs and they were hardly related to what was going on. It was so much easier to read after I switched to my iPad.

    Ruin and Rising / Leigh Bardugo / 2017 / 480 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Let’s just say I’m thankful that I finished this trilogy. I loved Shadow and Bone. Siege and Storm was terrible and Ruin and Rising was good until my favorite character disappeared from the scene. Just, ugh.

    City of Ashes / Cassandra Clare / 2008 / 455 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I did not like this book as much as the first one. I have a lot more questions than I got answers for in this book. I was expecting a bit more explanation and I got none. Just more things that I need to know the answers too. I’m hoping the next book in the series will explain things a little bit better.

    Ronit and Jamil / Pamela L Laskin / 2017 / 192 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I don’t read much poetry. Like, usually zero. So I was surprised that I was able to follow this story pretty well. Especially considering it was about a Jewish girl and a Palestinian boy. I really loved the content though and I think it’s an important story. I wish more people were like these two characters and did what they felt was right, even if their families think they are wrong.

    Assassin’s Creed: Reflections / Ian Edginton / 2017 / 144 pages
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This is a comic book and while I didn’t much care for the stories the artwork in it is beautiful. That was one of the main reasons I bought it in the first place.

    Some Reading facts

    Most read genre: Fantasy
    Pages read: 3,204
    Longest Book: Kingdom of Ash
    Shortest Book: Assassin’s Creed: Reflections
    Oldest Book: City of Bones
    Unfinished Book: Frozen Tides
    Unhaul: 0 <==But I’m feeling the itch again…
    Haul: 1 <== I’m so proud of this number!
    Unread Shelf: 74 <==Slowly getting this under control.

    Reading Next: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    I’m really hoping to start my reread of Harry Potter soon! It’s been way too long since I read these and I can’t wait to visit my favorite wizarding school again.

    I hope you all had a wonderful October and that it was filled with all of your favorite Fall things!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

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    September 2019 Wrap Up

    *Hello friends! Again, long time no talk! September was another crazy month for me, but I got so much reading done! I made it through 10 books and then had extra days at the end of the month so I started 3 more….oops.

    Best reading month ever!

    I had an almost* unbelievable reading month! I say almost because I know exactly why I had a good month. It had to do with a dirty house and basically not doing anything other than reading.

    I was able to get so many great books read though! It was worth the dirty dishes and the laundry and oh my gosh the bathroom. (That’s my least favorite room to clean so I was ok with shirking that responsibility. Haha.)

    I’m still going strong with my Falling Kingdoms buddy read. We’ve made it through the first 3 books in the series. The third book was good but also frustrating! Several of the characters I just wanted to die. The good news is that three out of the five died by the end of the book. The rest of the book was good because it’s very important to the plot for the whole series. I’m glad I’ve continued to read these even though the first book did not impress me at all.

    Ratings and Reviews

    The Assassin’s Blade
    By, Sarah J Maas
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This book was good. I don’t usually rate novellas very high because they just lack the depth that I love in books. However, it was very cool to see all the connections between these short stories and Empire of Storms.

    The Bronze Horseman
    By, Paullina Simons
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This is the first historical fiction book I’ve read in a long time. It was good even if it was a really long book. It follows the love story between Tatiana, a 17 year old Russian girl and Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army. It is heartbreaking as it covers the siege of Leningrad by the Nazis during World War II. It was definitely worth reading and I have the second book in the trilogy on my TBR for October.

    Dev1at3
    By, Jay Kristoff
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Somehow I did not enjoy this book as much as Lifel1k3. I think it is because it does not have the same vibes as the first book and there was no killer plot twist at the end. It was still a good book, obviously if I gave it four stars, but it didn’t live up to the first book for me.

    Red Rising
    By, Pierce Brown
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This book is one of the best debuts I have ever read. Pierce Brown is a genius and I loved this book so much! I was hooked from the first page and there is a plot twist in the first 100 pages or so. I mean, what author does that? I am so excited to jump back into this series in October!

    If You Find Me
    By, Emily Murdoch
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I don’t normally read books from the contemporary genre, but this one was pretty good. It was not phenomenal by any means but it also wasn’t bad. It has a great message even if the content is heavy. Triggers for rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and child abuse.

    Tower of Dawn
    By, Sarah J Maas
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I loved this book! Chaol has always been one of my favorite characters. Even in Queen of Shadows. I know a lot of people hate him but I’ve always been in his corner. It was good to see the character development in Chaol and Yrene. I don’t really care about Nesryn too much. I do like Sartaq though. Hopefully he will help Nesryn calm the heck down.

    Dreams of Gods and Monsters
    By, Laini Taylor
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This is probably the best series finisher I have ever read. The story isn’t finished and it alluded to more, which would be the Strange the Dreamer duology. I loved the ending to Akiva and Karou’s story. The characters in this trilogy will always have a special place in my heart.

    Night of Cake and Puppets
    By, Laini Taylor
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This was an adorable account of the night that Zuzana and Mik met and officially became a couple. Zuzana and Mik are two characters from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and I love them very much. I’m going to miss my favorite rabid fairy and violin boy.

    Stalking Jack the Ripper
    By, Kerri Maniscalco
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    This was such a good book! I love Audrey Rose and her representation of a strong female character. She was so refreshing compared to the female characters I usually read about. Most of them are just men bashers but Audrey Rose shines as a respectful and self assured individual. She does not need men to tell her what to do but she also does not disrespect them as fellow humans. I just loved her character so much and I cannot wait to see what adventures she gets into in the next book.

    Gathering Darkness
    By, Morgan Rhodes
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I already talked about this book at the beginning of this post. I really enjoyed it even if there were quite a few characters that irritated the heck out of me. The plot got just a bit thicker in this one and I am excited to see what happens in book number four.

    What They Meant for Evil
    By, Rebecca Deng
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    I was provided this book by NetGalley in return for an honest review. I’m not going to talk a bunch about this book here since I’m planning a review for a separate post. I will say that I enjoyed this book and it was a great reality check for me. I have so much to be thankful for and this book reminded me of that.

    The one book I didn’t finish.

    The Kiss of Deception
    By, Mary E Pearson
    DNF
    I read over 200 pages of this book and it was the most boring thing I have ever read in my life. Nothing was happening. There was no plot. There were vague mentions of some kind of religious system. It was never explained. I spent most of my time wondering why this book even existed. I’m sure the author means well but I did not like this book at all. Since I didn’t finish it I have not given it a star rating. I don’t believe that’s fair to the author. I know a lot of people love this trilogy, but I’m not one of them. I doubt I’ll pick up any of her other books.

    Some reading statistics.

    Favorite book: Red Rising
    Longest book: The Bronze Horseman
    Shortest book: Night of Cake and Puppets
    Pages read: 5,088

    Unhauled Books: 39

    This is not a typical month for me. I usually read around 5 to 6 books a month. I spent a lot of my time reading when I would normally be doing other things. It was great to get so much read, but I know it’s not a sustainable routine.

    I hope you all had a good reading month as well!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

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    P.P.S You can see the books I hauled here ==> September Book Haul