Wrap Ups+Book Hauls

What I read in October 2019

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*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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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