September & October Wrap Up

September & October Wrap Up

September and October Wrap Up BannerSince I didn’t do a wrap up last month (because I was ashamed at how little I read), I thought I would do one for both months. I have been in a slump most of this year when it comes to reading and I just don’t have the motivation. So while it isn’t an exorbitant amount of books I am proud of the five I have managed to read. At this point I don’t even want to think about my Goodreads goal because I am so far behind. But, enough of my moaning, let’s move on to the books I did manage to read!


A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade Of Magic ⭐⭐⭐.5

A good start to the series and I seriously fell in love with Lila bard. The book didn’t hold up against my outrageously high expectations but I hope as I continue on with the series I will love it even more. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but I just found the book a bit predictable. The worldbuilding was a thing to behold and I loved it so much that I wanted to dive right into the book. So while I had my issues with it and it didn’t fulfil my expectations I have high hopes for the entire series. For some reason I got partway through A Gathering of Shadows and just lost steam. I hope to finish it in November though! 

 


Flight of the Swans CoverThe Flight of Swans 

An amazing middle grade retelling of the Grimm’s Tale The Six Swans. I adored this book and I believe everyone of all ages will enjoy reading it. I only recommend that you maybe familiarize yourself with the original Tale before jumping in so you can have an idea of what is going on. This has made its way to the top of my all time favourite middle grade books! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this story. I received an ARC copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son. You can read my full review of the book here.

 


The Lost Property Office CoverLost Property Office 

Another middle grade read that I truly enjoyed. As a history buff I was immediately drawn to this story and the action kept me engaged until the end. I read this book in a few hours in a single sitting since I couldn’t put it down. There were times in the book where it was information overload, especially for a younger reader but the high octane action will keep them reading. I would describe this book as the middle grade version of the National Treasure movie. I definitely recommend you pick this one up!

 


Magpie Murders CoverMagpie Murders 

I had high expectations for this book which just weren’t met. To be honest I got quite bored with this book and had to push myself to continue on with it. I thought there would be more back and forth between the story and the real world within the book. Instead it was like reading two books one after the other. There were extensive casts in both stories and at times it made it hard to keep everybody straight. I found there were a few loose ends that didn’t get tied up that frustrated me, but the absolute part was the ending. I would say this book is an homage to the classic murder mysteries of the past but failed in the delivery.

 


Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle CoverThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle 

 This book started off really well and I was hooked until about 80% of the way through the book when we found out one fact. It kind of turned the book into more of a redemption story which kind of bored me. I wasn’t too impressed with the twist at the end either even though for the first time in awhile I didn’t see it coming. I had really high expectations coming into this book and just came out feeling meh. It was still an interesting read so if you want to pick it up then you should. 

 


I managed to read two out of the three books I wanted to read in October which makes me happy. I’ve been really pushing myself to read in any of my spare time which is why I’ve managed to read five books instead of the two I probably would’ve gotten otherwise. I am hoping to get ahead in my ARCs and maybe get to some of my backlog books in November. Here’s to hoping I have a better reading month!

 

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  1. I stopped at the 30% mark of Evelyn Hardcastle. My brain couldn’t wrap around it. I will get back to it, to see what the hype was about but I know its one of those mind bending reads.

    1. Christine

      It was definitely had its’ twists and turns! I hope you enjoy it more than I did lol.

  2. I hope your next month of reading is far more enjoyable.

  3. All new to me – thanx for the info

    1. Christine

      You’re welcome! I hope you end up reading one of them 😀

  4. I want to start reading more middle grade. I follow so many book bloggers who just love them!

    1. Christine

      All of the middle grade I’ve read recently have been some of my favourites! I definitely recommend checking some of them out!

  5. I’m so far behind in my Goodreads goal as well! It’s always fun when you are ahead, but depressing when you are behind your goal. Hope you can get closer to your goal this month!

    1. Christine

      Fingers crossed! Good luck on your Goodreads goal as well 🙂

  6. I’m sorry to hear that about Evelyn Hard Castle. I had been considering if I should read it or not.

  7. both flight of swans and lost property office look like reads i might enjoy 🙂 thank you for the reviews.

  8. Ahh I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who things aDsoM is a bit overhyped, lol. I liked reading the book and think it’s a fun first book in a new series but it wasn’t as good as what a lot of readers out there made me believe it to be, lol. But I indeed think this is that kind of series that only gets better with each new book, but I don’t know if I’ll pick up the second one anytime soon. Think I’ll wait a bit haha. Happy reading in advance for when you start reading the second book!

    Sorry to hear the twist in the Seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle wasn’t that impressive. I haven’t bought the book yet but it was on my wishlist. It wasn’t a book I wanted to buy asap before, but reading your thoughts on it makes me want to downgrade it on the wishlist, lol.

    2 out of 3 is a good achievement and I hope you get around to tackle some arc’s and backlist books! Curious to see what you end up reading in November! Happy reading in advance! 



  9. Looks like you had a great couple of months. I loved Seven Deaths, if it was a bit strange and I had to concentrate.

  10. Looks like you had mostly enjoyable reads and, hey, it’s good that there’s room for improvement with this month’s books 😀 Great mini reviews!

  11. Great wrap-up post I’m glad you enjoyed some of these books, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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