October was not my most successful month of reading, as I didn’t manage to finish my TBR by a long way. However, I did enjoy some of the books and graphic novels that I read. I had a wide variety of reads, which is something that I didn’t expect going into October. Any of the books that I reviewed separately in the month I have linked.
Throughout 2020 I’ve been trying to tackle my TBR of owned books, and The 100 was next on that list. I picked up The 100 originally because I wanted to read it before the start of the TV show, but it did not work out that way. While I liked the storyline on Earth featuring Clarke, Bellamy and Wells, I felt like Glass’s storyline was not as thought through. But this may have been due to us only getting one point of view on the Arc and then three on Earth. Overall I liked The 100 and will definitely continue with the series as it is a straightforward science fiction series to read.
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Star Daughter was one of my anticipated reads of the year, and it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved the Hindu mythology, which combined with celestial fantasy made for an inspiring and extravagant read. It was fascinating to learn about both Hindu mythology and nakshatras, and the way that Shveta Thakrar incorporated them into the storyline. Shveta Thakrar has such a lyrical writing style which only added to the lavish setting. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good mythology based fantasy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol 1 – High School is Hell by Jordie Bellaire
High School is Hell is the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a modern-day retelling of Buffy, featuring everything that we have now such as phones. It has all of the old villains as well as some new ones. It does take some getting used to as many of the characters have slightly different personalities. I will definitely be carrying on with the series, as soon as I can get my hands on the next one.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin was one of my highly anticipated new releases of 2020, and it did not disappoint. It is an enemies-to-lovers romance set in a rich fantasy world. I liked the plot, and it definitely ended on a plot twist, so I am looking forward to reading the sequel in 2021. There were some issues, but they were minor and didn’t impact on my reading experience.It also has anxiety representation with the main character Malik which is something that I have not seen before, but I hope to see even more in the future.
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Ghost Squad was the Middle Grade Monthly book for October, and it was a fun read for the spooky season. It was a quick read, so it was very easy to be immersed in the plot. I loved the characters of Lucely and Syd, and found their friendship to be really wholesome. My only slight issue is that I would have loved it to be a little bit longer as the ending was very short and felt a bit rushed.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone was the first Leigh Bardugo book that I have ever read, and while I liked the book, I did have some issues. I liked the unique magic system, especially the way that Grisha were not adored by the wider population, which is not what you usually see. However, I did have problems with the world building as I wanted more from the setting. I also didn’t like the romances as I didn’t believe in either of them. However, there are still two books in the series, so there is still time for the relationships to develop.
Children of the Whales Volume 1 by Abi Umeda
Children of the Whales Volume 1 was the first-ever Maga that I have read, so it did take me some time to get used to the format. I am pretty sure that I did read some pannels out of order, but it all comes with practice. I really liked the art style within Children of the Whales and found that it enhanced my reading experience. Even though I did read four chapters, I am not sure of the central plot, but it did end on a cliffhanger which I am sure is going to answer more questions when it is resolved. I am looking forward to continuing the series soon to get my answers.
The Witch and the Beast by Kousuke Satake
The Witch and the Beast was an arc so thank you to the publishers for providing me with a copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really liked the art style within The Witch and the Beast and found that it went well with the plot. It definitely enhanced my reading experience as it made it easier to understand the plot by seeing it executed in an art deco art style which fitted the feel of the manga. I did have some issues with understanding the plot initially, as it puts you straight into the action. But as the manga carried on, I found myself understanding much more, especially as the central plot became clear. I am curious to see where the rest of the series is going, as it ends on quite a big cliffhanger.
There you have it, the eight books that I managed to read in October, I did feel myself going into a slump but hopefully I managed to avoid it. November is a busy month for me as I have 16 books on my TBR so wish me luck.
What did you read in October? Did you have any amazing standout reads?
Let me know in the comments below!