I don’t know if you could tell but I am irrevocably happy on my reading progress this month!!!!! (the exclamation marks says it all). This is probably nothing for some of you but it is a big deal for me because it’s been months since I last read eight books in one month. I am actually working on the last one right now while I’m writing this so hopefully I would be able to finish this book I’m reading so I could include it on my October Reads to make it 9 books. As you’ve known, if you’ve been visiting my blog or if you follow me on social media, I continued my TOG readathon (which I will be posting SOON) so this month involved 3 of the books from the epic SJM series. Another update on my reading progress is upping my Goodreads Reading Challenge from 40 to 60 books this year, I feel slightly bad because last time I checked I am 5 books behind schedule and that doesn’t sound so good. I also tried to insert spooky/mysterious reads this month for obvious reasons that this halloween season is giving us, I’m not sure if I achieved it but here are the books I’ve read this month:
First on the list is CoHo’s most recent fresh from the box, WITHOUT MERIT. This is a nice way to start our month especially since this is also the release month of this most anticipated young adult book by Colleen Hoover. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed on my reading experience for this book. If you want to know more about my thoughts and rating for this book, check out my not so short review. The following books I read were part of my reading marathon that as expected, took my breath away. I’m not sure I could point out everything I want to highlight on this series but I’ll try. I postponed reading Heir of Fire for sooooo long, I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned this but by the time I finished reading Crown of Midnight/ The Assassin’s Blade, the Heir of Fire was not yet published. When it came out, I wanted to reread the first two books and novella but I didn’t have the time. While waiting for the right moment to reread the series, I’ve heard a lot of different reviews regarding this book. Some loved it, and some was disappointed so I was really scared, but it turned out that I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL. So another piece of history, since I didn’t read HoF for eternity, Queen of Shadows was born and of course, I couldn’t read it. I also heard a LOT of not so good reviews regarding the book BUT I am so disappointed with myself for ever doubting SJM’s masterpiece. I consider QoS as my favorite book from the series since CoM (and don’t you just agree?!). After everything I’ve been through QoS, I had to stop first or else I will die so I read Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers because a reading wrap-up is never complete without a poetry book or two in it. My favorite part of this book is the first chapter and that’s all I can say, you have to read this because once again Rupi Kaur didn’t fail to deliver. After one breather night, I got back to business with SJM because what kind of coward would turn down the epic book Empire of Storms? Might as well get this war over with right? No. Because EoS left me with more problems that I could ever comprehend but everything their was sooo good!!!! the mystery and battles. I cannot wait to read the Tower of Dawn novella. I was mourning so much because of EoS so I decided to choose a sad looking book as my rebound read after an adventurous best selling high fantasy book, and Gayle Forman did the honor with her I was here novel. My thoughts about this book will be posted soon. It was a short but struggle read! I thought that Gayle Forman’s writing will grow on me as I have grown with her novels (e.g. If I Stay) but turned out I didn’t. Anyway, the next book I read is something I kinda struggled with for the past few months and I didn’t really finish it immediately because it wasn’t on my priority list but I have come to love the book as I was reading and that’s the important thing, it is Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda. This one is a cute contemporary book that I love, and the only reason I struggled is the mere fact that I wasn’t in the mood to read highschool setting books at that time. The next book on the list (hopefully this is not the last for this month as I am already 50% on my additional read at the moment) is Stalking Jack the Ripper! The moment I saw the book cover before it was released, I have been dying to read it. I just never found the time (I don’t know where time is hiding that I kept on missing it *haha* whatever), and now finally I pushed myself to read it this month because I need something mysterious or creepy to read for the month of October and I feel like this mysterious book meets the qualification for the book of the month. I will be posting my review on this soon. So it turned out I did finish my 9th book for this month but I was too sleepy to edit this post last night. Anyway, the last book for October is The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. Like I wrote on my goodreads review, I didn’t know what to make of this book so I need more time to gather up my thoughts and feelings towards it until I comprehend my perspective and write a review. I am curious what will happen on the second book but I don’t know if I am curious enough to actually continue reading. So we’ll see. 🙂
That is it for this month, I am hoping to achieve my 60 books Goodreads RC and maybe increase it to 80 soon but no pressure *haha* I can see that I have a lot of catching up to do with my reviews and readathon, I will do my best to post it in the upcoming days. What have you been reading? How’s your Goodreads Reading Challenge?