October Wrap Up

So this month was an interesting reading month for me, I attempted my first readathon! I participated in Spookathon, which took place October 16 – October 22. I didn’t end up doing too well but I did finish two books and challenges out of 5, so it’s a good start! But anyways, let’s talk about books. In total this month I read seven books and DNF’d 1.

I DNF’d One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. I thought I’d want to have a contemporary read in October since my list was so fantasy/supernatural heavy, but when I started reading it, I realized that I didn’t want to read a contemporary. This novel is about high school students dealing with keeping their secrets while police are investigation the death of the kid who ran a gossip app that basically ruled the school. It sounds super interesting, but I wasn’t in the mood for it in October like I thought. So I put the title in my TBR jar to pick up again later!

Because You Love To Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Going into this anthology of short stories, I was expecting these stories to be a bunch 31450752of origin stories about popular villains, but that wasn’t the case and I’m extremely glad I was wrong. Like any short story anthology, I didn’t like them all, but overall I thought the writing was great, and I can see myself going back to reread my favorites!

FAVORITES:
The Blood or Imuriv – Renée Ahdieh (prompt by: Christine Riccio)
The Blessing of Little Wants – Sarah Enni (prompt by: Sophia Lee )
Death Knell – Victoria Schwab (prompt by: Jesse George)
You, You, It’s All About You – Adam Silvera (prompt by: Catriona Feeney)
Julian Breaks Every Rule – Andrew Smith (prompt by: Raeleen LeMay)

My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 ★

Now You Hear It, Now You Don’t: A Twilight Zone Radio Drama

These are always fun to listen to. Narrated like a radio drama, and it’s overall just a fun way to listen to a story, especially during Halloween. I love the Twilight Zone, and these are really cool to have playing while you’re doing work or running errands.

My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 ★

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

29433742I got this as an audiobook because it’s always been on my “want to read” list! On top of that, the movie is coming out in November so I figured now is the time to read the book so I can see the movie (which looks really rad). This book was amazing. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I wish I had read it in a written form so I could write down the clues as we got them, because I found myself wanting to solve the mystery myself.

 

My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 ★
My Actual Rating: 4.5/5 ★

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

My copy of And Then There Were None says it’s the “best selling mystery of all time” and it is for a reason. After listening to Orient Express on audiobook, I approached this next Agatha Christie with a pencil in hand. I made note of everything that was mentioned that seemed important about the island and the ten people on the island. But I still couldn’t figure it out! At the beginning of my copy there’s an authors note where Christie says that she had to add the epilogue to explain what happened and oh lord I’m glad she did. I think there are technically 2 epilogues, the one titled “Epilogue” then one labeled “A Manuscript Document Sent to Scotland Yard…”.

It took me reading that second one – a letter to Scotland Yard from the person behind the killings, detailing how the things happened and why – to finally get everything that happened, and made me realize that all the signs were there but they were covered up by the feeling of panic that you felt as you read through the events of Soldier Island. I don’t usually like additions to stories like that – they feel a little hand hold-y to me – but I LOVED this one. It just goes to show how much thought Christie put into the little details of this book. It was amazing and if you’ve never read it, you should go read it now.

My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 ★

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I technically finished this, but in a roundabout way.35397049

I read up to page 234 and was bored out of my mind. For me, I felt that the descriptions and world building were extremely long and sometimes unnecessarily so. I ended up putting the book down and borrowing my roommates copy of the graphic novel version.

And then, because I liked the illustrations in my edition, I skimmed the last 150-ish pages and read the bonus material. I love Neil Gaiman, and the general idea of this story is amazing, but overall I just thought it was okay.

My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 ★
My Actual Rating: 2.5/5★

X Files Cold Cases

This was the first story and challenge I completed for Spookathon! This was for the challenge “a childhood fear”, I have a lot to choose from, but I ended up going with ‘monsters’ in general. This was another radio drama-esque audiobook. An Audible Original with the main cast from the X Files show. It was really cool to listen to, to cut through the way novels are traditionally written to keep me from getting tired of reading this month. There were five episodes total, and they all mostly tied together – there was one I didn’t like, that I didn’t think fit in well with the others, but over all it was really cool!

My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 ★
My Actual Rating: 3.5/5★

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

18782854The second book I read for Spookathon! I counted this book for two of the five challenges, though it could’ve counted for all of them except for “orange in the cover”. The challenges I counted this novel for were: Spooky setting and spooky word in the title.

But, anyways. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time and I kept forgetting to pick it up. I’m glad I finally did pick it up, because it was a really cool read, but man was it crazy. It reminded me a lot of Night Film. The narrative was written in mixed media – diary entries, letters, security camera footage – and I thought that really added to the story. Because you were receiving information the same way and same time the characters were. The characters were also really interesting, one of the main characters is mute, the other just found out he was loosely related to a very wealthy man, who left all his belongings to a cousin he never met.

The book was slow to start, but once you hit the second part of the book (the book is split into three sections), the plot takes a huge turn and you’re left needing to know what happens. I ended up reading the last two thirds of the book in one sitting because so much happened. I was slightly disappointed in the ending, it left me confused, but overall I think the book was pretty decent. Definitely a horror novel though, so if you’re anything like me (aka: scared of everything) I’d suggest reading only during daylight hours.

MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK: I know a lot of people who need to know things like this before they read something or watch something, but a dog does get shot in the heat of a fight.

My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 ★


What did you guys read this month? Did you participate in a readathon, or read any of the same books I did? Let me know!

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