what I read in October, a monthly wrap up

Are monthly wrap ups the only posts I’ve been writing for months? Yes, they are. I want to keep you all up-to-date with my reading, even though I’m going through a) one of the busiest periods of my life, and b) an incredibly long and stubborn blogging slump. I’m not in a reading slump at all! I just seem to forget I own a blog, and haven’t wanted to write a post in months. Sorry… I’m hoping that by letting my life take its course and focusing on other things at the moment my passion for it will come back. I don’t want to force it. Either way, here’s what I read in October!

Shortcake Cake vol. 4 by Suu Morishita – ★★★.₅
Like I mentioned in September’s wrap up, while in Tokyo I stayed at a hotel that allowed you to read as much of the manga on their shelves as you wanted. I started the Shortcake Cake manga during summer when I bought the first two volumes. This is a series I enjoy, but don’t love. The art is incredibly cute, the story is sweet, but there isn’t much to make this stand out from other manga.

Anonymous Noise vol. 1 by Ryōko Fukuyama – ★★★.₅
Another one I borrowed from the hotel’s shelves. This is the story of a girl whose best friend moves away/disappears one day, and she grows up looking for him. Then she meets another guy, they write songs together as they grow up, and he disappears too. She’s convinced that they will come back once they hear her voice. This was a fun introduction into the world, but I couldn’t stop cracking up every time she sang. Why is she opening her mouth so wide and why can the entire world hear her? Does she have supernatural lungs??

Shortcake Cake vol. 5 by Suu Morishita – ★★★
Same story as volume 4, to be honest. It was enjoyable but not very memorable. I’m glad I had the chance to read it though! I think I will continue the manga as it gets released because I’m invested now but it’s definitely not a priority purchase.

Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty vol. 1 by Megumi Morino – ★★★
You guessed it, another volume I read while staying at the aforementioned hotel. I didn’t know what to expect from this manga at all. We follow a young guy who doesn’t want to go to university but wants to work instead. His father agrees to let him help with his job in the hopes of dissuading his son. The boy ends up working a part-time job at the mansion on the hill, where he meets the mysterious daughter of the house. While reading, I was afraid this was going into a weird direction with mental illness but then it turned into something supernatural (and not related to mental illness at all) and I was relieved. Once again, will probably continue but not a priority.

Waiting for Spring vol. 1 by Anashin – ★★★★.₅
A manga that has become a priority, however, is Waiting for Spring. I absolutely loved this first volume about a girl who accidentally befriends the popular members of the basketball team at her school. It was funny, adorable, and everything I wanted. I need to buy the volumes so I can continue soon!

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang – ★★★★★
After finishing all that manga, I finally managed to read a novel as well. On the plane home, I finished The Poppy War, which will definitely end up on my favorite reads of the year list. It was brutal, captivating and fantastical, and I can’t believe it took me so long to read it. I want to read the sequel so badly but the paperback isn’t available anywhere… Be aware of all the content warnings for this book, though! There is an extremely brutal scene in here. You can find those content warnings in a lot of Goodreads reviews.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – ★★★★.₅
I sent in an acquisition request for this book to my local library, and was ecstatic when it was approved and the novel arrived. This is the story of a married couple who like to kill women together. It’s such a fascinating read, especially as we read from the perspective of the husband. How he both loves the “hunt” and abduction, yet hates how scared his daughter needs to be when she goes outside. This book was quite predictable and I wasn’t surprised at any point, yet it didn’t detract from the reading experience at all. I would highly recommend this book if you want to venture into thrillers.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – ★★★.₅
I’m not sure how to rate Descendant of the Crane, to be honest. I really enjoyed reading the book, and sped through it. Clearly, I was captivated by the world, characters, and story. Yet there’s quite a lot about the book I didn’t enjoy. It was very predictable. At times, I knew that a certain action from the main character would end up biting her in the ass in a specific way, and I was always right. Another aspect of the book I didn’t like was how passive the main character is. While I don’t think that every female leader or main character needs to be a sword-wielding assassin or brilliant strategist, I would hope that they at least have some agency throughout their story. I’ll keep it as a 3.5 for now. I’m curious to see what Joan He will write next!


What did you read in October?

October Book Haul!

I don’t do book hauls often. Usually, when I buy books I buy small quantities at a time. Maybe in a secondhand store, or my favorite store is having a sale, etc. But I saw someone haul some books they’d ordered from Amazon.fr, which I found really interesting. I live in Belgium, so they shipping is free and the shipping time is short when I order from the French branch. Yet I’d never done that. So I decided to take a look at the English section they had. And I ended up ordering 11 books -and paid €60 in total (shipping included). That’s so cheap!

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The School for Good and Evil (School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer
Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) by Michael Crichton
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

#Spookathon Wrap Up!

Because the #spookathon ran for an entire week, I’ll just replace with third weekly wrap up of October with a #spookathon wrap up! In my TBR post, I mentioned I wanted to read 3 books: Night FilmDays of Blood and Starlight and Snakewood. Today, I’ll show you what I actually read each day, and whether I achieved my TBR goals and challenges! 

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Day 1: 17/10

Book(s) I read? Night Film by Marisha Pessl
#of pages read today? 293 pages

I got about halfway through this book in the first day, and I can already tell it’ll be a 5-star one. It’s just so good. The atmosphere, the different formats, the characters… I’m on board. 

Day 2: 18/10

Book(s) I read? Night Film by Marisha Pessl
#of pages read today? 299! 

I finished Night Film on the second day! It was such an incredible book. After a while, I started questioning everything. What is reality? Is Scott insane? AM I GOING INSANE?

Day 3: 19/10

Book(s) I read? Days of Blood and Starlight (DOSAB #2) by Laini Taylor
#of pages read today? 513!

Today, I started and finished Days of Blood and Starlight! I was just so hooked, I couldn’t put it down. I think it’s one of the best sequels I have ever read. 

Day 4: 20/10

Book(s) I read? Snakewood by Adrian Selby
#of pages read today? 67

I read next to nothing today, especially compared to yesterday. I think it’s a combination of a busy day, and a book that isn’t a very quick read.

Day 5: 21/10

Book(s) I read? Snakewood by Adrian Selby
#of pages read today? 86

I don’t know whether this book is just a slow read, or I have been too busy to pick it back up… The last two days haven’t been that successful reading-wise!

Day 6: 22/10

Book(s) I read? Snakewood by Adrian Selby
#of pages read today? 30 

I wasn’t at home in the afternoon, which I know is a terrible excuse for reading 30 pages on a readathon-day. I don’t know what it is with this book! I like it, and I enjoy it while reading, but I am going so SLOWLY. 

Day 7: 23/10

Book(s) I read? NONE
#of pages read today? 0!!

Apparently I am the worst. I didn’t read anything on the last day of spookathon… What is it with this book? Or my reading mood? Maybe I’m just busy?

Did I complete all the challenges?

  1. Read a thriller? YES (Night Film)
  2. Read a book with red on the cover? YES (Night Film)
  3. Read a book with a spooky word in the title? YES (Days of Blood and Starlight)
  4. Read a 2016 release? NO
  5. Read a book with paranormal characters/creatures? YES (Days of Blood and Starlight)

Did I complete my TBR?

Well, not entirely. I read 2 out of the 3 books I was hoping to read. I did read 1288 pages in total, which isn’t bad, right? And both books I managed to finish turned out to be 5 star reads! Here’s what I finished: 

Days of Blood and Starlight (DOSAB #2) by Laini Taylor // ★★★★★

Night Film by Marisha Pessl // ★★★★★

Weekly Wrap Up | October #2

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Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore // ★★★

Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and Being Comfortable in You Skin by Brittany Gibbons // DNF

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I found this show called Merlí by accident. I think it plays out in Barcelona, so the show is in Catalan. I found someone who uploaded the storyline of Bruno & Pol from the first season (two of the characters) with English subtitles, and watched that. I fell in love with both of them. Of course, I missed out on a lot of the other characters. Then I found the first 4 episodes of season 2 in full with English subtitles. I love it so much! First of all, it’s nice to watch in a different language because I actually feel like I’m learning something. I love the guy who plays Bruno. Not only is he incredibly attractive, but I love his voice as well. Honestly, watch the season 2 episodes. His voice is so nice. Anyway, as it’s quite the random find, I thought I’d mention it. 

I also watched a new episode of Conviction, an episode of Once Upon a Time (I’m still on last season, so I need to catch up), an episode of The X-Files and one of Lucifer

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You know why I read so little this week? Why I didn’t make a Top 5 Wednesday post? Because I had the flu. That ruined quite a big chunk of my week. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice it to say I didn’t do much more than sit in the sofa.


That was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything fun? 

Weekly Wrap Up | October #2

Another Sunday, another weekly wrap up, right? I’m really enjoying writing these weekly wrap ups instead of monthly ones! I hope you’re all enjoying them too… So anyway, let’s see what I read, watched & did this week, shall we? 

What I Read (2)

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Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong – ★★★★ // I got this one from the library -yes, that is in my opinion excluded from my book buying ban because I’m not actually buying them. But I saw this in the library and thought it looked interesting. I was pleasantly surprised by this one! I read it in like a day or two, which is saying something if you could see my schedule at the time. I will be writing a full review of this one soon! 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor – ★★★★★ // I FINALLY READ THIS ONE! This one is a cult favorite, and I totally understand why. I absolutely loved it -and I’m so glad I already had the second book so I can continue soon without breaking my ban.

What I Watched (2)

As our Netflix subscription has been on hold since Monday, I haven’t been watching as much TV as I do otherwise. I have been watching a lot more YouTube videos though. Basically, we used a promo for 6 months free Netflix, which has now run out. So we need to renew the subscription and actually start paying, which we haven’t done yet -AAAH. Anyway! 

I am still keeping up with a lot of the fall TV I planned on watching. I’ve been loving the first two episodes of Criminal Minds, one of my all-time favorite shows. I’ve also been keeping up with ScorpionBlindspotScream Queens and Quantico. Honestly, how great is Quantico? It’s only been two episodes and I can already tell I’ll be addicted by the end of the season. And of course I can’t forget about the first episode of the new Flash season! LOVED IT. I liked that we got to see a different side to Barry Allen, a realistic side when dealing with stuff like that.

I still have to watch episode 3 of the new How To Get Away With Murder season, but I’m really looking forward to it! 

On the Blog (2)

  • I wrote about my favorite bookish pets this week! Which reminds me, I really want a pet. 
  • I also wrote a review about a new favorite graphic novel series Lumberjanes. Basically, you all have to read this amazing series about friendship.
  • And because I was inspired by my bookish pets list, I also made one about my favorite bookish animals!

So that’s my wrap up for this week! What have you read this week? Or watched? I’d love to hear about it!

October New Releases I’m Excited to Read

I can’t believe it’s October already. I know I say that every month. But really, let’s think about it! In 3 months, it’ll be 2016. I can’t handle this knowledge. Anyway, a new month = a ton of new releases. So today, I’m showing you the ones I’m most excited about! 

 October 6th

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1) by Rick Riordan // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet // Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith // A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis // Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman // Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 8th 

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The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan and Phil

October 13th

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First & Then by Emma Mills 

October 22nd

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What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

October 27th

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Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen


So those are the books I’m excited to read being released this October! Have you read any of these? Are you excited to read any other books as well?

Monthly Wrap Up: October 2014

Another month has passed which means it’s time for a monthly wrap up. Not to be cliche or anything, but where has this year gone? Tomorrow will be November… That’s insane! Anyways, I’ve had quite a good reading month during October, which sort of surprises me since I’ve had quite a lot of work for university -stress, sleepless nights and tears, thank you so much university work. Here are the books I read during October. I will make sure that you can go to its Goodreads page by clicking on the title.

If I have made a review of any particular book, I will make sure it there is a link for it included, in case you want to know more about my opinion on the book. I will try to put the books in chronological order, but if you are ever curious as to what I’m reading or anything I have read before I started my blog, there is a link to my Goodreads account where you can find everything you want to know!

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  1. Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    I adore this book. I read it for the first time in 2013, and I’ve been in love with the world and characters ever since. I was in a huge reading slump in September, but this book -and the sequel- pulled me straight out of it. I would recommend this to everyone. And yes, I will probably feature this book many more times on my blog -I apologize beforehand if you don’t like it.
  2. Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    Just as amazing as the first book. This series will probably move to my Top 5 Series-list, together with Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, etc. That’s high praise coming from me. I can’t wait for Vision in Silver, the third book in the series.
  3. The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    The long-awaited ending to another one of Rick Riordan’s amazing series. That man is truly a genius. Anyways, I reviewed this book on the blog and you can find my review here.
  4. Schizo by Nic Sheff
    Rating: 4/5 stars
    This was definitely the most “different” book on this list. While this wrap up includes a lot of fantasy novels -as I have just noticed- this book is realistic fiction, about a boy living with a mental illness. I have made a review of it on the blog and you can find it here.
  5. Every Ugly World by Aimee L. Salter
    Rating: 4/5 stars
    Every Ugly Word is a novel that I received for review. I really enjoyed this one though, it has a unique mix of realistic fiction and a paranormal element. You can find my review here.
  6. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
    Rating: 4/5 stars
    The Paper Magician, just like the Glass Magician, are books I received for review. I was honestly surprised by how much I liked these. Curious about this book? More can be found in my review: here.
  7. The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician #2) by Charlie N. Holmberg
    Rating: 4.5/5 stars
    As I said before, I received this book for review. I have a review in which I go a bit more into depth but these were just such enjoyable, quick reads. I devoured them. You can find my review here.
  8. The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards #1) by Scott Lynch
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    As a fantasy-lover, I HAD to read this book, especially after all the love it’s been getting these past months/years. I wrote a review for it, which can be found here.
  9. The 100 (Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
    Rating: 3/5 stars
    This book was a bit so-so for me, and I elaborate on the reasons why in my review. Maybe I will start watching the show, who knows? Read my review here.
  10. Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse
    Rating: 3/5 stars
    Same story for this book: some aspects that I really enjoyed, some that irked me. I also wrote a review for this one, which you can find here.
  11. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger
    Rating: 3.5/5 stars
    Same story for Soulless: some parts that I really liked, others that I didn’t like as much. Most of the books that blew me away seem to be situated in the beginning of the month, now that I look back on it. You can find my review here.
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling
    Rating: 5/5 stars
    Ah, do you even have to ask for a rating on this one? I am pretty sure you don’t. I don’t know how many times I have read and re-read this series. It doesn’t really matter though because even if I have read every book 99 times, I will still enjoy it just as much the 100th time.
  13. The Oathbreaker’s Shadow (The Knots Duology #1) by Amy McCulloch
    Rating: 4/5 stars
    I read this book practically on the last day(s) of October. While I was expecting the story to be intriguing, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I will have a review up for this book on November 1st -so basically tomorrow if you’re interested in reading that.

I am really happy with both the amount of reading I’ve done and the amount of amazing new discoveries I’ve made. If I had to choose one book (or two) that surprised me the most, it would the The Paper Magician trilogy. I expected to like them, which is why I requested them for review, but I ended up enjoying them even more than I thought I would. Have you read anything (good) this month, or want to recommend me one of your favorite books? Let me know in the comments!

P.S. I am quite proud of the amount of books that I reviewed. Proud moment right here -sorry. The only books I didn’t review were the ones I re-read.