Wrap-Ups

OCTOBER WRAP-UP! [2017]

Sorry this is a tad late! Had a busy few days and have barely had time to sit down and write my wrap-up!

I have read SO much this month, and participated in two readathons! Pretty pleased with myself! In total I read 12 books, which are broken down below.

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Horror/Thriller – 2
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  2            •  Classics/Historical Fiction – 6
  • 3 star – 4                • 200-300 pages –  5            • Children/Fantasy – 4
  • 4 star –  6               • 300-400 pages – 4             • Author gender: 5 female/7 male
  • 5 star – 2                • 400-500 pages – 0

                Total pages: 3,058!!

 

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LOWEST RATING – THE SCARLET LETTER

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

No of Pages: 238

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this as part of the Sbooktacular Readathon, for the path challenge to read a book set in either the future or the past. My full review is at the Readathons Wrap-Up here.

 

 

Vassa In The NightVassa in the Night | Sarah Porter | Macmillan

Author: Sarah Porter

No of Pages: 296

Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I read this as part of Spookathon, and it was for the challenge to read a book based on a childhood fear (for me I was particularly scared of the dark/night-time). For the full review, see the blog post for my Spookathon Wrap-Up here.

 

 

Atmospheric thriller The Sister by Louise Jensen - Jera's ...The Sister

Author: Louise Jenson

No of Pages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

This was read for Spookathon also, for the challenge to read a thriller! For full review, check out the Spookathon Wrap-Up post here.

 

 

The Invisible ManH-G-WELLS-The-Invisible-Man-HB-Gollancz-SF-Masterworks ...

Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 144

Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5

Agaaaain this was part of Spookathon! I read this for the challenge to read a book with orange on the cover. My thoughts are detailed in my Spookathon Warp-Up post found here.

 

 

The Time Machine : H. G. Wells : 9780141439976The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells

No of Pages: 96

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I seem to have had a kick to read HG Wells this month! I had this sat on my shelf for years, and never got around to it, despite its size! So I picked it up one evening and I really, really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and personally found it easy to read. I was hooked immediately and wanted to find out what the Scientist got up to and felt anxious for him many times when things were difficult! Definitely one for those that are used to reading classics.

 

 

The Young ElitesLibrisNotes: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Author: Marie Lu

No of Pages: 355

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I picked this up randomly when looking through my shelves of unread series, and I was pleasantly surprised and had a great time reading this story. The main character felt much like an anti-hero, or at least one where their moral compass is grey, and it was fascinating to read. I also got massive X-Men vibes from reading this! The characters I loved and was intrigued with the way the plot was developing. I can’t wait to continue with the series!

 

 

Pre-order A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman ...A House at the Bottom of a Lake

Author: Josh Malerman

No of Pages: 156

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I read this for Sbooktacular Readathon’s challenge to read a book after sunset. My thoughts of this are more in depth in my Wrap-Up blog post here!

 

 

 

The Spellbook of the Lost and FoundBook giveaway for Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra ...

Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

No of Pages: 380

Goodreads Rating: 4.25/5 (review)

This was definitely the most surprising read of the month! I didn’t know what I was expecting, and it definitely wasn’t this! We follow a group of teenagers who attempt witchcraft to find items they lost at a local party, and that’s all you need to know before going in! I found the story to be very intriguing and well-executed, I was hooked from the beginning and it all gelled together in a clever way. Great representation in this book too which was a plus! You learn early on that there are unresolved issues for the characters, and I felt that they were complex and felt very ‘real’ with real flaws.

 

 

 

ad02c-thegraveyardbookThe Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

No of Pages: 289

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

This was read for Sbooktacular, for the first step to read a book of your choice. I was planning to read this for Spookathon but didn’t get to finish it in time, so it passed over to this readathon! The full review is in my wrap-up blog post found here.

 

 

Stalking Jack the Ripper89608-stalkingjacktheripper_cover

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5

I read this for Spookathon and it was for two challenges (spooky setting and spooky word in the title, that being ‘Ripper’). My further thoughts of this book were discussed in the Wrap-Up post I made which can be found here.

 

 

Read the Rainbow: RedThe Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum

No of Pages: 224

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

I read this for Sbooktacular’s challenge of a book with a red spine (hence this beautiful edition!) For thoughts are detailed in the blog post found here.

 

 

The Remains of the DayAmerican and British Books: The Remains of the Day - Kazuo ...

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

No of Pages: 258

Goodreads Rating: 5/5 (review)

The writing. Was. Phenomenal. Every line was like a masterpiece! We follow a well-respected butler of a great house in England, as he travels to the West Country for a break, but there’s so much more to the story I can’t get into! The book has a well-executed, slow-burn and though it was a 250 page book, I took a long time to read this because 1. I didn’t want it to end, and 2. I wanted to digest every single word. I would say this is more of a character driven book, and would be better for those that are used to reading classics.

 

BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS – V.E. SCHWAB (203/508 pages)

BIRDBOX – JOSH MALERMAN (45/305 pages)

ANNIHILATION – JEFF VANDERMEER (83/196 pages)

SHADOW & BONE – LEIGH BARDUGO (78/308 pages)

 

So if you made it this far, thank yoooou! I appreciate you sticking all the way through this very long wrap up! What have you been reading this month that you loved/hated? Do you have any new favourites or recommendations? I’d love to know!

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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