October’s reading time has come to an end. There is something about the cooler weather that just makes me want to curl up with a good book. In fact, I spent a pretty good amount of time this month reading. While not my strongest reading month, I did get through quite a few books. My daily reading time, plus tossing in extra time when a book demands my full attention is a big contributor to putting a big dent in my enormous TBR. October in books tenth installment of my ongoing series highlighting what I read in a month.
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October in books
A story that was both good and pretty dang boring. This story helps to fill in the gaps of what happened to cause the fall of the New Republic after the events of the original trilogy and when the First Order appears. However, it’s fairly slow-paced and bogged down by the senate – though that is a key part of the story. Certainly not the best Star Wars novel, but also not the worst.
This was a fantastic volume. The characters all really shine in this one, but it’s Yona and Riri who really were the stars of the story. I didn’t want to volume to end, but it did and on such a huge cliff hanger. I cannot wait to read the next volume when it comes out.
I picked this one up on a whim. The story itself is quite good, but I have to admit it didn’t grab me as much as some other stories have. I do think the artwork in this manga is very well done. Will I continue this series? More than likely, but I am not in a huge rush to do so.
This graphic novel is a bind of up three books: Shattered Peace, A Clan In Need and The Heart of A Warrior. These books help to fill in the story between the first and second series while also giving a bit more detail about Ravenpaw and his life away from the clans. One nice thing about the graphic novel is you can finally see what the cats look like. True, you know essentially what their colors are from the novels, but seeing them illustrated really brings out the details. A quick and enjoyable read.
One of the best westerns I have read in a long time. This book pulled me in right from page one and didn’t let go until I was done. I don’t know if anything I say can truly do this book justice. It was wonderfully written, with rich characters and a well-paced plot.
A fun little King Arthus retelling in the form of a graphic novel set in modern times. The characters are a mix of those who appear in the story of King Arthur, though their names are changed a bit. I have to give the author a high five for his creativity is putting a modern twist on this well-known story.
I feel like this book had the most impact on me this month and rightfully so. This was a book my husband suggested to me and while I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, I’m glad I took his advice. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so look for a full review of this one coming soon. Well worth the read.
Not as good as the first book, but still kind of a fun read. I can see why my son likes reading this series but I would rather read about the real King Arthur story.
I love the anime, so I wanted to check out the original story through the light novel. There wasn’t much difference between the light novel and the anime. However, in reading, you get to see more of Naofumi’s internal thoughts, especially what he thinks and feels about a certain character. I will continue this series for sure.
For years I have wanted to read this book. I absolutely love the anime of it, but I wanted to check out the original source material. It was hard at times to focus on the book because I kept comparing it to the anime. However, I really did enjoy this story. It is different from the anime, but I liked seeing how things were supposed to play out. The characters are even a bit different from their anime counterparts. I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
This was a book I had been meaning to read for a while now and is part of my research for one of my writing projects. While I did learn quite a bit from this book, I did find some areas lacking. And that’s nothing against the authors, who clearly did a lot of research for these books. It was simply a fact that records weren’t really kept that detailed the daily lives of peasants and other lower classes in medieval times.
This book was my favorite in the Life In A Medieval series. The detail of what life entailed for women, the household, doctors, scholars and anyone else of minor and major importance. I found this book really helpful in imagining just what it was like to live in a medieval city and what daily life was like.
I am torn on this one. The story itself was pretty interesting. However, the narrator of this audiobook ruined the entire experience. His voice was so monotonous, that even when there was great emotion during a scene it all felt flat. It’s honestly a miracle I listened to the whole thing.
By far the best book in this series so far. Witches With The Enemy is the third book in the Mist-Torn Witches series. This book really brought on a lot of character development, world-building and had a great story to boot. I had been unsure if I would continue this series when I began this book, but now I am excited to keep reading.
I read this book about twenty years ago. While reorganizing my shelves, I discovered it shoved behind some other books and decided to read it again. It is a mix of biography, of both the author and of George Adamson, and a passionate look into wildlife conservation – namely dealing with lions. While I didn’t love this book as much as the first time I read it, it was still nice to revisit this.
The story in this volume took an interesting turn but even so, I absolutely love it. I am so glad that this manga exists. We need more books and stories about socially awkward people. It just makes for great reading plus I relate to Komi so much. Really looking forward to continuing this series.
The first book in the Wings of Fire series. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was looking forward to it after reading the prequel novel Darkstalker. This one was so different from Darkstalker than initially, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. The story did pick up in the second half and I did like it. I will have to continue reading this series to see how everything plays out.
October in books stats
- Books read: 19
- Books purchased: 16
- Books purged: 4
Though these are my opinions, please understand that they should not prevent you from reading any of these books. A book that I don’t like could be a book that you end up loving. Always give books a chance.
What did you read in October? Any books that stood out to you as exceptional reads?