October 2017 Wrap-Up

In October I read 10 books:

  • 5 new novels
  • 3 rereads
  • 1 novella
  • 1 collection of short stories

It was an average reading month for me, but I didn’t rate anything under 3 stars.

Could Have Been Better

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco – ★★★¼

This YA horror novel had its creepy moments, but the first half was far too slow and the side characters weren’t memorable. What I liked the most was the protagonist, Okiku.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – ★★★¼

Two love triangles + one love pentagon is too much. I don’t care about the romance, I’m here for the family dynamics and the fairies. It could have been better.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – ★★★½

This is Clare’s best book. I loved the setting and the characterization, but there’s too much focus on the romance for me, and the story didn’t need 700 pages to be told. (reread)

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle – ★★★½

I had mixed feelings on this one – while I loved the plot and the setting (that atmosphere!) I thought the writing was pretentious. The character could have been more developed.


The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★★¾

The Language of Thorns is a collection of tales set in the Grishaverse. I loved the first three and I liked the last three; my favorite was The Witch of Duva.Loved

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo – ★★★★¾

This is the first YA thrillers I’ve ever loved. It’s a story about lesbians in which no lesbians die, half dark contemporary and half mystery, told in both first and third person.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★★¾

Anna-Marie McLemore is the best YA magical realism writer. I didn’t like Wild Beauty exactly as much as When the Moon Was Ours, but it was still a really good book. The writing was the best.

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang – ★★★★★

The Red Threads of Fortune is my favorite novella. It’s a story about grief and monsters with a f/nb romance. I love JY Yang’s writing.

Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee – ★★★★★

I reread my favorite books for the fourth time this year, because I could.

What is the best book you’ve read in October?

5 thoughts on “October 2017 Wrap-Up

  1. You had a fantastic reading month! I loved Cassie Clare’s books though. They were 5 stars for me and I still have to read Leigh Bardugo 😉

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    1. The Shadowhunters books have too much romance for me, but I totally understand why many people love them – the characters are great, and even when her books are 600+ pages they’re compulsively readable. And I recommend everything Leigh Bardugo has written, she’s my favorite YA author.

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    1. Before the author said “no dead lesbians” on twitter, I thought this was going to be another Far From You situation (which was really painful for me to read because of the dead lesbian and all the internalized homophobia) and I wasn’t sure I wanted to read that. But it was an unexpected favorite.

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