October Book Roundup.

HOW IS OCTOBER OVER ALREADY??? I just don’t understand where this year has gone. I feel like I’ve barely accomplished anything. Well, aside from finishing my GoodReads challenge. That’s something, right?

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Read:

First and Then – Emma Mills. Easy. ★★★★☆

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I really enjoyed this YA/teen romance. It looked a lot at not fitting in, family, and worked in a really realistic portrayal of teenagers, high school, and young romance. It made me cry a few times, and it was full of interesting characters. I wrote a more in depth review, which you can read here!

“Mr. Willoughby, distraught at the news of Marianne’s sudden illness, show ups at their house intoxicated, begging to see her. It was tense and dramatic and somehow, although two hundred years previous, still totally relevant. It was the drunken text message to an ex two centuries before such a thing existed.”

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Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira. Medium. ★★★★☆

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This was a hard book to read. It tackles quite a number of confronting issues, and really delves into Laurel’s heart and mind. It’s written entirely in letters which Laurel writes to dead celebrities/historical figures. I found this format surprisingly easy to read. It still managed to suck me into the story. I wrote a more in depth review, which you can read here!

“Maybe that’s what being in love is. You just keep filling up, never getting fuller, only brighter.”

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Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Medium. ★★★★★

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This was our BOTM for “The Book Corner“, and I absolutely loved it! I’ve grown to love both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett over the last year or so. And this book just perfectly captures what I see as their writing styles. It’s such a fantastical and wacky representation of the Apocalypse. You can watch our full review here!

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

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The Four Legendary Kingdoms – Matthew Reilly. Easy. ★★★★★

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Oh. My. Giddy Aunt.

I have been waiting impatiently. I read it in a night, and holy crap! This is the fourth book in Reilly’s “Jack West Jr” series. It was epic. It was fast paced, and terrifying, and emotional. I’m working on a full review, which I will link when it’s done.

“The dogs, it had to be said, were a bit of a shock to Jack’s falcon, Horus. The old bird tolerated them like a teenage girl tolerates a little brother.”

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Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Easy. ★★★★★

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I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS FINALLY OUT AND THAT I’VE FINALLY READ IT!!!

I read this in a day also. OMG, it was just as incredible as the first book, and I can’t wait for the trilogy’s finale. This format, made up of different types of files, is just utilised so fantastically by the authors. It weaves a vivid tale, which made me feel like I was in space. I’m working on a full review, which I will link when it’s done.

“The family that eats together maintains a successful interstellar criminal organisation together.”

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Currently Reading:

Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy.

I actually got back into this! YAY! I’m a third of the way through. So fingers crossed I can get it done by the end of the year.

Joss Whedon: The Biography – Amy Pascale.

Yeah. No.

A Tyranny of Petticoats – edited by Jessica Spotwood.

This is a short story compilation about girl’s throughout American history. I’m seven stories in and really enjoying it. They’ve all be really different so far!

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I’ve actually made myself a list of books I would like to read by the end of the year, but I think it may be counterproductive, because it just makes me feel guilty and then I don’t actually feel like reading the books. I’ll let you know how it goes.

– Gabi

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