Wrap-up & Book Haul: [OWN]tober

Wrap-up

I’m late! I know! But, as you know, I was on holiday last week so I have the best excuse ever, right? Yes, I do! I really, really needed the time away from everything – packing and life in general – to focus on myself and my boyfriend a bit so you could say I.. enjoyed every second. I also ate way too much but the food was so gooood. And we went swimming! And enjoyed bubble baths! And discovered some fun cities! Yay!

Anyway, time to wrap up October so let’s see how things went!

As always, covers link back to the Goodreads-page! And a new addition: the star-ratings link back to my reviews if I’ve posted them or added one on Goodreads!

Books I read

OWNtober

Under the Eye of the Clock: The Life Story of Christopher NolanThe Sun and Her FlowersParanormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1)Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)It

Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan ~ ★★★★★
The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur ~ ★★☆
Paranormalcy #1 by Kiersten White ~ ★★★☆
Supernaturally #2 by Kiersten White ~ ★★★
Shiver #1 by Maggie Stiefvater ~ ★★★★
Linger #2 by Maggie Stiefvater ~ ★★★
Forever #3 by Maggie Stiefvater ~ ★★★★
IT by Stephen King ~ ★★

It’s a bit funny how.. after Sequel September, I ended up starting two new series.. And haven’t finished either of them by the end of October too. That does not bode well for my next Sequel September, does it? Good thing I already finished one of the series by now and am on my way to finish the second one too, hah!
As for IT, I’m not even going to talk about that one anymore. Thinking about it and seeing the cover still gets me angry in 0.2 seconds so.. yeah. Ignore.

OTHER BOOKS ON MY OWNED TBR I READ

I succeeded at not picking up any of my 2018-bought books! I’m so proud of myself! Even though I mentioned some books I might pick up in October that weren’t pre-2018, I still managed to stick to my original plan!

ARC’S I READ

The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 1)Empress of All SeasonsOdd One OutOne New York ChristmasDinosaurs & Cherry Stems (Cindy's Crusades, #1)

The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana ~ ★★★
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean ~ I STILL have to write my review – oops..
Odd One Out by Nic Stone ~ ★★
One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot ~ Haven’t written my review for this one yet either..
Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems by Susan Jean Ricci ~ ★★☆

Five ARC’s once more! Not bad, not bad at all. The one bad thing is how I haven’t written two of my reviews yet while it’s been.. quite a while since I read Empress of All Seasons. I have to get on top of that one soon..

SUMMARY
Total number of books read: 13!

My haul

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

PrideShadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)Girls of Paper and Fire

PRE-ORDERS

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)My Whole Truth

Look at me, behaving like I’m.. not me! Especially since I already read two out of five books I got during October since I read ARC’s of both Girls of Paper and Fire and My Whole Truth. I really, really wanted a finished copy of both so I was thrilled when I found out one would be in a subscription box and the other.. well.. I simply pre-ordered myself a finished copy, hah.

I’m pretty proud of myself this month. We also did a whole lot of packing so.. Even though I didn’t read as much as I thought I would, I still nailed it, ha! Although.. Looking at the ratings I gave, it wasn’t a very good month quality-wise? I don’t know.. Hopefully November will be better.

How was your month? Did you read a lot of books?
What was your absolute favorite October read?
What about your favorite October memory?!

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37 thoughts on “Wrap-up & Book Haul: [OWN]tober

  1. Awww man. I hope you have a better month quality wise now. October I didn’t read so much and I don’t think I finished a single book from this month 🙃 Yea I haven’t read at all but hopefully I’ll fix that.

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    1. I have been reading but stuff for school. Like for example I’m on Chapter 9 for Frankenstein which I’m really enjoying. But in terms of my own personal reading, last time I did it was legit a month ago 😳 I don’t think I’m getting any reading time for this month but I’ll maybe finish a book or two. But last month I did finish Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour which was my last 5 star read so I don’t think it’s that bad.

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    2. Ooh, as long as you’re enjoying your school reading as well, I’d say you can still count it as reading time honestly. Frankenstein is on my TBR still. I’m awful when it comes to classics and can never really lose myself in them?
      Definitely not bad that your own personal reading ended on such a high note!

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    3. Oh yes I’m very enjoying my Gothic Literature class. The last thing I finished was The Hound of the Baskervilles which is definitely something I recommend along with any Sherlock story. I don’t read any classics unless it’s for school but now I’m more inclined to pick it up. Before this class, I didn’t have any of the classics on my TBR but personally I’m really liking them. Right now my favorite classic other than Sherlock is Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. It definitely reads like a telenovela (the first four chapters starts out slow but once you get into it, you’re in it). It’s a fast read in my opinion. Definitely my classes are leaning me towards the classics. But still YA all the way for me XD

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    4. Ha, awesome! Goes to show school doesn’t always have to effect people in a negative way when it comes to reading. Discovering new genres through classes is something I wish more people could do, to be honest.
      Haha, once you’re totally in love with a genre, it’s hard to change sides!

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    5. I really like school now that I’m in the right major but that doesn’t mean that I don’t feel lazy a lot of the time. With my other classes, I’ve just been so lazy and not wanting to do anything. Like right now XD But I’m glad I get to go into more genres because I never thought I would like the classics until I took the class so I am happy.

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    6. I never had that luck, so that’s definitely good on you! Thing is, I only figured out what kind of job I like AFTER I had college-opportunities? I jumped from job to job for a while and now I’m all good, but I never thought I’d like administration as much as I do. Should I have known, I would definitely have done something along those lines and maybe even got a bachelor finished but alas. :’) They really do force us to make those decisions way too early in life, in my opinion.
      Feeling lazy about school sounds totally normal though, haha! As long as you’re liking it, all is good. 😀

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    7. Yea my friend is really struggling with that right now. She’s not sure what to do but I always had two great loves which was cooking and books. If it wasn’t for the book community, I definitely wouldn’t be here. But yea I’m glad you found your place. I honestly say there is no rush. Eventually you will find your way.

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    8. Books has always been one of mine as well, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities in that sector over here. Especially since my preference is and always will be English books and all publishers in Belgium are into Dutch / French books. Not to mention I don’t even think there’s a specific book-related course? As far as I know? At least there wasn’t one that made me go “YES” back when I had to pick a college course.
      Definitely true. There’s a reason people change careers late in life – sometimes it just takes a while to figure it out and to get the courage needed to make the jump. 🙂

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    9. Oh man, that sucks! There aren’t a lot of publishing in Miami but at least it’s in English. I’m hoping to go somewhere else maybe. Who knows? Yea I knew a guy who was almost in his 50s for my Culinary class because he wanted to become a chef. It was very nice.

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    1. I did! I enjoyed the Shiver books, but I definitely liked the final installment [Sinner] best of all. I think the POV’s of some other characters that weren’t present in Sinner got on my nerves a bit too much by the time I picked up the third book, haha.

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  2. Great reading month! Holiday is theperfect excuse indeed!
    I really like the covers on the Shiver series 😍
    I enjoyed Illuminae last month, but my fave was the Outsider by Stephen King.

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    1. I like the covers more than I like the.. content.. Which isn’t all THAT rare when it comes to pretty covers but still, haha!
      Ooh, have you continued The Illuminae Files after that already or not? Obsidio gave me the worst book hangover!
      I keep hearing about The Outsider but.. Let’s just say I’ll need more time to get over IT.. :’)

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    2. Ah, yes… IT is a bit heavy 🙂

      I haven’t bought Illuminae yet. I have a book tour next week, so i know if i buy this book, i won’t want to read the tour one. Hehe. But got the audio already 😀

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    1. Haha. I can read quite a lot if I set my mind to it and if life doesn’t get in my way too much! I think the best month I had this year was.. 19 books? If I remember correctly. But I really did nothing else than read, read, read and ignore anything household related that month. :’)

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    1. My review on that one is going to.. suck.. I left it way too late to write it. I don’t even want to publish it because I’m.. pretty much ashamed of how generic and boring it is? But I can’t NOT post a review on an ARC. :’) It’s going up later today. 🙂

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    2. As long as you’re honest in how you felt about the book, that’s fine. Honestly it’s good to have so-so and even negative reviews on the blog. It shows that you don’t just give everything high ratings and glowing reviews. At least, that’s how I see it.

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    3. That’s definitely true! I simply dislike writing the so-so reviews because it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly made it so-so while positive or negative reviews tend to be more straight-forward. 🙂

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