So Halloween is over for another year and now we are into what I call pre-Halloween. Now this month was probably one of my best reading month probably ever! I read loads of spooky books this month and had a great time. I also managed to finally get back into Netgalley and started reading ARCs again which was super fun.
- I read 6 books this month.
- I read 1 ARC this month.
- Genre: 4 fantasy, 1 horror and 1 non-fiction.
- Gender of authors: 6 women and 1 man.
- Race of authors: 3 white authors, 2 black authors, 1 south asian author and 1 pacific islander author
- Age range: 2 middle grade, 2 YA, 1 children’s and 1 adult
- Format: 3 paperback, 2 hardcover and 1 eBook.
If you want to read more in-depth versions of my thoughts click the the titles for my reviews.
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4.5 stars)
Going into this novel I didn’t have many expectations but what I got was a story about friendship and trust. I loved the structure of the novel flicking between the past and present. I loved the the characters and the different relationship dynamics between the core group. This novel was just super fun and exciting to read.
The Monsters of Rookhaven by Padraig Kenny (4 stars)
This book is the perfect mix of The Addams Family meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! So much heart, so much excitement and so much adventure. I loved the huge variety of characters and the multiple POVs introduced. This was a perfect Halloween read!
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman (5 stars)
The Hunger Games if it was set in a fantasy world. I loved the world/lore of this novel, the characters and all their varying and complex dynamics, the exploration of family and the exciting yet incredibly tense plot. I read this as an ARC but I am definitely buying the book when it comes out physically I enjoyed it that much!
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Black Girl Magic edited by Lilly Workneh (4 stars)
I really enjoyed being able to learn about loads of women I had never heard of before and being to learn about their contributions to the world from science to music. I loved the championing of black women/non-binary people in both the illustrations and as well as the individuals mentioned within the novel.
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago (4 stars)
I just picked this up randomly after being enticed by the beautiful cover. This was a super cute story celebrating the introverts of the world and the beauty of friendship.
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (5 stars)
Probably my favourite book of the month. I really enjoy books where we see new beliefs and old beliefs clash. Witches vs God essentially and this book was it! I loved the setting, the female protagonist, the writing was so beautiful and structured incredibly well, the messaging within this novel just hit every mark for me.