Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2019

 

  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (★★★★★)
  • A False Report by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong (★★★☆☆)
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (★★★★☆)
  • Wytches by Scott Snyder (★★★★☆)
  • A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill (★★★★☆)
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (★★★★★)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (★★★☆☆)
  • Final Girls by Riley Sager (★★★☆☆)
  • Fatale, Vol 1 by Ed Brubaker (★★★☆☆)
  • Th Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (★★★☆☆)
  • Blood Stain, Volumes 1-3 by Linda Sejic (★★★★★)
  • Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (★☆☆☆☆)
  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (★★★★☆)
  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kinfisher (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 16 (ish?)
YEARLY SO FAR: 75

This has been an astonishingly successful reading month. My monthly total is probably a bit inflated because of the graphic novels and the novella, so in reality I read only 11 books this month, but honestly, that’s still a ton compared to this year’s stats, especially considering that most of them were pretty long! I managed to finally sneak in Dracula for Victober, and I’m really glad I finally read it, though I found it needlessly long and waaaaaay too melodramatic. Would love to see a proper, modern BBC adaptation of it, though, and I might do a fancast at some point, just for fun.

I read some really fantastic books, as you can see by the excess of five-star ratings. I mean, I’m generous with my five-star ratings, as I’m generally very easy to please, but I’m just really happy with how much I genuinely enjoyed reading these books. I read so much and all the time – and not always just for “fun” – that it can sometimes be easy to forget that wonderful feeling of falling in love with the pages of a book. Some great books for spooky season too!

I also read a supremely awful book, which was Mister Tender’s Girl. I very rarely give out one-star ratings, mostly because if I hate a book that much I will DNF it, but with this one, I kept reading to the end because it’s technically a thriller and I wanted to find out what happened, but was just awful. Something about it was so bleak and ugly, and not in a good way. The writing was staccato and emotionless and rote, and the whole thing was just a miserable reading experience.

Also finally tried out Riley Sager’s books! I enjoyed the two that I read, though I definitely liked Lock Every Door more. Sager seems to have a taste for the subversive; he definitely enjoys setting you up for a cliche reveal before twisting things around and revealing a twist that upends the status quo. I like this a lot! But I kind of don’t get the hype around his books? Like, they’re good, but, you know, not exceptional.

I am currently reading:

 

The Witch is very good, just very dense and academic, so it’s taking me some time to go through it. I’m also reading it like a student, armed with a highlighter, because I really want to internalize the information. The Library at Mount Char is…as odd as everyone says it is, and very dark and violent as well. I think I like it so far, but I’m just hoping that there’s going to be some explanation regarding the fantastical elements. I have a…lengthy but tentative TBR for the month. I think I’ll be starting either The Body Lies or Angel Mage next!


Television & Film Update

I actually haven’t been watching very much television this month, which makes sense, as I’ve been spending most of my time reading. I did, however, start Schitt’s Creek, which is a sitcom that everyone’s been talking about. It’s fun and low-stakes.

I had a bunch of movies I wanted to watch for spooky season, and I did get to some of them, and others! I’m feeling too lazy to go through them one by one and discuss, but on that note, find me on Letterboxd! But suffice to say I had a good time with spooky season and spooky movies.


Miscellaneous

I visited Salem and Rockport again! I’d say this is becoming an annual tradition (this is the third year in a row!), but I doubt I’ll do it again next year. The only reason I went this year was to attend LeakyCon, which was cool but honestly I didn’t get to spend as much time there as I had hoped. Our weekend was jam packed and I only got to spend a couple of hours at LeakyCon itself. I attended a single session on race in Harry Potter and a live Potterless session with Mike Schubert, which was hilarious. I visited the market and got some Potter merch. It was a good time. Overall it was a great October season.

I’ve also been writing! Still chugging away at my maybe-novella. It’s at 18K right now, and I’d say I’m…halfway done? It’s fun. I still have no idea how I want it to end, but I’m getting there, hopefully. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo in any official capacity, but I hope to use the month’s momentum to get me to write a little bit every day in an attempt to finish this novella!

 

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