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?)

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Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR

I used to be a much more avid reader of nonfiction, but for some reason this year and last have not been particularly fruitful in that category. I couldn’t even tell you why, exactly, because I loooooove nonfiction. I think there’s just so many fiction books out there that get so much more hype that it’s easier to gravitate towards them. Nonfiction November is meant to get you thinking more about reading nonfiction, even if you just read a single nonfiction book, and even though I already have a pile of fiction books I want to read in November, I’d like to incorporate some nonfiction into my diet too!

Rachel has just put up a fabulous post for Nonfiction November where she discusses nonfiction books she would recommend alongside nonfiction books on her TBR, all to the tune of the challenge prompts set out by booktube’s abookolive, who hosts the challenge every year. Olive has designated four challenge words meant to be interpreted in whatever way you like: design, sport, true, and voice. I really love the way Rachel laid out the post, so I will be doing the same thing; that is, for each category, I will lay out a nonfiction book I am recommending alongside a nonfiction book I hope to read.Read More »

13 Spooky Films to Watch in October

october films

I don’t tend to watch a lot of movies these days, even though there was a time when I would watch something like five a day, but this October, I wanted to make an effort to watch some horror/thriller movies that would get me in the mood for Halloween! Most of them are classics in some way, or cult classics at least, or well-talked about horror movies that have made some sort of cultural impact and that I have been meaning to watch for ages. Read More »

Wrap-Up: September 2019

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (★★★★☆)
  • Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (★★☆☆☆)
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 1 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 2 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)


So, as you can see, my intended TBR for September was a massive failure. In general, this month was kind of a #fail in terms of reading; I’m not sure why I read so little. Also, I always feel a bit weird including manga or graphic novels in my reading count, because they’re so damn short! I read both the above manga volumes in under an hour. It feels like cheating to include them, but, I mean, they’re still published volumes with their own Goodreads entries, so…

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Wrap-Up: August 2019

  • The Hidden Face of Eve by Nawal El Saadawi (★★★☆☆)
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (★★★★☆)
  • Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger (★★★★★)
  • Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy (★★★★☆)
  • Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (★★★★☆)
  • Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich (★★★★☆)
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (★★★★☆)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (★★★☆☆)


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Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2019

Last year, I did a post about my most anticipated releases of 2019. As I was perusing it I realized that a) I haven’t read half the books on the list even though they have either been released or I have ARCs and b) I really only talked about books that were coming out up until August, with the exception of one single book. There’s a bunch of new releases I’m looking forward to for the rest of the year, so why not talk about a whole other bunch of books I probably won’t read until like two years after their release date!

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September Fantasy TBR

No, there’s no particularly good reason for me to be dubbing September a month of fantasy, except that I’m suddenly in the mood for fantasy. This is probably because I’m hardcore drafting my own high fantasy at the moment, so I like to read other fantasy novels for inspiration. Anyway, I’ve got six books here, in order of priority.

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