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Books I Read in October 2020

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I tend to not do these wrap ups all the way in the middle of a month. I prefer to do them as soon as the month ends, but I read too many books to not share them with you all!

A little bit of a background: I read only 7 books in September. Now, to some, this is a lot. For me, it felt like I didn't read much. Granted, it's my own fault for re-watching and binging 5 seasons of The Vampire Diaries and Julie and the Phantoms. Still, that pesky feeling of disappointment crept in *sighs dramatically*. 

I made it my goal to read 20 books in October, something I had NEVER done. I didn't even voice it in my socials, just in case I wouldn't reach it. Well, let me tell you, I surpassed my goal! I couldn't even believe it! 

The month did start off with a few reads that were okay, but it slowly built up to amazing reads! I even re-read two of my faves! I'll share whisper reviews on some of the reads and the rest will be as a list. I'll also divide them by genres.

Here are the books I read in October 2020!

Genres I Don't Read Often


Being Lolita is a story that every mature teenager should read. It's profound with an eloquent prose that will have its readers pondering this story long after they finish reading it. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vicious book is so addictive. I keep saying VE Schwab's writing is a true magical masterpiece. Vicious seized my breath—the twists and turns, the secrets, the plot, the characters. It all kept building up to a perfect and chef’s-kiss conclusion. ⁣⁣Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mexican Gothic is truly a chilling read. I don’t read Horror, but I’ve been curious about this one so I have in. Sylvia really knows how to enrapture the reader’s attention with how she crafted the story. While the build up was agonizingly slow, it was thankfully entertaining. I could have never imagined the climax nor the outcome of the story. Sylvia really did a good job at keeping this scaredy-cat hooked on the storyline. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

The Haunting of Beatrix Greene is, well, I almost didn’t survive this... But wow! The writing was wonderful! It scared me so many times. Even for a non-horror lover, this book was great. Dare I say, I’m eagerly anticipating the rest of the serials! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


All Scot and Bothered is an intriguing, thrilling, adventure-filled romance! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

To Have and To Hoax: James and Violet sure were a funny couple. I enjoyed the banter and the back-and-forth a lot, but it felt like it went on for longer than it should have. The games they were playing turned very childish. Other than that, it was a nice hate-to-love historical rom-com! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫


Pestilence: I expected more from this revered book. I considered DNF’ing it many times, but kept going in hopes to see what everyone else saw. It wasn’t much, unfortunately. Rating: ⭐⭐

War: I enjoyed War’s and Miriam’s adventure. It was gruesome and dark, but also, War tugged at my heart strings. Definitely glad I kept reading the series! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

FamineI seriously fell for this horseman so hard! I think it was just how he kept tending to Ana even from very early on, always paying attention to her. Can we talk about how fierce and unfiltered Ana is? She’s my second woman crush (Roxy from Den of Vipers being my first)! I loved how inappropriate she was at the most uncomfortable times. Also, I don’t think I breathed after the 90% until I finished. I don’t remember inhaling or exhaling. That last 10% was brutal! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary


Broken is the story Larkin and Rhodes deserved and I’m so glad we got it in a separate book. Yes, I know I was mildly complaining I didn’t get enough of them in Sanctum, but I’m glad we didn’t. This is honestly the sweetest novella I’ve read. Novellas tend to be a hit or miss, or just an “eh” reaction for me. But Hannah McBride managed to put so much thought and story-development into 136 pages. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

City of Brass: I’m kind of obsessed with the magical system in this world. I really liked all the adventures. And I’m seriously hoping Nahri ends up with Dara!!! I have high hopes for this! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kingdom of the Wicked: Dear Wrath, how your banter had me swooning. From now on, I only respond to witch, okay? Okay. Anyways, Wrath is a prince of Hell, one of the Wicked, yet you wouldn’t be able to tell much because of how he behaves with Emilia. Sure, they’re bickering 99.99% of the time, but you can tell there’s a fondness there, one that a prince wouldn’t possess. Kingdom of the Wicked has a great story-line with a prince who will have your knees buckling with his bickering, a vengeance that will have you feeling every bit of it, and an ending that will have you flailing and desperately wanting the second book. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hush was a surprisingly quick book, although it had an unbelievable slow start. It wasn’t until the 40% mark that it picked up. It definitely had my mind going in a million different directions, and at times, I’d get a little lost. I do think the world-building could have used more work. I think the magical system wasn't very fleshed out, to the point I felt like I was missing a lot of key points to fully understand what was going on. The characters were very superficial and not much can be said about them. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


The Inheritance Games is a fantastic story! I loved all the twists and turns! Everything was so thrilling! Each character held my attention from the start. The plot was executed thoroughly, with attention to detail, yet it never felt like the reader would get overwhelmed. On the contrary, I needed more! The mind games were definitely the best part of the storyline. Now I wish I had a brain like Avery’s and the Hawthorne’s boys. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rent a Boyfriend tended to be very cringey and at times, I was waiting for the story to be over. I guess I expected more from this story than what I got. In the end, it was still a cute story. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

ROMANCE

I know I included other romances up top, but I had to include them separately. This romance section will be divided by sub-genres.

Contemporary | Age-Gap | Taboo


Spoiler Alert is such a cute romance novel! I loved all the body positivity and our cinnamon roll, Marcus! I loved just how amazing he is with April. The two are a match made in heaven. Also, I want a cocroffinut! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Birthday Girl is one of my all-time age-gap favorite reads. I keep loving this book so much! Third time reading it and it just gets better and better! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Teacher is another re-read and it's just as amazing as the first time around! This is a very steamy age-gap romance that I will never get tired of reading. Hannah and Daniel are literal perfection. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Hale ... K Webster really is the master at writing taboo romances and having you root for them. This book features a brother-sister relationship. I was cringing in the beginning, and then, I think I just forgot they were siblings or something because I was seriously rooting for them. Again, K Webster is a wizard at taboo. I read this book in 2 hours! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Reverse Harem | Dark Romance


Torn Apart is a reverse-harem novel that I was way too excited to get my hands on. This first book, the reverse-harem aspect isn't that prominent. It definitely is better in the second part, Bound Together. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sacrifice: I'm trash for Katee Robert. This woman keeps writing stories I never knew I needed in my life. This story is a reverse-harem dark romance featuring vampires! This book was beyond steamy! Actually, calling it steamy is the understatement of the year. It was on a whole other level. Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

Queen Takes Rose is the final book in the Wicked Villains series! I was so not ready for this to end. I had grown attached to Jasmine, Jafar, Hercules, Meg, Hades, Tink, Hook, Allecto, Beast, Gaeton, Belle, Ursa, Alaric, Zurielle, and Aurora. My favorite story was definitely Ursa, Alaric, Zurielle (The Sea Witch). I expected more from QTR since Aurora has been in our lives since the very first book. I expected her story to just be more. Still, I'm happy with what I got. Now, I can't wait for the spin-off series, Sabine Valley! Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫


Whew! That was a long one! I'm glad I was able to read so many amazing books! I expected November to bring me the same luck in reading. Spoiler: it didn't. Station 19 took over my life!

Anyway, let me know down below if you've read or are planning to read any of these! Also, let me know if you liked this type of wrap up for my reads of the month!