It’s spooky time! Today I am here with a way more timely wrap-up than my previous ones. I also want to take some time to apologize for my little break from blogging. My laptop died. I am sure none of you were concerned because I do frequently take days off because that’s just the type of person I am.
This month was a relatively decent reading month. I am still in my reading slump, but I gave most of the books I read four stars or higher. I read six books, which is on the lower end of my average books per month. I gave one two stars, three four stars, and two five stars.
Before I get very far, I also wanted to add that I will be linking any reviews I have as I talk about the books. I will also be posting reviews for the other books soon so I will update this if Future Alyssa remembers.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
This book is about a painter named Isobel who has to go on a trip with a faerie prince after she accidentally paints emotion on him.
I did not like this book one bit. At the beginning, I was intrigued, but it went progressively downhill as I read the book. The only reason that I didn’t DNF this is because I really liked her second book, but this missed the mark for me. Click here for my review.
Rating: 2 stars
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I think this is a book that is probably the best to go blind in because it’s a pretty fast read, and you’ve probably already read it already, but I am going to give you anyway. This book is about a boy named Conor who is just having a really rough time in life. His mom is struggling with a terminal illness, his father has moved on to another family in the states, he’s being bullied, and he keeps having recurring nightmares. Then, one night, a monster comes to him.
Unless you are new here (and if you are, welcome!) This is my favorite book of all-time depending on my mood, and nothing changed with this reread. I have talked about it in so many posts already. This book is the perfect concoction for me because it has beautiful writing, it’s just a tiny bit magical, and it’s a coming of age story. The only other thing it needs is to be queer, and Patrick Ness does write a lot of gay stuff. This one just isn’t. This is such an amazing book, and I love it so much. I will not be posting a review because it’s a reread, and I don’t review rereads.
Rating: 5 stars
Loveless by Alice Oseman
This book is an Ownvoices aro-ace book about a college freshman named Georgia going through college as she is also questioning her sexuality. It’s about the feeling of loneliness and finding romance in friendships. This is a coming out story, and it totally inspired this post I made.
I really loved this book a lot! I am asexual and aro-spec, and I have never felt more seen in my life. I have read more of Alice’s other books, and this is my favorite without a question. It’s definitely a favorite of the year. Here is my rave review of it.
Rating: 5 stars
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin
This book is about a podcast host named Rachel who goes to this town to follow a rape case for her next season of her podcast. While she’s there, she is getting letters from a woman whose sister was murdered twenty-five years before.
I really liked this book! It reminds me of some other books I’ve read this year and loved. This is totally the grown-up version of Sadie by Courtney Summers, and I am here for it. I read the audiobook for it, and I definitely recommend going that route because Rachel’s podcast is included in it. The reason it’s not a favorite is because Rachel was a bland narrator. Here is my review.
Rating: 4 stars
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
This is about Felix Love who is struggling with his feelings on his gender, his mom, and his love life. The plot starts with Felix getting dead named so he decides to try and find who did it on his own.
I really liked the commentary that Callender included. I think there are very important conversations about intersectionality and identity. I can’t say what it was about it. It just wasn’t a five star read for me. Review is coming soon. Honestly, probably the reading slump.
Rating: 4 stars
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This is about a girl named Coraline who is ignored and like nobody cares about her so she goes into this door next to her apartment and is sent into this alternate world with everybody she knows in the real world around her accept that everybody has button eyes.
This was exactly what I needed right now! I think one of my problems is that I’ve been craving spooky content, but I was trying to hold out until October. I will say that I don’t think I was scared, but it definitely creeped me out. Review is coming up.
Rating: 4 stars
Those are all the books I read this month! I did mostly enjoy the books I read this month so in that sense it was a success. I am really hoping to get out of my reading slump this month so we will see. What was your favorite book you read last month? Let me know down below!