Wrap Ups

October Wrap-Up 2018

Hi readers! I’m bringing to you today my October wrap-up! I read a total of 7 books in October (one of which was a new all-time fave) and published 5 blog posts! This past month I read:

  • 1 Non-Fiction
  • 2 Adult Romance
  • 2 Young Adult Fiction
  • 2 Adult Fiction

I’m pretty happy with that. I always strive to read at least one book each month in each of those categories, so it’s great to see my reading was pretty spread out over the last month!

Books I Read in October 

» Mating The Huntress by Talia Hibbert

This was Talia Hibbert’s first foray into paranormal romance and it was such a delight! Mating the Huntress follows the romance between a Were and a huntress who hunts Were’s. This novella was chocked full of angst and humour and was really a joy to read. My only complaint is that I would have been more invested in the characters/romance if the book had been longer. 

» If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Okay this is easily a new all-time favourite book. I don’t want to say too much on what it’s about in case I accidentally spoil it, but just go into it knowing it’s a *kinda* mystery following a bunch of ecclectic theatre students that will break your heart into a million pieces. This was such a beautiful, poetic, heartbreaking, passionate book. My heart will never get over that last line.

» Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak is a book I’ve had on my tbr forever. Laurie Halse Anderson explores the aftermath of sexual assault and the importance of learning to use your voice in this heartbreakingly powerful novel. I feel that this is one of those books that 100% deserves the hype and I’m glad so many people have been able to read its message.

» All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All The Rage is another book that’s been on my tbr for a long time. I read Summers’s recent release Sadie last month and have now decided to go back and read all of her backlist. This was another story exploring the aftermath of sexual assault. Unfortunately, the official synopsis for this is a bit misleading and so the actual plot of the book was not what I was expecting. Nonetheless, Summers had some insightful and thought-provoking commentary on rape culture and the different ways in which victims are treated.

» After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was the final book I needed to read to catch up on TJRs backlist and it really reminded me why she is one of my favourite authors. The premise of this was something I wasn’t sure I was going to like– a couple going through a tough time in their marriage decide to take a year-long break to see if it will spark their love again. I hesitated for a while before picking it up, but I should’ve known to trust Taylor Jenkins Reid. I found After I Do to be an amazing exploration of love, family, self-discovery and marriage. It was thought-provoking and really challenged my own perceptions and expectations of each of those things. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading a TJR book, I very much encourage you to rectify that right now and pick up one of her books!

» Untouchable by Talia Hibbert

If any of you really know my romance reading habits, you’ll know that Talia Hibbert is my #1 favourite romance author. Whilst this wasn’t my favourite Talia Hibbert to date, I did thoroughly enjoy it. Hibbert has a way of effortlessly blending a scorching, passionate romance with heavier elements explored, such as grief, anxiety, depression, etc. All of Hibbert’s characters are so lovable and I just devour them every time.

» Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

This was an informative, educational and empowering exploration of how female sexuality works. Nagoski delves into a number of different factors which affect women’s sexuality, but she always comes back to two important points: 1) every woman’s sexuality is different & each one is normal, and 2) that sex happens in context. Nagoski uses very accessible, relatable language to explore and emphasises these points throughout the book, however I felt that at times it got a little too repetitive. Furthermore, I would have liked to have read a more in-depth discussion on asexuality. Asexual women were briefly mentioned in one of the chapters, but it seemed that for the rest of he novel, Nagoski forgot asexual women exist.

Blog Posts I Published in October 

» September Wrap-Up 2018

» 5 Star TBR Predictions

» On Consumerism in the Book Community & My 2019 Buying Ban

» 10 Authors I Need To Read

» #DiversifiveBooks Challenge

There’s my wrap-up for the month of October! I think I did pretty well reading wise and I’m happy with all the blog posts I published this month. I got a new laptop a couple weeks ago so I’ll be able to hopefully post more blog posts in November!

How did you go in the month of October? Come and let me know your favourite book you read this past month and link me to your favourite blog post you published!

Thanks so much for reading!

Taryn xxx

8 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up 2018

  1. It was really hard to sum up how I felt about All the Rage. It was definitely an important story though and I really love how complex the situations and characters that Courtney Summers writes seem to be and I’m definitely interested in reading all her books. I started reading After I Do when I finished Evelyn Hugo, but I put it on hold. It’s definitely not my usual genre, but I was enjoying what I read so far so I’m excited to pick it up! I’m also hoping to get to If We Were Villains this month!

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