I didn’t exactly follow my TBR for this month, and I certainly didn’t get to as many books as I had hoped…but I definitely enjoyed the books I read in October, so I won’t discredit the month that much. As well, around halfway through October, my friend and I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater, which I would say was the highlight of the entire month.
I had finals in October, and I managed to scrape an A in AP Art History despite thinking it nearly impossible. I’m extremely proud of that and entirely grateful that my teacher did her best to push all of our grades up, knowing how hard we’ve been working and how difficult the class is. It’s considered the hardest humanities class at my high school.
This month, I started out by finishing The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, a solid four star read. It took me ages to finish this book, but I’m not complaining because I think Stiefvater’s books are meant to be savored and enjoyed over a long period of time. They won’t have the same impact if you binge read them in one evening.
Then, I read And I Darken by Kiersten White, a five star read and a new favorite of mine. I loved the character interactions and the history. I’m such a history buff, especially with European history after I took AP European History last year. I love the conflicts between countries and religions and everything. This book satisfied my historical fiction needs and then some with an engaging plot and morally grey characters. Not to mention, I think I love Radu just a little too much. I recently purchased Now I Rise thanks to a gift card and I’m super excited to dive into this world again.
Lastly, I started reading Warcross and while I finished it in November, I’ll count it in this wrap-up. In the beginning, I thought it would be four stars, but the ending took me by storm and surprised me so much. Marie Lu is the queen of plot twists. I was actually worried I would dislike it, despite loving the Legend trilogy, because I didn’t enjoy The Young Elites. However, I think I’m back on board with Lu’s books. This was just so amazing, diverse, and exciting. I can’t wait to see where she goes with this series.
I hope you all had an amazing October. Halloween was another highlight of the month for me, even though only art history students knew what I was. I dressed as the painting The Son of Man by René Magritte for extra credit, but no worries, I did not wear an apple on my head all day.
Come tell me in the comments how your October went! Was it a good reading month?