October Book Stack – Spooky Tales, Heroic Stories, & Books of Wonderment

Hey there,

It’s time to round up all the books I read in October!

At the end of September, I anticipated that novels would take centre stage and I wasn’t wrong. While last month was about empowerment, this month lacked a thorough theme, but I’m going to go with escape. 

Keep in mind that a few books are not featured in the photo (my friend is borrowing one), and that I’m holding my KOBO because I read two books on there, this month. This was the first time in about five or six years that I started using my Kobo again and I actually really like it. Sometimes books are significantly cheaper in digital format, and it’s also really easy to transport. I also like the visual: it gives a percentage of what you read, and lays out how many pages are in each chapter. While I do have an older one which doesn’t allow me to see beautiful covers in colour, I don’t care at all. It’s a great tool and I see myself using it more, from here on.

So as I mentioned, the theme for this month was escape. Some of my books helped me through my grief of my grandmother’s passing (I started them in September but re-read them again in October), some had me imagining a world perfect for someone with wanderlust, and my novels were spooky and intriguing and suspenseful.

Here’s  a run-down and rating/summary of what I read in October:

(Not featured/Kobo):
How to Heal a Grieving Heart by Doreen Virtue – I’m immensely spiritual and a bit of a hippie, so this was right up my alley. It’s a “flip through” book with messages of support and love when you’re dealing with a loss. (3/5)
The Miniaturist by  Jessie Burton – An easy read that isn’t worth your time unless you’ve got nothing else on your plate. A disappointment for me. (2/5)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – Didn’t scare me though I think it meant to, hated the characters, was pretty bored (2.5/5)

The Wander Society by Keri Smith – Ummm. Yes. This instilled a wanderlust inside my soul. This had me wondering all about the magic of the Wander Society (which really does exist!). And this had me strolling through a forest shortly after reading it. (3.5/5)
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis – This was a re-read. Lewis and I shared a lot of same feelings shortly after my grandmother passed, and I was glad to feel understood. (3/5)
We Have Always Lived in This Castle by Shirley Jackson  – Yep. All kinds of awesome. Easy read, highly recommended. Except I hated the ending. (4/5)
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Holy baloney. I can’t wait to dive right back into this series. My favourite read of the month, by far. (4.5/5)
The Little Book of Feminism by Harriet Dyer – If feminism is something you want to learn more about, and you want some insight into the women that started the various waves and movements of it, this is recommended. There are also some awesome quotes. My rating is based off the fact that this wasn’t informative for me. (2/5)

There are a few things with this month’s book stack that I am most proud of:
1. There were more novels. I’m really happy to get back into them; and a wide variety of them, at that.
2. It was larger than last month’s book stack! Hurray! Hopefully I can keep this trend up.

November will be busy but perhaps December will see a large stack over the holidays.

Did you read any outstanding books this month? Do you plan to read any of the books I listed, here? Let me know in the comments!



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