Saturday 31 October 2015

October 2015 Wrap-Up

Firstly, Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a great October. This month I took part in the Blog Ahead 2015 challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the aim is to get ahead with writing blog posts, and to schedule the posts after the challenge ends. This is my second year participating, and overall, I’m calling this year a HUGE success. As of today I have 11 posts scheduled in advance, and a further 8 in various stages of draft-hood. Considering I’m a non-planner, I’m really pleased! Going into the challenge I knew I wasn’t going to complete all 31 posts, so I’m really happy with what I’ve managed to get done. If you were participating, how did you do?? I hope you completed all your goals!

This week I’m linking up to both Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post memes.

Books I Read in October

October was a quite a slow month – only 4 books, 5 when I finish The Falconer later on today. You know that horrible feeling when you’re convinced a reading slump is just around the corner? I’ve been feeling like that all month, and I really hope I don’t fall victim to one again. I do have quite a few ARC’s and review requests haunting me right now, and they’ve been playing on my mind a lot. I know I need to read them, but, gosh, all I want to do is curl up and read Ink and Bone, which will be quickly followed by A Darker Shade of Magic!

Oblivion by Kelly Creagh Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clarke

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Books I Bought This Month

I did quite a bit of bookish shopping this month, which is never really a bad thing!

Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

It won’t be much of a surprise that I began reading Oblivion right after it arrived in the post. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and so much more. I suspect this book is the cause of my almost-reading-slump. It’s the last book in the Nevermore trilogy by Kelly Creagh, and I haven’t felt this gutted about a series ending before. I'm in denial. I don’t want to say goodbye to the characters! I need more books! *Sobs*

Endgame by C.J. Daugherty and The Witch Hunger by Virginia Boecker

Endgame by C.J. Daugherty // The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

I was really lucky to get eARC’s for both of these books earlier in the year and I kinda needed to get my hands on the physical editions. We’re all occasionally guilty of this, I think!

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine // City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I’m determined to keep chipping away at the Morganville Vampires series. I finished reading the fifth book this month, so hopefully I’ll get this one read in November / early December. After I finished reading Lord of Misrule, I couldn’t help thinking 5 down, at least 10 more to go. It’s a bit intimidating. (Help me!) And yep, I’ve got City of Glass! I really hope I like it. I’ve heard it’s the book in the series to get you hooked, and I've promised that I’ll read the first three and then make a decision if I’ll continue on with the remaining books. I want to love this series – I really, really do – so I hope City of Glass is awesome.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This cover. Oh my heart, I love it so much! It’s one of those gorgeous textured covers, and I almost don’t want to touch it and ruin it. But, sacrifices have to be made because I can’t freaking wait to read it!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

I’ve heard lots of awesomeness about V.E. Schwab’s books, so I have pretty high expectations for A Darker Shade of Magic. The Sin Eater’s Daughter, on the other hand, I’ve seen quite mixed things about. I really hope I at least like it!

On the Blog Recently

If These Authors Wrote a Book Together, My Mind Would Implode

Review: Romancing the Dark in the City of Dark by Ann Jacobus

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

11 Book Series I'll (Probably) Abandon

The Reading Habits Tag

What have you been up to this month? Any plans for Halloween? And any tips on preventing a reading slump setting in?

Have a fab weekend, and Happy Reading!


  1. I'm impressed that you were able to complete that many blog posts ahead of time. I'm a horrible planner. Great haul of books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. You got some great books this month. I recently read City of Glass and really liked it. I hope you do as well.
    I also have heard very mixed things about The Sin Eater's Daughter and I might use a coupon to buy just because of that gorgeous cover... and I may love it.
    I really don't have any Halloween plans except a possible jaunt to the big city (~120 miles) today to go shopping,
    Feel free to check out my Month in Review.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amazing cover of Ink and Bone, I don't think if seen that one before! I'm hoping to read The Sin Eater's Daughter this month, it's a loan from a friend, so I need to return it soon. Great list!

  4. I loved Vicious by Schwab! I really want to get to ADSOM (and the UK cover is great! Love it!) soon.
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

  5. Ooo, Ink and Bone is one I want to read. Enjoy your haul.

  6. OMG!! Your Ink and Bone cover is so much prettier than ours! I love it! I'm also slowly (very slowly) trying to make my way through the Harry Potter series again. It looks like you're doing a great job of it! I hope November is a great month for you!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

  7. Happy Halloween for yesterday! You've got a lot of great books in your haul this week! I recently got A Darker Shade of Magic myself and I can't wait to read it, I have heard so many amazing things about that one :) I really hope you enjoy all of your books.

    Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

  8. You have a handful of awesome and good looking books here! So many genres and beautiful covers! Happy reading and can't wait to see what you think about them! :)

    My STS:

  9. Tell the Story to Its End looks really good. And I love that cover of Ink and Bone! I think any posts you got done ahead of time is great! I was able to get all 31, barely, the last two I got on the 31st. Great haul this week!
    Check out my STS



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