September and October Wrap Up

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Books I’ve Read for the Month of September

1. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (April Genevieve Tucholke and Various Authors)- 4/5
2. Opposition (Jennifer L. Armentrout)- 3/5
3. Bitter Sweet Love (Jennifer L. Armentrout)- 4/5
5. A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab)- 5/5
6. Vicious (V. E. Schwab)- 5/5
7. The Demigod Diaries (Rick Riordan)- 3/5
8. The Young Elites (Marie Lu)- 4/5
9. The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black)- 3/5
10. Tiger Lily (Jodi Lynn Anderson)- 4/5
11. Forbidden (Tabitha Suzuma)- 5/5
12. The Sleeper and the Spindle (Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddle for the illustrations)- 5/5
13. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)- 2.5/5
14. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)- 4/5

September has been an awful month for my blog. After a lot of thinking and arguments, I finally give in to my husband’s whim to move in with him and his parents. Don’t get me wrong, my in-laws we’re awesome, and they look after me and my child. The only problem is that they don’t have internet connection, they just have this pocket WiFi that runs on prepaid load. It’s very expensive to use and it’s signal is limited. But despite all that, I get to spend more time with my family, because to be honest, blogging takes a huge chunk of my time.

Book talk! The best book I’ve read for the month of September is Vicious, and the worst is (Sorry Tog fans) Throne of Glass. But if I will consider all the feels and my state after reading, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma will won the first place.(Don’t forget to checkout my review for the book, it’s on the blog.) My emotions were all over the place after reading it, I was so affected.

I also tried reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern this month, and I just can’t. The book has an awesome tone, but it’s excruciatingly slow. All I understand is that it tells the story of two people with magic, that will have to enter a contest against each other. Something like that. My wild guess is that they will eventually fall in love with each other.

I also had my regular dose of Riordan’s and JLA’s works for this month.

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My October Reads

1. Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)- 4/5
2. Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Mass)- 3.5/5
3. Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)- 5/5
4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan)- 4/5
5. Confession of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)- 3/5
6. Never, Never (Coleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher)- 5/5
7. Never, Never 2 (Coleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher)- 5/5
8. Made You Up (Francesca Zappia)- 3.5/5
9. The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)- 4.5/5
10. Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)- 4/5
11. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)- 4.5/5
12. Alice in Zombieland (Gena Showalter)- 3/5
13. The Rose Society (Marie Lu)- 5/5
14. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (Rick Riordan)- 2.5/5

I’ve been surprised when I learned that I maintain my number of reads this month. October has been hectic to be honest because it’s been the birth month of a lot of people who is close to my heart. First is one of my closest cousin, she turned 18 (legal age huzzah!), then two of my husband’s godchildren, my mother and her mother, and my most anticipated birthday on the whole universe, MY SON TURNED 1 LAST OCTOBER 23! I have been running around, trying to juggle my schedule to buy presents, attend parties, reading books, and preparing for my child’s own birthday party. And I love how it turned out. Though a lot of people we’re absent, my son and I made the most of it. We prepare balloons, loot bags and decorations. It was so fuuuun! And exhausting. From now on October is my favorite month.

So books…. I’ve read a lot for this month, and my most anticipated release was the one with Marie Lu’s name on it. The feels.. The trickery.. The feels.. The vengeance.. I savor everything, every word, every punctuation marks. I was not disappointed, I was amazed.

I read a couple of Rick Riordan’s book this month, and I have problems on them. So Magnus Chase, I like him in general, but please Mr. Author, it’s the same plot line over, and over, and over again. Come on, try to spice things up a bit. And the Greek Heroes, gods! I practically drag myself so just I can finish it. The sarcasm and Percy’s spirit was still there, but it’s waaay too much. Yes it’s informative, but also, it’s INFORMATION OVERLOAD again.

I also tried reading contemporaries this month,and maybe they’re the reason why I was able to read as much as 14 books this October. Let’s face it, they are much easier to read than SFF. I love Never, Never, it has the right amount of everything. The romance, the magic realism, and the mystery, gosh the mystery! I hate being kept in the dark, but on  this one I made an exception.
I tried reading another Holly Black’s work, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I was so curious about it since its release, and for this month I decided to finally pick it up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish it. It’s not that it’s bad, maybe my timing was just really wrong. I picked it up at the same time that The Rose Society was released. I got so distracted and abandoned the book. ( I’m sorry little book, I promise to read you again and I promise that I will appreciate you. Just give me time OK? OK.)

In conclusion, I still think that I need to slow down. My health is suffering, as well as my eye sight. I can feel that it’s getting blurry. And please, don’t get me started on sleeping schedules. On a positive note, I’m more or less 15 books away from my 2015 reading goal (150 books), so I can really afford a reading vacation I’ve been trying to get for quite sometime now. (I just didn’t know whether my sanity will keep itself intact with the absence of reading materials. And if on the next blog post I made I sound crazy, you know what happen.)

There you go, my full of rant wrap up.

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