Monthly Reading Wrap Ups, Reading Updates

Reading Wrap Up – October 2021

October still wasn’t great but I read more books and pages than September and met my annual reading goal of 100 books. So overall, pretty good and I had some good ratings that have me back to being excited about reading.

Reading Stats

  • Books Read: 6
  • Pages Read: 2,128
  • Average Rating: 3.83
    • 1 – 3 stars
    • 2 – 3.5 stars
    • 2 – 4 stars
    • 1 – 5 stars
  • Genre Breakdown
    • Fantasy – 2
    • Romance – 2
    • Sci-Fi – 2

The Books

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

3.5 stars – Full Review

I started off the month reading While We Were Dating on a plane to Disney World. We had a great trip and this was a fun rom-com too. This is a continuation of The Wedding Date series. These are all fun and a nice palate-cleanser.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

4 stars – Full Review

I really enjoyed this quirky sci-fi novella. It had a great message and some interesting things to say. I could have used some more character development for the main character but overall, a really strong read.

Chasing Fireflies by Chloe Fowler

3.5 stars – Full Review

This was an ARC from NetGalley but has now been published. Chasing Fireflies is a contemporary YA (tragic) romance. It had a lot of heart and managed to surprise me. I enjoyed my time.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

5 stars – Full Review

I was really excited to jump into this one after loving The Martian. I loved it! Andy Weir needs to write more books so I can continue to be delighted by his humorous sci-fi novels.

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

3 stars – Full Review

This was another ARC from NetGalley and this one will be published on the 9th. All of Us Villains is essentially The Hunger Games with magic so I was obviously excited. It sadly just didn’t work out for me. Strangely, I really liked the middle but the beginning was slow and the end really wasn’t what I wanted.

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

4 stars – Full Review

My last book of the month and 100th book of the year was A Marvellous Light. I received this ARC a week before the publication date but I was so excited to read it that I got it done before it was published on the 2nd. This fantasy with a M/M romance set in basically the world of Downton Abbey was simply delightful. This was a debut and I look forward to seeing the rest of this series and what the author writes next.

Knitting

Since I’ve failed miserably at actually blogging about knitting, I have decided to add knitting to my monthly updates. This month I only worked on one project. My nephew wanted to be baby Yoda for Halloween and specifically requested I knit his ears for the costume. It was a fun easy project and nice to get to make something for him. Here’s a picture of me modeling the finished project (my nephew is 11 and apparently we have the same size head) before sticking it in the mail.

What’s Up Next

I’m not doing any readathons in November but I do have 3 remaining ARCs for November and some other books I’m looking forward to. Here’s the top of my list. But I’ve also been on a kick reading ARCs and have two in early December so who knows, I might be participating in NetGalley November without intending to.

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