October has been one of my more terrible reading months, only having read a total of two books. The problem started after I completed Sarah J. Maas’s latest book, Empire of Storms, and fell into an awful slump. So since I don’t have much to talk about in the reading department, I thought I’d combine this month’s wrap up with my October book haul… Let’s get started:
IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER
I’ve read every single book Colleen Hoover has published up until today so I’ve come to have a good understanding of what to expect from her. I keep saying that my favourite books written by her are without question, Hopeless and Slammed, two of her earliest published work which had me following her journey ever since. The problem I seem to be facing with her books lately is that it all follows a very similar pattern which has been annoying me quite a lot, and I am disappointed to say that this latest book of hers wasn’t any different. I gave It Ends With Us a 3/5 star rating on Goodreads precisely for this reason. Even though I found the plot line to be captivating, with all its heaviness and emotion, there were quite a few things that just didn’t sit well with me in the carrying out of the story. That being said, if this were the very first book I’d read by Colleen Hoover I don’t doubt I would’ve given it a higher rating because by the end of it (especially after reading the author’s note) I felt raw, and more than a little unsettled – something I haven’t felt in a while with a contemporary book.
“Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.” – It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover
EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS
This book DESTROYED me. That is probably the best way to describe the experience of completing this latest SJM masterpiece. I’ve never really felt connected to this series, especially in the case of the first three books, but after Queen of Shadows that certainly changed quite a bit. And then after reading Empire of Storms I became a total Sarah J. Maas fan because this book completely blindsided me and brought forth every emotion I could ever feel. The story line was a never ending roller-coaster that came to a brutal, heartbreaking halt just when everything started looking a bit less dreary. I smiled, I got angry, I kicked and screamed; and eventually I just sat there staring into space wondering what the heck just happened. Honestly, it was brilliant, beautiful and completely gut wrenching; but I loved every moment of it, and I am still shocked by everything that’s happened. For this reason, I found it impossible to pick up another book for the rest of the month. I gave Empire of Storms 5/5 stars on Goodreads and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.” – SJM, Empire of Storms
OCTOBER BOOK HAUL
THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER BY HARRIET REUTER HAPGOOD
I requested this book from Pan Macmillan South Africa a few weeks back and they very generously sent me a copy to review, so technically it shouldn’t be part of my October haul. But I thought I’d share it in any case because it’s one of the books that made its way onto my bookshelf this month. The Square Root of Summer is a young adult, science fiction book about love and time travelling – something I’ve been rather keen to read as of late. The book follows a girl named Gottie, who finds herself travelling back in time to three of the most significant times of her life. I’ve read about 40 pages of this book, and even though I’m not a big fan of the writing style, I am looking forward to the rest of the story.
THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH BY ALI BENJAMIN
I’ve seen this book make its rounds in the book blogging world for quite a long time but never made an effort to find out more about it – and I never really planned to read it either. But when I found a copy at the Bargain Books Warehouse last week I felt myself drawn to it and popped it in my basket. The Thing About Jellyfish is a YA contemporary following Suzy, a girl who lost her best friend, Franny, in a drowning accident. Suzy hasn’t spoken since the incident that claimed the life of her best friend, and in her struggle to accept the loss, she starts looking for answers. She grabs onto the idea that Franny was stung by a deadly jellyfish, and in her quest to prove it she forms a plan that will take her across the world to discover the truth about the creature that she believes took her best friend away. I am so looking forward to this book!
THE APPLE TART OF HOPE BY SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD
One of my favourite Booktubers – Maliemania – has been claiming this book as one of her favourites for a really long time, and ever since then I’ve been looking for my very own copy. I always enjoy it when people favour under hyped books because obviously there must be something truly special about the story to make someone love it so much, and I believe it deserves to be read. When I saw a copy on the Bargain Books shelf and on sale no less, I obviously snatched it for myself. I started reading it immediately, but with my reading slump I just never seemed to connect with the story. I feel that it simply wasn’t the right time for me to read this book during October, and I am quite excited to get into it soon.
EVERYDAY EVERYDAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN
Another book that I’ve been seeing A LOT on bookstagram for a really long time and naturally couldn’t wait to read is Everyday Everyday by David Levithan. I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this one even though I was never 100% sure what the book was actually about. I feel like keeping it that way so I’m not going to write the synopsis, because I tend to be left disappointed by popular choice reads. I’m not a big John Green fan so I am hoping that I will enjoy David Levithan’s writing a bit more.
EMMA, PERSUASION AND SENSE & SENSIBILITY BY JANE AUSTEN
I will admit, I am not the biggest reader of classical novels, but I really would like to make more of an effort to read the golden oldies. When I found these beautiful vintage classic editions for R60 a pop at The Book People, I knew I had to have them – shout out to my husband for buying them for me and supporting my bookaholic tendencies. I started reading Persuasion and I find it to be quite easy to read so I am looking forward to these. Are they not gorgeous??
WHISPER TO ME BY NICK LAKE
Another book that shouldn’t really be featured in this post, but it was a book I received during October so what the hell… Whisper to Me was the book for the Self-Discovery Box I received from The Book Case, and I managed to read about 20 pages of it so I’m not really sure what to make of it yet. Hopefully I will get around to finishing it real soon.
And that’s a wrap! I hope this month will be a better reading month for me since I have so many books piled on my nightstand at the moment. If any of these seem like a good place to start, please let me know in the comments section below!