October Wrap-Up

Hello, bookworms!!
October is finally over and the winter is approaching!  How are you all doing?
Did you have a great reading month?

As some of you may know, I set out my October with an intention of reading as many horror/scary books as I can while throwing in some women’s fiction/cozies in between.

Now, it’s time for my October wrap-up and let me share with you the books that I read in the month of October!

Although I read quite a few novellas or books on the short side, I managed to read whopping 17 books! I don’t know what had gotten into me?! 

You can read my thoughts on these books by clicking the links below.

The Happy Prince and Other Tales
The Bone Collector
The Turtle Boy
And Then There Were None
An Unwanted Guest
Fudge Cupcake Murder
Academic Curveball
The Shining
Suffer the Children (Link to my Goodreads review)

I haven’t posted some of the reviews yet, but I intend to catch up! Keep your eyes peeled!

These are the winners of the month… all those books kept me engaged, thrilled, on the edge of my seat with a thumping heart. I especially adored The Happy Prince and Other Stories. That’s so beautifully written yet inexplicably heartbreaking. Stunning.

Honorable mention:

I also loved those three cozy-mysteries. They are all delightful, fun reads which didn’t frustrate me as far as the protagonists go.
What really took me by surprise was Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse. I listened to the audiobook during my 24 Hour Readathon and I momentarily assumed there was another male narrator for male characters. Oh, my word – there’s only ONE FEMALE NARRATOR! Her performance is consistently natural and brilliant. You can find the audiobook on Scribd.

Okay, before screaming at me, just hear me out; I’m not saying that this book was bad per se, it’s just I wished this book had strikingly remarkable resemblance to And Then There Were None. I couldn’t help comparing this book against ATTWN, which was grossly unfair to this book.
I tell you – I did enjoy listening to this audiobook, I totally did, but it’s just the comparisons between the two books ruined this book for me.  Not quite sure if I’m ever picking up books from Shari Lapena again… her books tend to bring out the worst in me, the evil side in me, making me nearly impossible to relate to the characters who I am supposed to… and I HATE THAT FEELING. 

As for Daddy-Long-Legs,  I remember enjoying reading this book when I was little, but revisiting this book turned out well as I had expected. It was rather a disappointment. I know, I’m jaded. I might have even become quite cynical as I grew up, but I didn’t feel anything but “long” overall.
Review to come.

I’ve been participating in a year-long reading challenge called, The Ultimate Reading Challenge and the challenge for October was  “a genre with your favorite trope.”
Oh, noooooo. I failed to achieve this challenge as last month! I keep forgetting this reading challenge, I’ve got to do something to right this situation…. 😦

There you have it; this is my October wrap-up.  I’m so happy that I got to read as many as 17 books!
That said, I know the bookcount takes a sudden drop in November because… well, I’ll talk about it in my next post.

How about you? How was your October? Comment below and let me know!

Thanks so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post 🙂


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      1. I really like H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery series. Pearl Hewitt is excellent with the voices, both male and female.
        I have a list of favorite audio narrators. Let me find it and I’ll send it to you, okay?

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          1. Noriko, these are some of my favorite audiobook narrators for various reasons:
            Thérèse Plummer
            Lucy Price-Lewis
            Pearl Hewitt
            Rachel Dulude
            Teresa Driscoll
            Christina Delaine
            T.E. Kinsey
            Katherine Kellgren
            Hayley Atwell
            Sarah Mollo-Christensen
            Teri Clark Linden
            Amy McFadden
            Cassandra Campbell (for non-fiction)
            Audra McDonald
            Eileen Stevens
            Jenna Lamia
            Michael Page
            Hope this helps. 💕


  1. Oh my goodness! That’s a lot of books you read! I have been wanting to read Agatha Christi’s books since last year but haven’t yet. I will have to read it this month. Is it similar to that Unwanted Guest? I think I saw someone mentioned that on Goodreads.

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    1. Nah, Hunida, 5 is totally amazing, I think most of my bookish friends read around 5, so you did a great job! I’ve read 133 books as of today and read on average 12 books a month, that’s why my friends started to call me “monster” LOL

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      1. Really?!? I’m surprised that I read around the same as your bookish friends, that makes me so happy!! I still haven’t reached my 60 books for this year Goodreads challenge. 😦 & hey! You are not named “book fiend” for no reason, right?! ❤ ❤ I wish I could read as much as you!!

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        1. Yes, Hunida! Most of my friends read around 4 to 5, 7 would be a lot for them.
          And your guess is right – I couldn’t help but read back to back, once I finish a book, I need to have already set my mind on what to read next hence the blog name!

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