30 Book October Reading Wrap-Up!

October was a really fantastic reading month for me! I kicked some serious arse with novels I ended up devouring, and the vast majority of them were diverse, Asian literature books! I believe I ended up reading approximately 30 titles total! I have never, in all of my 30 years of life, had such a phenomenal four and a half weeks of reading. Today, I am finally going to share all of them with you! I’m deeply sorry that it has taken me so long to get this post up.

I will include the title and author, as well as the genres, a couple of things that I liked or disliked, and my overall rating for the book. Any relevant links to reviews shall also be provided. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hiyokoi Volumes 2-7 by Moe Yukimaru
๐Ÿฅ
Shลjo, Romance, Slice-of-Life
๐Ÿฅ The series follows a young girl named Hiyori who’s the shortest girl in her class. She ends up developing feelings for the tallest guy in class. They formulate a friendship and we watch as she navigates romance and new friendships.
๐Ÿฅ Fantastic examination of social anxiety in both a metaphorical and emotional sense.
๐Ÿฅ Very positive and feel-good.
๐Ÿฅ 4.25/5 per volume.

Dreamin’ Sun Volume 3 by Ichigo Takano
โœจ
Shลjo, RomCom, Slice-of-Life
โœจ In this volume, we learn more about the character Zen and his relationship with his family, as well as some of the life aspirations that he has.
โœจย  Laugh-out-loud funny moments.
โœจย  The personal focus on a character aside from Shimana was wonderful and adds depth to the story.
โœจย  Positive and cute.
โœจ 4/5.

Tsubaki-Chou Lonely Planet Volume 6 by Mika Yamamori
๐Ÿฌ
Shลjo, Romance, Slice-of-Life
๐Ÿฌ In this volume, we watch as our protagonists embark on an awkward first date and discover what it means to be in a serious relationship.
๐Ÿฌย  Sensei Akatsuki is such a hottie and his inner conflicts with how to act towards a girl he really likes is genuine and cute.
๐Ÿฌ The awkward nature of first love is depicted rather well.
๐Ÿฌ Stunning illustrations.
๐Ÿฌ 3.75/5.

Devils’ Line Volumes 5-9 by Ryo Hanada
โ›“๏ธ
Seinen, Crime Fiction, Supernatural
โ›“๏ธ In these volumes, a complex conspiracy begins to unravel as alliances and motives are unrevealed. Anzai begins blood-lust training and deciphers how to behave around the woman he has feelings for.
โ›“๏ธ Sensationally violent and graphic with strong sado-masochistic motifs.
โ›“๏ธ Original and engrossing storyline that’s equal parts dark, gritty, and contemplative.
โ›“๏ธ Wonderful illustrations.
โ›“๏ธ 4.5 to 5 for each volume.

Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kลgami Volume 3 by Midori Gatล
๐Ÿ”ซ
Seinen, Cyberpunk, Crime Fiction
๐Ÿ”ซ Inspector Shinya’s current case begins to become more clear with this third instalment, raising the tension a bit.
๐Ÿ”ซ Complex cyberpunk setting makes for an absorbing read, especially with the unique nature of the case.
๐Ÿ”ซ More fluid and easier to read when compared to the first two volumes.
๐Ÿ”ซ Great artwork.
๐Ÿ”ซ 3.75/5.

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya
๐Ÿญ
Shลjo, RomCom, Supernatural
๐Ÿญ Tohru Honda is a young girl in high school who finds herself suddenly without a home. Through various events, eventually she’s invited to stay with a fellow classmate at his house. Upon arriving, she discovers that his family has a very strange family secret!
๐Ÿญ Here’s the full review for this volume.
๐Ÿญ One of the best manga for this genre that I’ve read in a long time.
๐Ÿญ 5/5.

Happiness Volumes 1 & 2 by Shuzo Oshimi
๐Ÿ’‰
Seinen, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
๐Ÿ’‰ Okazaki is an ordinary boy who typically gets bullied. Then one night a girl falls on top of him and asks him of an ultimatum. The next day he begins to notice some strange physiological changes to his body.
๐Ÿ’‰ Very dark and unusual story that is suspenseful and tense.
๐Ÿ’‰ Super slow-paced, more so than necessary; makes it difficult to get into.
๐Ÿ’‰ Artwork consists of dark shading and sketches that can be confusing at times.
๐Ÿ’‰ 3/5 for both volumes.

Dragon on Trial (The Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari Sutherland
๐Ÿฒ
Middle-Grade, Fantasy
๐Ÿฒ In this instalment, a dragon at the Menagerie is accused of a terrible crime. The kids get together to try and solve the mystery of what happened.
๐Ÿฒ Cute humour that kids will love, especially in regards to modern pop culture references.
๐Ÿฒ Good friendships.
๐Ÿฒ Fast-paced, but rather simple and straightforward.
๐Ÿฒ The MC’s personal conflicts don’t get enough attention.
๐Ÿฒ 3.5/5.

Resident Evil 0: Zero Hour by S.D Perry
๐Ÿฆ‡
Science-Fiction, Horror
๐Ÿฆ‡ This is the novelization for the video game Resident Evil: Zero, which the prequel instalment to the franchise.
๐Ÿฆ‡ Very atmospheric and creepy.
๐Ÿฆ‡ Interesting critters.
๐Ÿฆ‡ Cheesy dialogue and good chemistry between the main characters.
๐Ÿฆ‡5/5.

Resident Evil 1: The Umbrella Conspiracy by S.D. Perry
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ
Science-Fiction, Horror
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ The novelization for the video game, Resident Evil, which was originally released on the Sony PlayStation.
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Wonderfully atmospheric and spooky; gross creatures.
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ Great action and interesting setting mechanics.
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ No Lisa Trevor since it’s the novelization of the original.
๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ5/5.

The Butlerian Jihad (Legends of Dune Book One) by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Epic Science-Fiction
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Prequel series to Frank Herbert’s Dune Saga, taking place approximately 10,000 years before the events of Dune.
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ
Fantastic universe-building that pays tribute to original series.
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Diverse and humongous cast of characters that each influence the events in unique ways.
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Complex political climates and intense exploration of systematic oppression, psychological affects of religious devotion, and differences between social class systems.
๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ 5/5.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
๐Ÿ‘‘
Poetry
๐Ÿ‘‘ A collection of poetry and the author’s debut book that focuses on harmful relationships, self-love, and self-harm.
๐Ÿ‘‘ Here’s a full review of my thoughts on this book.
๐Ÿ‘‘ Wholeheartedly disappointing and lacklustre.
๐Ÿ‘‘ 2.75/5.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
๐ŸŒป Poetry, #OwnVoices South Asian Literature
๐ŸŒป Kaur’s second poetry collection focuses on relationships, representation, and self-love.
๐ŸŒป Here’s a full review for this book.
๐ŸŒป Disappointing in quality and emotional depth in comparison to her first collection.
๐ŸŒป 3.75/5.

Heart: A Journey Through Love by Ayesha Khan
๐ŸŒน
Poetry, #OwnVoices South Asian Literature, #OwnVoices Islamic Literature
๐ŸŒน A collection of poetry that focuses on love, spiritual struggle with faith, and self-love.
๐ŸŒน My full-review can be found here.
๐ŸŒน A lot of the poems resonated with me quite a lot, specifically the ones pertaining to faith.
๐ŸŒน 3.75/5.

Rangoli by Pavana Reddy
๐ŸŒˆ
Poetry, #OwnVoices South Asian-Fijian Literature
๐ŸŒˆ A collection of poetry that explores what it means to be an immigrant, racism and representation, familial relationships, and romantic relationships.
๐ŸŒˆ Check out my full review for this book here.
๐ŸŒˆ One of the best collections of modern poetry that I have ever read; SO MUCH to relate to.
๐ŸŒˆ 5/5.

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes Book Two) by Sabaa Tahir
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ
Young Adult Fantasy, #OwnVoices South Asian Literature
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ In the sequel to the bestselling novel, we follow Elias and Laia as they embark on a mission to save Laia’s brother’s from the clutches of the most dangerous prison in all the realm.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Here’s my full review for this book.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ First half was boring, but the second half has phenomenal political intrigue.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Helene has the best damn character development and story arc.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Too much focus on love.
๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ 3.75/5.

The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
๐ŸŽ€
Young Adult Fantasy, #OwnVoices Chinese Literature
๐ŸŽ€ Li Jing is a 12-year old girl who is sold by her poor family to the Koh family as a bride so her family can survive the harsh season in Medieval China. They are very abusive and her life is filled with misfortune until one evening when she encounters a magical spider that helps her escape.
๐ŸŽ€ Check out my full review for this title here.
๐ŸŽ€ Author does a fabulous job of making Medieval China’s history, society, and challenges accessible to a younger audience.
๐ŸŽ€ Rich with Chinese culture and customs.
๐ŸŽ€ Advertised for middle-graders, but the content is a bit too strong for that level.
๐ŸŽ€ 3.5/5.

Revenge by Yลko Ogawa
๐Ÿ“
Short Story Collection, Psychological Horror, #OwnVoices Japanese Literature
๐Ÿ“ A collection of stories that examine the macabre motifs that are all loosely connected to one another.
๐Ÿ“ Check out my full review for this book here.
๐Ÿ“ Brilliantly written with terse writing style.
๐Ÿ“ Chilling and contemplative.
๐Ÿ“ 4.25/5.

Noble V: Greylancer by Hideyuki Kikuchi
๐Ÿ”ฑ
Science-Fiction, Supernatural, Japanese Literature
๐Ÿ”ฑ A prequel novel to the Vampire Hunter D novel franchise by the same author, taking place thousands of years before the events of D.
๐Ÿ”ฑ Here’s my full review for this novel.
๐Ÿ”ฑ Messy writing and choppy storytelling.
๐Ÿ”ฑ Wonderfully violent with a sensationally over-powered MC.
๐Ÿ”ฑ 2.5/5.

The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji
๐Ÿšช
Crime Fiction, Psychological Horror, Mystery, #OwnVoices Japanese Literature
๐Ÿšช A group of kids from a local university visit an island during their holiday to solve a grisly murder that occurred on the island approximately a year ago. Suddenly each one of the students begin to die in methodical ways.
๐Ÿšช Check out my review for this novel here.
๐Ÿšช A great homage to classic locked room mystery.
๐Ÿšช Slow beginning, but as the mystery unfolds the tension and suspense hook you well.
๐Ÿšช 3.5/5.

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Those are all of the novels that I read in the month of October! Please let me know down below if you’ve read any of these, or if you’re interested in checking out any of the books I’ve mentioned. Happy reading to all.

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