October was a pretty great reading month for me! I read from various genres and enjoyed most of the things that I consumed. While there were a couple of things that I absolutely loathed and felt immensely disappointed with, overall, I left the month feeling very satisfied and eager to go into the next with more shenanigans to come!
Everything shall be broken up by genre with a brief synopsis and summary of my thoughts of the title. If there are any reviews, they will either be linked or popping up in BiblioNyan over the course of the next week or so.
American Vampire Volumes 1 & 2 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque
This is a noir, supernatural, horror comic series that I picked up due to recommendations from a couple of trusted fellow bookworms. It’s about a guy named Skinner Sweet and the creation of a new, special breed of vampires called American Vampires, who have some unique capabilities. The story is about revenge, humanity, and more. I absolutely loved the first two volumes and my full review for them shall be up on Monday. Overall, if you’re in the market for a dark, violent, and original vampire narrative, I highly recommend these. 4.25/5 for both volumes.
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (The Cat Who…#1) by Lilian Jackson Braun
This is a cosy mystery that I picked up because I love cosies during Autumn and also because this was the very first mystery series and the first set of adult books that I ever read. While the writing itself didn’t age very well, the story was comfortable and rather pleasant. My full review for this shall be up Sunday night. If you want to read a good cosy mystery with sophisticatedly cute kitties, check it out. 3.75/5.
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
This is an #OwnVoices Irish crime thriller that I picked up on my Kindle. It’s about a guy who participated in some horrendous crimes during a time of violent political strife and then begins to be haunted by the ghosts of the people he killed. To satiate those ghosts, he goes on a killing spree of the people who played a part in their deaths. The book is rich with political tension and phenomenal writing. But due to my getting sick and getting busy with life, I wasn’t able to finish it. While I DNF’d the book, I would recommend it because from what I read, it was excellent. I hope to return to it and finish it one day soon. DNF so no rating.
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman & Eddie Campbell (artist)
This is a British, dark fantasy book that I stole from Sir Besty after they checked it out at the library. It follows a man in Scotland that has dwarfism who goes on a journey to figure out what happened to his daughter that disappeared a year ago. The story was quite magical and disturbing. While the illustrations and set-up for the book make it look like a middle-grade read, it is decidedly very adult in nature and not recommended for kids. I liked the mystery of it and the evocative nature that veils it from start to finish. It’s unlike anything I’ve read before, and it’s short, so it’s perfect for people short on time, but in search of a superb narrative. 4/5.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
This is the second book in an adult urban fantasy series. My review for book one can be found here. I enjoyed book one but didn’t love it. The second book, however, is spectacular. The representation is brilliant, especially for mysophobia, the characters and plot is well-written and quite fluid. It’s atmospheric and very gripping. My full review shall be out Wednesday, but if you didn’t care for book one like me and are on the fence about continuing with the series, DO IT! It gets so much better. 4.5/5.
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire
This is the third instalment in the urban fantasy series mentioned above. Another brilliant addition with superb representation of a fat character and a trans male. It reminded me a bit of Wreck-It Ralph with it’s setting and atmosphere. This one is magical and sweet. My review for this shall be up next Sunday (11th-November). You don’t need to read book two to read this, only book one. 4.5/5.
Dead Set: A Novel by Richard Kadrey
This is also an adult urban fantasy novel that follows a teenage girl who has been on the run with her mother. In an effort to avoid the bollucks of life, she whisks away to meet her late brother in her dreams. But then one day she encounters a dark temptation that will change her fate as well as the fate of her dead brother in a different realm. I liked this book quite a bit. It’s written well while being very easy to absorb. The story and characters make it easy to get swept away. My review for this shall be up next Friday (9th-November). 3.75/5.
Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra
This is an #OwnVoices Indian, young adult fantasy book. I picked this up because the premise of having clans of strong, badass women warriors sounded amazing to me. There are magical doors and a society influenced heavily by both Hindu and Buddhist faiths. However, it ended up be a big disappointment in the end. You can read my full review for this here. 2.75/5.
Toilets in Pakistan by Z. Raja
This is an #OwnVoices Canadian-Pakistani poetry collection that I enjoyed immensely. A lot of the poems have to do with the struggles of relationships and being ostracised by your own culture for being diaspora. I think many people will relate to many poems, but it’s definitely not something for everyone. You can check out my full review for it here. 3.75/5.
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
This is a historical fiction mystery series. I loved the first book for various reasons. My review can be found here. But this book… it was a hot fucking mess and one of the biggest disappointments of the year. I have written a full review for it that rants thoroughly about all of the things that made it shit. It will be up next Thursday (8th-November). Overall, I do not recommend this book. 2.25/5.
Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine McGuire
This is a pocket-sized reference guide that gives you the basics on what you need to know about being a vegetarian. As someone who’s trying to eat much healthier to help with the treatment of my heart disease, I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in becoming a vegetarian, is already a vegetarian, or simply wants to make smart choices when it comes to food. I’ve written a full review that goes into more detail here. 4.25/5.
As you can see, my October had far better and more enjoyable reads than September! How was your October in terms of reading? What were your favourite books or manga? Please, share them with me in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.