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October Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2019

Audiobooks saved my TBR and this month

With 9 books on my TBR for October and Preptober to attend, I wasn’t sure what would happen. I have been incredibly busy at work and travelled a lot. I have hardly done any blog post apart for the ones already written and my weekly WWW Wednesdays. Audiobooks have been a saviour this month but I did manage some of the other books too. I read 1 out of 2 ARCs on my list. I read 1 out of 5 reading challenge books on my TBR. But thats it.

Even though Gone With The Wind is continuously on my TBR I didn’t plan to finish it just to get to 35-40% in. I have not managed that. I’m on 32% so it isn’t far off but not my wishful goal.

I listed to all of the audiobook on my TBR and another 2 books!

All in all I read 6 books this month.

This post will be very short as I dont have time to fully explain every book. I’m sorry about this.

But first,

Let’s hold me accountable.

I have two goals this year which involve acquiring books;

  1. only buy two books a month,
  2. only request two ARCs a month.

Rules: For buying books it only for books I, personally, spend money on including subscription boxes (one per box), but it excludes my audible membership and all free books and gifts. For the ARC’s I’ve focused on my request-button-pressing and not getting the requests approved because you don’t know if it will be approved, nor do you know when it will be approved. Therefore, only two request-clicks per month. I can move the points between the months and if I don’t use them in one month transfer them to the next month.

I will have this on my wrap-ups every month.

Before we delve into the book I read this month let’s check if I stuck to my goals:

  • Only buy two books a month: 
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Illustrated) ❤️❤️
    • Ragged Alice by Gareth L Powell
    • About Writing by Gareth L Powell

Available credit from last month; 2

Total credit transferred to next month; 1

  • Only request two ARC’s: 
    1. Ink in The Blood ❌
    2. Emergency Contact ✅

Available credits from last month; 0

Total credit transferred to next month; 0

Now let’s get back to the books I’ve read and have a deeper look a look at them.

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

ACR – NetGalley

The Story:

A standalone fantasy set around a retelling of the Three Musketeer story and angel icons as summoning magic for Angels in this world. It’s difficult to summarise this story but I made a better summary in the review, link below.

My Opinion:

A very innovative story with a diverse and non judging community that I loved. Full review here.

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Rainsin #1) by M. C. Beaton

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

The first in a long series following Agatha Raisin as she retires to the country and gets stuck in crime by accident. In this book she makes the move from a full time worker in her own company she started from scatch in Mayfair London, to a a retired ex-Londoner moving into a new cottage in the Cotswold’s. She tries to fit in and accidentally kills someone. Ops!

My Opinion:

This was my first ever cozy crime novel and it was very entertaining to read. A bit silly at times, but all in all entertaining. I also felt it dragged on a few times but it was fine. I might read another of these at some time, but not now.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Physical book – Library

The Story:

A conversation between father and son about the fathers experience in Poland during WWll as a jew and during the Holocaust in graphic novel format.

My Opinion:

Very well done but very difficult to read at times. The use for animal faces instead of human had a strong effect but also gave some distance. I’m not surpriced this won a Pulitzer prize. I’m glad I’ve read it but I’m also glad I don’t have to read it again. I’m not a fan of WWll and fiction set around it.

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young

Audiobook – Owned

The Story:

The final installment in Saba’s fight againsa New Edens ruler and the freedom of people.

My Opinion:

I’m glad I managed to finish another series this year. I’ve enjoyed this series a lot. I love Saba as a main character and her blood red rage. I’m not 100% sure about the ending though, but it was enjoyable.

Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2) by Rick Riordan

Audiobook – Library

The Story:

The second in the series of Magnus Chase, the son of Frey, the norse god. In the first book Magnus lives on the streets and dies heroically. He ends up in Valhalla and have to fight to the death every day to prepare for Ragnarok while the norse gods sends him on quests as a part-time hobby.

This is the same author as the Percy Jackson books and the set-up is very similar, but Magnus Chase is a completely different character with tons of sarcasam and humor. This series is also highly diverse as with a lot of his books.

My Opinion:

I love the humor in these books! 😂 I also love who diverse and inclusive they are. Firstly there is Magnus Chase who was homeless in the beginning. Then there is Sam who is a Muslim Valkyrie. Then in this book we meet Alex a gender fluid character with green hair.

I’m looking forward to picking up the final book in this series.

Murder Under The Sun by Agatha Christie

Audiobook- Library

The Story:

A selection of short stories by the queen of crime all set in a sunny place somewhere in the world. Not all stories contain murder ever though the title suggest it. Some are just mysteries or problems.

My Opinion:

Agatha Christie is an excellent writer of mystery! I enjoyed almost all of these classic stories with classic golden age characters and plots. I needed some sunny stories in my life 😁

Have you read any of these? What was your favourite read this month?

Until next time; happy reading!

4 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up and Mini-Reviews 2019

  1. Magnus Chase is a really amazing series! I love the humour in those books as well. 😀 Angel Mage sounds really interesting. I definitely need to check it out. I hope you will have a great November!

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  2. “Audiobooks saved my TBR and this month” I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me me. When everything else fails, audiobooks somehow keep some momentum going. Good luck with November, Ivy!

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