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What I Read in October!

This year has gone way too quickly. I cannot believe we only have a couple of months of 2022 left. I read a total of 10 books throughout October. I wanted to read a lot of comfort YA this month mixed in with a few other things. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post which is a bunch of mini reviews for the book I read in October. Here they are!

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera

It’s the night before Death-Cast goes live, and there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Can Death-Cast actually predict when someone will die, or is it just an elaborate hoax?

Orion Pagan has waited years for someone to tell him that he’s going to die. He has a serious heart condition, and he signed up for Death-Cast so he could know what’s coming.

Valentino Prince is restarting his life in New York. He has a long and promising future ahead and he only registered for Death-Cast after his twin sister nearly died in a car accident.

Orion and Valentino cross paths in Times Square and immediately feel a deep connection. But when the first round of End Day calls goes out, their lives are changed forever—one of them receives a call, and the other doesn’t. Though neither boy is certain how the day will end, they know they want to spend it together…even if that means their goodbye will be heartbreaking.

I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since it was announced. So, as soon as I could get my hands on a copy I started it immediately. I have to say I actually enjoyed this more than The First to Die at the End.

The story captivated me just that little bit more and somehow managed to break my heart even more. I would highly recommend that you pick this one up as you won’t regret it.


The Other Ones by Fran Hart

Sal lives in a haunted house.
He longs to be ordinary, but when the strangest of strangers arrives on his doorstep – a fellow outcast called Pax – his life grows even more complicated.

Sal goes on to develop an unlikely friendship with Pax, whose love for all things spooky drew him to the house and its inhabitants. But as the two grow closer, the true nature of the hauntings is gradually revealed.

Will Sal find the courage to conquer his ghosts, or will he risk losing Pax for good?

This book is absolutely perfect to read during the spooky season. It has all the autumnal feels throughout and was perfect to read snuggled up under a blanket.

It is definitely one for fans of Gilmore Girls and Heartstopper. I’m sure you will love it! I’ve written a full review of this one, which you can find here.


Snapshot Books!

Here is a little snapshot of 5 of the books that I’ve read this month along with the rating I gave them. I enjoyed all of these ones, some more than others but I still enjoyed them.

Monochrome by Jamie Costello

16-year-old Grace awakes one morning to find the sky leaden, the sun huge ball of ash, the clouds like threatening rubble, and reports of unexplained accidents occurring on roads and rail. These are the hallmarks of an apocalyptic movie, but it quickly becomes apparent that everything, to the rest of her family, seems normal; Grace is one of only a handful of people in the country who are seeing the world in shades of grey.

Soon, however, the whole of society is in the grip of the Monochrome Effect, or ‘greyout’, which eliminates the ability of humans and animals to see colour. The greyout moves from person to person, but it isn’t a transmissible disease: the effect on the optic nerve can be traced from microplastics in the ocean, the result of unchecked pollution, now in all water systems.

When Grace starts to experience intermittent ‘colour episodes’, she is asked to join a government-run study with other teens who have seen flashes of colour since the Monochrome Effect began. She is told that she will be helping find a cure; be part of something that could save the world. 

This is such a unique and fast-paced dystopian thriller. It really had me thinking about what life would be like if you couldn’t see colour. I will be on the lookout for other books by Jamie Costello as this one was excellent!

I would highly recommend this one as it will make you think, keep your attention and have you on the edge of your seat. I’ve written a full review of Monochrome which you can find here.


She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. 

I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for such a long time. So, when I finally got my hands on a copy I read it immediately. My favourite trope is fake dating so obviously this one was right up my street.

I love this unique take on that trope and how it plays out throughout the book. I would recommend you picking this one up! I’ve written a full review which you can find here.


Sixteen Souls by Rosie Talbot

Sixteen-year-old Charlie has problems. He’s a seer-of-spirits in York, the most haunted city in Europe, and all his friends are ghosts. His sisters have glittered his prosthesis, again, and his crush is dating someone new.

On top of that, famous spirits are mysteriously vanishing from York’s alleys and snickleways. Charlie is determined to stay out of it, but Sam, the irritating new seer in town, expects him to track down who – or what – is responsible and uncover the dark purpose behind the disappearances.

When a ghost Charlie is indebted to also vanishes, he has no choice but to face the shadows. And his growing feelings for Sam. The boys must be willing to risk it all to save York’s spirits, because their adversary will stop at nothing to complete their devastating plan. Afterlives are at stake, and Charlie is running out of time…

This book is definitely one that needs to be read over the halloween season! It is spooky, fast-paced and set in York, a city known for being haunted! The spooky vibes in this book are immaculate.

I am looking forward to seeing more book from Rosie Talbot as I can only imagine her writing will continue to improve as will her books! I would recommend this one to read as a halloween book!



Books read this month: 10

Pages read this month: 3,329

Books read this year: 113

Pages read this year: 39,353

There you have it, that is everything I read in October! What have you read in October and what are you looking forward to reading in November? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading

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