WRAP-UP | OCTOBER 2016

LE NOUVEL

I gave a lot of 4-5 stars during the month of October. It was crazy. Like everyone, I wanted to read spooky, creepy, moody, Halloween-y books and I think I picked good ones. I caught up with Saga collected works. I read two very popular “because of booktube” titles and loved them. I’m slowly going back into reading manga. And I finally borrowed a book from a library. Sorta.

October was a chill month. I mean, after what happened to me in September, everything else is chill. I read steadily. I found new favorites. And I only technically acquired ten books. But I bought twenty all in all. Two of them are preorders and the rest were made during that epic book sale week wherein Book Outlet, Thriftbooks, Barnes & Noble, and Book Depository had coupon codes and/or promos. I just checked the tracking numbers and looks like most of them are arriving today, if not, this week. There’s my November book haul. 😉

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 8 (this seems like my number lol)

  • Another by Yukito Ayatsuji – I’ve always wanted to read this when I found out that this was originally a book. I watched and loved the anime and I was curious to see how it works as a novel. I know there’s another one in the POV of the first “victim” and I will eventually get to that. 4/5 stars.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – What a unique reading experience. I’ve seen mixed reviews of this book but I personally enjoyed it enough that I ordered the next book, Gemina. I want the hardcover on my shelf. Also, this is one of those books that you have to read in hard copy. I don’t think the experience will be as enjoyable if you’re reading off a screen. I’m not saying you can’t though. The style takes a bit of getting used to but I was never lost when I was reading the interviews and dossiers. The characters were great! 4/5 stars.
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin – My copy is an ARC I got from Goodwill. I heard about this book on booktube and I’ve always wanted to read it. Oh boy… this book… is AMAZING. I was speechless after I read this when all I wanted to do is to sing its praises. All I knew about it going in is that it’s set in a world where the Nazis won World War II. Then there’s something else, and then there’s the race. What an adventure. I preordered the next book, Blood for Blood, and it comes out today! 4.5/5 stars.
  • The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura – And this was just okay. As with many Japanese fiction, everything is subdued and even the shock factor is delivered in the driest of ways. I did enjoy it but I was in the mood for something more… I don’t know, creepy? This is a mystery/thriller in the POV of a thief. It was pretty straightforward and mafia-style for most of the book but the ending? Oooh, worth all the three stars. 3/5 stars.
  • Eon by Alison Goodman – This book. This. Book. Holy crap. More people should be reading this. Rich world building, amazing magic system, strong female characters, strong TRANSWOMAN character, eunuch and LGBTQ love, tradition, culture, and sure there’s a love triangle but that’s the least of your problems. I’m so glad to have the sequel, Eona, on hand. I’m currently reading it and I have 200 pages to go. The final week of October had Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con so I couldn’t do much reading. But guys, you should read this. 5/5 stars.
  • Saga Volumes 5 and 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I finally caught up. And I’m sad. What am I going to do now? I’ve tried other graphic novels but I’m not liking any of them as much as I do Saga. I’ve read people say that these weren’t as good as the first ones but I thought they were just as funny and just as good. I can’t wait for the next ones. I borrowed Volume 6 from the LA Public Library using the Hoopla app. I may check out audio books from that app as well. 5/5 stars for both.
  • Another, First Period by Yukito Ayatsuji and Hiro Kiyohara – I started the month with Another, I ended it with Another. And it’s as awesome as the book and anime. I’m definitely more of a manga person vs graphic novels/comics. 5/5 stars.

STATS:

  • about 2728 pages
  • 5 physical books; 3 e-books
  • 3 graphic novels

I don’t think I posted any recent hauls. Idk, I got tired of taking “artsy” photos of my books. I’m not really a bookstagrammer anyway but I try. Anyway, I received ten this month. Here’s a page off my “book journal”.

I don’t really use it as a book journal. I just use it to keep track of the books I read and acquisitions. It’s color-coded: blue boxes are hard covers, the red ones are paperbacks. The “S” means it’s a signed copy. You should see the one for September. XD

  • You’re Saying it Wrong by Kathryn and Ross Petras – This is my current Blogging For Books read.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay – of course.
  • Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs – of course.
  • The Book Thief Anniversary Edition by Marcus Zusak – I found it signed for a discount. Sure.
  • Zoo by Otsuichi – I caved and bought it full price.
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey – I picked this up and put it back down so many times. I finally found a copy that agreed with my price. And it’s a hard cover!
  • Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami – This is another Japanese novel. For the collection.
  • The Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – the UK edition paperback box set, of course.

I now feel like a legit member of the reading community. 😉 I do have the mass paperback edition of the trilogy. I got about more than halfway through the first book until I couldn’t anymore. Everyone on booktube has the pretty UK covers and now I have them too. So I can finally continue on and finish reading Mistborn.

I don’t think I’ll be doing Read-a-Theme Readathon this month. The theme is “immigrants”. I don’t think I have a book in my immediate TBR that fits the theme. I mean, I would love to participate. I’m an immigrant to this country myself. I have a couple of books about North Korea in my pile. However, I’m not in the mood. So yeah, do feel free to join by tagging your social media with #2RAT.

There you have it. I’m looking forward to finishing Eona soon so I can touch on my Japanese fiction novels. Again, no set TBR. We play it by ear here, people. Let’s see if I can match 8 books this month or surpass it. XD

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