Month In Review: October 2019

October is from now on known as #Orentober as well as Halloween month!! I had a fantastic time reading books for both, and I have so many new Orenda beauties waiting for me on my TBR after reading all those fantastic reviews… As it’s currently Spring, I’ve been spending time prepping the garden for the season as well as doing a couple of smaller DIY projects around the house. More of that will follow in the next month as well as some long overdue self-care time and a couple of trips out of town (maybe even a camping trip if the weather plays nice?). I also did the necessary baking during October, although that will probably on hold during November as I’m trying to eat healthier this month. xD

Now to the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in October: 24
  • Total number of books read this year: 223
  • Total number of pages read in October: 7.591
  • Total number of pages read this year: 74.016

My reading definitely picked up again in October, and I think I have the Orenda beauties and Halloween reads to thank for that. I also reread two of my all time favorites… And I found a new 5 star read as well! I did have two DNF reads this month, but with those being the only two below 3 stars, I’m still very happy with the books I was able to read in October.

OCTOBER READS

5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now.

A Man Called Ove REREAD – by Fredrik Backman // Hydra – by Matt Wesolowski // A Monster Calls REREAD – by Patrick Ness

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 

Tunnel Of Bones – by Victoria Schwab // The Twisted Tree – by Rachel Burge // The Other Daughter – by Shalini Boland // The Lion Tamer Who Lost – by Louise Beech // Deadly Silence – by OMJ Ryan

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!

Cage – by Lilja Sigurdardottir // Coraline – by Neil Gaiman // Close To You – by Kerry Wilkinson // Little Siberia – by Antti Tuomainen // Like Follow Kill – by Carissa Ann Lynch // Infinity + One – by Amy Harmon // Thin Air – by Michelle Paver // The Near Witch – by Victoria Schwab // The Whisper Man – by Alex North

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!

The Bride Test – by Helen Hoang // The Neighbours – by Nicola Gill

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic.  

The Dinner Party – by R.J. Parker // Fever 1793 – by Laurie Halse Anderson // Cold Fear – by Mads Peder Nordbo

0 STARS (DNF): I didn’t even bother to finish this one. Either horrible or definitely not for me!

The Museum Of Extraordinary Things – by Alice Hoffman // The Noble Path – by Peter May


I have quite a few challenges going on in 2019, but I feel all have doable goals I’m managing to work on without trying too hard. Things are looking good and I finally finished the last book for the When Are You Reading? challenge! Now I just have to focus on getting two more titles for my Reading Through The Centuries challenge…

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals… My ARC/backlist ratio still above 40% since I had to read quite a few ARCs during October as well, but I’m confident I’ll get it below 40% again in November as I will be reading mostly my own books. And my TBR pile goal is just as helpless as before haha. I did manage to read my final TBR jar pick though!

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 3 (modern) classics (rereads don’t count) 3/3 DONE!! (The Painted Veil // The Big Sleep // A Wrinkle In Time)
  • Complete at least 10 series (rereads don’t count) 10/10 DONE!! (Anastasia Phoenix // The Conqueror’s Saga // Women Are Some Kind Of Magic // Fire And Thorns // The Collector // Beartown // The Wrath And The Dawn // 4MK Thriller // Things That H(a)unt // Flame In The Mist)
  • Reread at least 2 books 2/2 DONE!! (The BFG // Harry Potter Y El Caliz De Fuego)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 450 books and keep it that way675/450
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages 1/1 DONE!! (813 pages; Colombiano)
  • Keep ARC/backlist title ratio below 40% 40,8%
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 2/2 DONE!! (Harry Potter Y El Cáliz De Fuego // Harry Potter Y La Orden Del Fénix)
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 1/1 DONE!! (Alles Is Breekbaar)
  • Read at least 15 international authors and/or translations  15/15 DONE!! (Mala Vida (France) // The Painted Veil (France) // When Dimple Met Rishi (India) // And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer And Longer (Sweden) // The Courier (Norway) // The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Japan) // The Murmur Of Bees (Mexico) // Bright Burning Stars (France) // Trouble Makes A Comeback (Philippines) // Wolves At The Door (Norway) // The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen (The Netherlands) // Block 46 (France) // The Silent Patient (Cyprus) // I Am Malala (Pakistan) // Snare (Iceland))
  • Read at least 10 TBR jar picks 10/10 DONE!! (The Insect Farm // The Shattering // Be Frank With Me // Tell The Wolves I’m Home // Sweetheart // The Dead Girls Of Hysteria Hall // The Problem With Forever // The Cellar // The Madness Underneath // The Museum Of Extraordinary Things)
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year 5/5 DONE!!
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% 95%

Happy November and Happy Reading! 


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4 thoughts on “Month In Review: October 2019

  1. Every time I see mention of A Monster Calls I kick myself that I have had this on my shelves for so long. It was a birthday present so I feel doubly guilty for not getting around to it

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