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October 2020 Reads

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I read A LOT this month! I am a bit behind on my reading schedule for the year (I have a goal of 75), so I kicked it in high gear for my October reads! Also, I’m obsessed with a new fantasy series (no surprise there…) so be looking for a series review post next month!

I’m not including a synopsis for the first four October reads since they’re in the middle of a series, and I will be writing an in-depth review of this series in a few weeks. But if you’re looking for a new fantasy series to get lost in, I highly recommend the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This month I finished books 2-5, and they each deserve 5 stars.

Crown of Midnight

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Heir of Fire

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Queen of Shadows

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Empire of Storms

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay, and now onto the rest of my October reads. I did technically start some of these in September, but couldn’t finish them until the first week of October.

By the Book

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself. 

Synopsis from Goodreads

I’m on the fence about whether I loved or hated By the Book. Maybe if it was not written as a young YA novel, but it just seemed like an adult literary mind smashed into the world of high school. It just didn’t sync well, in my opinion. But I did like the overall story, and there were quite a few moments that are definitely worth the reading. Has anyone else read this one? I’d love to know what you thought!

Practical Magic

Rating: 3 out of 5.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

Synopsis from Goodreads

I loved the overall premise of Practical Magic, but I didn’t love the author’s writing style. I really appreciated the sister and mother/daughter themes, and definitely recommend reading it if you’ve only seen the movie!

His Only Wife

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Afi Tekple is a young seamstress whose life is narrowing rapidly. She lives in a small town in Ghana with her widowed mother, spending much of her time in her uncle Pious’s house with his many wives and children. Then one day she is offered a life-changing opportunity—a proposal of marriage from the wealthy family of Elikem Ganyo, a man she doesn’t truly know. She acquiesces, but soon realizes that Elikem is not quite the catch he seemed. He sends a stand-in to his own wedding, and only weeks after Afi is married and installed in a plush apartment in the capital city of Accra does she meet her new husband.

It turns out that he is in love with another woman, whom his family disapproves of; Afi is supposed to win him back on their behalf. But it is Accra that eventually wins Afi’s heart and gives her a life of independence that she never could have imagined for herself.

Synopsis from Goodreads

His Only Wife was Reese’s Book Club pick for October. I wrote a separate review so click here if you’d like to take a look! I highly recommend this book; I learned so much about the culture in Ghana!


What have you been reading this month? Let me know in the comments which of my October reads you want to try! My Bookish Bingo card has once again failed me, but I can’t stop trying!

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