What I read in October 2020: a monthly wrap-up

November has arrived, which means it’s time to say goodbye to the beloved October. In my opinion, it’s the best month to read lots of books and enjoy the cosiness of tea, candles, oversized sweaters and everything you like! Before I catapult myself into NaNoWriMo, let’s take a look at my October reading month!

Reading stats
October was a big rollercoaster again but let’s face it: which month in 2020 wasn’t? I didn’t always feel great (read: my mental health took a dive) so this month I was especially thankful to be able to escape to my own little world: booktopia! It’s safe to say I read a lot.

I read 4370 pages across fourteen books and I have no idea when I had the time to actually do that! Eight of these books were physical of which one was leant from the library. The remaining six books were ebooks as I decided to end my audiobook subscription.

My love for ebooks is definitely starting to grow and I’m loving it! Reading in the dark and then falling asleep is my new routine. The scary thing about this month, though, is that I didn’t rate any book lower than three stars? I’m so confused? My critical brain can’t figure out how that happened haha. Anyway, let’s take a closer look!

What I read and thought

Pumpkin heads | Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks | 9781529008630 |  Standaard Boekhandel

Title: Pumpkin heads
Author: Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Format: Physical book
Pages: 224
Rating: ★★★

One of the things I wanted to try out in 2020 was a graphic novel. I owned this for a while but waited until it was October to get the full cosy effect of it! It’s a very October themed book so it was definitely fun to read during this time!

My favourite thing were the illustrations. The colours had such a good vibe and it was just gorgeous, but the story itself was just okay. I binged it in like an hour? So it’s definitely quick too! It was cute and fun, but it didn’t really impact me or anything.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: Clap when you land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Format: Physical book
Pages: 432
Rating: ★★★,5

I decided to give another book a second chance again. Clap when you land was the first book by Elizabeth Acevedo that I picked up and sadly, I wasn’t really a fan the first time, even though the writing style was wow.

It hadn’t been that long (two months maybe?) but I couldn’t help but want to pick it up again. The writing style was as beautiful as I remembered and I came to appreciate the story much more. I’d definitely say I liked it more the second time around, but I can’t help but think that there was something missing, unfortunately.

bol.com | Vermoorde onschuld, Jennefer Mellink | 9789024578511 | Boeken

Title: Vermoorde onschuld
Author: Jennefer Mellink
Format: Physical book
Pages: 206
Rating: ★★★

This was the book I leant from the library! Vermoorde onschuld is a Dutch (in case you didn’t notice, oops) thriller that had such an interesting concept! I really enjoyed my time reading it and Jennefer Mellink has crafted such a strong plot again. And then I’m not even talking about the twist it took! It was just really good.

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)

Title: City of ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Cassidy Blake #1
Format: Ebook
Pages: 272
Rating: ★★★,5

I finally read something by Schwab after years of wanting to, so I think that’s deserving of an applause! City of ghosts is the first novel in Schwab’s middle grade ghost series and it’s a big YES from me. The vibe of this book can just go ahead and run me over (…I’ve been spending too much time on Twitter and TikTok) because it was just that amazing!

It was such a fun story with wholesome characters who go on an adventure. I’d definitely recommend it and am planning on continuing this series for sure! Oh, and just so you know, Victoria Schwab can WRITE. I need more now, so my copy Of Addie Larue better arrives soon.

Master of One

Title: Master of one
Author: Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett
Format: Ebook
Pages: 544
Rating: ★★★,5

I don’t want to spill too much about this book yet since I have a review and an interview with both of the authors coming up, but it has queer faeries. Bookcommunity, listen to me again: QUEER. FAERIES. So remember, 8th November is my spot in the blog tour! You will need this!

Above All Else

Title: Above all else
Author: Dana Alison Levy
Format: Ebook
Pages: 320
Rating: ★★★★,5

I already talked a lot about this book in my review, which you can read by clicking here, but let me just repeat it one more time: this was SO GOOD. I cried…like I always do (can you hear me cry even harder now because that was an accidental Looking for Alaska reference…).

Het zusje van

Title: Het zusje van
Author: Carlie van Tongeren
Format: Physical book
Pages: 195
Rating: ★★★★

Another Dutch book! I won this in a giveaway from the author of this book, which I’m so grateful for! This is the first book in a collection of short books to make teenagers read more. I really love the initiative and yeah, this book totally stole my heart! I cried…again. At this point all of my followers must think I’m a mess 24/7. Are they wrong? I didn’t say that, but this book is a big recommendation!

the princess saves herself in this one: Amazon.es: Lovelace, Amanda: Libros  en idiomas extranjeros

Title: The princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Series: Women are some kind of magic #1
Format: Physical book
Pages: 201
Rating: ★★★★

I really love poetry but I’d never read this one before! I was really curious to finally read a book by Amanda Lovelace, since she’s basically a legend among the community. Occasionally, I write poetry or spoken word myself and even though not every poem was as powerful, I still really loved it! The Dutch publisher was kind enough to send it to me in exchange for an honest review so that’s something you can expect!

Sterker dan elk Afscheid

Title: Sterker dan elk afscheid
Author: Enrico Galiano
Format: Physical book
Pages: 380
Rating: ★★★★★

This was so so incredible and I don’t get why this isn’t available in English. Sterker dan elk afscheid is originally Italian and filled with an impactful story (…that made me cry), a beautiful writing style and a whole bunch of metaphors (don’t think of John Green don’t think of John Green DON’T). Italian John Green vibes (I’m so sorry)! Dutchies can read my review here!

Fable (Fable, #1)

Title: Fable
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable #1
Format: Ebook
Pages: 357
Rating: ★★★★★

This is when my reading month really started to go fast. I binged Fable in like an evening and I’m still obsessed over it. Seriously, the setting of this book is unlike anything else I’ve ever read and then I’m not even talking about the rest.

Literally, I loved everything. The characters, the writing style, the adventure. Wait, there’s one thing I didn’t love though: THAT CLIFFHANGER? Ugh, I need the sequel…

Zomerburen

Title: Zomerburen
Author: Rianne Robben
Format: Physical book
Pages: 236
Rating: ★★★★

I feel so proud of the little Dutch bookcommunity for FINALLY having a young adult story with a bisexual main character. This book was beautiful and all Dutchies should read this! It’s a huge step forward for us, honestly. But that’s not why this book is so good: it was written really well, funny at times but also really relatable! I loved it!

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

Title: The raven boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The raven cycle #1
Format: Ebook
Pages: 357
Rating: ★★★★★

Just when I thought Fable was gonna be my newest obsession (well, it’s still my obsession, just not the newest) I decided to read the raven boys. I expected to really like it, not get too invested or anything…I’ve been looking at fanart and memes and thinking and CRYING about the raven boys for a week now.

Seriously, this book is the first in a series and I’m scared to even read more because not that many sad things happened in this book? Yet I’m still crying because I KNOW this is gonna break my heart. So ehm, if I disappear somewhere in November, I’m probably binging the rest of the series.

Overleefd

Title: Overleefd
Author: Britt Zwijnenberg
Format: Ebook
Pages: 145
Rating: ★★★

I had the honour to take part in a Dutch blogtour! My review was published 31st October, so Dutchies can already go check it out here! All I will say is that this was so interesting and well-written! I enjoyed it a lot!

The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)

Title: The summoning
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: The darkest powers #1
Format: Physical book
Pages: 390
Rating: ★★★★

Twelve year old me is either proud of me or laughing so hard at me. Either way, I finally decided to pick up this book I was obsessed with as a kid and I remembered almost everything. It was scary at some point lol. I’ve reread a lot of books from my childhood and well, they were trashy to be honest.

This one really surprised me? I don’t know, maybe it’s the nostalgia but the vibe this book has and ugh, I can’t wait to continue this series after all those years! I may have bought all the sequels and the entire spin-off series…no I’m not okay, obviously.


Aah these are definitely my favourite kind of blogposts to write! I hope you enjoyed reading this and maybe got some recommendations (read: I hope I have convinced you to read the raven boys)! Let me know what books you added to your TBR or might’ve already read!

And of course, what was YOUR favourite October read? I wanna hear all about it!

Love,
Alissa

9 thoughts on “What I read in October 2020: a monthly wrap-up

    1. Omggg I’m so sad it’s not available in English because more people need to read it!! And my entire life consists out of thinking about the raven boys these days so PLEASE pick it up!! If you do, I want you to give me aaaall the updates though!! Same with Fable, I love that book, can’t wait for you to read it! Thanks dear!!

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  1. Raven boys is great!!! I read the first book many yrs ago and never got the chance to read the others. Your post reminded me exactly how much I liked it …and now I am gonna read the rest!!🤓.. also I love how you read a variety of books!! Starting from middle grade, contemporary, fantasy and even poetry!!! Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite authors!!

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    1. Omg yes!! I still have to continue the series as well, but I can’t wait, haha! Aah I try to vary a bit yes, I love YA fantasy the most but I just can’t keep on reading only that! I’ve only read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell but I used to be SO obsessed!

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  2. i need a book hangover, so i’m turning to fable (sorry raven boys). i’ll eventually read the raven boys, even though i did quit on the first book 😭 my favorite october read would have to be cemetery boys!! i was still crying over it after a week i finished. hope you have a great november <33

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  3. Yes you have persuaded me to get my hands on the Raven Boys! I loved being sucked into books and experiencing book hangover and crying – lots of it… thank you for the recommendation!

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