Wrap-Ups

October Reading Wrap-Up

October was a much better reading month than September was (I read three books in September and didn’t even do a wrap-up). I was in a reading slump because life hit me full force for a bit, but October did me well. I was happy to have been able to read any books, so to have read what I did made me really grateful! So, without any more wasted time, let’s see what I read this month!

Stats:

  • Number of Books: 12
  • Genres: Fantasy, Romance/Contemporary/Erotica, Mystery/Thriller/Romance
  • Pages Read: 2,851
  • Authors Read: 5

What Did She Read?

All the books AND authors were new to me this month, so I was excited to dive into that. None of these books were on my TBR (oops) and all were read in the Kindle format. I tried picking up physical books to read and couldn’t do it for some reason. Below you will find the 12 books I read, their ratings, and a few thoughts (since I didn’t do many book review this month). Let’s get to it!

4/5 Stars

This book was an eARC that I read and I fell in love with it instantly. The characters and plot were intriguing and it was very well written. I ended up getting a signed copy in my October Bookish Box, which I was SO happy for! I can’t wait to read more by this author!

5/5 Stars for all 5 books. These books are super quick reads (literally…each is a little over 100 pages) and had my attention from the first page. They’re gruesome, dark, and disturbing, while adding a twisted love in the mix. I couldn’t put these down!
Each of these books earned 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed Callie and Des as well as their plots. Some of the fantasy themed aspects were familiar from other stories, but I was so invested I didn’t really mind. Book one and three were my favorites. I enjoyed the second one, but that one reminded me a lot of SJM books (some parts too similar…but I still liked the book). The steam in these books is also *chef’s kiss*.
4/5 Stars This is a novella to the Rhapsodic series that falls between books one and two. The beginning dragged, but I enjoyed the different POV and the second half enough to bump it to 4 stars.
5/5 Stars I don’t usually read straight erotica, but this was something else. Usually sex scenes make me giggle but I was so invested in the “plot” (ha!) that I didn’t have time to giggle.
4/5 Stars. This book was amazing. Some of the writing was iffy, but the characters, plot, and romance was amazing. I read the sequel in one sitting. Highly recommend if you like sexy, blue-eyed, mob men..I didn’t know I did until I met Tristan Caine!

It was a great month! All my books were four or five stars and I enjoyed each of them for different reasons. I flew threw some series, read some stand-alones, and even dipped into my first full erotica book (I regret nothing). To say it was a successful October is an understatement!

I like to end by sharing some other accomplishments from the month, so here it goes!

  • I got married! We had to revise our plans because of covid, but it happened and it was beautiful!
  • I researched resin and am thinking about expanding my Etsy shop.
  • I started Christmas shopping (oops).
  • I’m surviving…that’s what’s most important in these crazy times!

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope you’re well wherever you are in the world. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books! Find me on instagram: @the_crafty_reader or Twitter @thecraftyreader to chat! Hopefully I’ll be more active in November!

Panemathon June 2020

Panemathon

Over on twitter, I’ve joined in with a read-a-thon called Panemathon! With the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise just being published, this read-a-thon is Hunger Games themed. I am happy to be a part of District 11 – the best district- that my dear friend and Booktuber Sophie Snow is hosting!

I’ve never participated in a read-a-thon before, but am more than excited to do so! Keep reading to find out the prompts, how to join, and more!

Here is the link to the Panemathon twitter account if you’re intersted in joining! You can find the sign-up form, rules, and tribute videos so you can decide which district you’d like to join…(unless you’d like me to decide for you…district 11 it is!)

Since I am pledging to District 11, here is Sophie Snow’s D11 video (another great source of information). It’s only suitable that D11’s all about friendship and Sophie is one of my dearest friends!

The Prompts

  • District 1: Read a 5 star prediction.
  • District 2: Read a book with a weopon, armor, or shield on the cover.
  • District 3: Read a science fiction book.
  • District 4: Read a book set by the sea, on the sea, or under the sea.
  • District 5: Read an e-book, audiobook OR read a book during the nighttime.
  • District 6: Read a book set in a world or country outside of your own.
  • District 7: Read a book set in nature or that features nature on the cover.
  • District 8: Read a book with more than 3 colors on the cover.
  • District 9: Read a book that begins with G.
  • District 10: Reada book with an animal as a featured character or an animal on the cover.
  • Distric 11: Read a book that showcases a strong sense of friendship.
  • District 12: Read a book with first in the title or on the cover.

My TBR

Disclosure: you can use the prompts over and over and don’t have to use all fo them (which I don’t)!

District 2: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
District 4: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
District 6: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
District 7: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
District 7: Whims of Fae Series by Nissa Ledder — This is a 1200ish page book that contains all 6 books in the series. The goal is to read all 6 but not making any promises…the font is REALLY tiny.
District 8: Beach Read by Emily Henry
District 10: Serpent Dove by Shelby Mahurin
District 10: The Nightwalkers by J A Kahn
District 11: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles — this is one of my favorite YA books! I’m so excited to reread it!
District 11: ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas — I first read this in the middle of April…this will be my fifth time reading it since then and I am PUMPED. This may be my favorite book ever.
District 11’s Bonus Book (worth double points): Crier’s War by Nina Varela
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Crescent City: The House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas — I read this back in April and am excited for a second read through!
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
District 11 Extra Book (worth 50% extra points): Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Follow along with me right here and on twitter to see how District 11 is doing and how the reading is going!

May the odds be ever in your favor!