October 2020 Book Wrap Up

It is far past the end of another month of 2020. I haven’t done a book wrap up post since April, but I have been out of quarantine since May. I did have to do a two week quarantine period at the end of October but I had finished most of my reading by then and all I proceeded to do during that time was start watching The Vampire Diaries and procrastinate on school work. But without further ado, lets discuss what I actually read in October.

The Books

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light This was the first book that I read for the miniathon in October. It was for the prompt romantic read and let me tell you I was not disappointed! The basic idea of this book is that Becca and football captain Brett pretend to be dating because Becca’s former best friend is teasing her in the halls. It gave me vibes very similar to the book To All The Boys I loved Before. I have yet to read that yet, but if you enjoyed that series you will likely enjoy this book. I honestly need a second book ASAP. It came out in February of this year so who knows, maybe?

You Say It first by Katie Cotugno- This one was also a cute read. I read it for the miniathon-most of the books I read this month were for the miniathon- and was for the prompt unlucky number 13 because it has 13 letters in the title. That was the only reason that I picked the book and I did consider DNFing it at one point. This book is about a girl named Meg who has the perfect life and a boy named Colby who is from a small town in Ohio who just experienced a family tragedy. Meg and Colby meet when she calls Colby’s home looking for his father so that she can get him registered to vote. Colby and Meg and up forming a connection purely over phone calls and texts. It is a cute book that will make you scream at it if you want any sort of resolution to happen early in the book. I listened to it on Audio book so that might have made it a little harder for me to get through and I think I might have enjoyed it more had I just read the book.

Beast by Brie Spangler- I really don’t have much of an opinion on this book this month. It was for the miniathon again and it definitely was not about hat I thought it was going to be. I think it was supposed to be a modern retelling of Beauty and The Beast but there really wasn’t other than the main character just being very hairy. The book touches the surface of issues that members of the transgender community face. I think that overall it was a cute book and I recommend it, just make sure you know that it has serious moments in it and at times you will want to through the book because of what the main character is doing.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix I 100% without a doubt played myself with this book. I was actually not even going to read it in October but a bunch of people in the miniathon were doing a group read of it and I needed it for the book club read section on my bingo board. Let me tell you. This book is not a book you should listen to in audiobook format. Mostly because there are some scenes in it that just really should not be narrated because of how graphically described you are. I was also listening to it while I was driving to work and while I was at work at the end of the night as well and let me tell you I got some crazy looks from people who could hear what was being said in the book. I don’t have many feelings about the book as a whole, it wasn’t the worst thing I have ever read but how this particular vampire worked irritated me. Can authors not just pick a way for vampires to work and stick with it. I don’t want to re learn vampire habits with every book I read.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson- This book was a cute book for a few reasons, but it was also the start of me not actually finishing my bingo board for the miniathon. When reading the description of the book I originally though that Bluet was not actually human and had intended to use it for the prompt ‘protagonist is not human’. Yeah that wasn’t the case. I also listened to this one on audio book. I actually think the majority of the books I read in October were actually audio books which is new for me because I used to hate them. Anyway, this book is a historical fiction and has a big focus on some factual information about the blue people of Kentucky. I do not know enough about the blue people of Kentucky historically so I won’t speak on that. I thought it was a sweet book and enjoyed listening to a book about someone who was taking books to others. Was it the best book I read this year? No, but it wasn’t bad by any means. The writing was a little blah, so I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it physically, but as an audio book it was enjoyable.

Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott– While The Book woman of Troublesome Creek started the decline of following the miniathon bingo board prompts this book continued it. It was also the start of a night that shouldn’t have happened. I started this book as an audio book on my way to work one morning. The book follows Nolan and Reed through high school where you get to see their relationship grow from just being partners on a school project to actually being friends to so many more things. Reed was irritating in this book but only because he was written to be like every boy I ever met in high school and to a very small degree reminded me of one of my high school guy friends. Not like to a t, but pretty close in terms of the way he acted. I got home and ended up reading the rest of the book on my Kindle because I wanted to get it done faster. Boy was that a mistake. A happy mistake. But a mistake. I ended up finishing the book and then deciding that I needed to immediately move on to the second book in the series.

Going Long by Ginger Scott – Welcome to book two of the dumbest choice that I made in October. This book once again follows Reed and Nolan, but it follows them through their college experiance. Now I can’t say much about this other than it is a fucking roller coaster of emotions from start to finish. I don’t want to spoil anything that happens in the first book so I can’t talk too much about what happens here. Let me just say that the similarities between my relationship with my guy friend from high school and Nolan and Reed’s relationship fizzled off in this book, BUT THAT IS OKAY. I actually ended up loving this book and gave it 4 stars. The book left me wanting more so I decided to move on to the third book in the series.

The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott– This book ended my night of the dumbest choices made. If you have not yet put it together I actually read all three of the books in the series in one night. I was up until 5 am reading and then had to get up at 8am to get ready for work. Bad life choice, but the books were so worth it. This one follows the relationship between Nolan and Reed in their adult life. While I didn’t find the book to be as much of an emotional roller coaster as Going Long I did still enjoy it and was glad I stayed up to read it. Once again I can’t really say much about it without spoiling the other books, but if you were thinking about starting the series and you like cheesy YA contemporary romance books then just do it. You probably won’t regret it.

So there you have it. I ended the month having read 8 books, which for working and doing classes for my masters is pretty shocking to me. I did not end up getting a bingo on my miniathon bingo board as much as I wanted to because after binge reading the entire Waiting Series in a basically 18 hours span I was over reading for the month. November has started off slow with me not even having finished on book. I am currently working on finishing up a book that I am not a fan of but I want to write a review on it and I feel like I need to listen to it to fully explain why I am not a fan of it. Also I am hoping that the books turns out to have some redeeming qualities.

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