Hey everyone! So, I am back with a wrap up segment in this post for the month of October! In terms of reading, October did turn out to be pretty decent as I ended up reading quite a decent amount of books than I actually expected (keeping in mind all the uni work I had to do XD). Before I begin, I would like to mention that the wrap up segment will include only those books that I have not reviewed on my blog in the month of October and have not talked about in my October haul as well. So, without further ado let’s get started!
1) La Belle Sauvage(The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman
Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy…
Malcolm’s father runs an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his dæmon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.
He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust–and the spy it was intended for finds him.
When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, Malcolm sees suspicious characters everywhere; Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; an Egyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a dæmon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl–just a baby–named Lyra.
Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.
I started reading La Belle Sauvage with very little hope of actually liking it. However, I instantly fell in love with the world that Philip Pullman creates! Further, being a person who have not read his earlier series His Dark Materials, I thought I would actually be pretty clueless and would not enjoy the story. But, I was proved wrong. The first volume of The Book Of Dust series was one of the most enjoyable and adventurous book I read last month! I am really excited to read the second volume The Secret Commonwealth which came out last month itself!
2) Sadie by Courtney Summers
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.
When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.
Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.
Honestly, Sadie was on my TBR shelf since last year and last month was the time when I finally listened to it (yes, I listened to the audiobook!). And it blew me away! Sadie deals with a lot of dark and raw issues. Courtney Summers did an amazing job with her writing that brought out such deep issues in a very comfortable and clever way.
3) Ice Mermaid by M.C. Frank
Ice Mermaid is a Salt for Air novella about a mermaid who witnesses the sinking of the Titanic. It’s not necessary to read it before Salt for Air in order to understand the series, but it definitely adds to it.
I was contacted by the author with an arc to read and and talk about her book. And let me tell you, this book was the cutest and wholesome book ever! It helped me get out of my reading slump as well! I highly recommend this book to all those who are looking for some dystopian adventure!
4) Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.
Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.
When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?
I adoreeeeed this book so so sooo much! It is one of the best contemporary romance novel of 2019! I have always been a huge fan of Jennifer E. Smith and this work of hers was like a blessing for me!
Well, for the month of November I have only stacked a few books (nervous laughs) till now. But I am planning to add more so ya’ll will probably get another haul?! Let’s see what happens but for now let me share the ones that I have decided on!
1) Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff’s deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them. She’s perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her, and though she tries hard to hide them, she can’t get them under control. Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke – a researcher who’s come to investigate the rumours of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island.
Right from the start, Mac knows there’s something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For the island shelters centuries of secrets – and a legacy of danger that plagues them still.
why i want to read it: I’ve been looking for a paranormal romance since like sooo long! And this books seems to have answered my prayers!
2) Royals by Emma Forrest
July, 1981. London. Shy, working-class Steven finds solace in beauty. Eighteen years old, he dreams of being a fashion designer. He’s also gay, maybe – he hasn’t decided yet. There’s a lot Steven isn’t sure about, like whether he hates himself or thinks he’s amazing.
When he ends up in hospital after being brutally attacked by his father, he meets Jasmine, an heiress. Intoxicating, anarchic, fabulous Jasmine. Fuelled by their shared love of fashion, a friendship blossoms and soon, Steven finds himself swept into her hedonistic world, wholly beguiled. However, underneath the glitter and the frivolity, darkness lies.
why i want to read it: Honestly, this book seemed something which is out of my comfort zone especially in terms of reading. That’s why I really wanted to give it a try and ended up requesting an arc from Bloomsbury. I’m almost done with it and ya”ll can expect a review very soon (yay!)!
WELL, THAT WRAPS UP THIS POST WHICH INCLUDES MY OCTOBER WRAP UP AND A TINY (FOR NOW) NOVEMBER HAUL! I WONDER WHAT YOU ALL ARE READING?! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED ABOVE? I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO GUYS ALL ABOUT IT!