Recent Reads | October 2022

I read 13 books in October, although it honestly doesn’t feel like it. A lot of them were shorter reads and most of them were good reads. I am pushing through a little reading slump right now, but I’m respecting my brain’s need for a little break and some lighter things. ‘This too shall pass’, you know? Here is everything I finished reading in October, with their respective mini-reviews:

Six Crimson Cranes
by Elizabeth Lim

This story was wild. The setup was great, then things slowed down a bit, but then they got crazy. There’s curses and demons, dragons and wolves, magic paper cranes and live ones. There are some tropey YA elements, but it was unique and complex enough of a story that it didn’t feel familiar or predictable

The Tea Dragon Society
by Katie O’Neill

This book is so stinkin cute. The art is lovely, the story is sweet. And I wish tea dragons were real because they are adorable and I want one

Heartstopper, Volume 3
by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper, volume 4
by Alice Oseman

I’ve been reading this on Webtoon, so I guess technically I’m halfway through volume 5. Heartwarming contemporary is generally not my scene, but Alice Oseman does a wonderful job at capturing the feelings of figuring out who you are, whatever that may mean, as well as some of the less certain feelings within new relationships and changing friendships

by Jessica Townsend

This had been recommended to me by a few people, and I hear nothing but good things about it within the book community. It’s exciting and magical. I’m a big Fenastra fan, although I imagine interacting with her would be incredibly frustrating

The Maid
by Nita Prose

This murder mystery was just ok. I never really got attached to our main character, Molly, and there were too many reveals at the end, none of which felt shocking like they should have

by Brenna Thummler

I loved this so much more than I anticipated. Marj and Wendall are both so sweet as they each struggle to fit in as they navigate grief in their own ways

by Nicholas Cheetham

Little facts about many of the major things in our universe, an enjoyable and interesting adventure through space

For the Wolf
by Hannah Whitten

I didn’t love this, and I’m a little bummed about it. But not every book I read is going to be a new favorite for me. I think this book has a good appeal for someone with a slightly different reading taste than my own

by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan is great, her friends are great, I dare say the villain is also great. There’s so much wonderful adventure and discovery and heartwarming relationships in this series

by Jessica Townsend

I’ve been loving this series. I’m happy to say I think it deserves all the hype it has gotten, and I’m looking forward to the fourth installment set to be released next year

The Midnight Lie
by Marie Rutkoski

I liked this, but I’m not planning to read the sequel. It’s said to be set in the same world as The Winner’s Trilogy, but there doesn’t seem to be any real connection between the two, which I found disappointing. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this story, and I love Rutkoski’s writing, but I didn’t get as invested in these characters as I had hoped.

Hack/Slash issue 1
by Tim Seeley

Although this is marked as issue one, it’s definitely not. I didn’t realize how long running this series was or how many various runs it has had. Although I enjoyed this issue on its own, unless I can get my hands on the actual first issue/volume and start reading it chronologically, I don’t plan to continue with it.