October 2015 Wrap-Up

I normally do Stacking the Shelves on Saturdays and Best of the Bunch on the last day of the month. Since this month they fall on the same day I am combining them. In addition I am also going to begin linking to Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s monthly wrap-up, Saturday Situation and to Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up. So check out what I did in October, my top pick and my newest additions.

I reviewed seventeen books this month.

  1. [1 Oct] It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt ★★★★
  2. [2 Oct] Winter Fae by Suza Kates ★★★
  3. [4 Oct] Menagerie by Rachel Vincent ★★★★★
  4. [5 Oct] Copygirl by Anna Mitchael, Michelle Sassa ★★★★
  5. [8 Oct] The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan ★★★½
  6. [9 Oct] No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones ★★★★
  7. [15 Oct] Taste: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens ★★★★
  8. [16 Oct] Fading Memories by A.M. Willard ★★★½
  9. [18 Oct] House Trained by Jackie Bouchard ★★★
  10. [19 Oct] The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone ★★★★
  11. [22 Oct] All the Things We Never Knew by Sheila Hamilton ★★★★
  12. [22 Oct] Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★★★
  13. [23 Oct] Love You Better by Natalie Martin ★★★★
  14. [25 Oct] Counting Stars by Kathleen Long ★★★½
  15. [26 Oct] Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker ★★★★
  16. [28 Oct] The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz, Stieg Larsson ★★★★
  17. [29 Oct] The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey ★★★★

One was the clear stand out. Menagerie by Rachel Vincent received the first five star review I have given that is not one of my comfort books. Comfort reads get an automatic 5 star from me as they are the books I re-read over and over. Menagerie was such a rich read and I just loved it.

I was able to participate in some fun bookish things this month.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was fun and exhausting. Reading takes on a whole new level when it is the focus of an entire day.

I was lucky enough to have two guest posts selected for inclusion in Read Sleep Repeat’s Diversity Month. Guest Post 1 and Guest Post 2.

Author Tuesday is probably the thing I like most about having a book review site. I get to interact with some great authors and help others find out more about them. In October I was lucky enough to host Tracy Ewens and Carol Pavliska. November will bring us Liana Maeby author of South on Highland on November 10, and Kirker Butler author of Pretty Ugly on November 24.

I added some interesting reads this week.

From NetGalley

city of light

City of Light by Keri Arthur. This is the start of a new series for Arthur. I have her Dark Angels series on my Kindle but have not read it yet. So I’m hoping the new series will be good.

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….




In real life

In Real Life by Jessica Love. Oh, this looks so cute!

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.





From Edelweiss

the mothers

The Mothers by Rod Jones.  This looks like a very interesting read about how each generation influences the next.

The Mothers is a book about secrets. It interweaves the intimate lives of three generations of Australian women who learn that it’s the stories we can’t tell that continue to shape us and make us who we are.







Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella. I really enjoy the Shopaholic series. Light and fun they are always a good read. Purchased on Kindle.

Becky is on a major rescue mission! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend’s husband. Becky’s mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she’s convinced is up to no good.





black widow

Black Widow Forever Red (A Marvel YA Novel) by Margaret Stohl. My whole family loves comics. My 10-year-old daughter is the youngest person at our local comic book store to have subscriptions. I, however, am not a huge fan of comics. I like the movies and TV shows but I like my book books. So I was happily suprised to see this one on the shelves of Heroes and Villains. I liked Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures series, so I am interested to see how I feel about this one.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.


You can check out the rest of my October additions below.

  1. [3 Oct] Stacking the Shelves – October 3, 2015
  2. [10 Oct] Hey There – October Happenings
  3. [17 Oct] Stacking the Shelves – October 17, 2015
  4. [24 Oct] Stacking the Shelves – October 24, 2015
  5. [31 Oct] October 2015 Wrap-Up

My October Top Ten Tuesday

  1. [6 Oct] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit
  2. [19 Oct] Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me
  3. [26 Oct] Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween 2015 Freebie

My October Waiting on Wednesday

  1. [7 Oct] Waiting on Wednesday – Sweet Ruin
  2. [14 Oct] Waiting on Wednesday – Blood Kiss
  3. [21 Oct] Waiting on Wednesday – The Sister Pact
  4. [27 Oct] Waiting on Wednesday – The Edge of Lost

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Posted October 31, 2015 by Laura in Best of the Bunch Monthly Wrap-up, Monthly Wrap-Up, Stacking The Shelves, Weekly Wrap-Up / 9 Comments

9 responses to “October 2015 Wrap-Up

  1. Hi Laura and nice to virtually meet you!

    You had a great month last month and there are a couple of books there which look great. Am off to investigate them!
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