October Wrap-Up + November Reading Month (2018)

October was one of the worst months of my life, to be honest. Not in terms of the books I read or anything related to that but personally. I don’t have a lot of words to share but I’m dealing with some really traumatic personal stuff, so I’d really appreciate some distance and understanding at the moment. It made me reconsider many things, go on a short hiatus at the end of October and I’ve been struggling since to get my life back to normal. This wrap-up may not be as detailed or wordy as usual mostly because I’m in the mood for brevity. However, sharing my love for books makes me feel marginally better, so I decided to write this post despite everything. With that sombre introduction out of the way, let me talk about the reading month I had and what I’m looking forward to in November.

Oct Wrap-Up 2018


What I Read

I read 6 books this month, 2 of which were buddy reads. My favourite was A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, which I reviewed in my previous post and read along with Sahitya @ My World of Books. My other buddy read was quite early in the month with Neha @ BiblioNyan and we read Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I was unimpressed with this one as well and I’m glad that Neha saw things exactly the way I did too. However, with the way it ended, we both felt a twinge of excitement for the next book, so I might just pick it up, but it’s really low on my TBR at the moment. In order to cheer myself up when I was going through a bad time, I finished From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, fluffy, relatable and just perfect for me at the time! The only ARC I read was Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce. I had a lot of difficulty getting into it in September when I was going through a book hangover, but once I delved into it a little bit more, I started enjoying myself. The other two books I read were part of the same series, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. It’s dramatic, funny and poignant in places, but what I loved about it was its sheer entertainment value. I liked the first book marginally better than the second one, mostly because the plot in the latter wasn’t as strong. Overall, I had an average reading month but I’m glad I more than I did in September.

Oct Read 2018

There won’t be a Highlights section this time because those little achievements seem really inconsequential to me at the moment.

Memorable Posts

There were some really excellent posts that I came across this month and here are my top five that I think everyone will benefit from reading –


Anticipated Releases

  • Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (November 6th: US release) – this Asian-inspired fantasy standalone features enchanted palaces with seasonal rooms, a competition to become the next ruler, shape-shifting yōkai, reluctant princes and outcasts
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (November 6th: US release) – this diverse fantasy features a F/F romance while also tackling issues like sexual abuse
  • Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (November 6th: US release) – one of my most anticipated sequels for 2018, this retells the more familiar story of Snow White set in an Asian-inspired world
  • Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (6th November, US and UK release) – the master of fantasy is now trying his hand at a YA space opera trilogy that is a mashup between Top Gun, Ender’s Game and How to Train Your Dragon
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (13th November: US release) – this lush new adult fantasy series is inspired by the Mughal era with hidden powers and powerful female heroines
  • The Storyteller by Traci Chee (13th November: US release) – the highly anticipated conclusion to the wonderfully imaginative trilogy set in a world without books
  • Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi (27th November: US release) – a new fantasy the author was kind enough to send to me for review, this features a huntress of Artemis who disobeys the rules of the Hunt by saving a princess’s life and falling in love

Nov Releases 2018

Tentative TBR

I’m taking part in two very exciting readathons this month! One is Mythothon, run by Foxes and Fairytales, and the other is a Middle-Earth inspired one that I found randomly on Instagram run by Apleha Ekho. I’ve compiled a list of 10 books that fit both of them really well although it took me quite a while to find the perfect ones. I had to work in a majority of the ARCs and review copies I’ve received as I really want to be done with them by the end of the year.

Mythothon Bingo Board

  1. The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan – Zeus from Mythothon and Rivendell from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  2. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo – Hera from Mythothon and Gondor from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  3. This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab – Hebe from Mythothon and Isengard from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  4. Circe by Madeline Miller – Poseidon from Mythothon and Lonely Mountain from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Hermes from Mythothon and Khand from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  6. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – Athena from Mythothon and Shire from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  7. God’s Forsaken by David Brevik – Persephone from Mythothon and Mirkwood from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  8. Time Crawlers by Varun Sayal – Apollo from Mythothon and Mordor from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  9. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd – Hades from Mythothon and Numernor from Middle-Earth Road Trip
  10. The Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean – Demeter from Mythothon and Fangorn Forest from Middle-Earth Road Trip

Middle Earth Road Trip Readathon Prompts


Comments

I really hope you had a better October than I did. Let’s look hopefully at what’s to come, shall we? What new releases are you excited for? What are some of the things you want to accomplish before the end of the year? How is your reading goal for the year going? Let me know in the comments section below.

29 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up + November Reading Month (2018)

  1. I’m so sorry to hear October has been a rough month. I’m sending you tons of love and positive vibes and know that I am always there, should you need to talk about anything. Sending you tons of love ❤ ❤
    I'm spotting great books for your readathon, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Belles and The Astonishing Color, as well as This Savage Song, I loved all of these! ❤
    I hope that November will be better and brighter, sending you love xxxx

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    1. Aww, Marie, your kindness means so so much to me. Thank you! ♥️
      Yes, I really hope I get the time to read them all. I picked a lot of titles I’d heard good things about from other reviewers so that I have good reading month. 😊 I hope November is an excellent month for you too. ♥️

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  2. I’m so sorry for whatever happened and I hope everything will get back to normal soon *sends hugs and good vibes* I’ve read very few books this month, but I’ve been in a weird mood, so it’s not surprising. I knew of the Mythothon challenge, I didn’t know about the Middle Earth one. I’d love to participate, but every time I decide on a tentative TBR for the month I just can’t get into those books, so I’m not even going to try. Good luck reading and again, I hope whatever is going on will get better soon.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ruby! 💖 It means so much to me that the community is so supportive through all the tough times. I hope November brings much better news and that it’s a better month for you too! ☺️ Oh and I think late sign-ups are cool too (at least for Mythothon it is), so you can just read whatever you feel like and see if they fit any of the readathon prompts. I hope you have a much better reading month in November. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie! 💖 It really helps to know that the people in the community are wishing me well. The situation is much better now and I only hope that it’s going to continue. I hope you have a great November as well! 😊

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  3. I know I said this before, but… *hugs* I hope things smooth out for you soon, Nandini.

    That’s amazing that you still managed to read 6 books this month, though. I only got through 3 books, probably because 1) one book was 700+ pages and therefore double or three times the length of other books I read last month, and 2) I didn’t read very much during the last week of October because one of my local sports teams made it to their league’s championship series for the season – and THEY WON! 😀 But I think November should be somewhat calmer and less busy at night.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Tempests & Slaughter in the end! Do you think you’d read more of Tamora Pierce’s work in the future? Also, I’m definitely interested in hearing your thoughts on #1 through #4 on your Tentative TBR for November, just so we can compare notes on them, so to speak. 😉

    My November TBR looks something like this:

    1) Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (which I’ll start tonight)
    2) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
    3) Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
    4) Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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    1. Thank you, Sara, for all your support. ♥️ Yay, I’m so glad that your local team won! Sometimes it’s worth putting aside books to witness the pure adrenaline rush that is sports. 😊

      The one thing Tempests and Slaughter did was to make me very interested in Pierce’s other works. I’ve already read her Protector of the Small series and I quite enjoyed that. I want to make it my mission to read her other books in the Tortall universe. I’ll let you know what I think of the books on my November TBR. Let’s hope I find the time to get to them! 😅

      Your November TBR looks stellar! As time passes, I’ve heard more mixed reviews on Sky in Deep, but for the others I’ve seen nothing but praise. I hope you end up liking them all. 😊

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    1. The latter has been so hyped that I may not pick it up immediately but I also really want to. 🙈 Bookworm struggles, am I right? I’m so glad that a F/F fantasy is getting so much buzz though, especially as it’s diverse and features POC. My heart is full. ♥️

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  4. I am so sorry Nandini that you had such a hard month, personally. I really hope everything is better now. But I am glad that you had an overall good reading month 🙂 I can’t wait to read From Twinkle, WIth Love. It definitely seems like a book which can uplift your mood.
    Good luck with the readathons. Your TBR looks so good. I hope you have a better November 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sim! ♥️ Yes, everything is slowly getting back to normal. I think November will be a much better month both personally and reading-wise. 😊
      Yes, Twinkle is great when you’re just down and want to feel better. It’s so fluffy and perfect. Totally swoon-worthy. 😍
      Thank you again! I hope you have an amazing month yourself. ♥️

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  5. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I hope things are better now and remember we are always there to talk it out. My DM is always open. And also take as many breaks as you want and your books, blog and its readers will be still here.

    Hugs
    XOXO

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