October Reading Wrap Up

It’s November! Merry Christmas everyone! There’s really not much to look forward to this year, so the fact that the holiday season is approaching (yes, we know it’s two months away, but it is getting closer) is very exciting. Time moving forward means election day tomorrow (AHH! If you’re in the US and are old enough PLEASE VOTE!) and Thanksgiving break at the end of the month! It also means that our Goodreads reading challenges are coming to a close soon, so we may need to ramp up our reading in the final stretch. But you’re here to see what we read last month, so we’ll stop our rambling and focus on that for now!

Books Read:

Malka:

I managed to read 9 books this month, which I’m quite happy with! I don’t expect to read as many next month, since I have more midterms and projects, and it’s growing closer to finals as well. Plus, I’m getting slightly slumpy with the cold weather settling in. So if anyone has any graphic novel or romance recommendations, please share them in the comments! But I digress, we’re here to talk about the books I read in October!

This month I finally read a whole bunch of the books that I purchased over the course of the past few months! My 5 star reads don’t contain any novels, but I’m okay with that. Most of the novels that I read were 4 stars, except for one that was 2 stars, which made me sad because I was looking forward to it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Helium is a book of poetry that I just adored! I’ve been wanting to read more modern poetry, but I’ve also had to be mindful of dark content, which can mess with my mental health. This book was perfect for me. I picked it up when I was having a rough day, and it just fit my mindset perfectly. Its super short and really well crafted, and I’d highly recommend it! As for the Heartstopper graphic novels, well, I think they’re pretty popular, and for good reason! I binged these three books in 2 days and ended up giving each one 5 stars! I can’t wait for volume 4 to come out so I have an excuse to immerse myself in the cuteness that is Nick and Charlie once again!


Rating: 4 out of 5.


Chana lent me Today, Tonight, Tomorrow, since she read it and thought I’d love it. And she was right! It was such a great book, and now I can’t wait to read more of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s work! Always Only You is a romance that uses the grumpy and sunshine trope so very well! The cuteness in this one was so intense in this book, it hurt! Spoiler Alert solidified the fact that I need to read more Olivia Dade, since I’ve loved both of her books that I’ve picked up. This book is a fantastic romance between a plus-sized woman and a dyslexic movie star, that features emotionally abusive parents as well. But to balance it all out was this adorable romance, and a focus on fandom life that was just fantastic! Lastly, for this section, we have Charming As a Verb, which I picked up in a book store and read the first few pages of, before deciding I wanted to read this story. The writing style was so engaging, and I just really enjoyed the story! I’ve seen on Goodreads that not many people have read it, so I’d highly recommend checking this book out and seeing if it interests you!


Rating: 2 out of 5.

This book was just not for me. It had a lot of important disability representation, and included a lot of important conversations surrounding difficult topics as well, but while I can see that somewhat objectively, there were other aspects that bothered me, and I think I just wasn’t a good fit with this book.


Chana:

I read 23 books this month! In 2019 this would be a usual number for me, but this is way out of bounds for my 2020 monthly reading averages, so I’m really happy about it! I read a lot of books that I enjoyed, and I managed to get to a bunch of graphic novels that I had been meaning to read for a while.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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I just read This is How You Lose the Time War and I already want to reread it immediately. And then read it again. It is SO GOOD. The writing is beautiful, the characters are beautiful, the plotline is beautiful,,,,,,I clearly can’t formulate coherent thoughts. BUT like. Sapphic rival time travel assassins! Exchanging letters!


Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Top two three stars were The Ikessar Falcon and The Tower of Nero. I can’t believe that the PJO series is (allegedly) officially over! But to be honest I don’t trust Rick Riordan to stop, and I’m expecting another series within the same universe sometime soon.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
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This book was really disappointing. I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Infinite Noise, and I thought the general concept was really interesting so I was excited to read this one. However, this book takes a completely different direction than the first book. My main issue was the main character. He was incredibly unlikeable. He was rude, racist, selfish etc. And while those traits were defining features of his character that guided the plot, it was not at all enjoyable to read.

Books Acquired:

Malka:

I only purchased 4 books this month, and I’ve already read 3 of them (and started the 4th!). I’m quite impressed with myself for managing to pull that off! A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow actually comes out on November 10th, but I got my copy about 10 days early!

Purchased:

Chana:

I bought way too many books this month. But I did find out that whoever said money can’t buy happiness was lying because each purchase brought me a burst of pure serotonin that I would not have felt otherwise.

Purchased:

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Things We Did:

Malka:

Hmmmmm. I can’t think of anything exciting that I did this month. I mean, I did another temperature related circuits project that I shared on Instagram for a bit, but that’s schoolwork, really. I think this section pretty much sums up October for me. There was nothing special about it. It was just okay.

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November, however, is filled with midterms and projects and other stress inducing items. I’d honestly be grateful if I came out of November thinking it was boring, since I think it will be a lot of work.

I do want to try something fun in November though, and that is to be more active on Goodreads and Instagram stories. So the goal I am setting for myself is to update at least one thought per book I read on Goodreads, whether that’s before, during, or after I read the book. As for Instagram, well, I’d like to pop on there at least once a week, so I hope you all are following us there and will interact with me on stories and through DMs!

Chana:

I watched all of Schitt’s Creek in 3 days! I also went on a walk at the beginning of the month and it was probably the longest I was outside the entire month. It’s started to get really gross and rainy in NYC, so I’m kind of glad that I don’t need to go outside every day, but I also hope that the gross weather stops. (I know it won’t but a girl can dream).

We’re already scheduling classes for next semester and lo’ and behold, they’re all online! It’s crazy because that means by next semester it’ll be a full year of having school online. I don’t want to freak anyone out, but I do think we should all be a little bit worried that the future doctors, engineers, and lawyers are being educated by Zoom university.

Posts We Loved:

Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea had a great post about how to get blog followers!

Tracy @ Truffle Reads presented us with the ultimate guide to being a buddy reader.

Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical discussed how she avoids blogger burn outs!

How was your October? What was your favorite read this past month? Do you have any recommendations of romances or graphic novels for Malka?

40 thoughts on “October Reading Wrap Up

      1. ah, some would be an understatement😂
        And yeah, I’m gonna try the book in a few days!
        And now that you say it like that, I’m sure I’d be loving the book, I’m a hopeless romantic!

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  1. Spoiler Alert and Always Only You are both on my TBR so I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it!! And ahh I’m so sorry to hear When My Heart Joins the Thousands wasn’t for you, as it’s been on my radar for the disability rep… I’ll have to keep this post in mind if I decide to pick it up! Amazing post as always Chana & Malka 💗

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both as much as I did! And I think the disability rep was pretty good in When My Heart Joins the Thousands, but the overall tone of it was very dark and depressing, and I think at the time I was in the mood for something with a bit more hope and joy. But then again, I think the book was pretty realistic, so I don’t know if that’s a fair complaint!

      Thank you, Abby! I hope you’re having a wonderful November!

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    1. The Heartstopper series is honestly just cuteness and fluff! If you ever need a book to make you smile, I’d recommend reading the series! And I happen to adore graphic novels (enough to write a whole post about them) so if you’re ever in need of any recommendations, feel free to DM me on Instagram!

      Thank you! 💕

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    1. Thank you! Yesss, Cemetery Boys was such an enjoyable read, I loved it so much! Aaah, that reminds me that I still need to read Spin the Dawn 😄

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    1. Cemetery Boys was so good! I hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it. Omgg, definitely watch Schitt’s Creek! I loved it because it was really funny and the show was short! Each episode only 20 minutes and about 14 episodes a season.

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  2. Y’all sure did read a lot of books! My favorite books I read last month was the Weaver Trilogy by Lindsay A. Franklin. Although a close second was The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale! (You’ve got to check out The Weaver Trilogy!!) Cool wrap up!

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    1. The Story Peddler sounds so good! Definitely adding that to my TBR 😄 Ahh, and I have to read The Goose Girl at some point too! I loved Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy when I was younger so I’ve always been meaning to read her other books too.

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  3. Malka, I really badly want to read Today, Tonight, Tomorrow and Spoiler Alert so I’m glad to see you enjoyed them!

    Chana, I loved Educated and Cemetery Boys so I’m glad you enjoyed those. 🙂 Also, wow, 23 books! That’s incredible. :O So excited that you purchased Crier’s War, I adore that book and I *need* to read the sequel. Also, I really want to continue Schitt’s Creek – I think I was in S3 when it was taken down from Hungarian Netflix and I could have cried. 😦 So glad you enjoyed it!

    Thank you so much for highlighting my post! 🙂

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    1. They were both so good! I was honestly so blown away by Educated, I usually never read non-fiction but it was just so amazing. I know! I’m so shocked that I was able to read so much (I honestly think that it’s because during midterms my procrastination goes into overdrive 😅).

      I’m so excited to read Crier’s War! I’ve literally heard only good things so I can’t wait! Ahh, Schitt’s Creek was so good! Ughh, I hate how Netflix has totally different shows per country 😭 I hope they add it back soon!

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  4. you read so many books that are on my TBR Malka! I’m really glad you liked them 🙂 And Chana, 23 books is so much! How?! And i’m glad you enjoyed Educated. It was on my TBR for a long time and I decided to take it off because I didn’t feel like reading it everytime it was available in the library. But now, I’m thinking about adding it again…

    Happy November! I hope you two survive all the school stuff 🙂

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    1. Yes!! You must try reading it again! I had borrowed it from my cousin like a year ago and never got around to reading it, but then I decided to try again and it was just *so good*!

      Ahh, thank you! I hope you have a wonderful November 💕

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  5. Ah Malka I’m happy you enjoyed Today Tonight Tomorrow, I loved that one! I also adore Our Year of Maybe by the author. And Spoiler Alert! I so want to read this book, so glad you enjoyed it!
    Chana: I’m amazed by the amount of books you’ve read, like, WOW. I also spot Crier’s War in your purchases and ahh, I can’t wait to read that one! 🙂
    Wishing you both all the best for this month, sending you lots of love ❤

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    1. Today Tonight Tomorrow was just so good! I’ll have to check out Our Year of Maybe now! And I can’t wait for The Ex Talk! I’ve requested a copy from NetGalley, and I really hope they’ll grant me a copy!

      And Spoiler Alert is fantastic! It’s an adorable romance, but it also deals with serious issues at the same time. It was the perfect balance for me! I hope you love it as well!

      Thank you so much! I hope you’re having a fantastic month as well! 💕

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  6. I’m glad you enjoyed Heartstopper, Malka! I’d recommend The Tea Dragon Society if you haven’t read it yet, it’s a really wholesome and cute graphic novel!
    Chana, that’s an amazing amount of books! I also read Cemetery Boys in October and I absolutely adored it! Also, can I ask why did you give the Rick Riordan book 3 stars? I haven’t read it yet, I’m just curious. 😁

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    1. Ahh I know!! And I’m so close to finishing my reading challenge (even though I lowered it like three times already this year 😂) so I’m really excited!

      Ooh, honestly the book was good! I think I just didn’t rate it as high because it was the last book and felt like more of a wrap-up kind of thing for me. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

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  7. Wow, 23 books is amazing, Chana! I loved A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, but still need to read the sequel. I’m also excited to read The Cemetery Boys, it sounds so good!

    I’m glad you enjoyed all (except one) of your reads, Malka. I was also guilty of buying too many books in October!

    Wonderful wrap-up, and I hope you both have a lovely November 🥰

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    1. Thank you! A Good Girls Guide to Murder was so good! Ooh, I hope you like The Cemetery Boys, it was great!

      I hope you have a wonderful November too 💕

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  8. i love the heartstopper series so much!! i picked them up when i was in need of great comfort and that’s exactly what i got from them.
    my october was overwhelming. my country was back in lockdown and honestly? i needed the break. college is suffocating and all i wanna do is sleep. but i’m finally finding a little balance between everything i do.
    amazing post (as always)❤️

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    1. Yes! I picked them up when I was in a bad mood and on the verge of a reading slump and I got through all 3 volumes in less than 24 hours! They’re so comforting and wonderful and I can’t wait for the 4th Volume!

      I’m sorry to hear that about your October. Lockdown can be tough! And I can definitely relate to college taking over your life and making it impossible to find time for yourself. I’m glad to hear that you’re slowly finding some balance so that hopefully college feels less overwhelming! And I hope that November is turning out to be a much better month!

      Thank you so much! 💕

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  9. I loved your wrap-up! I was so heartened to see that you gave Educated 5 stars – it was super eye-opening for me and the memoir that led me into the world of non-fiction… ❤

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    1. Thank you! Yes! I felt the same way! I loved how it gave me a whole perspective on something I knew absolutely nothing about. It’s also definitely encouraged me to try out some other non-fiction in the future.

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  10. Looks like you had a pretty good month 🙂 that’s amazing that you both read so many books! also rip online classes and yes every now and then I think about the premed people in my online bio and chem open book classes and online “labs” …… hope you’re having a great november!!

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    1. Hahahha, my friend’s premed, and apparently they’re doing a virtually simulated lab for some of her classes this semester 😅 It’s both funny and not funny at the same time, but I cannot wait until we can go back in person! I hope your November went well!!

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