October Reads 22

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My reading has slowed down a bit as we reach the end of the year. More stuff going on with school and work and the holidays makes it a little harder to focus. Not to mention needing to finish up my last two writing projects stole my focus. But with all that, I read nine books last month.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
A delightfully creepy and gory tale of revenge. I enjoyed the way the backstory was told throughout and the characters became more intense.
The only issues I had would be the 2nd person POV from the elk head woman were a little jarring at times. And I felt they could have given more time to Gabe, Cass, and D. But a great story and I loved the experience.

The Sentence by Louise Erdric
I gave this one a second try and held on to the end this time.
I loved the story – the haunted bookstore and the family ups and downs. Tookie grows as a person and her relationships are beautiful.
The covid parts were a bit much, though. Was every detail necessary? I didn’t think so. But I powered through. It was nicely written and had very vivid imagery.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
This book was such a teeter totter of emotion. They would win a little and then take ten steps back. The twist at the end put me through it and I can’t wait to get started on the next one.
The characters were wonderful and had great ideas to pull through every situation. They were endlessly adaptable even in the face of great danger.
A great book to pull me back into the series.

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen
A very helpful guide to help write the hardest part of the book (haha). Bryan digs into the why of every piece to help with each aspect.
The exercises every step of the way hold your hand into doing it right.
And now I’m off to rewrite all of my blurbs.

The Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Not my favorite of the series, but a very exciting read nonetheless.
Jacob’s incredible journey comes to an end with a lot of heartache and trouble, but he comes out on top.
The ending had me a little worried for a minute, but then it had one last twist.
Good series, I had fun reading it.

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
This book was beautiful and dark and gruesome and horrifying and gave me all the feels.
Inti was lovely and infuriating. She made so many wrong and good choices, all for the sake of the wolves and her sister. And I loved every minute of it.
The end was a total shock that pulled on my heartstrings. I wish I could read it again for the first time and experience it all over again.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
This final book in the trilogy was everything. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how much depth this world had. Every story thread and detail held so much weight.
Vin and Elend were amazing. The high stakes and the tension were palpable. Every twist and turn had me on the edge of my seat and the ending brought such a beautiful resolution to it all. A wonderful series.

Help! My Blurbs and Ad Copy Suck by Mal and Jill Cooper
I enjoyed the conversational style of this book. Mal and Jill are very down to earth and relatable, and it makes learning from them so much easier. And more fun.
There were a lot of great, actionable tips and I can’t wait to put them to work on my own blurbs.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I don’t have many words to describe how much I loved this book. I only wish I’d decided to read it sooner. Beautiful world building and I loved the criminal underworld drama.
A wonderful adventure and I can’t wait to read the next one.

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I still have a handful of books on my reading list to get through. Fingers crossed I can buckle down and get through them. And it’s almost time to start planning next year’s list. All suggestions are welcome.

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