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text 2018-11-07 04:12
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- October 2018

Well, here's the last of my October (and in connection, Halloween Bingo) posts rolling out, days later than I would normally post each month.  My wrap up for October, in a nutshell...

My goal for the month of October... was pretty much trying to finish as many Halloween Bingo squares as I could.  In other words, I needed to completely double the number of books I'd be reading in October than I managed in September.  How did I do?

As we already saw from my Halloween Bingo Wrap Up, I think I did quite well.  Much better than I'd been expecting, in fact.



October Reads




Books Dropped/Put On Hold


On Hold



Currently Reading




October Reading Stats


Total works read: 17

  • 15 print/e-book novels
  • 1 audio books
  • 1 short stories

Average rating: 3.50 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  Discount Armageddon // 4.5 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  3 books // 2.5Stars
    • (1) Sick of Shadows by Sharyn McCrumb
    • (2) Secret Admirer by Cynthia Eden
    • (3) Ghost Horse by Patricia Rosemoor

Series I started reading:

  • Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  • Elizabeth MacPherson by Sharyn McCrumb
  • Nursery Crimes by Jasper Fforde
  • A Nichelle Clarke Crime Thriller by LynDee Walker
  • InCryptids by Seanan McGuire
  • Wolfe Security by Laura Griffin
  • A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien


Series I completed:

  • None


Series I have made progress on:

  • Cutler, Sutter & Salinas

Favorite reads:  I squee'd about Discount Armageddon, so we know that that was definitely my favorite read for the month of October.  I squee'd bad!  In other news, I also quite enjoyed The Big Over Easy, the three Nichelle Clarke cozies, and the newest Laura Griffin book, Desperate Girls.  Then there's Jayne Ann Krentz (also Amanda Quick), who is always a delight!

Disappointing reads:  I want to say that my biggest disappointment for the month of October was a tie between Secret Admirer or Spinning Silver.  While I wasn't exactly that bummed by Secret Admirer's less than on par writing, I was much, MUCH more disappointed that Spinning Silver didn't live up to the expectations I held based on how much I'd loved Novik's previous retelling, Uprooted.  But that could just be my own personal issues.



Reviews & Notable Posts


Reviews Written



  • Did not Meme this month!


Other Posts



Coming Up In November


Tentative TBR




Other Stuff

Obviously the beginning of The 24 Festive Tasks reading game has already bitten my excitement.  I'm already drafting many, many posts for updates, tracking, and book reviews.  I've already started looking for books for the Book Tasks already revealed, and I'm making plans for Non-book Tasks.  Where I might have slacked a bit in previous years, I'm actually feeling quite motivated this year!

Meanwhile, the other challenge I'm participating in will be in the works soon, as soon as I get a few other books finished.  Reading the entire series of Melinda Leigh's Midnight series for the 'Can You Read a Series in a Month?' challenge should be a pretty easy breeze... I hope.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for many other 24 Festive Tasks updates!



2018 Wrap-Ups 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups (2016 / 2017)
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/11/monthly-reading-wrap-up-october-2018.html
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text 2018-11-04 23:05
Halloween Bingo 2018 | That's a Wrap!

This post is definitely a couple days late, but I had my reasons, so I'm rolling out all the final Halloween Bingo reviews and updates and have hopefully caught up with myself now.  As I'd stated in a previous update post, I tried to remain off the grid for a while in an attempt to finish the rest of my Halloween Bingo books.

Frankly, I'd stopped counting Bingos the week prior to the end of the game.  My main goal was finishing reading books.

I managed to finish one last Halloween Bingo book, The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins, about four hours after midnight, November 1st.  It may not count towards Halloween Bingo in terms of timeline, but I count it as a personal success.  Honestly, I could have ditched both The Haunted Hotel and Midnight Blue-Light Special, and inserted two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to finish with a Blackout.  I have a volume sitting on my bookshelf with randomly bookmarked stories I'm interested in.  And his books would be able to fill the 'Classic Horror' square AND the 'Creepy Raven Free Space' just fine.

But I was stubbornly refusing to give up on The Haunted Hotel... which I managed NOT to finish before October came to an end, mainly because I'd been so exhausted from the past few evenings at work that I kind of just passed out after dinner and slept through until I suddenly awakened at 2:30 A.M. on November 1st and decided to just read.


le sigh... even the best laid plans have other plans in mind...

But moving right along...

I cannot stop expressing how much I love these reading games at Booklikes, which have, more than once, brought me out of a full reading slump.  This year my reading slump was probably the worst it's been in a very long time, starting up sometime in February... and continuing on until June when I tried to marathon Jayne Ann Krentz books... and then dipping again until right before Halloween Bingo started up.


So once again, a big thank you to Moonlight and Obsidian!  I'm prepping myself for Halloween Bingo 2019 already!

While September was still a slow month for me, in terms of average books read (as well as quality), October was a month of wonders as I pretty much increased my number of books read times two.

September:  8 books read
October:  17 books read

Meanwhile, I also discovered a few new authors I'd love to continue reading from!  In my book, that is one of the biggest pluses about Halloween Bingo--discovering new-to-me authors, and lots of new books to add to that ever-growing TBR!

In a nutshell, I decided to wrap up this post with some stats as well as The Good, The Bad, and The Meh--books I liked or loved, books that were sorely disappointing, and books that were just okay.



The Card


Nothing really changed from the last time I updated.  Since I technically didn't finish reading The Haunted Hotel before the end of the game, I didn't earn that one last Bingo in the first column.  It wouldn't have made much of a difference since without that middle square being read (which should have been the easiest one to finish), I'm short four Bingos and one Blackout.

But no matter!

I've got 23 books read and 23 squares completed with 7 total Bingos to appease me!



The Good



As I'd already stated, I discovered a lot of new authors I'm very interested in continuing to read from.  While there were some pretty disappointing books these past two months, there were fortunately more than enough enjoyable ones to make up for it.

I found an author that made me super giddy to continue reading in Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon.  I found a strong, intriguing, fast-paced cozy mystery with LynDee Walker's Nichelle Clarke series--three books of which I read for Halloween Bingo.  Jasper Fforde is an author I've always had my eye on, and after reading The Big Over Easy, I will definitely be picking up more books by him.  I enjoyed The Name of the Star much more than I'd expected.

Then there were my typical go to authors: Laura Griffin and Jayne Ann Krentz.  Finally, Barbara Michaels is an author I'm still following since I started reading her in last year's Halloween Bingo.



The Bad


I think, in terms of quality of books read, September's reads were the more disappointing ones.  I'd been looking forward to Nora Roberts' Circle trilogy, if only because I like her Romantic Suspense books, and because all three books potentially fit several possible squares on the Bingo Card.  Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into them and they felt repetitive.  How I finished them was a bit of a miracle in itself.

Same goes for Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright, in that I think I probably would have abandoned it if not for it being a Flat Book Society read that I stubbornly wanted to finish.  The Splendour Falls was only easy to finish because I listened to it as an audio book during my drives to work and back.  Secret Admirer's only good point was that it was a quick, bite-sized read.



The Meh


These books were neither excitingly awesome, nor were they really terrible.  My favorite of these might actually be Spinning Silver, if only because the writing is wonderful.  But the drag of the story, and the chaos of the multiple first person POVs kind of played a disadvantage to it, so I couldn't quite love it, even if I didn't dislike it.



The "I Don't Know Where to Put This One"

Because I'm still reeling from the ending weeks later and still cannot say whether or not I liked it... for reasons.



Yeah... I don't know how to feel about this one.  I still feel kind of blindsided, but I'm not sure whether it was a GOOD feeling of being blindsided (if that even exists), or a bad way...



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text 2018-11-02 21:53
My October 2018
Flugangst 7A - Audible Studios,Sebastian Fitzek,Simon Jäger
Broken House - Düstere Ahnung: Eine Story - Gillian Flynn,Christine Strüh
Ghachar Ghochar: Roman - Vivek Shanbhag,Daniel Schreiber
Flugangst 7A - 4.5 stars
Broken House - Düstere Ahnung - 4 stars
Ghachar Ghochar - 4 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Flugangst 7A


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Power Women (close to finishing), Harry Potter (finished, rtc), Ohne Spur, Paheli, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender


The struggle is real, people. THE STRUGGLE IS SO VERY REAL. Three books this month, a audiobook and two short stories finished. On the other hand, I didn't finish any of the books I started in september. And to make things worst, I started more books in october. I mean, what am I even thinking. Nothing apparently. October was just a terrible month for me. I have felt sick most of the month, so I didn't feel like doing anything. I have high hopes for november (I say and see myself already failing)

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text 2018-11-01 18:15
October 2018-That's A Wrap!
Out Behind the Barn - Chad Lutzke,John Boden
Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories - Joe R. Lansdale
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn
Bright Ruin - Vic James
Mister Jack - Chris Kosarich
All These Worlds - Dennis Taylor,Ray Porter
For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 - Audible Studios,Dennis Taylor,Darwin Porter
The Fungus - Leroy Kettle,John Brosnan,Harry Adam Knight
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
100 Fathoms Below - Nicholas Kaufmann,Steven L. Kent

I read 12 books this month!






For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn, narrated by Jeff Frangione 4.5*

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, narrated by Stephen Lang 4*

All These Words by Dennis E. Taylor narrated by Ray Porter 5*


Total: 4


ARCS/Reads for Review


Worms by J.R. Montague 4*

Out Behind the Barn (novella) by Chad Lutzke and John Boden 4.5*

Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden (Anthology) 4*

The Fungus by Harry Adam Knight 4*

Driving to Geronimon's Grave and Other Stories by Joe R. Lansdale 5*

Bright Ruin by Vic James 4*

Mister Jack by Chris Kosarch (Novella) 4*

100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent and Nicholas Kaufmann


Total: 8








Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

(I'm failing miserably)


1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard

6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale

7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt


Running Total: 134

Total Goal: 150


Books read for Halloween Bingo: 20!

5 Bingos Total


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