#MonthlyWrapUp : October 2019

Hello Readers! How was your blogtober?

This month has been busy with blunders. I lost October calendar! I have to check all mails to see which blogtour I signed up for this last two weeks. Even after doing so I forgot to post and published last year’s post instead. All because of that missing calendar. I still couldn’t find it anywhere! Was it my daughter who tore it from clipboard and threw it somewhere or me is still a mystery.

Good thing- My daughter learned to walk on her own yesterday. We were so happy to see her taking first steps and were even surprised she managed to walk for 10 mins. She’s still little afraid today but by this month end she won’t need us to hold her. It was birthday month and I got many bookmails. I managed to read 8 books.

I managed to read and review:

Totals books read – 8
1 paperback and rest e-copies
3 received from author, 1 from publisher, 4 NetGalley
Reviewed – 6
Pages read – 2221


Mercenary’s Child (The Phoenix Fallacy Book 1) by Jonathan Sourbeer —- 5/5 stars

Review Snippet- Fantastic futuristic science-fiction that revolved around main character’s journey from the slum area of the corporation to the skilled soldier of Odin legion.
It was about survival, friendship, loyalty, courage, valor, and politics.
The best and half part of the book was world building. Even though the book was filled with information, it never felt like info dumping.Training of new recruits covered another half part of the book which provided characters’ background and their development .
Overall, it was gripping, action packed, and most unique science-fiction with amazing world and characters. If you are fan of Sci-Fi, don’t miss this.

A Typical Family Christmas by Liz Davies — 5/5

Review Snippet- Lovely, entertaining, humorous and realistic Romcom that revolved around Peters family.
I bet you wouldn’t want to spend your Christmas anywhere near this family.
It was about family drama, importance of sharing burden, being supportive, understanding each other’s perspective, and bringing back the spark in relationship and enjoying Christmas as a family.
Family dynamic was best part of the book. I so enjoyed characters’ descriptions, their characteristics and antics. Loved Kate. She had empathetic and realistic tone. I disliked Brett at first but his development was great. Brett’s emotions were most heartfelt. I loved him from climax to end.
Overall, it was hilarious, dramatic, warm and festive romcom. This, so far, was best Christmas read. Those who love family drama wouldn’t want to miss this. I highly recommend this book.

Currently by Sarah Mensinga — 5/5

Review Snippet- Mix of steampunk, fantasy and mythical creature.
It revolved around Nerene, her survival in the world filled with slavery, trickery and injustice, her love for her boyfriend and dangerous journey she boarded to keep him safe.
It was about social injustice, survival, power, politics, trust, betrayal, friendship, and love; and Siren lore.
The book was told from Nerene’s captivating voice and was divided in three parts. First was world building, second- adventurous journey and third- climax and character development.
The insight was great. I found Nerene’s unwavering nature commendable. Book basically tells, there is always an alternative to the rash and reckless path that didn’t involve harming and hurting other and the power and its greed.
Overall, it was interesting and wonderful novel with impressive world. If you like to read book involving Sirens, you would want to read this. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy and steampunk lovers.

Snowflakes and Sparks (Old Pine Cove, #1) by Sophie-Leigh Robbins — 4/5 Stars

Review Snippet- Heartwarming sparkling romantic Christmas read, revolved around Suzie and Alex’s love that rekindled after 10 years they first met in Old Pine Cove.
It was about second chance at love, bonding and belongingness.
It had true festive vibe that makes you want to celebrate Christmas with equal zest.
Absolutely loved setting.  Old Pine Cove was most picturesque and wonderful. Author brought place and characters to life.
Climax was not that shocking, it was predictable too.
Overall, it was enjoyable, cute, lovely and entertaining romcom. A good Christmas read that recommend.

Faker by Sarah Smith — 4/5 Stars

Review Snippet- Hot and sensual romance novel that revolved around Emmie and Tate’s workplace enemy-to-lover story.
It was about Introverts and their issues, Fake exterior people creates to shield from their vulnerability, office environment for women in male staff dominated workplace, multicultural relationship, misjudgment, love and friendship.
The enemy-to-lover trope was well written. Chemistry between characters was irresistibly sexy and enticing. Loved the way they got to know each other.
Twist at climax didn’t feel right and unique. Emmie forgave too easily after that big revelation. Some making out scenes were overly described.
Overall, it was interesting and enjoyable debut novel with enemy-to-lover trope and hot and steamy romance.

A Family By Christmas by Viv Royce  — 4/5

Review Snippet- Chocolaty sweet romance that revolved round Emma, Grant and his lovely family in small town.
It was about new venture in small town, family, love, belongingness, following your heart and gut feeling.
Setting was vivid filled with Christmas spirit .
Emma’s loneliness being a foster kid touched my heart. I liked Grant’s perspective. I could understand Grant’s dream and wish to get job after getting over his loss.
I loved getting answers to all questions. I liked the message in the book about, trusting your feelings and working out a way that is best for everyone not what you want and your family wants.
No villain, no drama, no misunderstandings = no twist, which made it a tad predictable.
Overall, I enjoyed this family by Christmas. It was charming, cozy, and delightful Christmas read filled with festive feel. Do I recommend this for your Christmas reads? Righto.


Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley by Kelly Miller
The Lay of Lady Percival by Jennifer R. Povey
Hope by Terry Tyler 
A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon
The Memories We Hide by Jodie Gibson
A Cosy Christmas in Cornwall by Jane Linfoot
The Giving Heart by Toni Blake
Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley

Cover Reveal:

Off Balance by Aileen Erin 
The Final Trial by AA Abbot 


Review of One Week Til Christmas and Safe House will be up tomorrow.

Let’s discuss!

How was you month in reading? What did you read in October? Have you read any of these books? Are you going add any to your TBR? Which book(s) was your BOTM?


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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think I’m going to stop reading books in this life. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


  • Rosepoint Publishing

    Mercy! A lot happening in your house–little girl walking now. Sweet. Not so sweet the loss of the calendar. I keep my calendar in a little calendar book and it’s always on my desk. No munchkins to take off with it! Only problem with it I have is my own handwriting!

    • Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews

      Haha, my handwriting is okay. It’s so big that anybody without specs can read it! I kept it on desk as well but I guess that day I didn’t want to work in my study room and have placed it somewhere else where she can reach.
      Everyday we discover something new.We have to be very careful with phones and any devices. You wouldn’t believe, I put a password on my kindle as well. I feared she might delete one of the book from kindle.

  • Shalini

    Woohoo little one is walking… So sweet.
    My Google calendar also erased some tours… Ugghh happens…
    You posted last year’s tours? How did you manage that? 🤣🤣😂😂
    Congratulations… Now you have to run with her as she can get to all places

    • Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews

      Thank you!
      Sadly calendar was on paper not google one and I couldn’t find that paper anywhere!
      😂 Well, there was no calendar but I did remember dates, not the name of the book. So, I searched emails through dates, saw tour on 29th Oct but brilliant me didn’t see the year. I only saw my name on that schedule banner, rest was blank for my eagle eye and bingo! I felt like fool when Rachel emailed me you forgot to post and I said my sad story and she replied with this shocker, “that explains your post from last year”. — Now that was novel worthy blunder by me! 🤣
      To be serious, no harm done but it was embarrassing. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.

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