Monthly Wrap Up

October Wrap up // Birthday month in Reading #MonthlyWrapUp

Hello readers! I hope you all are well and had great month in reading. October was okay for me. There was lot going in life and like I said in the beginning of the month I wouldn’t be able to give blog or reading much time because of my daughter’s speech therapy sessions and school and shopping for wedding. Usually, October is my favorite month of the year because of my birthday and change of the season in Indian but this time it felt like birthday came and went with nothing special. The only good thing about this month was the change in weather. After 7 months of terrible heat and then sticky weather it feels good to have pleasantly chilly winds and dry weather. So this month wasn’t as good as I would have liked.

Reading Stats

Books Read – 6

Pages read – 2054

Books Read

(Click on title to read full review)

perfect book for spooky season

The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was tense and dark mystery with sci-fi and paranormal element that revolved around Nordic folklore and mystery of missing Stay family.

Overall, The Lighthouse Witches was dark, intense, atmospheric, chilling and engaging mystery with Gothic vibe and sci-fi and paranormal element made it perfect for Halloween read.

I highly recommend this if you love,
witch hunt books
magic and curses
Icelandic myths and Nordic folklore
atmospheric Scottish setting
Dark and layered plot
family drama
multiple timeline and POV
flawed and interesting characters
spooky and chilling story

A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya Lalli

(Review will be up later this week)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Holly Jolly Diwali was heartwarming romance that revolved around Niki’s personal journey and holiday fling during her visit to India that turned out much more than just fling. The story was about connecting with roots, family drama, Indian culture and festival, friendship, and love.

Overall, A Holly Jolly Diwali was heartwarming, lovely, and enjoyable own voice romance with South Asia representation.

I recommend this if you like,
South Asian representation
Indian culture and festival
Own voice romance
STEM heroin
musician hero
insta love arc
Vacation romance

nudity and body confidence

Frolic by Matthew Franklin Sias

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m always drawn to unique book with its unique concept and Frolic was exactly like that. Frolic was cozy and fun humorous fiction that revolved around adventure of Brian at nudist park that turned him into from textile to nudist in making.

The story revolved around concept of nudity, perception against it, joy of being free and safe, body confidence, close-knit community, friendship, and love.

Overall, Frolic was fun, cozy, refreshing and feel-good fiction with well written portrayal of concept of nudity.

I recommend this if you love,
cozy plot
drama-free story
concept of nudity
amazing setting
close-knit community
exploring other places for nudist

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Cruel Prince was addictive YA fantasy, an interesting beginning of The Folk of the Air series, that revolved around Jude, a human girl’s survival in the Faerieland. The story was about royal politics, political intrigue, trust, betrayal, family drama, deception, magic, desire, and cruelty.

Overall, Cruel Prince was dark, twisted, fascinating and fast paced YA fantasy with complex and interesting plot and characters.

I definitely recommend if you like,
dark fantasy
YA fantasy with violence
complex plot and characters
fascinating twisted faerie world
bad boy is actually good arc
possible enemies-to-lovers arc
strong female character
Less focus on romance
royal politics and political intrigue

The Wicked King

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Wicked King was an amazing sequel to Cruel Prince, an intriguing YA fantasy that revolved around trying to keep her control over Cardan and fighting the trouble brewing in court. The story was about deceit, mind games, trust, betrayal, court politics, game of power, secrets, cruelty, and love.

Overall, Wicked King was brilliant, fascinating, captivating and wicked YA fantasy filled with bloody politics and amazing twist and turns.

I highly recommend this book if you like,
Royal politics and political intrigue
power game
complex characters and plot
cruel and twisted world
enemies-to-lovers arc
Blood-thirsty YA fantasy

The Queen of Nothing

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This revolved around Jude coming back from her exile, finding the scheme of her father to get the crown, and being the true queen of Elfhame. The story was about scheming, deception, betrayal, curse, political intrigue, power game, family drama, and love.

Overall, The Queen of Nothing was brilliant, fascinating, fast paced, flawlessly written YA fantasy with a mindblowing plot and characters.

I highly recommend this if you like,
royal politics and great scheming
lots of twists and turns
complex plot
Curse and prophecy
Strong heroine
enemies-to-lovers arc

Best book of the Month

perfect book for spooky season
The Wicked King

Looking forward in October

– November is going to be hectic with both festival and two weddings in family.
– I might read whenever I get time, I sure will be reading another trilogy with Toni but I’m not sure if I can read more than 4 books in November.
– I might go on hiatus than try to catch up with posts in between functions.

Thank you for reading! Let’s chat…

Have you read any of these books or added to TBR? How was your month in reading? What are you planning to read in November?


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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.”


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