October Wrap Up + Stats

October has come to an end and while I was able to read 14 books (and DNF’d one) I kind of feel let down. I didn’t finish a single book on my VICTOBER TBR which I’m very disappointed by. I will finish Wuthering Heights today but that will of course be in my November wrap up. I also didn’t complete as many books as I wanted on my October TBR as I thought I would be. Part of the reason is that I decided about mid way through October that I really want to knock down all the books I currently have on my Netgalley shelf this year. Most of them haven’t come out yet but there are some that came out during the summer that I still haven’t read or reviewed. I really want to go into the new year with a good system for reading and reviewing ARC’s and I want to be able to start with a blank slate. With all that being said I still read 14 books and most of them were really good.

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This was a let down. It was an ok YA romance but I just wanted more. I never felt the connection between Millie and Flora beyond just friends and Millie thinking Flora was pretty.

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ARC Review: Dreams of 18 by Saffron Kent

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Rating: 4.5/5

This was so good! A terrific crime fiction with dual narrators and also dual timelines. I didn’t like the detective this series is based around too much but I really connected with the kidnapping victim Flora and her story. She is a survivor of a past kidnapping (yes she gets kidnapped AGAIN) and she is dealing with all the horrific things she went through during the year plus that she was taken. This book doesn’t shy away from the darkness that Flora endures so keep that in mind if this sounds intriguing to you.

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Rating: 4/5

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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Rating: 4/5

ARC Review: The Dinner Party by R.J. Parker

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Rating: 3/5

This had much more of the fun trashiness that was missing from the second book. I love how the book ended and I really feel like it went full circle. Logan has annoyed me from the first book but, while he was still irritating, I felt like he was finally more of a fleshed out character There are two more books in this series and I am a little apprehensive of continuing on. I read the synopsis of the fourth book and I was shocked. So if you haven’t read the previous three I highly suggest you don’t sneak a peek at that book!

Spookathon 2019 Wrap Up

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Rating: 2/5

This is a typical Shari Lapena with multiple narrators and a twisty turny ride of a book. Unfortunately this is my least favorite of her books. I didn’t like any of the characters and by the end of the book I didn’t care who killed who or why. Which doesn’t bode well for a thriller.

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Rating: 3/5

Blog Tour Review: Meant to Be Yours (Happily Inc #5) by Susan Mallery

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Rating: 2.5/5

Netgalley Review: The Shape of the Night by Tess Gerritsen

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Rating: DNF

I tried for a couple of weeks to read this and I only got to 18%. This book came out in 2006 so it is obviously not written by Agatha Christie and it is a poor imitation of her writing. The publishers should have chosen to modernize Poirot instead of trying to copy the brilliance that is Agatha Christie.

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Rating: 4/5

I have a full review coming up this week for this book but just know that this is one of the best thrillers I have read this year. I had no idea how this book was going to end and I couldn’t wait to find out. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited this book is on there so you should check it out!

Stats

Male Author:  3                              1-299 pages: 4                      Physically own: 4

Female Author: 11                        300-499 pages: 10                Ebook own: 6

500+ pages: 0                       Library ebook: 2

Library physical: 2

1*:  0                      Classic: 1                                                                      ARC: 5

2*:  3                      Thriller/Mystery/ Suspense: 7                               Recently Published: 6

3*:  3                      Romance: 3                                                                  Older Release: 3

4*:  7                      YA Contemporary: 1

5*:  1                      Horror: 1

Paranormal: 1

 

~Cassie

 

 

 

About bookswithcassiehttps://bookswithcassie.wordpress.comI'm a SAHM of three boys. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend who is totally ok with my book hoarding tendencies. I have been a lover of books my whole life and it has been such a blessing to be able to share that love with my kids.

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