[WRAP-UP] October 2018

In my Monday Memories article, I talk about what I’ve been up to personally, aside from reading books, in the past week or month and in this Wrap-Up, I’ll be looking back to my reading month.

I’ll talk about my read books, the articles that I published on the blog and Reading Stats. But I’ll also be looking forward a bit to next month; What am I looking forward to reading and I try to provide myself with a TBR stack that is realistic for me to hopefully finish reading in the upcoming month.

Here we go!

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  • What did I read in October?

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I started October by finishing #9 in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh, Archangel’s Heart. This is one of my most favorite paranormal romance series ever. I’ve been a fan for years and in preparation for the next release in the series that was 2 days ago, October 30th, I decided to re-read parts of the series so I was up to date for when Archangel’s Prophecy arrived on my doorstep. I gave it a 4-star rating.

This is going to Hurt by Adam Key was the second book I finished in October and it has been a perfect ‘in-between’ book. One you can pick up at any time and continue reading. This book ended up being such a great reading experience! Right from the start until the very last page, it was addictive and I’d really recommend it. I gave it a 4-star rating.

Next was Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh, the only I hadn’t read yet in the series. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first got to know Venom early on in the series. I ended up rating this book with a 4-star rating. It was so incredibly enjoyable! I can’t get enough of this world and these characters.

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Let’s get textual by Teagan Hunter was one I enjoyed so so much! These characters are to die for and the humor is outstanding! I laughed out loud so many times!

In between, I also finished my read of Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet, one of my most anticipated 2019 releases. I am delighted to say this book lived up to its expectations and an extended review will follow soon.

Afterward, I read I wanna text you up by Teagan Hunter, which was yet again such a great read! It was not As good as Let’s get textual is though, in my opinion, but I really enjoyed reading it though. I can really recommend Teagan’s books if you’re looking for a fun contemporary romance read!

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the Good luck Charm by Helena Hunting was a fantastic contemporary sports romance. It’s set in the same world as the pucked book series so that was a fantastic surprise. If you’re into sports romance – hockey in particular – and like a second-chance-romance trope as well, the good luck charm is definitely a book I’d recommend! Actually; It’s Helena Hunting, so knowing she’s written it is reason enough to recommend the book haha. Love her writing!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang was one of the best surprises this month. I was expecting a cute, light-hearted and romantic read but I got not only that but so much more. It had so much depth and development present and it was so SEXY! I LOVED every single moment spent reading this book.

the Hating Game by Sally Thorn was an enjoyable read.

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a Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is a 2019 release I was so looking forward to, so receiving an e-arc of the book back in September was something I didn’t foresee happening since it’s from Bloomsbury and they are normally quite strict with sending out arcs and such. This is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling I’ve never come across before and I mean this in the best way possible; it was fan-freaking-tastic!

And then there’s Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Of course, everything was put aside when it arrived so I could read it. This book exceeded my expectations and it is such a beautiful homage to the entire series. This book does the ToG series proud and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

the Rival by Megan Green is a sports romance book, the third in a series, that I finished reading this month because I’m participating in the blogtour. It was really enjoyable and I loved returning to this particular world/setting and these characters a lot since I came to love all of them in book 1 and 2 already. Book 3 is a really great addition to the series!

And the last book I finished in October was Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson. I tried so hard to finish this book at the end of October so I could add it to this list haha. Somehow I couldn’t get through this book as fast as I would’ve liked and at this point, I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be continuing the series anytime soon. I gave it a 3-star rating so it was okay, it definitely had some fun and interesting elements but I wasn’t super enthusiastic while reading it you know? We’ll see. I am planning on reading book 2 someday so I can find out if it was my particular mood that made me feel not so enthusiastic or if this series just really isn’t one I want to continue reading in the future.

  • What were my Reading Stats in October?

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  • What was published on the Blog?

This month, there isn’t that many to be found yet since I only started publishing a couple of weeks ago. I tried to add some reviews to the archive but also add some other articles as well. There’s still a lot of different articles I want to publish so hopefully I get around to finish and publish them next month. Let’s have a look as to what was published on Melissa’s Fandom World in the first weeks of me being back at blogging again.

[WELCOME TO MELISSA’S FANDOM WORLD] Out with the old… In with the new (or not?)[MONDAY MEMORIES] Up close and personal #1
[TOP TEN TUESDAY] my favorite books/movies/tv series Villains
[WWW WEDNESDAY] #1
[TAG TIME THURSDAY] Throne of Glass book tag

[BOOKHAUL] October 2018
[ABC BOOKCHALLENGE] ✰ A
[MONTHLY RELEASES] November 2018
[MONTHLY RELEASES] November 2018 ya edition
[UNBOXING] Flick the Wick September; Terrasen Rising

[BOOK REVIEW] a Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
[BOOK REVIEW] Let’s get Textual by Teagan Hunter
[BOOK REVIEW] Where I found you by Brooke O’Brien
[BOOK REVIEW] Lost before you by Brooke O’Brien
[BOOK REVIEW] the darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • What am I looking forward to?

In my monthly releases articles I talked a bit more about November releases I’m looking forward to but aside from November releases there are also some other books I’m looking forward to reading next month.

I’m planning a re-read of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows since Queen of Air and Darkness is releasing on December 4th and I want to be READY for it. It’s never a punishment to return to the shadowhunter world since it’s my favorite fandom next to Harry Potter and Throne of Glass. the Dark Artifices books have been amazing reads so far and Lord of Shadows is one of Clare’s best books she’s written to date I think. I’m not sure I’m ready to re-read Lord of Shadows – THE FEELS – and reading the final installment of the trilogy next month, but I’m so excited at the same time as well haha #bookwormstruggles right? So yeah, in November I’ll be focusing on the Dark Artifices a lot!

BOOK BOX HEAVEN

Aside from books and reading, there is more to be looking forward to; BOOK BOXES. I’ll be receiving my Flick the Wick October box, I’ll be receiving my LUX inspired box which includes a signed copy of the Darkest Star by JL Armentrout, I’ll be receiving my Faecrate book-hangover box inspired by the Throne of Glass series and I’ll be receiving the Illumicrate box – if nothing gets delayed when being shipped.

  • NOVEMBER TBR

As I said before, I definitely plan on re-reading Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. Those are the most important reads to me in November. Other than that, who knows? I always have a prior made ASAP TBR stack that stands on my dresser in our living room and I mostly pick my new reads from that stack when I go in search of something new. But I am known for not holding myself to a prior made tbr stack as well haha. For all I know, I won’t read any book on the current tbr stack, lol.

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Do you create a tbr stack each month and do you hold yourself to it? What are you looking forward to in November? Any particular release or just a book you’re excited about reading or a book box you’re receiving? Love to hear from you!

With Love,
melissa-eind1

31 thoughts on “[WRAP-UP] October 2018

  1. jamieleezonneveld

    I don’t create a tbr stack because I won’t read anything on it.

    I’m looking forward for the 4th book in Dutch from the Miss Peregrine’s serie, Hate Notes and the new Misadventures. And I can’t wait for the books I ordered with my b-day giftcards.

    The boxes I will receive are Fairyloot, the Lux inspired one!!!!!! and a box with Christine Charliers’ 3rd book and goodies!

    Further I can’t wait for next weekend. I’m going to meet Julie Kagawa!!! Twice. I’m going friday and saturday to the boekenbeurs.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      Ah, you have much to look forward to as well! Which books did you buy with the B-day gift cards? I am so excited for all the boxes coming my way as well. Curious to see when the Lux inspired box will arrive.

      1. jamieleezonneveld

        Right?! I can’t wait for the Lux goodies😍😍

        I bought
        – Reborn by Meredith Wild, read part 1 of the Red Ledger serie and can’t wait to continue.
        – Clara’s soldier. It’s a retelling of the Nutcracker story and I just love that one.
        – Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen. Loved Counterfeit Boyfriend by her, can’t wait to read more and I can bring it with me to RARE next year.
        – Getting Lucky Number seven by Cindi Madsen
        – A Twisted Tale collection. I love fairytale retellings.
        – Reign of Shadows and Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan. Loved her Firelight series.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      Thank you!! I’m going to check out your review right away! I received an arc of the book as well. Already started it months ago and I really liked it so far but somehow I didn’t finish it :O In the meantime, the book itself is on my shelves so it’s on my TBR. I also received an earc of Romanov, Nadine’s upcoming YA novel that’s due to release in 2019. It has Russian elements and sounds so good!

      1. innah96

        Yes – I got the ARC for Romanov too! 🙂 Hopefully, I will read it this month, if I finish the other books – if not, then the next month for sure

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      Yay, someone else who has read aCsDaL and loved it! I felt so alone in my fangirl-modus since not many people have read it yet whom I know haha. I love creating TBR stacks even though I mostly never hold myself to them, lol. Which books are on your loosely created tbr? *I’m not curious, you are… lol

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      Can’t wait to see what you’ll think of them. What did you think of the first 2 kingdom on Fire books? I don’t come across many readers who read them for example and that’s such a shame I think haha.

  2. jenchaos76

    WOW, you were as busy as I was. I was writing more than reading though. Not really what I wanted, but there you go.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      I love clare’s books a lot. Have been a fan for years so the bigger the better I always say when it comes to her books haha. These will be rereads in preparation of the release of book three in the dark artifices trilogy. Can’t wait to return to this world 😍😍

  3. Alyssa Cohen

    If I read it within the next few months, I will certainly post a review of it!! I have a lot of books that I have to get through first, though. But I definitely see myself reading it at some point, since I have heard a lot of great things about it!

  4. dominds

    Yay! you had such a great reading month. I really loved The Kiss Quotient as well, I’m not a huge fan of ‘steamy’ books, but this one was amazing! I am not really sure what I am going to read in November, since I am running out of reading material, haha. I am kind of ‘done’ with reading YA (since I’ve read a lot recently) and I am looking for new ‘genres’ or books out of my comfort zone. I’ve heard great things about Brandon Sanderson’s books, so I am probably going to give one of his books a try and I am currently reading the Royals series by Erin Watt and I am really enjoying those books as well.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      I didn’t even know the Kiss Quotient was a steamy book, lol. I thought it was more of a chick lit or regular romance novel you know? So that was really surprising since I DO love steamy books hihi. But yeah, even for those who don’t do steamy books, I think this is a great read! I can understand that you want to look into some new stuff. Maybe some more new adult books? contemporary romance? or paranormal romance? Those contain steamy but who knows? maybe you’ll end up loving it haha. The paranormal romance genre is one of my faves; you have a steamy and adult romance and there’s paranormal/fantasy elements present.

    1. MelissasFandomWorld

      Thank you for your reply! And I’m curious to find out how that tbr stack is going to work out for you! I’m a mood reader as well so holding myself to the prior made tbr stacks is quite a challenge, lol. But I just like putting a tbr stack together so I keep doing it hahaha.

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