October Reading Wrap Up// Eight Books to talk about// Mini Review

It always feels good to be inside so many book at once and leave the real world behind.

I hope you all are well, it has been a while, and trust me when I say this that I am still learning to form these post. But I’m human and somewhere I lose inspiration.

October as it turned out again to be a fruitful month of reading like last year. Maybe, it is that weather that always keep things going. The chill in the air is always a delight.

That being said, I finished eight books this month. And there is a variety of them.

1)

Turtles All the way down by John Green

It is exactly a year after that I finally picked this book up. I don’t know, but I have this thing of not picking up the most hyped book when it is in trend. And for a blogger that might be a bit questioning but I don’t care, because I will read what I wanna read when I wanna read.

Turtles all the way down is a story following a girl name Aiza who struggles with anxiety disorder. One day the news of a billionaire missing goes viral and a prize money is fixated on those who find anything about him. In order to get close to mysterious disappearance and the money involved Aiza on her friends insistence tries to re-unite with his childhood friend and the missing billionaires son. It is a journey of Aiza as she tries really hard to stay put in the present world while fighting those anxious thoughts that tries to keep her away. (I don’t know if you find the last line dramatic but I do)

VERDICT : It was beautifully painful. It felt personal and more introspective. There was much more to the reading between the lines than to the actual plot which I loved. In many of the anxiety potrayal I felt myself noding many times because it was so honestly written. I think this John Green’s best work till date when we look at it literally. ( Now don’t get me started on fault in our stars to be the best. They both must not be compared, totally different and both just as beautifully written. It is just that this felt more personal coming from Green’s personal experiences with anxiety and OCD. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

2)

They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

I saw it on my shelf pickup it up and then didn’t put it down. It felt as if this book was calling me to it.

They Both Die At The End is a book following two people who receive a call from death-cast that they are to die today. And it is about coming to know how it feels like as both; Mateo and Rufus come together to know each other and be there for each on the very day they have to meet and part.

VERDICT : I loved this. It was painful, beautiful and then painful again. I felt my heart melting so many times. And I learned so so much from this book. This book isn’t just a story of two people, it is an experience. It is a book which will teach us something new everytime. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

3)

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

I thought I will like it. But I hated it. And I don’t think I can even sum up what story it was trying to tell.

It’s about a woman who is a brid Watcher and slowly comes to peep inside people’s apartment and one sees something unusual. I don’t know.

VERDICT : Out of so many books that I have read in the many years. This book is the only one I hate the most. It was all over the place, the plot and the character. The writing was sooo soo bad. It felt super imposed. It felt as the writer saw to many movies to write every sticking scene which wasn’t stricking enough at all because it was so badly executed.

4)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I had to read this for my American literature class for uni. The book has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. A classic for a reason.

Set in a deep American South between the wars, it is a tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by a man she calls father, separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped in an ugly marriage. And then meets the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and magic maker- a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny.

VERDICT : A powerful read and written in beautiful letters. It deals with such internal conflict and harsh reality of life. Absolutely beautiful in potrayal and questions belief and the idea of supreme. Loved it. It is painful in some of its passages and introspective in many others.

5)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

I picked this up as an audio to accompany me on my morning walk. And loved listening to it. Would love to read it and annotate it someday.

The Assassin’s Blade is a prequel to the Throne of Glass series including three novellas following the journey of the famous assassin; Celaena Sardothien and her journey from the beginning.

VERDICT : A remarkable prequel to an amazing series which I am hoping to continue with. It takes a lot for me to continue on to a story and for this one, i really do want to continue. Fantastic characters, compelling plot and wonderfully witty writing. Love the punches in the dialogue. I love how there are so many moments for giggle in her writing.

6)

P. S I like you by Kasie West

This was my second morning walk companion as an audiobook. Very enjoyable.

PS I like you follows Lily, a school girl aspiring to be a lyricist and singer. Always have her head down in her green notebook writing song lyric rather than attending chemistry lecture. It starts with a lyrics and turns to letter notes between a secret someone and her. And soon, both of them share deep thoughts and things they never told anyone about.

VERDICT : It is adorable. It really makes me want to look back to my school days and wonder why it was not for me this way. It will make you go back to the dreaminess of just budding in a school. I want to say this book is PS I Like You. 😬

7)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Another walking companion and exceptionally praised by my best friend it was high time I picked this one up.

Alice in Wonderland is a book following the adventurous journey of Alice down the rabbit hole. As she seek a whole new world.

VERDICT : I was so ahead of it’s time yet so childlike. It can be read by an adult and be seen differently and rather more clearly. Similarly by a kid and be seen more adorably and with wonder in their eyes. It is absurd yet teaches and shines light upon so many important ideas. Very introspective. Recommended for any age group. ( I would have loved it more if I had also read it as a child )

8)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Another book to read for my American literature class for uni. And I loved it. I don’t know why I never picked this earlier.

The Great Gatsby follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. It is a story ot ambiton, love and yearning for the American dream.

VERDICT : I loved this. I loved this. I loved everything about it. I love Gatsby. The book shows you the real color, of people that surround and how they only want is them to prosper through any means. Th reality of the present, only more prevalent even now. Loved it. Loved it. Read it now!

Let me know if you have read any of the following mentioned books? What all did you read in October? Happy Halloween!👹

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