Wrap Ups

Wrap Up | October

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Here begins my first monthly wrap up! October saw the completion of seven books and a couple of five star reads.

Cracked Open by Megan O’Keeffe

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Rating: 4/5

This was my first collection of poetry and I absolutely loved it. Megan’s writing was beautiful, honest and incredibly relatable. For more of my thoughts on this book, read my review here.

Choosing Evil by Krisina Rienzi

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Rating: 4/5

This book saw me falling in love with the characters and chomping at the bit to continue their story. It is the first book in the Ensouled series and it promises a thrilling yet romantic adventure. For more of my thoughts on this book, read my review here.

The Bird Room by Chris Killen

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Rating: 3/5

I read this book in one night as it was comprised of only 200 pages of easily-readable writing. The book left me confused, wondering what I actually thought of it and if I even enjoyed it. Reading some reviews on Goodreads, I have seen that many people finished the book with the same feeling of bewilderment. It is a dark tale of relationships, loneliness and identity but not one I believe I will venture into again.

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw

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Rating: 4/5

Laidlaw’s writing is deeply intelligent and incredibly thought-provoking. He keeps us guessing the whole way through as to what is really going on, while also posing a question to us: can we change the life we lead now for the better? Read more about my thoughts on this book in my review.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Rating: 5/5

I had read/seen so much about this book over both booktube and book blogs and knew I needed to read it when I heard many people say it included one of the best representations of anxiety that they had read. Reading it myself, I couldn’t agree more. Though I can’t speak to the portrayal of OCD, I can say that reading this book made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my experience of anxiety and I admire how Green was able to put his feelings on the page so beautifully.

Love Punked by Nia Lucas

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Rating: 5/5

Oh. My. Lord. I absolutely adored this book. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster of audible belly-laughs, irrepressible tears, agonising disappointment and uncompromising hope. For more of my thoughts on this book, read my review here.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Rating: 5/5

This one was actually a re-read and I loved it just as much as I did the first time, if not more. This book truly is a heart-rending yet inspirational tale that I know I will return to again. Charlie’s character is so well-written, meaning that we instantly fall in love with him and just want to protect him from all his suffering. It’s one of those books that stays with me for a while afterwards because it hits me so hard in the feels. I’ll continue to think about this book over the next week, appreciating its accomplishment and sympathising with the characters.

So there are my October books! Have you read any of them? What were your thoughts? Do you plan to read any in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

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30 thoughts on “Wrap Up | October”

  1. Oh my goodness, I loved Turtles All the Way Down! The portrayal of anxiety is so well done and I’m glad it helped you feel less alone as well💞 Great wrap up!

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  2. Great post – seems like it’s been a really good month on the reading front for you! Added some of these to my TBR. I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower years ago and I still love the story so much – Charlie was such a great protagonist and you can’t help but feel for him. Thanks for sharing x

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  3. I’ve read Perks of being a wallflower but I didn’t enjoy it that much sadly. I can see why so many people love it, but I didn’t connect really.

    I want to read Turtles all the way down! I’ve searched for a book with good anxiety rep for so long!!

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      1. That’s true! I love to read reviews from people who thought differently about a book than I did. To see why they liked or disliked it. Reading is really subjective in what we get out of the stories and that’s the beauty in it ☺️💙

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