Bookish: October 2018 TBR & September Wrap Up

How quick this year is going, isn’t it crazy?

I could write more but I have such a stinking cold that it’s fogging up my brain. Remember when I wrote that post about how much I loved autumn?!

I mean I still do but I forgot that every year around this time I contract… germs. So here is an artistically rendered picture of what I currently look like.


On a plus side my reading was on point! The below is what I had lined up for September… now I didn’t actually read them all but I actually ended up reading more and some were books that weren’t on the list.

(I joined NetGalley and got trigger happy with the ‘ol request button. So I bumped a few around).

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

This was the buddy read that Marina and I were supposed to do together and after several attempts we finally managed it. Except we didn’t…. because I got really into it and then read it over the course of one day. I failed epic style at my first buddy read. But it’s ok, I’m going to drag Marina in for more!

I enjoyed it and would give 3 stars. Review pending.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Still not achieved. This is what I keep saying:-

I’ve had it sat on my bookshelf since January 2017 and I’ll be darned if I let another month pass by without reading it.

Sigh. Rolling over once more.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

I also enjoyed this one, considered it a good and entertaining read and would give 3 stars. Review is also pending! I’m hoping to get started on book 2 in October and then book 3 in November.

Reminder: When I give a book 3 stars it means that I think it’s good or that I liked it! I’m seeing a lot of reviews where the content of the review is, ‘I had issues and really didn’t like x, y, z or the writing style was lacking etc, or the characters were dull’ and then they give 4 or 5 stars. That’s completely a reviewers prerogative! But this often means that a 3 star rating is often seen as ‘not good’.

3 stars is good! It just didn’t rock my world.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Still looking forward to this one! Am rolling over.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I enjoyed this one very much and would give 4 stars. I’m pacing myself because the final book isn’t out yet so I don’t want to rush into book 2 without knowing that I can immediately buy and read book 3 if I want. This is a strategic decision!

This was lovely and I’m glad I read it!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I sadly didn’t get to this one on account of the ARCS but again I’m looking forward to it and am rolling it over. Maybe it belongs with the October books anyway 😉

The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland

This wasn’t on the original list as this was a newly requested ARC (and my first)! It didn’t tick as many boxes as I would have liked and so I have given it 2 stars. My review can be found here.

The Corset by Laura Purcell

Because I completed the buddy read sans buddy and finished it first I looked for what Laura Purcell was doing next. I also happened to join NetGalley a few days prior. Lo and behold I came across her next book and giddily requested expecting an even giddier rejection. I got accepted with like three days to spare until it was released and I was desperate to read and review before that date.

So I did.

My review is here and I gave it 4 stars because I enjoyed it more than The Silent Companions on account of my newly realised thing for murderesses in books.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Another ARC and an unfortunate disappointment. We can’t love ’em all. I gave it 2 stars in my review.

The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane by Drea Damara

I forgot to include this in my last month’s TBR because this was always going to be a September read on account of me doing a book blog tour! I don’t think my book blog tour post and review was that well received because sadly it wasn’t a highly positive review.

I will be honest, I can’t help it. I gave it 2 stars and my reasons can be found here.

Dracul by Dacre Stoker

This is my last ARC of the month and review is pending but should be up before publication date!

I ummed and ahhed over this one in terms of a rating. In the end I went middle grade and chose a 3. I’ll explain more in my review!


My stats for September look like this:-

  • 8 books – this is 2 up on what I aimed to achieve! Yay for colds!!!!
  • 3 of the books originally set out for September will roll into October
  • I gave 2 books a 4 star rating
  • I gave 3 books a 3 star rating
  • I have 3 books a 2 star rating

I had a 133% success rate – woop!!!! But with more books comes more sporadic ratings and I ended up with a real mix across the board.

Remember: I consider 3 a good book so for me September was a good reading month overall.

The overall rating for September is 2.8 which I’ll round up to 3. A nice comfy month of reading.

Will I match September? Who knows? I’ll stick with 6 as that seems like a suitable number of the devil good nice round number.


the graveyard

Yesss. Give me this book. This is what I, and October, is here for!!



What is even the point of me including it in October?! Even I know I’m not going to read it this month. This is a gentle December book. You’re a fool of a took, Gerry.



Rolling over like I said but I am looking forward to it and I think it fits nicely!


the winners crime

My aim is to read the second of this trilogy in October and the third in November. I know it doesn’t fit any ‘October’ theme but I enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to reading this one!


the magick

This is an ARC that I have been accepted for and this is due for publication on 1st November. I’m getting into my historical fiction and this (if I’ve read correctly) is alternative historical fiction with magic. I think. Let’s see how I get on!


the alehouse

This is another ARC and this is due for publication on 11th November. The description gave me Terry Pratchett vibes so I felt really drawn in!

Wish me luck, I am hopeful (despite all the social events I have booked for October)!

Gerry Goes Gandering

As my reading was off the chart (for me) for September you can probably guess that I didn’t actually do much in the way of stuff and things. 

It’s true, I really didn’t. I have no photos for you because I didn’t actually do anything.

  • My husband went off for a Stag Weekend followed by a stint in Singapore for his work and so that left me with three clear weekends where I could have arranged to see people. But sod it. I read and snuggled with my cat and I enjoyed life that way!
  • I was coaxed out of my house to have dinner with a friend (she is also in HR) and we discussed the delights that are GDPR and the Gender Pay Gap. I actually really like discussing that kind of stuff because I am a sad individual.
  • My September was actually filled with doctor and hospital appointments. I’ve mentioned this before but I’m currently in remission for cancer that I was diagnosed with last year. I’m in the ‘see me every 4 months’ stage of my remission journey with my consultant and so this month was filled with MRI’s and that kind of fun stuff. All routine and all is good! He won’t need to see me until January 2019 so I’m really looking forward to this Christmas because… I’ll be honest… the last two Christmasses were sh*t. But I’m so very happy with how things are going.


What books have you got planned for October? Are they more creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky? Any thoughts on any that I’ve mentioned?

Look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Reading

12 thoughts on “Bookish: October 2018 TBR & September Wrap Up

  1. I definitely started reading more books per month after I joined Netgalley! And The Magick of Master Lilly sounds so good! Netgalley.com doesn’t have it yet so I’m going to cheat and put in a request at Netgalley.co.uk 😀 And I’ve been eyeing Dracul! When I first saw the title I thought it was a typo, but then I read the author’s name. I had no idea Bram Stoker had a descendant who’s also a writer!

    Hope your cold gets better soon! And happy to hear everything’s all well and good with your remission!

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    1. I think Netgalley has been good for me this month because it’s pushed me to read more books than I usually would do. They’re books that I would want to read anyway, it just means that they don’t sit there gathering dust as I slowly tackle ones around them! I’m getting into a habit of only requesting books that are out months later so that I have enough time!

      Dracul is a 3 for me because it’s not as consistent with quality as I would like! I need to get the review up and written and hope to smash out a whole bunch this weekend. She says!!

      Thank you!

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      1. I definitely need to get better about requesting books early! Sometimes the publishers take forever to get back to you and I’ve had one approve a request after four months. And I should probably do some major review writing this weekend too. I have like ten half-finished drafts of reviews I need to tackle before I forget what the books were even about…:P

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  2. Ugh so sorry you’re sick, hope you feel better soon! I’m walking around the house wrapped up in two blankets because the heating hasn’t started yet so I expect that kind of scenario soon. :S

    Wee I want to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone too very much so I look forward to your thoughts! Those last two arcs look/sound interesting so I’m looking forward to that too! If you end up liking Daughter of Smoke and Bone I nominate it for a book edit too. 😀

    I’m so glad your check-up went well, I often forget about that sucker because you’re so positive all the time, and I hope you won’t have to worry about it ever again! ❤ Glad you'll have a nice peaceful Christmas with tons of books and tea, you deserve it!

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    1. It’s only a head cold but I’m such a whinger! I put the heating on last week but now we’re having a weird high temperature week for this time of the year.

      I’m definitely hoping to get to Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I’m really looking forward to it! Yeah, they looked interesting so I thought I would request and see what happened.

      Thank you 🙂 It’s a long ‘ol journey and remission will last another 9 years before I’m fully clear but I’m so lucky really.

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      1. Haha I am too, as soon as my nose start running I declare a deathly illness and a day off. xD

        Wee, let me know your thoughts before you post a review, in case you delay it until after the honeymoon. 😀

        Ohh I didn’t know it takes so long! Hope you make it through the journey well and happy. 🙂 ❤

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