Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.
But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.
So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!
The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.
The following is from Goodreads:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.
But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.
I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.
But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
I am so excited for this TBR because all of these books will put me in the Halloween spirit. And for some reason, I’m even more excited for Halloween this year than any other previous years. I don’t know why. Maybe because I get to watch all the Halloween movies; maybe it’s because there’s a Halloween update in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that is getting me excited. Or maybe it’s just that it’s finally fall, and I can enjoy the crisp weather under some blankets with a hot cup of coffee or tea while either reading, playing Animal Crossing, or watching Halloween movies.
All of these books are spooky in some way. But I’m not a fan of horror, so the extent of the spookiness is just kind of creepy or eerie. Nothing that will keep me up at night or give me nightmares. I honestly don’t understand how people could read or watch those types of things for fun.
I don’t have a lot of books on this list, mainly because I don’t want to pressure myself to read a lot. I have other things that I want to do too this month, including a couple month-long drawing prompts I found on Instagram. I really want to do more drawing and get better at that, so there might be quite a few audiobooks in my wrap up at the end of October.
But anyway, let’s get onto the books I’ll be trying to get to this month!
I’ll start off with the book that I’m currently reading, which is The House in the Cerulean Sea by R.J. Klune. I started it at the end of September, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to finish it by the time October came around. And I didn’t. I’m over 200 pages into it, and I’m absolutely loving it. But I’m trying to take my time with it. But I also just want to keep reading. It deserves all the hype that it gets, and I don’t know what took me so long to pick it up.
The next book I plan on reading this month is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. I don’t know much about this book other than the fact that it involves some kind of murder mystery. And the cover itself just screams Halloween.
But I didn’t know about this book until I watched Riley Marie’s fall recommendations video on BookTube (I know I’ve mentioned her a bunch in the last few posts – I’m sorry). This is something that I don’t normally read, so I’m curious to know what I end up thinking about it. I’m really hoping to like it.
I’ve mentioned the next book on this list a few times in previous posts, and it’s one that I’m really excited about because it’s by one of my favorite authors. And that book is Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia. I didn’t know she had written another book until I did the Author Appreciation post for her a few months back, but I automatically knew I needed to read it. And the premise is one that has October read all over it. It deals with ghost stories and mysteries and uncovering a killer.
Earlier this year, I had gotten The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James in my Book of the Month subscription. I haven’t gotten around to reading it, and I know that when I first got it, I wanted to read it in October. It’s a suspense thriller, which is something I don’t normally read. (Do we sense a pattern here with these books this month?) But I do want to get out of my comfort zone a bit when it comes to my reading. I feel like I read the same kind of thing all the time, and this one should be interesting. It’s about some kind of mystery in a hotel; I’m not sure if it’s haunted or what, but I’m curious to find out.
The last book I have on my list I plan on reading the weekend of Halloween. It’s short, and it’s perfect to read in one sitting on the night before Halloween. That book is The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. A lot of you guys have told me in the comments that this is a great book for Halloween. And I”m excited to read it. It takes place on Halloween and from what I understand, it deals with the history of the holiday. Which just sounds like a good time to me.
It also kind of reminds me of The Nightmare Before Christmas, though I think that that movie is actually inspired by this book.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I plan to read this month. Like I mentioned, I didn’t put a lot of books on this list because I don’t want to pressure myself in reading a lot of books. Plus, 5 seems to be my average that I read in a month.
What are some books you plan on reading this month? Are you reading any spooky books? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!
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