Monthly Recap: October 2017

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Hi everyone! It’s that part of the month again when we wrap everything up! We can’t wait to share with you what we read, reviewed, posted, and other in-real-life happenings!

October’s been an extremely busy month for us all. With exams, deadlines, and other obligations getting in everyone’s way, we’ve officially gave in to our realities. No worries, though! Even if we’re buried deep in loads of stuff to do, we always find time to read and share our thoughts through blogging! So let’s take a look into how our October went:

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Hi! JM here. October’s been a very fun month for me basically because I celebrated my 3rd blogging anniversary last October 5th! *throws confetti* I published a very detailed thanksgiving post over at Book Freak Revelations, and I also have ongoing giveaways on there, so if you want to check it out and join, be sure to look up the post here.

As for the books I read, I was actually able to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge of 60 books this month, with 8 titles being read this October:

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  1. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao // YA Fantasy. A diverse retelling of the classic Evil Queen story set in an East-Asian Kingdom filled with dreams, magic, and manipulation. Read my review here. // ★★★★
  2. Meant to Be by Julie Halpern // YA Sci-fi Contemporary. Story of a girl who defies the norms to be with the man she (thinks she) loves. // .5
  3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon // YA Contemporary. The 2017 laugh-out-loud rom-com. A diverse story about two Indian-American teens and the lengths that destiny and fate will go to prove that everything happens for a reason. Easily one of my favorite reads of the year! // ★★★★★
  4. Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas // A #romanceclass title. A romance story set in the Philippines that follows the life of Pio and Audrey as they find out that moving on from a past relationship is a lot harder than it seems. Read my review here. // ★★★★
  5. My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra // A #romanceclass title. A romance story set in Manila that follows the life of professionals Zack and Jasmine as they try to avoid a lie that they’ve started since they were in college.  // ★★★
  6. My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff // YA Contemporary. Story of a determined female MC as she tries to secure a date for herself before an annual party, and later on finds out that not all plans go exactly the way we want it to. // ★★
  7. Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra // A #romanceclass title. A romance story set in the Philippines about Ellie, a hopeless romantic who vies for the eye of her ex until she meets her real-life office crush, Lucas. // ★★★★
  8. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu // YA Fantasy. // Book #2 in the DC Icons Series about Bruce Wayne, the mysterious billionaire and a member of the Justice League, from when he was about to turn 18 and inherit the riches from his parents that is WayneTech. // ★★★★

Hey all! Alice here. I unfortunately haven’t finished any books this month, but I’m in the middle of reading a few:


Hey Bookworms! Jesse here. In the month of October I managed to read a total of 16 books. Woooo! I have almost doubled my GoodReads goal. I read many great titles, but here are the five that I loved the most!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns // Asian fantasy at it’s best. I absolutely loved the world building and characterizations of this book. The MC, Xifeng, was one of the best antiheroes I have read in a long time.

Timekeeper // A world ruled by clock towers. Mechanics, gay romance, clock spirits, and frozen time; you get it all in Timekeeper.

Runebinder // Monsters + elemental powers + dystopian future. Runebinder was such an exciting read and I feel like it’s going to fly under the radar. GO READ IT!

One Dark Throne // Amazing sequel! I liked this one 100 times more than the first. The characters actually have some depth and personality. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Reign of Serpents // If you like Greek mythology, then you have to pick this one up. It’s a fantasy fiction about Alexander the Great as a teenager. There is sex, blood, action, deceit, magic and much more in this series!


Hello everyone! It’s Liv! This school year has hit me like a truck, so I only finished two books and they were both for class. Here’s to hoping I can finish my Goodreads goal before January!

 


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It’s JM again. In terms of bookish events, there weren’t much for me and other bookish Filipinos out here on my side of the world. However, our local book distributor, National Bookstore, did announce that they’ll be having this nationwide Cut Price Sale! This means that most of their books, whether they be internationally or locally published, may be bought with discounts of up to 50% off! I, being the book collector that I am, did not let this pass me by.

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I can’t wait to read them all, honestly. But out of all the books that I bought, I’ve only read They Both Die At The End, My Imaginary Ex, and Fairy Tale Fail. What do you guys think should read next? (Tell me your answers on the comments section below!)


Alice here! In terms of bookish events, I haven’t had any occur near where I live, so I’ve been surviving by endlessly ordering books online. I’ve been taking weekly trips to my college’s Barnes and Noble as well as wandering around campus for indie bookstores!


Hey Bookworms, Jesse here. October has been such a jam packed month for me. Not only did I go to school, but I also transitioned between jobs, so at one point I was doing 3 at once. I know, insane. Aside from that, there hasn’t been any bookish events that I was able to attend. Hopefully I will have more time come November where I can actually go out and have some fun.


Hello! Liv, again. I have had an unbelievably busy month! Firstly, I have had rehearsals for my school’s fall play. I also got a tutor for Chemistry because I’m really struggling in the class. I understand it a lot better now that I have a tutor, thankfully! I also saw a local production of Fun Home with some of my friends. The show was absolutely wonderful; I’m so glad I had the chance to see it!


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  • JM // The upcoming month’s pretty exciting because I’m turning 22 on November 1st! (Yes, I have yet another reason to buy and gift myself some books, lol!) Jennifer E. Smith and Jasmine Warga’s also coming to Manila on the 2nd week of the month so that’s definitely something worth looking forward to.
  • Alice // I’m excited for the month of November as my friend from college’s birthday is this month and I also have a week of all classes being cancelled so I’m excited to go home and bring all the books I’ve accumulated here back home.
  • Jesse // There has not been anything exciting announced for the month of November, but I hope to at least have a couple days off to enjoy to myself. Plus I get to start Chistimas shopping this month woooo!
  • Liv // My fall play is November 6-8, and I’m really excited to do the show! I also have auditions for my school’s musical later this month. I’m meeting up with a friend in NYC on November 11th, and I’m really excited about that! Lastly, I have a few days off at the end of the month which I’m very happy about! 🙂

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How was your October? What was the best book you read this month? Let us know in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: October 2017

  1. Yeah i can unserstand.Its the time for exams and assignment but also perfect time for read and reader like us wait whole year for oct. It feels guilty ,that we can’t read as much as we want. Btw nice post.

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  2. I’ve been really wanting to read When Dimple Met Rishi; I keep hearing so many raving reviews about it!
    The best book I read this month was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – check out my review of it on my blog, if you’re interested! 🙂

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