October was a very successful reading month for me! I am still five books behind on my goodreads challenge (50 books in 2016), but am happy with the choices I made this month. I would like to read a bit more diversely, and I think I’m slowly getting there. I’m not always good at choosing diverse reads, but time to be intentional!Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This was the first book I finished in October and it was quite the hefty one. This is a YA fantasy duology that follows six characters through their specific POVs. Led by their criminal mastermind leader, Kaz Brekker, they set out on a mysterious heist that could make them beyond rich. I read the spinoff series to this a few years back and remembered enjoying it, and when this book got hyped up, I couldn’t resist. The characters are relatable and diverse with a nice sense of realism and touches of dark. I like those dark touches. 😉 I gave this one a 4/5 and mostly flew through it!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
This is the sequel to Six of Crows, so not too much more explaining to do here. This is a duology, which was refreshing. My only issue with this one (and it wasn’t a big one) was that it was a bit too long. Other than that it continued mostly like the first- likable characters, and a lot of action! 4/5 stars. I also read these on my phone, so no photo is included. 🙂
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I read this over the span of a day, and am kind of obsessed. The best kind of self-help is someone telling you why you are a badass and how to bottle that feeling. In all seriousness, this book was refreshing and made me laugh out loud more than a few times. I felt like she wrote it just for me, and I know I’m not the only whose thought that. I want to go back through slowly and highlight all the important quotes to remember. It’s a quick read, and if you’re looking for some advice/inspiration in the self-help zone, this is a good choice for you! I gave it a 5/5.Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This book follows the story of a family living in Seattle. When the mom (Bernadette) goes missing, we follow the family (and numerous other intertwined characters) who explain what happened up to her disappearance, and what comes after, all via electronic and handwritten letters/emails. This is the first book in a while that I gave a 5/5 star rating and feel that I would read it again and again!
“I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.” – Maria Semple
It was quirky and funny, staying light while also touching on darker subjects like mental health. Bernadette is my weird spirit animal, and I’m all about this book.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This novel is so good. It delves deeply into the slave trade and British colonization in Ghana, and traces those roots all the way to the effect on the present day. Effia and Esi are sisters (although they have never met) and live very different lives. While Effia is married to a wealthy Englishman and lives in a castle, Esi is below the castle in the dungeons about to be sold into slavery.
“We believe the one who has power. He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history you must ask yourself, Whose story am I missing?, Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there you get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture.” ― Yaa Gyasi
Each chapter of Homegoing is a different point of view following Effia and Esi’ descendants through each generation. Yaa Gyasi writes seamlessly and manages to make you feel connected to each character, even though you’re introduced to them for a short time. Love this. 4.5/5.For November I’m thinking about reading this, this and FINALLY hoping to read this guy! (Although I kind of just want to read The Infernal Devices trilogy again…)