October 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing my October wrap up with you and I honestly can’t believe we’re at the end of October already. I feel like I’ve blinked and the year is nearly over. I got off to a slow start in October but I picked up the pace towards the end and I managed to read five books in total. I loved all of them and a couple were so close to being five stars! Here’s what I read:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I went on holiday at the beginning of the month and I decided to take Six of Crows with me because this duology has been unfinished for about three years and it’s about time I finished it. I actually ended up loving it a lot more this time round and appreciated the characters more. I’m looking forward to reading Crooked Kingdom and then hopefully King of Scars. I did watch the TV show and while I did enjoy it, I definitely prefer Kaz Brekker and his crew in the books. They just have a lot more to them and are a lot more intimidating in the books. Hopefully the show will build up to that side of them.

Seadogs & Criminals by Alex Fisher: Next up I read this treasure hunt story! I don’t normally read stories like this but this one sounded really fun and it seems like it will be a great series. It follows Joseph Winter, a criminal who is arrested after being caught breaking and entering a wealthy household. Desperate not to spend the rest of his life behind bars, he forms a partnership with a group of fellow prisoners and they work together to escape, hijack a ship and go on an adventure to search for undiscovered treasure known as the Lost Loot. Since it’s the first book in the series, it spends a lot of time setting the story up. It was fun though once it got going and hopefully we’ll see more of the treasure hunt in the second book.

The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser: This book was honestly incredible and it was so, so close to being five stars. It follows Maggie who is living under the radar in a quiet town but when she gets involved in a drug cartel, she has to flee town. She’s being hunted down by the police, a biker gang and a few other dangerous people. She finds herself in a lot of life and death situations that she has to fight her way out of and it is insane. Maggie is such a badass character and this whole book is one big rollercoaster. I couldn’t read the pages fast enough. The reason why it wasn’t quite five stars was because I found the plot confusing a couple of times, however, I think it will definitely be five stars if I read it again. Also, I found out this is a sequel to The Hunted, so now I will be buying that book.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena: I finally got round to reading Shari Lapena’s latest book and it did not disappoint. I think this is her best yet and I was very close to rating it five stars. I was racing through it and left guessing right until the end who the killer was. The only reason I didn’t rate it five stars was because it followed multiple perspectives and some of them were similar, so I did confuse a couple of characters or forget whose perspective I was reading from. The story follows three adult children who are suspected of murdering their parents after a tense Easter dinner. They were never a happy family thanks to their abusive father and neglectful mother, but they stand to inherit millions now that their parents are dead. Lapena throws in plenty of red herrings and it definitely threw me off. I was pointing the finger at all of them at one point and would never have guessed who actually did it. I loved this story so much and the ending was brilliant. I highly recommend Lapena’s books.

Five Minds by Guy Morpuss: This is the last book I read and it was excellent. It was very twisty, thought-provoking and had such a clever ending. It’s a futuristic science fiction/murder mystery story. The Earth’s population has finally between controlled and you’re given a choice when you reach 17 how you want to live the rest of your life. You can be a worker, with a natural lifespan; an android, you have a synthetic body and live for eighty years; a hedonist, you can have anything you want, but you have a short life-span; and, finally, a commune, where you share a body with four other minds. You get a long life-span, however, you only get to experience four hours each day. This story follows Alex, Kate, Mike, Sierra and Ben who share a body. When someone starts killing off members of the commune, they have to work out which one of them wants the others dead and why. I really enjoyed playing detective, trying to work out who the killer was. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t make a good detective in real life because I was left completely floored by the ending. It was very clever and it was like a light bulb switched on in my head afterwards because I started seeing everything that I’d missed earlier. If I could forget a book to experience it all over again, Five Minds would definitely be top of my list.

Writing this post reminded me how much I enjoyed the books I read this month! I’ve still got a lot of books to read to finish my challenge though, so I better ramp up my reading for the last two months. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

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