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October Reading Roundup

Okay, this month's reading roundup is a few days late because October was insane. Firstly, MY BOOK IS OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED! You can purchase it online wherever books are sold! :) Once you finish Cynthia Starts a Band, here are some other books to add to your TBR.


Untamed 3.5/5

I loved listening to this on audio! I really enjoyed Doyle’s honesty and perspective on the world. This felt more like a collection of essays than a memoir. I wish it would have been in chronological order. I also found it to be repetitive at times.

Dark Matter 5/5

This might be one of my favorite books of the year. I could not put it down. If you are looking for the book form of Inception (but better), this is it. The story is so gripping. I haven’t read much Science Fiction, but books like this make me want to read more of it!

Wildflower 3/5

I would have liked this booked more if I had read it on paper and not listened to the audio. Barrymore’s stories are so entertaining, and she brings so much enthusiasm to the world.

Catch and Kill 5/5

This book was incredibly twisted and eye-opening about Harry Weinstein’s crimes. The writing is top-notch. I am so thankful for voices like Farrow’s who are willing to do anything within their power to make sure the world knows the truth. Highly recommend. I really enjoyed it on audio.

The Switch 3/5

I loved The Flatshare, but this book was a little bit of a dud for me. I didn’t find the characters as likable, and it felt like the plot was being drugged out. The writing style was as fun as The Flatshare, but I don’t think I recommend this one.

The Nix 5/5

This book might also make it into my top five books of the year. The story is so intricate and woven together so beautifully. The writing and character development were incredible. This is a long read but worth every page!!

The Sum of Us 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this book. It felt similar to Caste but was much easier to understand. If you are interested in learning more about racial justice in America, I highly recommend it. I really enjoyed listening to it on audio.

Bullet Train 4/5

Did I read this because Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock are staring in the movie adaptation? 100% I did. I have no regrets. The best way I can describe this Korean thriller is: Bullet Train is to Murder on the Orient Express as hide and seek is to sardines.

All Adults Here 4/5

I had wanted to read one of Emma Straub’s books for a while. I enjoyed this book a lot. If you are looking for a slower family saga, this is a great read. The character depth and development is lovely, and I loved the writing.

The Education of an Idealist 3/5

This was a really interesting book. I listened to the audio, which Power narrates herself. Though I was really interested in the content, it felt long and repetitive at times. If you are looking for a memoir about working in government, this is an interesting read, but if you don’t care about the nitty-gritty, I would pass.

Beautiful World, Where Are You? 3.5/5

I have read all of Sally Rooney’s books, and this might be my favorite. Her writing is so unique. If you liked Normal People, read this one, but if you didn’t, I would pass. I do have to just say, WHY does Rooney hate quotation marks?????

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me 5/5

I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it on audio and loved it. It is such a unique take on a memoir-- written by a woman from the perspective of her grandmother. It was an authentic and humorous look at grief and loss (apparently the theme of my October reading?). I laughed, I cried, I highly recommend.

An Unwanted Guest 4/5

I devoured The Couple Next Door, and I was so excited to read another book by Shari Lapena. This was the perfect quick-read thriller. It had me guessing until the end and was so difficult to put down. I didn’t love it as much as The Couple Next Door, but if you want a thriller that is hard to put down (and feels wintery), read this book!

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