October 2016 Month in Review

Posted November 13, 2016 by Cristina (Girl in the Pages) in Month In Review / 8 Comments

october-month-in-reviewBooks I Read This Month:


Wow, I have to say I read a LOT of books this month, considering October is the busiest month of the year for me at work! I think I was using reading as a way to relax quite a bit. I’d come home from work, exercise, read, sleep, repeat. I’ve found myself reading quite a few contemporaries lately, so I’m hoping to squeeze in more thrillers before the end of the year!

Books I Reviewed This Month:

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4 Stars)

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (4.5 Stars)

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (2.5 Stars)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (4 Stars)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (4.5 Stars)


Total Books Read: 5

Total Novellas Read: 0

Rereads: 0

Favorite Book Read This Month: The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.

Least Favorite Book Read This Month: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia. This book was had a lot of clichés that I was unable to look past.

Book that Most Surprised Me This Month: How to Hang a Witch was really enjoyable despite the fact that I saw a lot of mixed reviews for it prior to reading!

Reading Challenge Updates

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge Progress: 46/50

Fairytale Retelling Challenge: 2/5

Other challenges are TBD at the moment, as I still have to update my master spreadsheet with all of the books I’ve finished lately!

Other Posts This Month:

Top Ten Disney Villains

Fall Book Buddies: Daughter of Deep Silence

If I Can’t Have You, No One Can: Why Do Thrillers Focus on Unhealthy Female Friendships?

Posts I Loved This Month:

Lauren talks about being fickle with five star ratings.

Lauren talks about adult fiction reads on her radar.

Becky chats with us about what she’d say if we were having coffee.

Personal Updates:

img_83161Like I mentioned earlier, October was a bit of a blur with a LOT of the time spent working. However, Max and I managed to squeeze in a few fun things too. We’ve been binge-watching a lot of shows recently, including Gilmore Girls (have to get ready for the Netflix special!) and the Netflix original series The Crown (we’re both huge fans of British history so this is right up our alley!) We celebrated Hallween weekend by going to a party at one of our friend’s houses on Saturday (Max was Hercules, I was Britney circa the Hit Me Baby One More Time Video) and on Monday we passed out Halloween candy to trick or treaters. Also, in news that’s probably not excited to anyone but myself, Max and I bought a food processor at Costco (these holiday deals that are starting to come out are great!) and we’re really excited to start making more of our own foods. November is going to be the month where all of the fun holiday stuff really kicks off, and where I start frantically trying to finish my end of the year priority TBR as well as trying to catch up on all of the reviews I neglected to write in 2016. Can you guys believe this year is almost OVER?!

How was your October? Did you do anything fun for Halloween? Do you have end of the year blog or TBR cleanup to do? Let me know in the comments!




8 responses to “October 2016 Month in Review

  1. Oh you read almost all the books I’ve wanted to read. I’ve been waiting to see if the library will get The Lovely Reckless because I’ve heard such mix things about it. It sounds like October was a busy month! I hope November calms down for you. I still can’t believe that the year is almost over. I still have so many books on my TBR, I need to get to. I’m hoping to get to them soon as well.

    • November was pretty crazy as well but I think I may FINALLY get a bit of a break in December, with the holidays and all! 2016 has been such a crazy, mixed year that I am pretty ready for it to be over, TBH, plus SO MANY 2017 releases I’m already anticipating. But then there’s that lingering guilt of all of the 2016 reads (especially the ones that I purchased) that I haven’t gotten to yet…

  2. Whoo it seems like you had a lot of fun! I really loved your costume! Glad you enjoyed How to Hang A Witch, I’ve heard good things about it, I should really give it a shot!

  3. I really need to read a Taylor Jenkins Reid book already! I think I’m going to start with Maybe in Another Life. And I love your Halloween costume! You look so cute!

  4. You look so cute! And October was a whirlwind for me. I had a lot going on with New York Comic Con and my trip to Orlando, but I definitely think it was probably the most fun month I’ve had all year <3

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