How is it October already? Autumn is really here, the tree outside of work has shed leaves all over my car for the last few days and I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me!
So I decided to do a wrap up post, I’ve never really done one before but there’s a first time for everything. This month I finished a few amazing books and also started some too!
Books I finished this month
When Dimple Met Rishi
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
I absolutely adored this book. I downloaded the eBook with whispersync and ended up listening to it on Audible instead, and I am so glad that I did.
It was beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. The narrators really brought the characters to life, adding to the depth of the language and the overall story.
I really fell in love with both Dimple and Rishi, and thanks to the audiobook I could really put myself in into her life, as I got to hear how the words actually sounded when pronounce properly.
Dimple was refreshing yet not annoyingly so. She was different but was still human. Rishi was amazing. He was flawed but also infuriatingly perfect.
The Other Life of Charlotte Evans
Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?
Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte’s breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.
Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…
A heartrendingly beautiful novel about love, family and finding your own path to happiness.
I adored this book. I don’t always gravitate to this genre but I love it when I do read it. I was sent a copy of this by HQ Digital and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. It was gripping, emotional and raw.
The story didn’t progress in the way I anticipated, which was actually pretty awesome. There’s a full review here if you’d like to check it out!
Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past…
Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fire Queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax—which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, Ruby no longer knows whom to trust. The fates of two kingdoms are now in her hands.
I was a little bit wary when starting Fireblood, as so often the second instalment to a series can leave you disappointed. Well I’m glad to say that this wasn’t the case with Fireblood!
I loved this novel so much. This time we left the icy lands and got to visit firey Sudesia, which brought us new characters and customs to sink our teeth into. Elly Blake is really great at focussing on the bits that matter. She skims over the inconsequential moments, keeping it fast paced and exciting. My reviews for Frostblood and Firebood can be found by clicking on the links 🙂
THE MORNINGSTAR STRAIN WAS THE END OF THE WORLD.
In the wake of the zombie apocalypse, two separate bands of survivors journey across a decimated America, each with the desperate goal of finding the cure for the virulent plague that threatens the existence of humankind—or what’s left of it. Now it’s up to these inheritors of the future to outlive their waking nightmare, any way they can.
BUT FOR THESE SURVIVORS, IT IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
One group includes a brilliant virologist; for the other, an immune soldier proves invaluable. Battling infected and marauding raiders at every turn, the teams soon uncover the devious plans of Sawyer, an agent of the Chairman of the Reunited States of America, who believes that Dr. Anna Demilio already has the cure, and he will stop at nothing to find her. Now, with the salvation of the world and their own souls on the line, how far will the survivors go to emerge victorious?
I listened to this one on Audible, it was the final (ish) installment of a series and to be honest it wasn’t as good as the rest, but I still enjoyed it. I love plague and apocalypse narratives, which is what drew me to this series. It was an interesting concept, but sadly the author died before the last book which I’m gutted about. I read about the last one which was written by someone else and the reviews were terrible so I decided to steer clear.
What do you guys think of these kind of books? I think I have what’s bordering on an addiction to virus narratives – I actually wrote my undergrad dissertation on them haha.
Books I’ve started this month
This month I started two wonderful books and started listening to one.
A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Leuddecke is an ARC and it’s so lovely! I adore the characters and they story (there’s a plague in it!) and I’m about a third of the way in.
Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester is fun and quirky. I’m about a third of the way into this one too and I can’t wait to finish it. I’m part of the blog tour for this one so look out for that at the end of October!
I’m going to the book launches for both of these books in London in October and I’m BEYOND excited! It’s been over a year since my last book launch, and I can’t wait to meet the authors (one again) and mingle with bookish people.
I also started listening to Queen of the Tearling on Audible and I have to be honest… I don’t love it yet. I’ve listened to about 3 hours and I’m finding it a tad slow. I do think it has something to do with the narrator though as she is an extremely posh speaking woman, who is far too old for the MC. She also doesn’t do well with male voices, and they all sound the same. This is a huge issue for me when listening to audiobooks, so I may have to leave this one soon if I can’t get into it.
I think that’s enough of me rambling for now. I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you did (or didn’t) and I can work on making next month’s one even better! Have you read any of these? How has your month gone? Thanks for reading lovelies!