October 2022 | In Review
October is the month of all things spooky, and my reads reflected that. Aside from one book, everything I read was horror or had horror elements or a thriller of some form. I also participated in Weekendween: The Monster Mash readathon which is hosted by gabbyreads and oliviareadsalatte which did help me knock out a couple of horror books.
On top of that, I also completed Part I of a new reading challenge I am doing where I read cancelled manga to see if they are worth it or not. If you want to check that out you can find it here, but that challenge also allowed me to get through quite a few volumes of manga this month.
Overall though, this honestly wasn't a bad reading month. I had a couple of books and manga that I did enjoy so thankfully there were some positives, though I still had some not-so-great reads.
If you are curious about what I am going to be reading for November, you can find my TBR here.
Onto the statistics!
I read 6 books, 3 audiobooks, and 15 volumes of manga for a grand total of 24 titles and roughly 5,516+ pages read.
If you want to check out my reviews, click on the pink links! Reviews for titles not linked can be found on my Goodreads page. Now, here are all the titles I read this month:
Babel by R.F. Kuang
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
ZOMBIEPOWDER. Vol.1-4 by Tite Kubo
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Hungry Joker Vol.1-3 by Yuki Tabata
Marry Grave Vol. 1-5 by Hidenori Yamaji
The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club #1) by Richard Osman
Empty Smiles (Small Spaces #4) by Katherine Arden
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
The Liminal Zone by Junji Ito
The Wolf Never Sleeps Vol.1-2 by Shienbishop
The Deep by Nick Cutter
I DNFed one thing this month, that being Highschool of the Dead. I tried reading it for my cancelled manga reading challenge, but there was just too much blatant fanservice for me.
Again, I did condense my ratings for the manga volumes down to my overall rating for the entire series. Looking at the ratings now, I guess I didn't have the greatest month ever after all, but I count it as a win when I've got at least a couple of 3.5 or 5 star ratings in there. No 1 star reads though which is also a win.
Mystery (Thriller) - 6
Fantasy - 5
Horror - 3
I read less horror than I thought I did. I guess I read more books that had horror elements in it but otherwise I just read a lot of mystery thrillers this month. The fantasy titles as well, aside from Babel, were all manga series.
Best of the Month - Night Film and Marry Grave
Worst of the Month - The Last House Guest
Most Surprising - The Sun Down Motel
Most Disappointing - Babel
This month, taking the spot for 'best of the month' we have a tie between Night Film and Marry Grave. Night Film didn't completely blow me away, but I really enjoyed the story mainly because of the writing. As for Marry Grave, it was a really good manga series and I ended up connecting a lot with the story and characters.
Taking the spot for 'worst book of the month' we have The Last House Guest. Megan Miranda, I just don't think you and I are meant to be. I read two of her books this month, neither of which I enjoyed but I liked this one the least. It just...wasn't a very good mystery.
For 'most surprising' we have The Sun Down Motel. I was expecting to not like this because I read The Book of Cold Cases and didn't like the writing, so I was worried this would be the same. It wasn't a bad book at all though, so that is why it earns the spot as the most surprising but in a good way.
Finally, the 'most disappointing' book was the first book I read this month, which was Babel. I wouldn't say this was a bad book, but it was nowhere near as good as I was expecting it to be. I also didn't read the synopsis before going in which severely impacted my reading experience.