Coffee and … A Bookish October

Apparently, I got last week’s Coffee and… post and this week’s all muddled up. So, today, I’m sitting down with my coffee to reflect on October’s books. Join me?

coffee and...

The Coffee:

This week’s coffee, the Los Pirineos from El Salvador tastes like boozy cherries and dark chocolate! It is from our faves at Steampunk and is very enjoyable.

The Books:

month in books

Hannah chose me a brilliant TBR for this month, featuring some books I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I also took part in the Gilmoreathon and Series Scaredown readathons. I did veer away from Hannah’s list to read some of my most anticipated reads of this year (The Secret Commonwealth and The Toll).


reading stats

Books Read: 10

Pages Read: 4814

Star Ratings:

5* : The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman and The Toll by Neal Schusterman.
4* : Scars Like Wings by Erin Steward, Jackpot by Nic Stone, The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, The Liars by Jennifer Matthieu and Lockwood and Co, The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.
3*: Wilder Girls by Rory Power and Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence.
DNF: Our Dark Duet by V.E.Schwab (I know, I’m sorry, I just can’t get on with it).

TBR Updates

mount ted

Books Bought: 6

Books Received: 2

Challenge Updates

challenge updates

Goodreads: 167/175. I’m well on track to complete this challenge, probably by the end of next month! I’m tentatively hoping to make it to 200 books read this year, but I’ll just keep enjoying my reading and see how that goes.

Conquering Mount Ted: October began with 197 books and ended with 192. I am so pleased that this TBR is finally under 200 and I plan to keep working on reducing this number for the rest of 2019 and into next year.
Hodderscape 2019 Reading Challenge: 11/12. I now have a book in mind for this, thanks to Cora, but I have not read it yet.
Gilmoreathon: I completed six of the seven prompts for this readathon with 4 books: Scars Like Wings (school setting), Jackpot (mother / daughter relationship), Deathless Girls (cosy autumn read – shh I thought it was – and complicated love interest) and The Secret Commonwealth (asian characters, and next book in a series you haven’t finished yet).

Series Scaredown: This is my favourite readathon so I couldn’t pass up the chance to take part in the Halloween edition. For this readathon I read: The Toll, The Screaming Staircase, and Magpie, and part read Wundersmith. Considering it was a busy half term and one of the books was over 600 pages, I’m pretty happy with that.

How was your October? What’s the most autumny / Halloweeny book you read last month?

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