read 60 books in 2 months | wrap up

hello everyone, hope you’re doing fine ❤️️️ it’s sad to say that i don’t even know how this year flew past this quickly. how did i went through 10 months without feeling like i lived at all.

in this wrap up, i’ll be talking about the books that i’d read in september and october. with autumn here, i wanted to incorporate cozy reads into my tbr in september. i finished all the books that i had set out at the start of the month. when october reached, i was more intentional in reading books that are in the thriller/mystery/horror genre which i don’t usually go for. unfortunately in october, i became a fussy reader so i didn’t complete as many books as i had planned to at the beginning. plus, i was busy celebrating my birthday so my attention was mostly somewhere else. (yay, i’m 23? and still lost about the world?)

i went a little crazy at the start of the year by joining five different year-long readathon so i’ll be indicating which books were completed in which readathon.
popsugar (🍬) beat the backlist (🕰) startonyourshelfathon (🌪) year of the asian (⛩) romanceopoly (💖)
this is going to be suppppppperrrrr long so be prepared if you’re going to read everything!

~ september ~

september was an okay reading month. i managed to read quite a bit. ARCs that i read: i hope you’re listening by tom ryan, kingdom of the wicked by kerri maniscalco and the ikessar falcon by k.s. villoso.

it’s not surprising that i loved the dragon republic by r.f. kuang, i can’t wait to read the burning god in november. fell head over heels for angie thomas’s the hate u give. what an impactful and important story about race, love and people. another 5 star read is queen of shadows by sarah j. maas. celaena went through a shit load of things but honestly, i’m there for rowan most of the time.

readathon joined: mythothon, becca’s bookoplathon, popculture readathon, fairytaleathon

🍂 books read 🍂

readathon books

  1. the faithless hawk – margaret owen | 4⭐
  2. witches of ash and ruin – e. latimer | 3⭐
  3. because of miss bridgerton – julia quinn | 4⭐ | 🌪
  4. the burning maze – rick riordan | 4⭐ | 🌪
  5. the dragon republic – r. f. kuang | 5⭐ | 🕰⛩
  6. sisters of sword and song – rebecca ross | 4⭐
  7. i hope you’re listening – tom ryan | 3.5⭐
  8. the wolf of oren-yaro – k. s. villoso | 4⭐ | ⛩
  9. kingdom of the wicked – kerri maniscalco | 4⭐ | 💖
  10. get a life, chloe brown – talia hibbert | 4⭐ | 💖
  11. the ikessar falcon – k. s. villoso | 4.5⭐ | ⛩
  12. on tour – zoe sugg | 3⭐ | 🌪
  13. lighting fire – leslie north | 3⭐ | 🌪
  14. manga classics: the scarlet letter – stacy king | 3⭐ | 🌪
  15. the sheikh’s pretend fiancee – leslie north | 3⭐ | 🌪
  16. the rose and the dagger – renee ahdieh | 4⭐ | 🌪⛩
  17. rebel angels – libba bray | 3⭐ | 🌪
  18. the hate u give – angie thomas | 5⭐ | 🍬🕰🌪
  19. star daughter – shveta thakrar | 3.5⭐ | ⛩💖
  20. my plain jane – cynthia hand, brodi ashton, jodi meadows | 4⭐ | 🌪
  21. the lovely duckling – lila dipasqua | 3⭐ | 🌪

non-readathon

  1. penthouse prince – kendall ryan | 3⭐
  2. winning my best friend’s girl – piper rayne | 3⭐
  3. queen of shadows – sarah j. maas | 5⭐ | 🍬🕰🌪💖
  4. dreaming of you – lisa kleypas | 4.5⭐ | 🌪💖
  5. reckless kiss – tia louise | 2⭐
  6. the trouble with quarterbacks – r.s. grey | 4⭐

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~ october ~

ARCs read: phoenix extravagant by yoon ha lee, the once and future witches by alix e. harrow, a golden fury by samantha cohoe, and the invisible life of addie larue by v.e. schwab. though the start of addie larue felt a little repetitive and slow, i was still immersed in knowing where things will head and how addie larue is leaving traces of her in a world where no one remembers who she is once they leave her.

since it was october, i wanted to fill my tbr with more spooky reads but it turns out that i’m more in the mood for romance than anything else. the halloween-themed books that i’d enjoyed were the diviners by libba bray, the once and future witches by alix e. harrow, and the beautiful by renée ahdieh.

i was looking forward to there’s someone inside your house by stephanie perkins. mainly because a stranger lurking inside the house is an irrational fear of mine. however, i wasn’t really spooked by the atmosphere or even the murdering. the motivation and agenda behind the murderer’s actions felt inconsequential because it lacked proper development.

readathon joined: gothtober, screamathon, trick-or-t(read)athon

🎃 books read 🎃

readathon books

  1. phoenix extravagant – yoon ha lee | 4⭐ | ⛩
  2. love from a to z – s.k. ali | 4⭐ | ⛩
  3. pretty little liars – sara shepard | 2⭐ | 🌪
  4. a golden fury – samantha cohoe | 3.5⭐
  5. the retribution of mara dyer – michelle hodkin | 4⭐ | 🌪
  6. the diviners – libba bray | 4⭐ | 🍬🕰🌪💖
  7. the once and future witches – alix e. harrow | 4⭐
  8. the beautiful – renee ahdieh | 4⭐ | 🍬⛩💖
  9. a million suns – beth revis | 4⭐ | 🌪
  10. there’s someone inside your house – stephanie perkins | 3⭐ | 🌪
  11. the lady’s guard – christi caldwell | 4⭐ | 🌪
  12. death on the nile – agatha christie | 4⭐ | 🌪💖
  13. the guest list – lucy foley | 4⭐
  14. undercover bromance – lyssa kay adams | 4⭐ | 🍬
  15. jade city – fonda lee | 4.5⭐ | 🌪⛩
  16. take a hint, dani brown – talia hibbert | 4.5⭐
  17. the girl with the make-believe husband – julia quinn | 4⭐ | 🌪💖
  18. cream of the crop – alice clayton | 4⭐ | 🌪
  19. the city of brass – s.a. chakraborty | 4⭐ | 🍬🕰🌪
  20. american panda – gloria chao | 3.5⭐ | 🌪⛩

non-readathon

  1. hitching the cowboy – kennedy fox | 4⭐ | 💖
  2. the invisible life of addie larue – v.e. schwab | 5⭐
  3. work in progress – staci hart | 4⭐ | 💖
  4. dear ava – ilsa madden-mills | 4⭐ | 💖
  5. murder notes – lisa renee jones | 3⭐ | 🕰🌪💖
  6. anya’s ghost – vera brosgol | 3⭐ | 🌪
  7. the boyfriend effect – kendall ryan | 4⭐
  8. our star-crossed kiss – piper rayne | 4⭐
  9. the boss – abigail barnette | 2⭐ | 🌪💖
  10. happily letter after – vi keeland, penelope ward | 4⭐
  11. mr. masters – t.l. swan | 4⭐ | 🌪💖
  12. mr. spencer – t.l. swan | 3⭐
  13. hallowe’en party – agatha christie | 3.5⭐ | 🌪💖

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that’s all for september and october! have you read any spooky books this october? let’s talk!

10 thoughts on “read 60 books in 2 months | wrap up”

  1. lovely wrap-up, belle! I really just need to read THUG since it’s been on my tbr for so long! and the poppy war book 2 sounds so lovely (i heard the fantasy is amazing as well!)

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    1. thank you, becky! 💖 i loved THUG. it was incredible. i couldn’t believe i went so long without reading it even though i had it in hardcover. i hope you’re interested in the poppy war trilogy but there’s lots of content warnings to look out for. it’s pretty gruesome as it reflects the harshness and devastation of war.

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  2. wow! this is a LOT of books!!! it looks like you enjoyed most of the books you read, i hope the upcoming months are gonna be the same! this is truly a beautiful post! i’m so hyped for starting the R.F. Kuang trilogy!

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  3. Wow, 60 books in 2 months is definitely amazing! Especially when you’ve read such great titles. Glad to see you liked Love from A to Z because I enjoyed reading it so much. I’m hoping to read Take A Hint, Dani Brown soon and your rating is definitely making me more excited!

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    1. as an unemployed recent graduate, i had a lot of time in my hands 😂 september and october definitely blessed me with some wonderful contemporary romances!

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  4. WOAH BELLE HOW DO YOU READ SO MANY BOOKS?! I NEED TO KNOW HAHA.
    I’m really hope to get my hands on the hate you give soon… am currently reading Addie Larue and the writing is so beautiful… I agree it is a little slow but immersive! 💗

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    1. it’s easy when all i do is read, sleep and eat. ahah THUG is amazing! i hope you get to read it soon 💖 i hope the rest of addie larue wows you! it’s easily one of the most whimsical books i’ve read.

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  5. ahhh, how do you read so much!! school is stealing *all* my time and energy!! the hate you give was so so good, and if you loved that, you should read on the come up!! it’s by angie thomas as well, and is the best!! the poppy war is also super high on my tbr, so i can’t wait to get to that!! i loved reading this post, belle 💗💗

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    1. thank you, ahaana! i only got to read this much because i graduated from uni, so i definitely get how school is taking you away from books frequently. on the come up is on my tbr, and i can’t wait for you to read the poppy war!!!

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