Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about all of the books that I read during the month of October. I read six books in total, which I am pretty proud of. I did not read even one book that was on my TBR for the month, but its fine because when do I ever stick to my TBRs? That is literally the reason I stopped making them. But I am super excited to talk about all of the books that I read, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!
The first book I read in the month of October was Samhain by Diana Rajchel.
This is a book that I think is super helpful for any newbie Witch or Wiccan or even just someone who is Pagan. It really has such helpful information on rituals, spells, crafts, decorations, recipes and so much more pertaining to Samhain. The beginning of the book is focused on the history of the pagan holiday, which I really appreciated. It was super interesting to read about its pagan roots and how it has been changed over the centuries, especially with the emergence of the Christian faith. I just think it’s super great, and it’s really short so you can read it pretty quickly! I gave this 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Practical Witch’s Spell Book by Cerridwen Greenleaf.
This is a book that I think is amazing for beginners, especially for those within the Wiccan faith. This is less geared towards Witches and more towards Wiccans. The beginning of this book is really talking about the ritualistic aspect of Wicca, from tools to your altar before diving into actual spellwork, which was the part of the book I was most interested in, though I did enjoy reading everything in the book! I think it was super helpful and had some really interesting spells and rituals, especially the section of the book talking about house-cleansing and house-warming spells. That was probably my favorite section of the book. Cerridwen Greenleaf definitely knows her stuff when it comes to Wicca and Witchcraft and this shines through in the book. I also really enjoyed the illustrations and artwork throughout the book because they are freaking beautiful, and it is honestly worth it to buy this book for that reason alone! Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I gave it 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.
This is a book that I read for my Critical Reading and Writing class, and I thought this book was okay. I really was not a fan when I first started it, but it grew on me a little bit as the story progressed. I did enjoy the slave narrative, and I thought that was super important. I did find it super hard to read some parts of the book because of the description of the cruelty and savagery depicted in this story, but I think the fact that it did make me shudder and have to take breaks whilst reading it actually is indicative of how powerful the story is. However, there were parts of this story that really grossed me out that I was not a fan of, and I think the writing was super hard to get used to at first. It was just kind of strange for me, and the development of the characters kind of came out of nowhere, if there was any development at all. Overall, this is important, but not an incredibly enjoyable story, so I gave this 3/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
This is a play that I read for my Critical Reading and Writing class, and I honestly was not expecting any more from it than I got. It seemed like it would be a very boring play, and guess what? It was a very boring play to me. While I did appreciate how you can read some of the prejudices that are present in the story and apply them to today, I did ultimately find it super boring, and I think I would have been okay with not having read this at all. I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
The next book I read was Defying Pack Law by Eve Langlais.
This is an adult paranormal romance story with adult content, so if you can’t handle sexy times, I would definitely steer clear of this one. But I just read this on a whim because it had been sitting pretty in my Kindle library for a while, and I did enjoy it, though I had a few issues. There are multiple love interests in this as it is a polygamous relationship that is being explored in this book, and I definitely had preferences among those love interests. I really liked these two love interests who listened to her, didn’t try to force her into any kind of mating relationship, and let her make her own decisions. They were patient and kind, and they were not assholes most of the time. However, the main love interest pissed me off because of how territorial, possessive and controlling the bastard was. I would have been okay with our main character telling him to go fuck himself. Spoiler alert: she didn’t do that. He sort of brought the story down for me, even though I really enjoyed the rest of it, so I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.
The final book I read in the month of October was His to Protect by Elena Aitken.
This is another adult paranormal romance story with adult content, so if you can’t handle sexy times, definitely stay away from this story. However, this story features bear shifters instead of wolf shifters, which was a nice change, but I honestly was not feeling this story. The writing was not fabulous, but there was still potential for this to be a really great story! Elena Aitken, however, utilized a form of the instalove trope in which the excuse for there being no development among the two love interests is that they are fated to be together because they are mates. Therefore it is totally fine that it is a blatantly obvious instalove relationship going on there. And I hate this trope within the paranormal romance genre because it is just lazy writing. It is honestly kind of insulting to me as a reader to not try and create a relationship that I can root for and that has freaking development. For that reason, I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read in the month of October! What was your favorite book that you read this month? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!