Today, let’s look back on October and look forward to November.
Favourite October reads
I read ten books this month! My favourite few of the month are below. Just click on the images to be taken to the book’s Amazon page.
Cemtery Boys by Aiden Thomas was such a heartwarming and lovely read. It’s about a trans boy who accidentally conjures a spirit, and I enjoyed it so very much! The writing is excellent and the main characters are so enjoyable and likeable.
Eventide by Sarah Goodman was a spooky thriller kind of in the same vein as Shea Ernshaw’s Winterwood or The Wicked Deep. It started off a little bit slow as Verity, our sole protagonist, establishes herself on the farm. But once she ventures into the woods and the creep factor heightens I couldn’t put it down and kept reading until I finished this book at almost 2am.
Heartsong by TJ Klune was quite the tearjerker, I must say. I’d been holding off on reading this one so that I could binge read it with Brothersong, and it was so worth it. I loved them both.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart is one of my favourite debut novels of the year. I think it’s billed as young adult fantasy, but all of the protagonists are in their early twenties. The novel is told from the point of view of five different characters, and it was never confusing because each character is given space to breathe. Excellent writing and an interesting fantasy world made this a five-star.
Books I’m looking forward to reading in November
First up in November is Briar Prescott’s The Happy List, which I’m SUPER excited to read.
I’m also looking forward to reading my ARC of The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I do enjoy a good one when there’s a dual storyline, one in the present and one in the past. Kate Morton’s The Lake House does this brilliantly.
I’ll also be reading Roan Parrish’s Better Than People. I haven’t read many books by Roan Parrish, but everything I have read I’ve absolutely loved, so I can’t wait to read this new one.
And I’m also going to read Fable by Adrienne Young, which came in my September Fairyloot box. It sounds intriguing, so I’m here for it.
On the writing front
My college romance between childhood best friends turned fake boyfriends is off to my beta readers! I still don’t have a title, so I’m still calling it Ethan & Casey until I do. And it looks like I might be able to release this earlier than I had planned. I was aiming for late February/early March, but I might be able to pull of late January/early February instead! And in a weird turn of events, a complete 180 from last month’s Gingerbread Mistletoe blurb-writing fiasco, I actually drafted Ethan & Casey’s blurb while sitting in the waiting room for an appointment earlier this week.
In October, my publisher released the Italian translation of On the Ice, Sul ghiaccio. It’s been getting great reviews from Italian readers and I couldn’t be happier about that! I’m so thrilled that Italian readers are loving Mitch and Alex.
Gingerbread Mistletoe, my Christmas enemies to lovers romance, is up for pre-order and will be coming to KU on November 17! Here’s an early teaser.
Audiobook news! On the Ice is here in audio! I am so happy to finally have it in this format. My narrator, Adam Lawrence, did an amazing job. It’s so, so good (if I do say so myself). Find it on Amazon or Audible, and coming soon to iTunes! Audible buy links are here.
Other than that, I’m working on a super secret project I can’t tell you about yet, but think: small town, rivals to lovers, and wintery feels! More on that coming in the next couple of months.
That’s it for the October edition of High Five Friday. Thanks for reading!
What books are you looking forward to reading in November? Leave a comment below!