October 1, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Monthly Wrap-Up | 9 Comments

Taking a look back at what happened in the month of September.

Victoria’s Life Happenings

It’s starting to get a little bit cool here! I’ve been drinking lots of hot chocolate and pretending like it’s colder than it actually is. I wish I could drink coffee, but I had to choose something to abstain from for one of my classes, and I decided on coffee. It’s v hard, and I don’t like it very much. Besides school, work, and reading, I didn’t do too much this month. I did go to a corn maze (what a Texas thing to do). I’m going home next week, so that’s exciting! I can’t wait to see my family.

Books Victoria Read

This month my challenge for myself was to read library books. Lol I did not follow my challenge very well. I only completed two library books, and am in the middle of a third one. I’m trying y’all, but I’m such a mood reader and just didn’t feel like reading many of the library books I had this month.

The Governess Game (3.5 stars) – I was super excited to read Tessa Dare’s newest release. It was good, but I reread The Duchess Deal last month  in preparation, and this one wasn’t as good as the first in the series. Still a solid read though!

Intercepted (3.5) – This was a fun, quick sports romance I read at the beginning of the month. Overall I enjoyed it, but I did have some issues with the amount of girl hate that happened in the beginning of the book. If you want to read more about what I thought, I posted a review a couple weeks ago!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (5 stars) – My second time reading Josh and Hazel. I loved it when I read it the first time, and couldn’t help but read it again when I picked up my physical copy. I love this book so much, and know it’s one that I’ll keep rereading again and again!

Fierce Fairytales (4 stars) – This poetry selection surprised me so much! I really enjoyed the poems and what they were about. I know this is the author’s second book, and also posts poems on her Insta account, so I definitely need to check that out! I have a review up if you want to read more about what I thought of this collection.

Stripped (3.5 stars) – I really enjoyed this romance novel! It was a fun, quick read. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series!

Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man (4 stars) – One of the only library books I read this month. Oops. This is the second book in the Sammy Keyes series, which I loved in middle school. I definitely think this series holds up over time, because I enjoyed it so much when I read it this month.

Fight or Flight (3.5 stars) – Overall I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a fun, summery read. I did have some issues with some of the male love interest’s comments. I’ll have a review up for this one in a few days!

The Deal (4 stars) – Sometimes when I don’t know what to read, I go back and reread old favorites. That’s what The Deal is. It’s such a quick book to get through, and I can’t help but reread it a few times a year.

Revenge (4 stars) – I really enjoyed  Order of Protection when I read an ARC of it a few months ago. I really wanted to read more of Lexi Blake’s books, so I picked up this and Satisfaction, and binge read both of them.

Satisfaction (4 stars) – The other book in Lexi Blake’s series that I had to binge read because the series is so addicting. These books go by so quickly, I couldn’t stop reading!

Brooklynaire (4 stars) – I didn’t realize until this month that Brooklynaire is part of the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I wanted to know more about these two characters from what I read about them in the previous books, and was excited when I found out this is their book!

Escaping From Houdini (4.5 stars) – Ugh, my heart. I love this series so much. Even though this book was probably my least favorite in the series, I still enjoyed it immensely. I posted a review for this earlier this month, so check it out if you want to know more of my thoughts.

All of This is True (4 stars) – I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while. It always looked interesting, but I never wanted to pick it up. I finally decided to flip through it to see if I wanted to read it soon, and read it basically in one night. The subject in the book is a little controversial, but I thought it was handled well, especially since it’s a weird situation.

Order of Protection (4 stars)  – After reading Lexi Blake’s other series, I had to reread the first book of hers I read. I enjoyed this book the second time as much as I did the first. I cannot wait to read the sequel. I hate that I have to wait until 2019 though.

Runaway Girl (4 stars) – I read the new Tessa Bailey almost as soon as it came out. This was another book I finished basically in one night. It’s such a fast, fluffy read.

A Nordic King (3 stars) – I’ve been in such a romance mood recently. I’ve read and enjoyed so many romance novels this year. This was another fun, quick read.

The Displaced (4 stars) – I didn’t read the whole novel, but I have a sampler with ten of the essays included in the final copy. This is such an important read. It’s short stories from refugee authors on refugee lives. This anthology has works from a variety of authors from a variety of countries. I’m hoping to pick up a finished copy so I can read the rest of the essays in the collection.

A List of Cages (4 stars) – The second library book I read this month! This was kind of a last minute decision, one of my friend’s read it and recommended it to me so I picked up a library copy. Overall I enjoyed this book. Towards the end there were some events that seemed a little unrealistic and came out of nowhere and confused me a little bit. But I still really enjoyed this emotional book.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (3.5 stars) – I’ve heard so many good things about this book for YEARS. I bought a copy a few months ago, but never picked it up. While looking for ~spooky/atmospheric books to read I saw this book and decided to pick it up. I really enjoyed it.

Victoria’s Fave Book

It was hard to narrow down my favorite book of the month because I read so many good books this month! I think I’ll have to go with Escaping From Houdini because I love this series and characters so much, and this book made me have lots of feelings.

Victoria’s Fave Bookstagram Picture




October Reading Challenge

Since it’s almost Halloween, I’ve decided that for October my challenge is to read ~spooky books! I have so many Stephen King books, true crime books about serial killers or cult leaders, and I always say I’m saving them until it’s the right time of the year. October is the best time to read them, so that’s what I’m going to focus on this year. Also, I’m cohosting a readathon from October 14-20. This is the second round of ebookathon where we try to read more of the unread books we keep collecting on our ereaders. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s the link to our Twitter and Instagram. I’ll post my tbr for the challenge when it gets a little closer to the readathon. I hope to see some of y’all participating with us!

Goodbye, September!

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  1. Ugh, I WISH it was starting to get cooler here! Also, good luck with your no coffee– I hope you find some awesome teas, hot chocolates, ciders, and other hot drinks to drink in the meantime. It looks like you had an awesome reading month! I really enjoyed A List of Cages and don’t hear people talking about it often, so I’m glad to see you liked it, too! Escaping From Houdini was def my least favorite installment in the series so far. I wanna get to Josh & Hazel ASAP after hearing so many great things about it! Happy reading in October, Victoria, and good luck with your *~spooky~* TBR! <3

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    • It was v difficult at the beginning, but I’m getting used to no coffee. I remember hearing about A List of Cages a lot when it first came out, but not much about it recently. It was v good and so, so sad. Omg, Josh and Hazel is so good, I hope you enjoy it! Thank you!

  2. Wow! Brooklynaire and The Deal are both already on my TBR list. Good luck with your Read-a-thon mid-month. I am doing a reread of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It’s my 4th reread of this series and the 2nd time I’m doing most of it via audiobook. Right now, I can only read via audiobook. My eyeball time is spent more on binge watching television shows like HBO’s The Night Of and Netflix’s Altered Carbon, both of which I finished this week and weekend respectively.

    • I hope you get to those books soon! Good luck with your reread, I hope you enjoy the series as much this fifth time around! Oh no, I hope your eyes get better soon so you can watch more tv and read more books!

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