October ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

Another month where I am a little late, but it’s better than never arriving at all! How are you all doing? I hope you have been caring for yourselves as well as can be imagined during these times and that you’ve managed to read some books that give you a little care and comfort. This month I held on to my comfort reads: romance! I caught up with one series, finished another and continued with yet another one and I have no regrets! I can’t wait to tell ya’ll all about it.

SO let’s get started!

Personal Thoughts

October, in general, went well. I was really surprised considering how the year has been going, but I feel really blessed to have had most of the month gone smoothly. Unfortunately, toward the last few weeks, I was in a really bad mental health space. It lasted much longer than it has the last few years and it was kind of scary. But I am here, feeling better and with a lot of support not only in person but also online. Thank you to all the people who consistently support and love me! I am so grateful for all of my online friends and for all of you who still give this blog some love!

Library Book Haul

Book Haul

Books I Read

  1. Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen –  If you’ve been following my blog for the last few months, you know I’ve been going through this series. I’ve been really interested in the character of Benito since he was introduced a few books back and I really loved being able to see more about him in this installment. This particular book got a lot more intense than I expected but it was super engaging and I really enjoyed it!
  2. Heartland (True North #7) by Sarina Bowen – I thought this was the last book of the series but it is not haha. However, I really liked this book as well! Chastity is one of those side characters that was introduced in previous books and kind of stole my attention. Her story is very particular and unique which made me really happy to have this book focus on her perspective. Her and Dylan make a really cute couple and I had heart eyes over their story. I can’t wait to see how this series continues.
  3. Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid – I am SO happy I picked up this series, mostly because this is one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have ever read. The six Winston Brothers are all special characters, but Cletus has to take the cake. The way he thinks and how he plans his life is so meticulous and premeditated, yet at the same time, he gets his brain scrambled and his butt kicked by his love interest and it is AMAZING. I definitely recommend this book and this series!
  4. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid –   Another great book in this series! This one and the previous kind of overlap in time lines so it’s really interesting and entertaining to see some of the scenes from the earlier book from a third person’s perspective. However, this book isn’t about that so my favorite thing about this series is Beau! Him and Cletus are kind of battling first place for favorite Winston brother and this just made me love Beau so much more than I already did! This book also talks about obsession compulsive disorder and touch aversion and though I don’t have either of these disorders, I think they were handled with a lot of empathy.
  5. Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers #5) by Penny Reid – Unfortunately, this is the only books in this series that I didn’t enjoy. I feel like my biggest issue was a disconnected from the main characters. All the other brothers have been part of the rest of the series, but Roscoe, the main character in this book, has been much more absent throughout the rest of the series so it was hard to be invested in the outcome of his story. At the same time, there’s a lot of disorientation in the beginning of this novel because it starts five years after the last one and I was very confused for a while. However, I do think the romance is really sweet though there are some intense parts that brought the series generally full circle.
  6. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid – This is the fourth book in Knitting in the City, but it is also the prequel to the Winston Brothers series! I don’t know what I would’ve thought about this book if I had read it as a prequel, but I definitely think that because I started the companion series first, this book was so much more enjoyable! The actually back story mentioned in the other series plays out in this book and it was really great to see the before of a lot of the relationships. I also fell in love with Ashley and Drew as main characters and it just made me really happy to read!
  7. Ninja at First Sight (Knitting in the City #4.75) by Penny Reid – There are several short stories within this series which I wasn’t really interested in but I thought that it would be a good idea to read this one because the fifth book covers a couple that is established before their story. I was definitely correct! This is more of a new adult story since it takes place in college and really allows the reader to see the history behind a couple that have been exalted earlier in the series.
  8. Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City #5) by Penny Reid – Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I expected to. From the preview of the short story, I was really looking forward to seeing Fiona and Greg as an older couple, but it was more frustrating than anything. I understand how marriage is difficult and there are ups and downs but Greg got on my last nerve. I don’t know what happened to him as he grew older, but the complete disregard for his wife and her struggles was astounding and did not make me root for them at all. I just wanted to shake him and yell at him and I didn’t really feel like the ending really made up for the issues in the beginning.
  9. Dating-ish (Knitting in the City #6) by Penny Reid – The last two books in the series were the ones I was most unsure of because these were the women who were much more quiet throughout. But I really enjoyed this book! Marie is actually really interesting and her job created a lot of engagement throughout the story for me. I thought the first few chapters were hilarious and the funny atmosphere continued all the way through the end. I had a great time reading!
  10. Marriage of Inconvenience (Knitting in the City #7) by Penny Reid – I think this is my favorite book of the whole series!! Kat is a girl after my own heart and her love interest has been a part of the entire series and FINALLY has some happiness. Honestly, I think my favorite part about this book besides the romance was the fast forwarded epilogue. The whole crew comes together in the end and we get a glimpse of beyond the happily ever afters. That is the best part about reading companion series for me. I am really sad that this series is over but can’t wait to see what other Penny Reid books I dive into next!

Challenges Update

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge – 79/50 (158%)
  • Read It While It’s Hot Challenge – 8/12
  • Finishing the Series Challenge – 9/12

So that’s it for this post! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my late wrap up! I have a lot of really (hopefully) cool things coming up for this blog in 2021 and I would love it if ya’ll would stick around to see it. Let me know your thoughts on the books I read in the comments. Have a great day!

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