October 2022 Wrap Up: horror, mystery, and finding a new favorite romance author

I can’t believe October is over! But it was such a great month, my birthday was on the 28th and I had so much fun surrounded by so many people I love. Besides, it was also a great reading month, the first two weeks I read for Latinx Heritage Month and you can see what books I read in my Latinx Book Bingo wrap up. In this post, I’ll talk about the books I read in the last two weeks of the month, which includes 2 five star reads!

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes (5 stars): I loved this, it was so atmospheric, having an abandoned ship in the middle of space as the setting was a perfect choice, and there were some tension-filled, disturbing moments. The interesting and unique concept was executed so well. The main character in this book is so flawed but I was rooting for her the entire time, I enjoyed the little bit of romance that there’s in this and I overall was really invested in the story and couldn’t stop reading, so I read it in one day which doesn’t happen often anymore.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (3 stars): I had such a hard time connecting with the main character of this book, I usually like unlikeable characters but I found her so frustrating and it was hard to read from her perspective. But her character growth was actually satisfying and in the end I was rooting for her. For most of this book, the main character was frantically going from one place to another while the plot went nowhere and so much of the plot was so unrealistic even for a horror book. I did like the final part a little bit more and there were some shocking reveals but overall this was just fine.

The Bullet that Missed by Richard Osman (4 stars): It took me a while to get into this, which has not happened with the previous two installments. I think there are too many POVs from the different storylines so it takes a while for the story to get going. I still really enjoyed this, especially the second half where the story picks up and the storylines start to be connected and make sense. The characters are still incredibly loveable and the writing is really good just like in the previous books.

Lovelight farms by B.K. Borison (5 stars): This was an excellent friends-to-lovers romance. I loved how much they cared and were there for each other, and how easily they transitioned to a romantic relationship. Luka was a swoon-worthy hero and Stella and him had such a sweet relationship, and there were also a few steamy moments. My only issue with this is that the conflict at the end felt unnecessary and I felt like Stella was a bit too obtuse, but since it was resolved quickly, I didn’t mind too much

In the Weeds by B.K. Borison (4 stars): This was really good, but I loved it slightly less than the first book. While I really liked the main characters, I felt there was something missing to make the relationship truly compelling. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed seeing them open up to each other and fall in love. Getting to see a little of Beckett’s family and how supportive they are was great, and seeing Evie’s journey to find a life that made her happy was very beautiful. Just like in the previous book, I felt like the conflict at the end was a bit unnecessary.

Mixed Signals by B.K. Borison (4 stars): The couple in this is so sweet and the guy is so swoony. While the reason why the two main characters start to “fake” date didn’t really make sense, I loved their relationship so much that I didn’t care too much about that. The steamy scenes weren’t as good as the scenes from previous books, I didn’t love they were written. Still, I really enjoyed the romance in this and how supportive Caleb was.

In this night, in this world (en esta noche, en este mundo) by Alejandra Pizarnik (3,5 stars): This is a poetry collection in Spanish. As with every poetry collection, there were poems that resonated with me more than others and with this collection in particular there were poems that I simply didn’t get, which it’s definitely on me. But overall I think this is a powerful collection revolving around grief.

What are the best and worst books you have read in October?

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