October 2018 Monthly Wrap-up


Welcome to my October 2018 Wrap-up! A Monthly Wrap-up is exactly what it sounds like, a summary of the month. I’ll be recapping books I read, purchased/borrowed, posts of the month, a little bit of what’s going on outside the blog. I’m linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction, hosted by Nicole.

I can’t believe that October has ended, and November is upon us. Happy Halloween to those that celebrate. The little ghosts and goblins (unicorns and superheroes) had a cold evening treat-or-treating here in Colorado, the temperature was in the lower 30’s… burr. I remember those day’s long ago when my children had to wear their costumes over winter coats. Thank goodness those days are over, it’s nice to see all the little ones dressed up.

I had a goal this month to read more books than purchased and if I include all the audiobooks, I reached that goal. Yay me! October was also a productive month for posting Bookish Thoughts. I made sure to spend a bit of time every morning working on posts, although, I don’t have any upcoming scheduled, surprisingly I’m okay with that.



Books Read/Listened to in October:


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
A Good Marriage by Stephen King
Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult



Reading Stats:

Total Books Read: 16
eBooks: 0
Books: 7
Audiobooks: 9

Library Borrowed: 9
From My Shelves: 7
Gifted: 0

Longest Book: 497 pages; Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Shortest Book: 310 pages; The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Total Books Read/Listened to Since January 2018: 141



Favorite Reads this Month:


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff



Inky Impressions Bookish Thoughts:  




Books Purchased in October:

Purchased This Month: 13
Hardcover: 9
Paperback: 4
Kindle: 0


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Beartown (Beartown #1) by Fredrik Backman
Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith
Sadie by Courtney Summers



Books/Audiobooks Borrowed in October:


Pretty Little Things by T.M.E. Walsh
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
A Good Marriage by Stephen King
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels
Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
Winter in Paradise (Paradise #1) by Elin Hilderbrand



Did you have a good reading month in October? Have you read any of the books I have listed?

Happy Reading – Jovita


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 25th, 2018 by Delacorte Press

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

My thoughts…

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is a retelling of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, told from the viewpoint of Elizabeth. I haven't read the original classic, I was wanting to read it before this book, someday soon.

I had a problem with the pacing of this book. The beginning was a bit slow for me, then it picked up and was so much interesting. The slow start may be that it was very character driven, and the plot wasn’t very interesting. Elizabeth is basically searching for Victor throughout Ingolstadt, which took way too long for her to find him. But, once Elizabeth finds Victor, that is when the story really begins and kept me engrossed until the end. There were plot twists throughout the book that took me by surprise.

This is the first book I’ve read by Kiersten White and I did like how she wrote about the abusive relationship between Victor and Elizabeth. I also enjoyed that another woman, Mary, was there to help Elizabeth escape the relationship. Although, I was puzzled about why Elizabeth had developed any affections towards Victor and not Henry. The relationship between Victor and Elizabeth was far from romantic.

For such a short book it was memorable, especially the ending. It’s a good book for the Halloween season.

Happy Reading!