Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2022

I enjoyed the month of October. It was relatively quiet, and I always enjoy giving away buckets of treats for Halloween. Our neighborhood is super popular, and it is always a big event with people setting up tables at the sidewalk to give away goodies to the kids going from house to house. I also went on a trip to visit my in-laws. We haven’t made that trip since before COVID started. So, it was nice to make it over there and see them and our nephew. I got approximately the same amount of reading done as in September, and I met one of my goals for the year, which is super exciting (Hint: It involves NetGalley). All in all, it has been a pretty great month. Now, let’s get down to the specifics.

Books I’ve Read

I set a goal of reading 10 books this month, which you can see below. I almost got all 10 of them read. The only one I didn’t finish was Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff. I liked the book. I just wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. So, I set it down for now and will come back to it another time. These are the nine books I did read from my TBR (the ratings link to my review, if available):

  • Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen (2⭐)
  • Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (5⭐)
  • White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton (4⭐)
  • A Restless Truth by Freya Marske (5⭐)
  • The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera (4⭐)
  • Path of Deceit by Tessa Gratton & Justina Ireland (5⭐)
  • Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall (4⭐)
  • Jack’s on Fire by Owen Lach (4⭐)
  • Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell (5⭐)

I also managed to fit in quite a few books beyond what I set out to read. This brought my total for October up to 18! These are all the books I read in addition to those on my TBR (the ratings link to my review, if available):

  • Neon Gods by Katee Robert (4⭐)
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat (5⭐)
  • Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan (4⭐)
  • The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith (3⭐)
  • The Witch Hunt by Sasha Peyton Smith (3)
  • Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat (5⭐)
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (4⭐)
  • The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (5⭐)
  • The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake (5⭐)

Progress On My 2022 Reading Goals

Goodreads Challenge

I’ve surpassed my goal of 100 books for the year! I read 18 books in October, which brings my total so far for the year up to 159! I don’t plan to set a new goal. Instead, I’m just going to keep reading as much as possible to see how high I can get the number before the end of the year.

NetGalley Progress

I wanted to end the year with at least 50 reviews completed for NetGalley and a feedback ratio of at least 80%. I met my goal of 50 total NetGalley reviews back in April. So, that one is done! In October, I completed another 8 reviews for NetGalley. My ratio increased to 83%! Now I just need to keep it above 80% for the rest of the year…

Read More Nonfiction

There was no nonfiction in my reading in October. I’ve technically already met my goal for the year since I’ve already read more than two nonfiction books, but I’d still like to squeeze in at least one more before 2022 is over.

Read More Comics

I’ve set the goal of reading all the comics I buy during the week I buy them. So…this still hasn’t been happening. I’ve pretty much still abandoned this goal at this point. I’m going to need to think of a more realistic comics goal for next year because I’m super far behind now, and comics have pretty much completely fallen off my blog, which makes me sad because I enjoy them so much.

#BeatTheBacklog

I’m trying to focus on having a majority of the books I read this year be books I bought, borrowed, or received prior to January 1, 2022. In October, only 11% of the books I read were bought, borrowed, or received prior to 2022. That’s even worse than last month’s 17%. I’ve pretty much written off succeeding at this for this year. Instead, I’m going to focus on making sure all of my 2022 ARCs get read by the end of the year, which might also be a stretch.

Finish Some Series

I plan to finish or catch up on the following 5 series by the end of this year:

·  The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin

·  Arthurian Saga by Mary Stewart

·  The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

·  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

·  A shit ton of different Shadowhunters books by Cassandra Clare

I didn’t make any progress on Stewart’s or Clare’s series in October, but I’m still on track to finish them by the end of the year. So, I’m not sweating this one too much.

Final Thoughts

I did a few blog posts in addition to my reviews, and you can find those in my blog archives if you are interested in checking them out.

Overall, this has been another good month of reading. My favorite was probably The Atlas Six, but there were quite a few this month that I really, really loved. What was your favorite book from October? Let me know down in the comments!

Thank you to everyone who has visited the blog and engaged with comments and/or likes! I appreciate all of you and always enjoy reading your input in the comments. I hope everyone is having a great November!

10 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2022

  1. Heyyyy 83%!!! Great job! Your series section just reminded me that one of my 2022 reading goals is to finish the His Dark Materials trilogy. Ack. I read The Golden Compass last year (twice in my life time), but still haven’t made it to the next book. If I can make a good dent on my BBNYA assignments, then I can definitely tackle that trilogy next month.

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    • Thanks! I actually got it as high as 85% at one point this month. Right now it’s holding relatively steady at 84%. I think my strategy moving forward will be to only request books I want to read IN ADVANCE rather than ALL THE BOOKS. lol. We’ll see if I can stick to it.

      That’s one I want to read eventually too. I hope you’re able to make time for it. Don’t even mention BBNYA. I haven’t even started that stuff… 🤣

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      • I 100% support that NG strategy. I’m technically still in the hole (ie, I still have a few books left to read & review that have already been published), but I never want to find myself in such a deep one again. It’s stressful because I don’t like “disappointing” the publishers. I’m always so impressed at how much you can read, though!

        Bahaha BBNYA!! (Humperdink humperdink humperdrink!! cue princess bride reference)

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  2. What an incredible month of reading! Except for that one 2-star read (such a bummer!) but look at all those 5-stars. That’s awesome! I definitely need to get on with reading Blake’s books cos even though I was on the fence about them initially, the more reviews I read about them, the more I’m curious to pick at least the first book up! Hopefully, I’ll love it as much as everyone else seems to. 😃 I hope November is an incredible month of reading for you!

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    • Thanks! I think Blake’s books are fun, but I’m certain lots of people won’t like them, which is evident from the Goodreads reviews. Lol. They’re basically dark academia with an entire cast of pretentious, horrible people with super powerful magic that never really gets completely explained (at least not yet). There’s tons of dry academic/philosophical conversations sprinkled throughout, and the characters are always posturing and sabotaging alliances so they can be seen as the best. I love to hate them, but it’s not everyone’s thing. 🙃

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  3. Wow! That’s a great month of reading and well done on getting to 83% review ratings. I found it was much easier to keep above 80% once I had finally got there. Sorry that you didn’t get on with Empire of Vampires. Maybe another time.

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  4. Wow!! You had an amazing month. There’s so many high ratings and that’s awesome! I’m hoping to read Foul Lady Fortune soon!! Empire of the Vampire has been sitting on my TBR cart since it came out. haha

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