October Wrap Up: the month of books blowing past my expectations

Overall this month was full of surprises as all these books were so amazing! I highly recommend all of them! Also I got to read some really good “spooky” or strange reads!


By Shea Ernshaw

I thought this was a beautifully written witchy fairytale perfect for Halloween or winter. I highly recommend reading it if you love poetic prose, fairytales, and eerie atmospheres. To learn more, check out my review!

Agnes at the End of the World

By Kelly McWilliams

This book kinda blew my mind. It totally subverted my expectations in the best ways possible. It reminded me The Grace Year and the movie The Village. I also think if you like watching documentaries about cults and apocalypse stories, that this is 100% a match made in heaven for you. Or maybe I’m the only person who likes both of those things and didn’t realize I needed a book with both??

Most Likely

By Sarah Watson

This was everything I could have wanted from the writer of The Bold Type–one of the best feminist television shows I’ve ever seen. Watson did a great job capturing the final year of high school, female friendship, and giving representation to our diverse world.

Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Wow. I haven’t read a book of prose in a looooong time. I forgot how poignant they are. Zoboi did an incredible job of crafting a story as well as beautiful poetry. Be prepared to underline, highlight, and cry WHEN you read this–because it’s only a matter of time.

This is My Brain in Love

By I.W. Gregorio

Mental health and a cute romance who?? This was another book that blew past my expectations. It dealt with really important topics surrounding mental health, relationships, and growing up. I think it’s an important read. I also know I’ll be on the lookout for more books by Gregorio!


By Kelly Yang

I listened to the audiobook of this and it was really good. I have been anticipating reading this book for a long time. It definitely lived up to my expectations. Dani and Claire’s stories are both unique and important additions to the world of YA literature. I also think it’s important to continue to add #metoo stories and this one is handled well.


By Maggie Nelson

I read this book for class and it was a really cool read. This was unlike any other nonfiction book I’ve ever read before. It covered gender, identity, writing, motherhood, and more! I cried. I laughed. I learned. It was a really smart read and I’ve enjoyed getting to discuss it in class.

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