October 2022 reading Wrap-up

Another month of reading has come to an end. Each month I set out to read a number of books to help reduce my TBR. Some months I read very few books. While others I get through a surprising number. I had expected October to be light on reading, as I knew it would be a fairly busy month, yet I managed to get through more books than expected. This was a nice surprise but also meant I was reading a lot of enjoyable books, as once I pick those up I tend to have a hard time putting them down. With each month that passes, and every book that I read, my enormous TBR shrinks more and more into something more manageable. This October 2022 reading Wrap-up covers the books read in October and my thoughts on them.

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October 2022 reading Wrap-up

The Emissary by Yoko Tawanda

I’m still not sure what this book was about. Something about kids who had poor immune systems and weak bodies but old people are healthy and taking care of the young. I do know it focused on a grandpa and his grandson, with the grandpa doing what he could to keep his grandson happy and healthy given all his health issues. The reason behind the health decline in the health of the younger generation wasn’t entirely spelled out, though a vague mention of it was given near the end. In the end, I was left with more questions than anything else. Perhaps something was lost in translation. The upside was that the audiobook was very short.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have been seeing a lot of people reading this book over the last few months. It left me a bit intrigued but didn’t want to know anything about the book ahead of time, so I ignored all reviews and even skipped the description of the book.

The book did start slow. I will admit, had I been reading the physical book, I might have given up on this one. However, since I was listening to the audiobook I was able to stick with it. Luckily, the story picked up after that initial slump. Once we got to the point that Evelyn was finally telling her story to Monique, I enjoyed it much more. Yes, there were still some slow parts, but things we reaching a point of interest. I enjoyed watching the dynamic between these two change throughout the story.

Surrender The Pink by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher is known for her unique writing style, with drawn-out sentences and a lot of her real-world experiences sprinkled into the story. This was the only book of hers I had not yet read. While her other books did take stories to another level, I’m not sure what she was trying to accomplish with this book. It was a little too much…everything. I can’t really recommend this one but at least I can now say I have read all of her books.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Petite Devil Kohai by Hajime Kamoshida

Adolescent Syndrome is rearing its ugly head again and once again, Sakuta is caught in its clutches. Though I do remember most of what happened during this arc from the anime, I really enjoyed diving into this light novel. Watching Sakuta, Mai, and Tomoe navigate the tricky world of high school along with the effects of Adolescent Syndrome makes everything far more complicated.

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 8 by Reki Kawahara

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this light novel since the previous one ended on a ‘to-be-continued’ moment. Kirito, Asuna, and Argo are continuing their adventure on the seventh floor of Aincrad as they help Lady Nirrnir deal with issues in the Grand Casino. I had been left wondering about many things after volume 7 and this book answered most if not all of my questions, especially those about Nirrnir and her servant Kio. For a while, I was worried this storyline would not finish before the end of the novel, but things were tied up nicely and we did not get another dreaded to-be-continued.

I have really been enjoying this version of the Sword Art Online story, as we get to see much more of the world. Plus the involvement of so many NPCs (non-player characters), along with the floors themselves really add something to the story that was missing before. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see what’s in store for Kirito, Asuna, and the others, along with discovering any ramifications of their actions on this floor.

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 20 by Tomohito Oda

The last few volumes have left me feeling a bit disappointed with this series, yet this one brought back a lot of what I loved initially about the series. The aftermath of the ski trip, along with parts of it we weren’t shown in the previous volume, was highly entertaining. I also love the continued mini-stories involving Komi’s parents when they were first dating, especially since it ties in perfectly with Komi’s adventures. The ending was especially hilarious and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next volume.

The Final Day by William R. Forstchen

The final book in the John Matherson trilogy. Set almost 3 years after the EMP event in the first book. A lot has changed since then and civilization is slowly progressing back to what it used to be before The Day. There is still a lot more work to do to truly get everything up and running but it’s an impressive feat to have gotten this far and regaining technology bit by bit. But it’s not all rainbow and sunshine and that is where John Matherson steps in to once again save the day and his community.

There are times throughout this book, many times in fact, where I question why he is making all of these decisions and diving into action time and time again. Even when the town council disagrees with his plans, they still end up happening. Ignoring this, there is a decent amount o action in this book, even if a lot of it seems absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic given the situation they are in. While this is the weakest book in the trilogy, it does do a decent job of wrapping things up so the reader is left content.

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves

Have you ever read a book that you forgot as quickly as you read it? That was my experience with Shadow Hunter. By the time I reached chapter 3, I had completely forgotten what happened in chapter 1. It continued this way throughout the entire book. I know when I was actively in a chapter, I could remember it and enjoyed the story to a certain point, but then it all quickly faded away. It’s a shame because Darth Maul is a great character and I was looking forward to seeing more of him but I can’t remember a darn thing about what happened in this book.

October 2022 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 8
  • Books purchased: 15
  • Books purged: 17
  • Books DNF’d: 1

I hope you enjoyed my October 2022 reading Wrap-up. What books did you read this month?


    1. Thank you. I like reading a bit of all genre, it means I rarely hit a reading slump.

  1. Wow… you read cool books last month. I hope you will read more cool books this month. Have a good November. Keep on reading.

    1. Thank you. I have plenty of amazing books still to get through, so I’m sure November will also be filled with great books.

  2. The Emissary sounds like an annoying read. Not knowing what’s meant to be going on in a book, or film for that matter, can only go on so long before it needs to start explaining itself. Would this be a book you’d recommend?

    I’d love to know how they avoided nuclear fallout from powerplants melting down in The Final Day. If an EMP affected the world, this would bring absolute carnage

    1. It was annoying but at least it was short. I probably wouldn’t recommend it strictly because it felt like half of a story instead of a full one.

      Hm, interesting, there was nothing about nuclear fallout in the book, but I think that’s because the area where the book occurs doesn’t have a nuclear power plant near it, but that would have been an interesting addition had that been included in the story.

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