This week's topic:
What was the best book you read in October?
As is often the case, I can't just pick one. October had some seriously good reads in it, and I would recommend all of the above. All three titles are linked to their Goodreads synopsis.
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Engaging characters, rich atmosphere, compelling story. The first in a quartet, and I will definitely be picking up Book 2 as soon as it's out. (That is if our near-monopoly book chain Indigo/Chapters/Coles actually has it on release day. They didn't have Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight yesterday unless you lived in Toronto or other major cities in Ontario. Seriously?!)
The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
A quick but beautiful read dealing with the loss of a loved one and how those left behind cope and begin to move on. It also has a pretty swoonworthy romance with a really sweet boy. One of my favourite features was the bits of poetry scattered throughout at the beginning of each chapter. This book took something that has been done before and put a new spin on it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Ever since picking up Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Fire, I've been into fantasy again. I also really enjoyed Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is another great fantasy which is totally accessible to those who aren't bonkers over fantasy. The world-building was fantastic and reminiscent of Russian folk tales, which is probably one of the things I loved most about it. It lent a truly magical quality to the book. The characters were engaging, especially the many types of relationships between those characters. This was a great start to a series that I will definitely be following.
How about you? What was your favourite October read?