BOOKENDS: What I Read in October 2023

Gosh, for it being a spooky month, what little spooky things I did read ended up being disappointments. Falling Bodies is my least favorite of this novella series so far, but it wasn’t bad. Joss and the Countess is older woman/bodyguard, and I loved it?? AND Her Majesty’s Royal Coven had no right being that good with those twists, and I absolutely need to grab the sequel!! Raiders of the Lost Heart was cute and silly but the more I think about it, the more it falls apart and becomes so unrealistic and not cute and silly. Bill Watterson’s first publication in a while was weird; I still don’t know what to think of it except that I am still thinking of it. So, that’s something.

The Once and Future Witches might be my favorite so far of Harrow’s. I love suffragette witches, and each of the characters was so well-done that I fell in love with all of them. It’s a slow start, but the build up is worth it. Schwab has a running current through all of her works, and Gallant reads as a direct precursor and developmental step in the concepts explored in The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I can finally say I’ve read some of Stephen King’s fiction, and I didn’t like The Shining. It was much too long. Whiteley’s The Beauty was immediately clocked as terfy, but some of the ways body horror with mushrooms were explored were exceptionally gross.


💖 purchased/owned | 🌠 library/borrowed | 🔮 review copy | 💞 reread | 👻 dnf

💖 Falling Bodies, by Rebecca Roanhorse
💖 Joss and the Countess, by S.M. LaViolette
💖 Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, by Juno Dawson
🔮 Raiders of the Lost Heart, by Jo Segura
🌠 The Mysteries, by Bill Watterson
💖 The Once and Future Witches, by Alix E. Harrow
💖 Gallant, by V.E. Schwab
💖 The Shining, by Stephen King
🌠 The Beauty, by Aliya Whiteley