By Fay Clark

Well, it's that time of the month where I tell you what I completed for the October DO IT, BUY THE BOOK CHALLENGES. If you ever want to keep up live feed style, you can catch it all on our Instagram @FanUniverses. Now on to the books.

Challenge 1 - READ A BOOK THAT CAME OUT DURING YOUR BIRTHDAY MONTH. Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater. This book is the start of a new series, it has characters from The Raven Boys series. I loved the Raven Boys books and know that Maggie can write magical realism so well! I've been really looking forward to starting the dreamer trilogy. It did not disappoint. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 2 - READ A HALLOWEEN/SPOOKY BOOK. The Long Walk by Richard Bachman. So, this is my first Bachman book. I've read a few other Kings... I actually prefer Bachman. This was really well done, with a few things that annoyed me, like the ending! Other than that, the subject was interesting and I liked the characters. ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 3 - READ A BOOK SET IN AUTUMN. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. I liked this one. The slightly creepy atmosphere, the amazing friendships shared. It was like reading a non-fiction book with loads of info on Halloween, but this was fun! ⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 4 - READ A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED BY SOMEONE ELSE. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty. This is the final book in the Divabad trilogy. Just... wow. I adore this series of high fantasy middle Eastern magic. Although it was a long book, there was not a page that went by that I didn't think deserved to be there. Outstanding series and a great final book!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

Challenge 5 - READ OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH PICK. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. Having never read a Shirley Jackson book, but hearing a lot about her I didn't know what to expect. It definitely wasn't that! From the start there was a decidedly unsettling atmosphere. This book didn't do what I thought it would, but I loved the way it was written. ⭐⭐⭐/5.

I had a very good creepy vibe going for the month of October. I'm really happy with the books I read and I managed to cross off a couple I've wanted to read forever! Here's hoping you all had a great creepy month! Can't wait to sink my teeth into November's challenges. 

Book Queen Out!


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