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Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - October Update: Handling the Undead & Grave Mercy

It's already the end of October - meaning 20 of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  Where are the days going?!  The tasks I completed required me to read a book of genre fiction in translation the first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series.  For the tasks, I selected Handling the Dead by John Ajvide Lindqvist and Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for November:

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Good, but not nearly as great as Let the Right One In. I love the concept behind the story but less so the execution. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but I think I would have preferred if it had just followed David and Mahler. I wasn't all that interested in how the story ended either, but I did particularly appreciate the first half. Regardless I think I'll be trying more of this author in the future.

I read this novel from October 4 - 6, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

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I think I've found a new series I'll really enjoy. It's a little too long, but it still held my attention every step of the way. As much as I liked Duval as a character I do think that it focused a bit too much on the romance aspect for me to thoroughly get behind it. Overall, though, I can't wait to see where Ismae will go next in Dark Triumph. If you like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I have a feeling that you'll also like Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

I read this book from October 6 - 20, 2018 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Next Up For November:

A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author 

My choice: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers - I've heard so many awesome things about this from some of my favorite people, so I need to get to this stat!

A book with a cover you hate 

My choice: A Son's Vow (The Charmed Amish Life #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray - Have I ever mentioned how much I can't stand the covers of Amish fiction?  You know, the ones where the Amish men and/ or women are facing the camera - and they look nothing like a real life Amish person in terms of hair styles, facial hair, clothes, or makeup?  Those have always irked me and this one is no exception.  Hopefully the story will surprise me - I have to say that I am kind of pleased that it's set in Charm, Ohio, a place that I've actually visited!  I've always enjoyed visiting Amish country here in Ohio.  Fun fact: Guggisberg Cheese Company, which is less than two miles from Charm, developed Baby Swiss Cheese in the 1960s!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, what did you think of them.  As always, thanks for visiting and perhaps even commenting down below!  And finally, Happy Halloween - don't eat too much candy!


  1. Ooh I hope you like Long Way- I'm thinking of re- reading it for SciFi Month since they're doing a group read I think. And Grave Mercy was pretty good but I never did read the sequels! Ack.

  2. This is such a cool challenge! I think that those Amish fiction covers are pretty lame as well. I get that they are trying to sell the books, but it really doesn't reflect the stories. Enjoy your reads this week. :)

  3. Yaay so happy you liked Grave Mercy! I think Ismae's story better balanced romance and action but Grave Mercy is still my favorite so far.

  4. Ok, I completely see what you're talking about, models trying to be Amish! Hope the book is better than the cover!

  5. I have head really great things about LaFevers' series. I even own the first two books.

  6. I really liked Grave Mercy and I have my eye on The Long Way. A Son's Vow sounds intriguing too.

  7. Thanks for the shares and good luck with the challenge.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. AH! I can't wait to see what you think of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet! I've been meaning to read that one as well!


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