October Reading Recap

Hi guys! October has been a very crazy month for me, and November is going to be even busier! I have a choral festival, scholarship applications, auditions, and a whole bunch of other things to prepare and complete. Somehow, in the midst of my senior year craziness, I’ve managed to read quite a few books–averaging a book or two a week! However, the books I’ve read this past month are sorted into two main categories: those I really enjoyed and those that failed to astound me. I hope you enjoy!

By the way, I’ve recently updated the way I rate and review books. Now, four stars means that I enjoyed a book while three stars is reserved for books that “are not bad but they’re not good.” If I did not like a book, I would rate it two stars. It sounds very similar to my past review scale, but I’m not judging books a bit more harshly since I have been too lenient regarding books that don’t impress me. I would instantly recommend books four stars and above. Three star books I’m more hesitant with. This new system helps me distinguish books that were “okay” versus books that I truly enjoyed and thus books that blew me away.

5 Stars

Earth Force Rising by Monica Tesler (Yes, I Re-Read This a Month after I Finished It!)

Earth Force Rising

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

The Dollmaker of Kraków


4 Stars

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon


3 Stars

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky



The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow

The Prophet Calls


2 Stars

Flunked by Jen Calonita



In Case You Missed It: This Month’s Posts

Author Interviews

Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Mark Falkin, author of The Late Bloomer

Author Guest Posts

Gail Donovan, author of Finchosaurus, on “Getting Inside the Mind and Heart of a Fifth Grader”

R. M. Romero, author of The Dollmaker of Kraków, on “Remembrance and Return”


“Using the Power of Storytelling to Promote STEM to Students” with Jarrett Lerner and Mary Fan

Book Reviews

Earth Force Rising by Monica Tesler (5)

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat (4)

The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan by Gia Cribbs (4)

Blog Tours

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker: Incognito by Shelley Johannes: Spotlight Post

Finchosaurus by Gail Donovan: Author Guest Post on “Getting Inside the Mind and Heart of a Fifth Grader”

Reading Recaps

September Reading Recap

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

Comment below, or find me in one of my social media pages, and let’s chat!

Email | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram | Bloglovin

5 thoughts on “October Reading Recap

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s