Monthly Favorites: October 2019

October was a pretty good reading month! For the first time in… a while… I read more than fifteen books!

Sadie by Courtney Summers
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

Choosing my favorite adult book was actually a little bit of a challenge! It was a close tie between this one, Sourdough, and My Sister, the Serial Killer, but ultimately this one won.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review


Have you read either of these books? What was the best book you read in October? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

  • Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d give different titles ratings to
  • Review: One More Thing by BJ Novak
  • Tag: Fall Bucket List Book Tag
  • Review: The Song Machine by John Seabrook

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing, thankfully

Blog hopping:

  • Mandy & Sha are doing a giveaway in honor of their THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
  • Rebecca’s Top Five Tuesday post about favorite audiobooks included two that I’ve really loved, so obviously I have to listen to the others. (I actually checked out Sadie because of this post.)

1 thing this week:

  • It’s been a pretty uneventful week (again!) but I finally got my Tennessee drivers license, which means that I was finally able to get a local library card!!

Song of the week:


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Source: Borrowed

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

I’ve been intrigued by Magic for Liars since I saw it on display in Barnes & Noble over the summer. The cover alone really drew me in, so I checked out the audiobook from my library without knowing much about it other than, of course, the magic.

I’m not going to lie — it took me a little while to get into this one. I had to listen to the first ten or so minutes three times because I kept zoning out. But then I got really into it. This book was a wild ride, and it was so much fun.

I think that the first thing I loved about this book was the setting. The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages is really your typical private school, filled with obnoxious teenagers, petty drama, and classes that just happen to teach magic. Ivy is aware that schools like this exist — after all, her twin sister attended one, and now teaches at one — but she herself has never been able to wield magic.

The second thing I loved was the mystery. I had a little inkling of who the murderer might be at the beginning of the book, but then as more and more clues were revealed, I changed my mind at least five times. The murderer makes sense and I was definitely satisfied with how the book played out, but I did not see the circumstances of that murder coming.

The third thing I loved, surprisingly, was Ivy. I say “surprisingly” because she’s a pretty unlikable character. She’s negative, she’s self-destructive, and she almost always does the last thing that she should be doing, but I could get behind it. I could understand her motives. Ivy has been through a lot in her life, and it’s understandable that she struggles with her personal relationships. In fact, one of my favorite things about this book was the way Ivy and her sister, Tabitha, interact with each other.

There were a few things keeping me from giving it five stars, though. First of all, as I already mentioned, it took me some time to actually care about what was happening in the book. Second, although the way the magic system works is kind of irrelevant to the story, it would have been nice to have at least a little more information about it. All in all, though, this was a great book and I really enjoyed it a lot.

A word of warning: cancer and abortion are fairly big themes in this book, although I think both are handled very well.

#mm19: tricks and trades
#romanceopoly: cozy corner


Have you read Magic for Liars? Is it on your TBR?
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