October Spooky Reads

I lied in the title. First, I didn’t read anything spooky. Second, there were no reads only READ. With the craziness that was October, I only managed to read one book. I got gifted a few books for my birthday and I had hoped to read them all but grief, depression and anxiety were unwelcome guests this past month. So I wasn’t too hard on myself about sticking to my reading goals. I’ll catch up this month!

So which was that one book that I read?

How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

Plot: Grace grows up with her mom in relative poverty wondering where her absentee father is. When her mother dies while she is still a teenager, she discovers who her father is and that he rejected her dying mum’s wishes for him to accept her. Filled with rage, Grace decides to murder his entire family.

Review: I have to say that the dark humour on the title tickled me into picking it up. My family wasn’t amused. The book started off really interesting but slowly seemed to lose the plot and just drone on. Unnecessary elements thrown into the book makes it feel like the plot is not moving along. The ending was so SO blah that I felt instant regret for having invested SO much time into reading the book. What could have been a really fun/funny/intriguing read turned out to be a below average read. I do not recommend wasting your time reading this one.

Verdict: 2/10 (1 for the title and 1 for the book cover)

Wow, this was a short post. I am far from reaching my reading goal for 2022, I hope I can somehow make up in these last two months. What are you reading currently? Any wintery read recommendations for me?

Reading Goal Progress – 23/30

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. BabyFunbo says:

    I’m currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and it’s such a beautiful book.
    I highly recommend giving Anxious People by Frederik Backman a read. It’s a book that will put you through a range of emotions.


  2. LaShelle says:

    I value your opinion so much and I am elated to be catching up on your blog. Sorry for being MIA, it’s been a busy month on the farm in preparation of winter. I thought a lot about reading this book so I appreciate your thoughts on it!


  3. coupleofbees says:

    I was considering this one. I’m glad I read your post first! Good review.


  4. I have certainly seen better titles than that. For instance How to Tell if Your Cat is Planning to Kill You


  5. Juliette says:

    I saw that book in a bookstore not so long ago and almost bought it – and by reading your review I’m glad I didn’t! I thought I’d be able to read a lot during the month of October because I was on holidays but I barely finished a book ahahah! I’m currently reading a “horror” story (the prequel to The Ring) and really like – but it’s not really what I would call “horror”, more like a thriller! And for this winter I’m excited to read a book by an Icelandic author that I picked up in Iceland last year – but I’ll have to finish everything else first!


  6. Pooja G says:

    I wanted to read “How To Kill Your Family” so bad but now I’m sort of disappointed lol!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I was so so so excited for the book! The ending is SUCH a bummer! I literally felt betrayed by the author. 😦

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      1. Pooja G says:

        That’s so sad, I hate it when the ending ruins the book 😠


  7. bosssybabe says:

    Never heard of this book but I have been doing a crazy amount of reading lately… I’m on book #29 and I started ramping up my reading in mid-July so I am very happy about my progress… I hope to at least hit 35 before the end of the year! Book recommendations coming soon!

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    1. bosssybabe says:

      I struggle with the rating of a book in that if the book was 95% amazing and the ending sucked, does that warrant a bad rating? If for 95% of the time I was so powerfully engrossed in the book and could not put it down and loved the way it was beautifully written yet hated the ending, does that mean it doesn’t deserve a 5 star? This what I struggle with lol my answer is it’s still a 5 star book, unless I thought the ending was completely out of place and a quick wrap-up… what are your thoughts?

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      1. Happy Panda says:

        Usually, I forgive writers who don’t know how to end their book. But when it comes to thrillers the ending is SO crucial to how the entire story played out so I am more critical then. This book had a decent first half but the second half was so wonky.

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    2. Happy Panda says:

      Thats amazing!!! 😀

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  8. I totally get that not crying in front of people thing.


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