What I Read in October 2019 + Reviews

Anybody else have Goodreads rudely reminding them that time is running out to meet their reading goal for the year?! I have eight books to go – still two books ahead of schedule, at least! – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get there. It’s always around this time of year that my reading starts to slow down a bit. Blame it on stress and the holidays! You get it, I’m sure. That said, I was able to stay on top of things last month on the reading front. My NetGalley pile continues to grow, but that’s a story for another day. 😉 Let’s jump into what I read in October 2019 and my reviews!

What I Read in October 2019 + Reviews
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by Sophie Kinsella
My rating & review: 4 stars. This book was adorable. That’s the best way to describe it. Classic, early days of Kinsella. I couldn’t put it down, and I laughed out loud often! P.S. – the movie was really cute, too.

*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. Unnecessarily long, but the last few chapters made it all worth it. I can’t remember the last time I swooned and stupid-smiled so much over the ending of a book! It’s adorable, and I enjoyed all the characters – especially Georgina’s group of friends. There’s so many lines and passages that I highlighted throughout that I look forward to revisiting when I need a pick-me-up.

OVER THE TOP by Jonathan Van Ness
My rating & review: 4 stars. Oh, JVN. Yes, I love you and all your parts. This was heartbreaking to read at times, but I appreciated his transparency and willingness to discuss really difficult times and subjects. Sometimes with humor, other times with blunt candidness. I also learned a lot – about the LGBTQ+ community, being diagnosed with HIV and what it means to live undetected. These are topics that are not discussed enough, but are ridiculously important!

TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren
*ARC received from NetGalley.
My rating & review: 4 stars. This is more inline with Love and Other Words (I liked this more), than CL’s other romcoms. It was insta-love done right (like, there’s actually context for the characters falling for one a another so quickly), and I was rooting for Tate and Sam the whole way through. There could’ve been a little bit more story/explaining with the overall plot line, and the ending does wrap up pretty quick.

BEFORE GIRL by Kate Canterbary
*I own this, but it looks like it’s now available on Kindle Unlimited!
My rating & review: 3 stars. This was okay. Passed the time just fine, but I honestly forgot a lot of the story the minute I was done with it. Cal’s and Stella’s relationship was not … traditional, and I think that’s what bugged me. They never seemed to be on the same page, and at what point do you accept someone for who they are instead of hoping for someone/something different?

ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane
My rating & review: 5 stars. I loved this book. I’m not even exactly sure why, but it just worked for me. It’s more character- than plot-driven. Actually, when I think about it, the plot is a little murky and could’ve used some more substance. But, the insight into these lives and relationships as individuals and a family were so well-written that I forgot any downsides to it all. Highly recommend!

Bottom line …

Ask Again, Yes is my top choice, but you can’t go wrong with any of these! The only one I’d take or leave is Before Girl.

Currently reading: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

What’s on your reading list for the month?

Let’s connect on Goodreads! You also can keep up with all my reading in the archives.

Linking up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.

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  1. 11.16.19
    Kristin said:

    I read Ask Again, Yes last week and it was definitely a winner. I am 100% more of a plot-driven reader but I really enjoyed these characters.

  2. 11.13.19
    Dara said:

    I don’t usually like character driven novels but I really wanted to read Ask Again Yes and now I own it, so I need to do that soon.

    • 11.14.19
      Karly said:

      Yes, I absolutely recommend it! It’s such a solid read.

  3. 11.13.19
    Kasey said:

    Somehow I blew my Goodreads goal out of the water. I think I’m like 12 ahead of schedule and I have no idea how it happened. I tried to read Can You Keep A Secret a few months ago but didn’t end up finishing, for reasons I honestly can’t remember

    • 11.14.19
      Karly said:

      Good for you, that’s awesome!

  4. 11.12.19
    Mother of 3 said:

    I decided not to set a reading goal this year or follow a reading challenge since I felt like both of those things stressed me out last year and I really just wanted to get back to enjoying what I was reading. Good luck on your goal!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      Understandable! I really just use my goal to look back at how many books I did read in a year – usually there’s no pressure involved.

  5. 11.12.19

    LOLOLOL at both of us saying similar things about our Goodreads goals.

    Ask Again Yes is on my must-read list for this month.

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      LOL! Glad someone else understands. Can’t wait to hear what you think of Ask Again, Yes!

  6. 11.12.19
    Dani said:

    I feel like I need to be in the right mindset to read Ask Again, Yes which I’m not right now, but I do want to read it. Get a Life and Don’t You Forget About Me are on my TBR, and saving Before Girl for when I need a break since it’s on Kindle Unlimited- thanks for sharing that!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      Totally get it! All are good reads – Don’t Forget About Me is SO so so cute.

  7. 11.12.19
    Gina said:

    Okay, i definitely need to do Ask Again Yes before the year is up. Can You Keep a Secret really was adorable, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need in a book!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      Absolutely! It’s nice to take a mental break with those lighter reads. Hope you get to Ask Again, Yes this year! It’s a good one.

  8. 11.12.19
    Kay R.D. said:

    I havent read any of these but I saved nearly all of them!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      Glad to hear that, happy reading!

  9. 11.12.19
    Heather said:

    You already know I also loved Ask Again, Yes and I am also not 100% sure why but it was just so good!!! I also really enjoyed that Mhairi MacFarlane book about the same amount you did (it sounds like!) and same goes for Twice in a Blue Moon. Sophie Kinsella is super hit or miss for me but maybe I will try that one!
    BTW Your bedroom looks about 8 million times more calming and clean than mine does. LOL!!! Goals!!!!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      Girl, not pictured is our dresser that is entirely covered in laundry and other crap at the moment – ha!

      I thought Don’t You Forget About Me was so stinkin’ cute – once I got past how long the beginning/middle parts were. 😉 I say give this Kinsella book a try. It’s one of her earlier ones, so it’s pretty cute and true-to-form for her.

  10. 11.12.19

    I’m curious about Ask Again, Yes. I don’t mind a character driven book – characters are often my favorite thing about books anyway!


  11. 11.12.19
    SMD said:

    I also loved Ask Again, Yes, without being entirely sure why.

    I hit my goal a while ago so Goodreads is not up my ass about it. That’s annoying. My goal is arbitrary anyway, I think I let it ride at 100 or 120. I don’t even know what it is right now.

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      I’m glad so many of us are in agreement that we love Ask Again, Yes, but we’re not sure why. Ha!

  12. 11.12.19
    Monica said:

    I loved Ask Again, Yes! Twice in a Blue Moon definitely wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be but I blame Bookstagram for hyping it up.

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      That makes sense! I would have to agree with you on that one.

  13. 11.12.19
    kristen said:

    don’t you forget about me is on my kindle, need to get to it asap. good to know about it being too long. hmm your review for twice in a blue moon intrigues me! i’ve not heard amazing things about this one so i’ve been hesitant to start it. awww such a bummer about before girl, i hardcore loved it. ask again yes was so good 🙂

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      I didn’t realize Twice in a Blue Moon had mixed reviews, but I can totally understand why. I enjoyed it, but overall I like their rom-coms better. I think that you’ll enjoy Don’t You Forget About Me, let me know!

  14. 11.11.19
    Rochelle said:

    Just finished All Me Again Yes. E really need a book club. Now reading The Butterfly and the Violin. A great read.

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll have to check it out!

  15. 11.11.19
    Debbie said:

    I’m sure you’re going to meet your goal, all these reads sound good!

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      I think that you’d like Ask Again, Yes!

  16. 11.11.19
    Biana said:

    I can’t wait to read twice in a blue moon – I love CL! I have a book post coming up this week with so many great reads!! I’ll be checking out Before Girl too because – Kindle Unlimited! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

    • 11.13.19
      Karly said:

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy Twice in a Blue Moon since you’re a fan of CL books! Can’t wait to see all your recent reads. 🙂