What I Read in October 2020 + Reviews

Books are struggling to hold my attention right now. It has been hard for me to even decide what I’m in the mood for, so fair warning that what I read in October 2020 is quite the eclectic mix!

what i read october 2020

What I read in October 2020

THE HEIR AFFAIR by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
My rating and review: 3 stars. Sequels very rarely live up to the hype of their predecessors. Some stories are better left at one book – especially in this case. I loved, loved, LOVED The Royal We and was excited to dive back into the world of Nick, Bex and Freddie. But … everything just fell flat. It was nothing but drama, drama, and more (repetitive) drama. I was bored to tears in most parts, and frankly most of the characters annoyed me that I didn’t really care one way or another what happened to them. And, is it just me or did the ending wrap up way too quick? Meh. Take it or leave it.

RUMOR HAS IT (Animal Magnetism #4) by Jill Shalvis
My rating and review: 3 stars. Just like any Jill Shalvis book, I knew this was going to pass the time just fine. And, it did. However, I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series. Obviously I didn’t start from the beginning, but I wasn’t a fan of the characters or location/setting. Just didn’t click with it and never felt invested enough in the story.

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE (Lucky Harbor #1) by Jill Shalvis
My rating and review: 4 stars. YESSSS this reminds me why I fell in love with Jill Shalvis books! Could this be my favorite ever from her? Yes, quite possibly yes. It was fun, realistic, cute, sexy, funny, minimal angst … basically everything you expect from Shalvis but even better. This just did it for me, and I can’t wait to continue with the series.

NOTHING TO FEAR (Final Hour #2) by Juno Rushdan
My rating and review: 4 stars. This is one of the best romantic suspense/thrillers I’ve read! I skipped over the first in the series, but I don’t think that affected anything too much – other than maybe having more context on some characters. There is a good balance of action/suspense and romance. Gideon and Willow were an unlikely match, but I was rooting for them more and more with every page turn.

Currently reading: Before the Crown by Flora Harding

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  1. 11.27.20

    These all sound fun and great for a light entertaining read. Right now I am reading a book in pilots in WWII it is pretty interesting.

    Allie of

  2. 11.17.20
    Becki said:

    I hear ya. I feel like my whole life lately is waiting for the other shoe to drop, while getting very little accomplished. Here’s to finding some really engaging reads this month! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 11.18.20
      Karly said:

      Glad it’s not just me – that describes my daily routine to a T right now, ha. Happy reading to you!

  3. 11.16.20
    Angelica said:

    So jealous that you got through so many in one month! And that they all seem pretty interesting too. Im reading a Joe Dispenza book which I LOVE but its just a slower read to grasp everything.

    XX Angelica

    • 11.18.20
      Karly said:

      Nothing wrong with a slower read, especially these days!

  4. 11.12.20

    Glad you read some nice reads at least. I’ve been enjoying my books, but I haven’t been reading a lot. I hope to focus more this month.


  5. 11.11.20
    Julie said:

    I hope to get my hands on the Royals books soon!

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      They’re so fun, hope you enjoy!

  6. 11.11.20

    I feel like everyone has had a pretty bad reading month! I’ve never read a Jill Shalvis book but feel like I need to!

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      Her books are the perfect pick-me-up!

  7. 11.10.20

    Nothing to Fear sounds interesting.

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      It’s a good mix of genres.

  8. 11.10.20
    Nadine said:

    I loved Royal We but you are the second person today that said this book was not near as good as the first. I think I might just pass on it then. I don’t want anything to ruin those characters for me. I am adding Simply Irresistible to my list! Sounds wonderful!

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      I’m not sorry I read Heir Affair, but it just didn’t do it for me like the first one did. Simply Irresistible is adorable, enjoy!

  9. 11.10.20
    Carly said:

    I loved The Royal We and was excited to read The Heir Affair, but then I ended up getting it right after reading Red, White, and Royal Blue and even though they’re obviously totally different stories, lol, I wasn’t sure I was in the mood for another royal themed book. Hopefully I’ll get to it sometime, but glad I didn’t push it.

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      Totally get it! Maybe you’ll feel differently about it whenever you read it. I LOVED Red, White and Royal Blue.

  10. 11.10.20
    SMD said:

    I too never know what I’m in the mood for these days.

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      Glad it’s not just me!

  11. 11.10.20
    Heather said:

    Ohhh you should read the first Juno Rushdan too! I liked it and the third a lot!! I need to read Lucky Harbor, I think Kristen loves that series too. I get all of her series mixed up and also get HER mixed up with another Jill all the time haha.
    I liked the Heir Affair more than you did it sounds like but I agree, it didn’t compare to the first, and even when I reread the first this year I didn’t love it as much, boo. haha.

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      Good to know about the other Juno Rushdan books! I think I went straight to the second book since you and Kristen loved it so much.

  12. 11.10.20

    Your reading pattern for October looks like mine but with vastly different books

  13. 11.10.20
    Debbie said:

    Always enjoy reading your reviews!

  14. 11.9.20
    Biana said:

    Simply irresistible being added immediately to my list!! I’ve been into the selection series… xo, Biana BlovedBoston

    • 11.12.20
      Karly said:

      I think you’ll love it! I’ve had that Selection series on my TBR forever – glad you’re enjoying it!