Kickin’ with Kate: October 2020 in Review

Posted November 3, 2020 by Kate

hello, loves! 

So spooky season is over. I already miss it 🥺 There’s truly no better time of year. At least Autumn is still among us! Although I have to say, I really hadn’t remembered how cold “cold” could actually get, until the temperature dropped and I couldn’t warm my bones anymore.

Dare I say it, but October’s reading actually went fairly well. I have 18 novels tucked under my belt, which isn’t too shabby, and only eight of them were rereads – Score!!


🍂   Books Read!   🍂

< The Highlights >


The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill is a newly discovered series for me this past month! I bought the first six books in Quarantine (super cheap! Which is why I bought six), and just crossed my fingers super hard that it would pay off. I’ve since bought the rest, and am making my way through the 13-book series! I’m in the middle of book four right now, and I have to say, I’m mildly obsessed!!



Wolfsong by TJ Klune is my favorite book of 2020! You know this if you follow me on Instagram, but #PACKPACKPACK was one of the best things that happened this year. It’s an MM paranormal urban fantasy with characters that just feel like family <3

The Roommate by Rosie Danan was a book that was everywhere on Instagram. So I broke my PNR/UF/NA-Only rule for November and snuck in a contemporary romance when it became available from the library. Thank god, because it was so much fun!! The friends-to-lovers, tension, and emotions were all so lovely, and honestly, I’m already down for a reread. (My Review)

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata is a book that I’ve now read three times this year. But hey, football season started last month, and when I think football, I think Aiden Graves. It’s a workplace, friends-to-marriage-of-convenience-hate-to-love romance that is SUCH a slow burn and is absolutely incredible. (My Review)



The Deal by Elle Kennedy (x2) – yes I read this book twice. Right in a row, too! It was just so good 🥺 I haven’t been able to review this one yet, because when I flipped back to some of my favorite scenes… I just ended up rereading it again 🥰 Love this author, and this was definitely one of my favorite books of the year.

How to Date a Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney is actually very similar to The Deal by Elle Kennedy in concept: tutor, friends-to-lovers college romance! I read this one right after The Deal, desperate for more New Adult goodness, and it definitely fulfilled! But I’ve also kinda mashed these books together in my brain a bit 😅🙈

How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney follows a bad boy – actually, just a straight-up asshole, and his tutor. I love tutor/mentor romances, and this series seriously delivers on that trope! 🙌🏼✨ It took some patience, but I loved watching our grumpy hero slowly melt (but with a scowl) for our sunshine heroine. He was frequently dumb, but the cute ones are allowed to be sometimes 💕



Creed by Kristen Ashley is a second-chance romance after childhood friends (and buddies) turned lovers get ripped apart for 16 years… and find themselves working the same case as PI’s. This is a bit different for Kristen Ashley (this whole series is darker than her regular fare), but I love this one because it features such a fierce heroine!! Plus, when characters in books become each other’s safe space will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved this reread (My Review)

Until the Sun Falls from the Sky by Kristen Ashley is a kind of dark paranormal romance, and it’s one that I reread every, single, year. It has such a unique take with vampires… plus it’s super sexy!! 🔥 (My Review)

With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley is the second book in The Three series and I was shocked to find that, upon reread, I … hated it? And I had a great time doing so. It completely sucked me in, but it was also a pretty toxic situation. Things to Think About.



The Ghosts and Reincarnation series by Kristen Ashley is a series that I reread every fall! I’d already read Penmort Castle and Sommersgate House, so then I just had to catch up with these three!! This series is all about ghosts, haunted mansions, vengeful ghosts, star-crossed love, and magic! It’s a pretty insatiable recipe this time of year ✨


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🍂   Gilmore Girls Readathon   🍂

I’m so excited for this readathon!! I’m obsessed with my readathon bullet journal spread, too, so eeeeeekk! Let’s get this party started!! Plus, it’s the perfect time for a rewatch! A chill in the air, coffee in hand (jk I don’t drink coffee… but I may have to for Lorelai!) and a cozy blanket all mean it’s Gilmore time <3

They have two modes: a week-long readathon with seven challenges, or a month-long bingo board! I’ll be announcing my TBR for the readathon soon, but in the meantime, check out their Twitter here.


🍂   November TBR   🍂

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater on Cover to Cover Book and Blogging Blog by Kat Snarkf Top Nine Friends to Lovers Romances     

The Raven Cycle + Call Down the Hawk is definitely on my November TBR, and perhaps one that I’m looking forward to the most! I adore the Gangsey clan, and am so excited to revisit 300 Fox Way, and finally read Call Down the Hawk, which released almost a year ago!! (Goodreads | Amazon)



Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is the perfect book to read for fall!! Secret (possibly vaguely magical??) Yale secret societies? Vaguely dark YA/NA book? Written by Leigh Bardugo, who wrote the incredible Six of Crows duology?? (Her Shadow and Bone series wasn’t for me, but with SoC… I’m thinking I will probably love this!!) (Goodreads | Amazon)

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, ugh, I want to read this soooo badly. I want to experience the glittery, seedy, paranormal underbelly of New Orleans with vampires!! (Goodreads | Amazon)

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin is a book I’ve been hearing about everywhere!! This means I’m having a serious case of FOMO and that I need to read it, too. I’m trying to manage my expectations. But oh my gosh, I’ve heard it follows a witch, a witch hunter, and a fake marriage of convenience that ends with one of them dead. So basically… my perfect book??? why haven’t I read this yet…? (Goodreads | Amazon)



The Corrupt series by Penelope Douglas is high on my list!! I read book one, Corrupt, last month, and have since decided that the entire Penelope Douglass series must happen this season!! This is dark and devious romance and I’m living for it 🙌🏼 The first book is better if you go in blind, but involves the heroine’s best friend’s older brother, someone who has always sang to her dark side, but who is unscrupulous and very dangerous. He’s plotted three years to get his revenge … (Goodreads | Kindle Unlimited)



A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane is a barbarian fantasy romance that I’ve seen everywhere, and I’m so excited about it! Fake relationship, revenge… let’s go!! (Goodreads | Amazon)

Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill was such a fun surprise when I read it in October! I’m four books in, and plan to get as far as I can through this 13? book series next month!! (Goodreads | Amazon)

How to Date a Douchebag: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney is the third book in the Douchebag series, and I have to say, I’ve been enjoying the ride so far! This new adult/college romance series has been very fun so far, and all the reviews seem glowingly positive for this one! Plus, we have a nerdy guy with a hottie heroine? I’m so down. (Goodreads | Kindle Unlimited)


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