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Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, October Edition

Last year, I saw a great bunch of posts about what book bloggers were reading the year before, and it got me curious. What was I reading this time last year—and the year before that, and the year before that? Never one to do things halfway, here’s everything I read during every October of 2010-2020—and which ones come out on top!

[Click for January’s, February’s, March’s, April’s, May’s, June’s, July’s, August’s, and September’s!]



The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Daughter of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan
Zombies vs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

An entire Spooky Month-themed read! Which makes it hard to choose a winner–except Coldtown is one of my favourite books ever. So it not only gets the win this month, but may just be the overall October Decade winner, this early in the post…



Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

… These are long books.



Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
The Lost Sisters by Holly Black
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

I mean, was there ever gonna be a Folk of the Air book that didn’t win–even an e-novella? The Lost Sisters takes the win!



Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Here’s the thing: I really enjoyed Villette, but it was a uni read, and Moxie still makes me smile when I think of it, so… Moxie gets the win.



Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne: A Highland Story by Ann Radcliffe

So, I usually exclude things like Harry Potter, and Shadowhunters, and so on, because they’re automatic wins for me. In that vein, I’m excluding Alice from being the Ultimate October Read–but I’m giving it the win this month, because I love it.



Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

It’s so strange that this has been six years, because I remember this reading month like it was last month! I also vividly remember finishing one of these books feeling like I could fist pump, so I’m giving that one the win: Dumplin’!



The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

Winner by default! Deserving, though.



Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Mad about the boy? More like still mad at the book, eight years later.


Apparently I’m missing 2012 and 2011 (can you tell I hadn’t started tracking my reading on Goodreads, and gave up back-tracking it?), so moving to…



Ironside by Holly Black
Valiant by Holly Black

How has it been this long since I read this series?! I think Valiant takes the win, but I loved them both.


So which October book takes the top prize as my Ultimate October Read?

Drum roll…

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I was so close to giving this win to Moxie, which would’ve been very deserving–but is ultimately a victim of this being the Spooky Month, and Coldtown fitting that bill better. So close!


Do you agree? Which of these would be your favourite–or what’s your favourite ever October read?

(November’s best coming soon!)

8 thoughts on “Fangirl Friday: Best of the Decade, October Edition

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  1. Wow, I’m seriously impressed you even have records of your reading all the way back to 2010! I think my earliest goodreads days were in 2016 or something? 😅 I also haven’t read anything by Holly Black since my Spiderwick Chronicle elementary school days, so maybe I’ll have to remedy that at some point!

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