Holy shit, where did September go? I think I say a variation of this each month, but seriously, time flies. I’m eager for the cooler days and being able to need to wear a scarf, because I love the shit out of some scarves. And hot tea. I drink hot tea year-round, but it’s usually accompanied by a hand fan since it’s not the best drink for a hot day, but whatever. Unfortunately, we’re late-bloomers here and are still suffering through high 80s and the occasional low 90s. Hoping that changes soon.
In terms of reading, my reading plans for September were a big fail. I finished 12 books and reviewed 9, which could be worse, I GUESS. I read only 2 of my 8 planned reads. I didn’t knock out my October ARCs so those will be bumped to November because October is alllllll about the scary. Ominous October is my monthly dedication to horror novels and I look forward to this every year. I’m reading some more of the classic horror novels that I’ve never read (Psycho, The Exorcist, etc.) so if you’re in the mood for that, feel free to join me! September got derailed also because I finally got back to and finally finished up my re-read of the Fever series. As soon as I was finished, I wanted to immediately start over, it’s just that damn good.
So here are my list of reviews for the month of September:
- [1 Sep] Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart ★★★½
- [4 Sep] Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★½
- [10 Sep] The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins ★★★
- [11 Sep] The Marvels by Brian Selznick ★★★★★
- [12 Sep] The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich ★★★
- [17 Sep] We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean ★★
- [18 Sep] Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien ★★
- [24 Sep] Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett ★
- [25 Sep] The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness ★★★
Best of the Month: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
I took off a day from work just to read this the entire day. It was one of the best days off I’ve had.
Least Favorite(s): We’ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean and Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) by Kim Liggett
I’ve read quite a few YA mysteries and YA horror novels this year and I’m starting to realize they’re simply not for me. There are some excellent ones out there, but they are few and far between.
Biggest Surprise: The Marvels by Brian Selznick
There really wasn’t much to this book at all but I fell in love with the technique of combining pictures and words to tell a story. And what a lovely story it was.
Biggest Disappointment: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
I’d been dying to get my hands on this book since I first heard about it. I read it. It was a definite disappointment.
Reading Plans for October
As I said, October is the month of all the scary! Here are just a few of my plans:
I’m a huge fan of horror novels, however, I realized I haven’t read a whole lot of horror classics so that’s my goal for the month. I’m hoping to get around to more than 5 of them but we’ll see how it goes.
Wishing everyone a happy reading month!