september wrap-up

Happy October!

We’ve reached my favourite season now, autumn! I’m excited to break out the cute sweaters and warm cardigans, and cozy up with a good book. 

September has been a bit of a month, with not many exciting reads for me, but I’m still looking forward to getting through a bunch of books that have been on my tbr for this last quarter of the year.

Contents

reading wrap-up
contemporaries
thrillers
fantasy
re-reads

posts I loved

october goals

I read about 10 books this September, though one of them was a short story and another two were re-reads, but I’m still very happy with the number!

The books on the other hand… some were great, while others were mediocre. See below for how my September went.


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Contemporaries

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
well. I went in this not expecting to like it, and was I right. I have a whole grocery list of things I disliked about this that I don’t care to go into here, so long story short this is one of the few 1 star reviews I’ve given ever.

— content warnings: sexual harassment, power imbalance in relationships, referenced death of a parent (cancer).

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
gosh, this book. this book! I read it for teatimelit’s september book of the month, and I loved it. I flew through it in two days and literally cried at the end because I loved it so much. 

— content warnings: fatphobia, referenced death of a parent.

Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
this was a very sweet poetry book. I always enjoy books that focus on sibling relationships, so it was lovely being able to read it in a poetry format. It explored grief and messy family relationships and moving on, and felt so real.

— content warnings: referenced death of a parent, miscarriage.

Thrillers/Horror

The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
This was one of my anticipated releases and, I’ll be honest, I think I hyped it up in my head too much. I really appreciated the story and the atmosphere (gave me a lot of Haunting of Bly Manor and Down a Dark Hall vibes).

But, I wasn’t very connected to the characters other than the main character Dare, and the romance felt underdeveloped. Overall, a decent read, but not as scary as I hoped. 

— content warnings: drowning, murder,

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
I was in a mood for a good scare when I picked this up, and it really did deliver. For a short story, I was quickly immersed into it and scared for our main character. I do think the ending was rushed, hence why I didn’t give it a full 4 stars.

— content warnings: infidelity, emotophobia, references to poisoning.

Fantasy

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Can you believe I actually managed to finish this book? I have no idea how if I’m being honest. The last half was so good and the worldbuilding was very detailed and vast.

While it took a while for me to get my head round, the pay off was great for such a hefty and atmospheric book.

— content warnings: miscarriage, poisoning, murder, execution.

Wendy, Darling by A. C. Wise
I adored this novel so much. The writing was absolutely magical, being able to capture the wonder and terror of Neverland at the same time. You can read my full review here.

— content warnings: see review

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
The epic conclusion to The Gilded Wolves trilogy is definitely that – epic. It was difficult for me to become immersed in the world again in the beginning, but by part 2 I was all in and so intrigued. I loved how the series wrapped up, it was a fantastic conclusion that had me half in tears.

— content warnings: blood, murder, self-harm, death.

Re-Reads

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This was my third time reading The Raven Boys, and as expected I really enjoyed it. It was so wonderful to be able to revisit my favourite characters again, and I found myself finding even more foreshadowing which I absolutely loved.

— content warnings: child abuse, references to death of a parent, references to death of children, murder.

This is How You Lose The Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
It was also my third time reading this! I love love love this book. Every time I read this, I find new quotes I love, and the best thing about owning two physical copies of this book is that I don’t feel bad about annotating one of them. 

— content warnings: poisoning.


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posts I loved

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As you can see, I didn’t get through all the books I listed in my September tbr post, but I’m not too fussed about it as I expected this to happen. I did, however, manage to tick off most of the items in the theatrethon hosted by teatimelit!

Please excuse the fact that I did end up changing some of the books I had originally chosen for the categories

I was also able to start my reread for The Raven Cycle! At the moment I’m currently on the third novel, Blue Lily Lily Blue. It’s so lovely being reunited with my favourite characters again, and feeling that nostalgia from revisiting a book I read over 5 years ago now. 

I’ve posted my to-read list for October, which includes the rest of The Raven Cycle, and I’m confident I’ll get through them. I’m not, however, too confident about getting through the other books in my tbr. I’m so interested in them, for sure, but I’ve been perusing other people’s october to-read lists and gosh there are so many books I’ve missed – but, this only means I have more books to check out in November and December!

Other than that, I’m just hoping to get through October in one piece. I’m going to be swamped with work this month especially, so I hope I will still have the time to read. And I’m very excited for Halloween!!


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How was your September?
Do you have any October plans?

22 thoughts on “september wrap-up

  1. Looks like you had a good reading month! I’m sorry to hear that The Girls Are Never Gone wasn’t quite as good as you’d hoped. I still have it on my TBR for October! It’s great that you loved The Bronzed Beasts though – I’m excited to read it but also nervous about the heartbreak 🥺

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    1. Overall I thought the writing wasn’t great, and I hated the power dynamics of professor and student (even if he wasn’t actually teaching /her/, I still felt uncomfy by it), and the love interest was such an asshole in my opinion.

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  2. Lovely Wrap Up! I just got the Bronzed Beasts and forgot that it came out haha. I’m glad you enjoy it, I’m planning on reading that one next! Thank you for mentioning my post! I hope you enjoy reading it whenever you get a chance to pick it up! Have an amazing October!

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  3. I’m not sure if you’ve reviewed The Love Hypothesis yet, but I was just wondering if you had a review I could read? It’s on my tbr too lol. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! It sucks when a hyped book doesn’t live up to it’s popularity. I’m so happy you liked Turtle Under Ice! It’s quite an unpopular book so it’s nice to it gaining recognition. Have a spooktastic October!

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