What’s up lovely people? Today I’m going to be sharing all the bookish and recap by month of September. It has been a bit of a stressful month for me trying to juggle between school, blogging and reading (spoiler alert: I failed at it) and now I get to share that with you! I have plenty to talk about so let’s begin!
I’m slowly making my way through my 2017 reading challenge. I’m still quite a bit behind so at this point, I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete it. Anyway, by the end of September I had read 46 books this year out of my goal of 80 books (58%). That’s 13 books behind. Good job me.
In September, I read 6 FULL novels. So no cheating with short stories this month (and I’m pretty happy with that). They were mostly satisfying reads but it was a pretty mixed bag of good and okay reads.
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1): I had a pretty different expectations to the actual content going into this book. It was alright but I was hoping for a great book considering the HUGE hype surrounding this Cinerrella inspired story.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1): I had no idea about anything going into this novel. I was met with an annoying boy and dog which became an endearing dog and less annoying boy. It’s definitely has unique format and premise but it just didn’t quite do it for me.
- The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4): and I’ve finished another series!! And this is a strange, strange series. I was mostly content with this finale but I just wanted a bit more thrill and magic.
- Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy, #3): look at that! Another series D.O.N.E!! Gah… this was a disappointing read. I just couldn’t feel the tension and there were too many scenes that dragged on too long.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1): I wanted creepy stuff and I didn’t get creepy stuff. Wow, this was a month of unfulfilled expectations. It was a creative premise but I got bored. Often.
- The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1): I din’t expect to love this book so much. One of the BEST foodie fiction I’ve read. Guaranteed hunger after reading a couple of pages. For what I thought was a fantasy book, the fantasy was a scarce.
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I finally bought a new!! book!! This hasn’t happened in months and I just feel so happy that I’ve acquired a new book to add to my collection.
(for next month)
I am planning to read a whole lot of books in October because it has FINALLY come to me attention that I need to stop slacking off and READ! I’ve calculated to get close to completing my reading goal this year, I need to read about 10 book each month. It’s going to be hard but I’m optimistic.
- Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1): the book has been on my TBR for YEARS so it’s time to attack this beast. I’m always up for some Aussie fiction, so Aussie YA FANTASY?!? This doesn’t happen!!
- The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1): I missed this series when YA was in its dystopian phase so I don’t know how I’m going to feel about it now – especially since recently, whenever I’ve attempted to read dystopians, they’ve been disappointing.
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1): I’ve heard that Laini Taylor has some pretty good writing but that’s all I know about this book (besides that it’s a fantasy).
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2): continuing my way through this series. The first book of this series was super easy to get through so this sequel looks promising. (Although I’ve kinda forgotten what happened at the end of the last novel… whoops).
- Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2): and I have ANOTHER sequel for a series. I wasn’t too convinced at the end of the first book in this series to continue but I’ve heard it gets better so we’ll see!
- The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Curse, #2): I enjoy the first novel of this series SO MUCH more than I expected so I’m super excited for it to continue. I did have I problem with the slave trope and romance because it made me super uncomfortable, but the first novel was quick and addicting so we’ll see where this goes.
- Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2): look at me wanting to smash out all this second books of a series. This a book from one of my favourite authors so OF COURSE I need to read it. Marchetta’s fantasy books are something of their own.
- Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2): depending how well the first book of this series goes, I’m thinking of somewhat binging this series.
- Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3): and also binging this series because obviously… it’s a Marchetta book and why not smash out reading the whole trilogy together.
- Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2): obviously I’m trusting a lot of hype that I’m hearing, so I’m also planning to continue this series this month.
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This is a good reminder that I really need to make some progress on my book reviewing considering these are books I reviewed a LONG TIME ago.
I have SO MUCH bookish news to share with you so if you haven’t heard…
- If you’re super happy about V.E. Schwab books, then you might be excited to hear that a new trilogy, Threads of Power is going to be written AND it’s going to be set in the same world as the Shades of Magic series.
- Libba Bray shares her thoughts on the all-female remake of Lord of the Flies which is super similar to one of her books: Beauty Queens. Thanks Hollywood.
- Book #3 of The Dark Artifices series has been moved UP to be published in 2018 instead of the start of The Last Hours series. And I’m super happy!!!
- And the Harry Potter news does not cease: there will now be a NEW Harry Potter DOCUMENTARY and it’s going to be aired pretty soon.
- Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a NEW BOOK coming out in fall 2018 called Little White Lies. Apparently it’s about debutantes and her classic blackmail, scandals and female friendships!
- Leigh Barudgo is writing a book of NIKOLAI LANSTOV and it’s called: King of Scars. It planning to be published in 2019!
- Fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval (you know the one with the absolutely gorgeous covers)… the sequel, Legendary is coming out in May 2018. You can see the cover in the link.
- Two authors (Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli) team up to write a novel called What If It’s Us. I have read neither of their books but I’ve heard some great things about their novels especially in incorporating LGBTQ+ themes.
So what happened this month??? I kinda feel into oblivion and you may have noticed the lack of frequent blog posts. I don’t really have an excuse besides being overwhelmed with exams and writing papers, but thanks for sticking around.
I want to catch up with (most of) my book reviews. That’s a bit unrealistic considering I about about 23 books pending to be reviewed. (Yes I’m one of those people who wants to review every book I read). So it’s more like I want to write a few in comparison to the *cough* none that I wrote in September. I know I’ve been saying it for months, but I’m really actually committed to this in October. You all are holding me accountable.
I’ve realised how much I need to catchup on my reading if I want to complete my Goodreads reading challenge for 2017. So I’m aiming to do some hardcore reading in October and pretty much the end of the year. But I don’t know how that’s going to go considering the fact that I have exams in November…
In an effort to motivate me to read a hella amount, I’m participating in the Readathon By Zoë: HALLOWEEN EDITION (although I’m probably not going to be reading a ton of creepy/spooky books). This is a 24-hour readathon (!!!) created by Zoë @ readbyzoe happening on the 14th of October. I’m super pumped. (Also a tad scared). I’ve got a lot of books ready to read so let’s see how much reading I can fit in one day. And hope I don’t wake the next morning to regret the lack of sleep there probably will be.
And always, to finish off, I have my favourite quote of the month conveying my love for the one and only Nikolai:
“I hope you weren’t looking to me to be the voice of reason. I keep to a strict diet of ill-advised enthusiasm and heartfelt regret.”
– Ruin and Rising, Leigh Bardugo (Nikolai Lanstov)
What happened to YOU in September? Do you think I’m going to be crushed under by October TBR list? What are you planning to read in October? Comment below!