September is officially over, and we are now in the spookiest month of the year! But before we can get truly into the Halloween spirit, its time to look back at all of the reading that happened in September.
September was such a good reading month for me, as I read seven books during it! I also finally got into audiobooks, something I have been trying to do for ages, so I’m super happy that I can now read even when I’m walking or doing chores. Overall, I did read some amazing books this month from so many different genres, including a thriller and a middle grade, so I can’t wait to see if these good reading habits continue into October!
So here are all of the books I read in September!
I finally continued making my way through this classic series this month, and I am still questioning how I am only now discovering the magic these books hold! This is truly the book in which the plot picks up, and we begin to get a sense of the larger picture of the wizarding world and the death eaters in a way that we never experienced before, and so I adored watching our characters face new challenges in this spectacular installment.
(tw: death, violence, torture)
I actually enjoyed a YA thriller! This dark and twisted tale of a mysterious weekend of huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ gave me everything I wanted, from plot twists right till the very end to mystery and uncertainty around every corner. It was eerie and addictive in all the right ways, and I can’t wait to read more from M. A. Bennett very soon!
(tw: death, violence)
I’m still a little conflicted on my feelings about this book, as whilst I did thoroughly enjoy the story and the magic system that arose from the oppression towards women, it also wasn’t anything that blew me away. I really liked our characters, particularly Quin, as well as the diversity within them, and found this story super addictive and easy to get into, but at the same time, I also wasn’t a huge fan of the first half of the book, as I didn’t really understand where the story was going. However, I did still enjoy the journey this book took me on, and I’m excited to see what happens in the sequel, Tears of Frost!
(tw: death, attempted rape, violence)
This book took me pretty far out of my comfort zone, but I am so glad that it did! I was quickly immersed in Evelyn’s life and story, and adored following her through success and tragedy in equal proportions. Furthermore, this book has such great representation and diversity and comments on such relevant topics including sexuality, gender and discrimination in Hollywood that I would recommend this gorgeous novel to anyone even remotely interested in meeting the fabulous Evelyn Hugo.
(tw: domestic abuse, suicide, death)
Honestly, I would not have read this had it not been available on Scribd, as whilst I did like the concept of it, and am a fan of Victoria Schwab, I never read middle grade. So its not entirely surprising that whilst I did enjoy this story, I wasn’t ever really invested in the story. Despite this, I did enjoy all the ghost stories and the plot of this book, as well as Victoria Schwab’s writing, and so I’m pretty sure that all my problems with this spooky story come from the fact that I am just not a middle grade reader.
Its only been two months since I read The Queen of the Tearling, and I’ve already picked up and devoured the sequel. Which, whilst not being as good as the first book, still left me super excited for the conclusion of this epic fantasy that is so different to any other I’ve read. I enjoyed the insight we got into the old world before the crossing, as well as the introduction of new characters who I can not wait to explore further.
(tw: sexual assault, death, torture, rape, violence)
This was another unplanned read for the month, as it was one that I spontaneously picked up from the library along with STAGS and The Invasion of the Tearling. Overall, I did enjoy these novellas, particularly The Assassin & the Pirate Lord, and The Assassin & the Desert, but I definitely wasn’t as much of a fan of them as I am of the books themselves. It was really interesting to see Celaena prior to Endovier, and I loved meeting Sam, even if he did deserve so much better, but at the same this book did make me more aware of some of the problems I have with the series and with Celaena, so I’m curious to see if these thoughts continue when I finally read Queen of Shadows.
(tw: death, torture, violence)
I have been so bad at watching TV and movies this much – in fact, I didn’t watch a single film during September! I also only really have one TV show to talk about that I have been continuously watching this month, which is How To Get Away With Murder. I’d already started this show a while back, but started re-watching it this month, and I’m hooked!
As I mentioned above, this month I finally got into audiobooks, and so Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life’s post discussing 5 Tips for the Audiobook Newbie could not have come for a better time. If you’re in a similar boat to me, or want to give audiobooks a go, then definitely check out her post!
Another great post I loved reading through this month was Alice @ Stone On Rome’s LGBTQ+ Recs post, in which she shares some of her favourite books featuring LGBTQ+ characters to celebrate the legalisation of consensual homosexual relationships in India. I’m always on the lookout for diverse recommendations, and the fact that Alice shared these to celebrate a great step towards LGBTQ+ rights and equality makes me even happier that she shared this post.
Finally, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads posted such an interesting discussion post last month on the Desensitisation of Murder in YA, something I hadn’t really thought of before, but that this post hugely opened my eyes to. As with all of these posts, it is definitely worth a read!
What books have you read this month? Which TV shows and movies have you watched? What was your favourite? Have you read any of these – what did you think?