I swear every month of 2019 seems to have gone by quicker and quicker, and September was no different. It still feels way too early to be October, with Halloween decorations out and Christmas creeping ever nearer.
That said, September was another good reading month for me. Although I didn’t read more than normal, I did have an insanely great time with each and every book I read, the lowest of them being a 4.5 star read for me. I’m also pretty proud of myself for being able to keep up with reading despite how hectic the month was, with uni preparation and moving making it one of the busiest months for me.
So here are all the books I read in September!
I started off the month in one of the best ways I could have, with a book that instantly became a new favourite and left me desperately craving the sequel. This 2019 release was set as The Raven Boys meets Stranger Things, and so whilst these are two of my favourite things, any book that sets that high a standard I am bound to go into a little hesitant.
And yet, somehow, this book still managed to blow my expectations.
It was a gorgeously creepy and dark story of a small town shrouded in secrets and buried history, with characters that just came to life in front of my eyes. I couldn’t stop reading as I was desperate to discover what other twist this tale could possibly hold within its grasp. If you are even slightly interested in this book, I urge you to give it a read!
(tw: Violence, Kidnapping, Death)
After The Devouring Grey, I for whatever reason had this sudden desire to dive into this Fairyloot book that follows two sisters, one born to be a Grace and one born to fight, as they are thrust into the opposite roles than the ones they have been living their entire lives.
This is a sister book that will keep you reading from start to finish as Serina and Nomi are forced to survive in two very different prisons. They are both such well developed characters who continue to grow throughout the story into badass women who know their rights and worth, and aren’t afraid to fight for them. The politics in this book allowed for some gorgeous plot twists and a fantasy world where it was actually explained why the oppression of women is as strong as it is. I can not wait to see where the story goes next!
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Attempted Rape)
Not only was this month filled with some amazing books, but it also saw me finally get around to the third book in the Ember Quartet as it was my audiobook for September. Despite being a little hesitant going into this one as it has been so long since I’ve been in this world, it wasn’t long before I was thrust back into all of these characters lives and loving every minute of it.
This book takes a story that was already complex and a world that was already dangerous and raises it to the next level with an action packed plot that will keep your heart racing page after page. The character development in this installment is somehow even better than it has been before, with everyone growing and evolving constantly and beautifully. I can’t believe I haven’t been a fan of Laia before now, because she is the strong, badass heroine with a heart that we all need. This book dived so much deeper into the politics of this world and the history of our villains in a way that I never expected, and I can not wait to see what the conclusion holds.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Imprisonment)
Finally, the last book I managed to finish this month was another very spontaneous read that once again ended up blowing my expectations out the water. Somehow adult sci-fi is giving me some of my new faves, and I am not mad about it!
This story is a dark tale of questioning and wondering, combining sci-fi with world politics in the best possible way. This book is scary in the best possible way, with the feeling of the unknown and of there being all these secrets that we don’t, and may never know, constantly hanging over your head. It is a fast-paced, plot twist filled story that you find almost impossible to put down, something not helped by the perfect interview format that leaves you with even more questions than answers.
(tw: Violence, Death, Murder, Torture)
In an attempt to try and bring more myself, other than my love of reading, onto this blog, I thought I’d try including a quick summary of my month away from the internet and books. I don’t know if this will be a regular thing in my wraps up or more of a if-I-feel-like-it addition, but for now here are a few of the things I got up to in September.
The main change this month came when I started uni two weeks ago, as not only did it mean going back into full-time education, but also moving away from home and into a new city that I hadn’t even visited beforehand. So far, its been a little bit of a struggle waking up for 9am lectures and trying to have a social life with the amount of notes I have to write, but I am hoping that October will help me figure that all out a little more. I have also learnt that Freshers Flu is most definitely real, and will likely hit you even if you don’t go out every night for two weeks. Be warned!
I also went to Friendsfest and had the best time re-creating some of the most iconic scenes and would more than happily go back to celebrate one of my favourite TV Shows every year.
Due to the start of uni, and all the preparation that came before it, my TV shows have been neglected pretty badly for the entire month. I did manage to finish the fourth season of Queer Eye, which once again made me sob and laugh simultaneously, as well as starting Little Britain, Lucifer and Peaky Blinders.
Music-wise, I have of course been listening to Taylor Swift’s Lover on repeat, particularly as it is the album currently in my car, as well as Two Door Cinema Club in preparation for their concert that I am going to in October.
What books did you read in September? Did you meet any of your reading goals for the month? What are you planning to read in October?