All month, I felt like I wasn’t reading as much as I wanted to. Turns out, I read eleven books, which is kind of great. Overall, September was a good, albeit busy, month. It’s officially fall, and it’s almost Halloween, and I’m so excited for fall reading (and weather). Since I am writing this at the last minute, I’m going to cut the intro short – because I want to go to bed – and just get into the books:
What I Read:
The Archived by Victoria Schwab – ★★★★☆. This book was on my November TBR. In 2015. AND I FINALLY READ IT! I feel so accomplished. And the book was really great. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever read by Schwab, but it’s a solid, interesting story, and I definitely need to read the sequel soon.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastri – ★★★★☆. I’ve been hearing about this book since it came out earlier this year, and I finally picked it up. It’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever read, but it was really good. It’s unique and fun and incredibly interesting. It has a lot of science, but doesn’t feel like science fiction – a feat I haven’t seen any other book accomplish.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★★. Last month, I read Every Heart a Doorway and loved it, so I had to pick up the sequel (or prequel, I guess). It was just as good.
Sourdough by Robin Sloan – ★★★★★. This is definitely not a book everyone will like, but I loved it. It’s weird and about bread and technology, which somehow makes a great combo. I picked it up on a whim, and it took me by surprise in the best way.
The Dire King by William Ritter – ★★★★☆. This was the finale to the Jackaby series, which I’ve read in its entirety in the past two months. It wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but I enjoyed it and found it to be a satisfying ending.
I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley – ★★☆☆☆. This book was… meh. The first story was okay, but after that, it didn’t hold my attention at all and I was not invested in any of the stories in this book. It wasn’t terrible, I just didn’t enjoy it.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – ★★★★☆. It’s been something like eleven or twelve years since I first read this book in high school (and now I feel old), and I am glad I finally revisited it. I got a lot more out of it this time around, and really enjoyed listening to the audiobook.
Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir – ★★★★☆. I love Alison Weir, and this book is no exception. I hadn’t read one of her nonfiction books in a while, and this one was great! It was so full of drama and detail. I really enjoyed it.
Richard II by William Shakespeare – ★★★★☆. This was my Shakespeare play of the month – in case you didn’t know, I am currently attempting to read one play a month until I finish them all. It wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t bad, either. Definitely no Richard III.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – ★★★★★. Celeste Ng is in her own class of authors. Her writing is subtle and amazing and beautiful and unlike anything I’ve ever read. I loved this book so much, and already can’t wait until her next one (even though this just came out).
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★. I finally picked this up, after being afraid of the hype for months. But it is entirely worth all of the attention. This is an incredible book. The story and the writing and the characters are all amazing. Highly, highly recommend that everyone read this.
What I’m Currently Reading:
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. I was a bit on the fence about this one, because all of the media coverage made it seem like she was complaining, and that didn’t appeal to me. I should have known better than to believe the news, and I am so glad I picked this book up anyway. I am enjoying it so much. It’s like reliving the election from a sensible person’s point of view (although that still brings back all of the anger and disappointment). It’s great, and I am excited to keep reading.
Rose & Poe by Jack Todd. I had such high hopes for this book, but, unfortunately, I don’t think I’m a fan. i’m only about 8% into the digital ARC, and I’m on the fence about DNFing it. I wanted an interesting retelling of The Tempest. But I got a weird, sexist story with Lenny from Of Mice and Men as the main character. This book has already made me uncomfortable several times, and I just don’t know if I can continue.
What I Watched:
Community. I am super late to the party on this one, but I finally started watching Community. And I don’t understand how I got through college without it. It’s so entertaining, and I’m glad I have a show to binge-watch now.
What I Did:
Absolutely nothing interesting. Seriously, I don’t think I did anything special this month. Which is okay, because I was very busy.
The one day of fall we got this year. We got just one day of perfect fall weather before the temperature spiked back up to 90 degrees, and it was glorious. I wore a sweater and drank tea and took a long walk. Now all I can do is stare at my sweater collection wistfully with the AC running and hope we actually get seasons this year.
Balancing the Backlist. I got so many great responses on this discussion post! While the post itself is short, it prompted some interesting conversations.
College Nonfiction Reading List. I had a lot of fun putting this together, and I’m glad so many of you added a book or two to your TBRs.