September was one of those months that flew by, but also felt like it took forever. I was honestly surprised when I started putting this post together and realized how much I’d actually read this month. I hit a small reading slump towards the beginning of the month, but forced myself to pick it back up. I’ve also been having some issues with my eyesight, and spent three weeks dealing with bad doctors and defective glasses, so reading has been kind of a challenge (and sometimes even painful). But I finally got an appointment with an ophthalmologist this Tuesday, because I need to be able to read. Somehow, I still managed to read eleven books this month.
What I Read:
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – ★★★★☆. If you’re looking for a unique mystery novel, this is it. The main character wakes up in a different body every day, reliving the same day over an over from different perspectives. In order to escape the loop, he has to solve a murder that doesn’t appear to be a murder. You can read my full review if you want to find out more.
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang – ★★★★★. I did not have incredibly high expectations for this book, but, for some reason, it called to me. And I am so glad it did, because I absolutely loved it! I loved the historical setting, the weirdness, the mystery, and the romance. It was just all-around fantastic. Check out my review of The Impossible Girl for more.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – ★★★★★. Not much to say about this one, other than it’s a long-time favorite. I was bored at work, and decided to read something on Project Gutenberg (they have free classics I can read online and pretend I’m doing work). I was in the mood for something like P&P, and couldn’t find anything that really caught my eye, so I figured why not just read Austen?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – ★★★★☆. This wasn’t on my radar until the Neflix movie came out recently. And then Random House generously offered to send me a copy, and I couldn’t resist. I loved this book, and the adaptation, and I did a review of both if you’re interested.
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell – ★★★☆☆. Another book I read because of the adaptation. Or, more specifically, the Instagram ads. They got me. And then I saw this on Book Outlet, and I needed it. I didn’t love it – the main character was incredibly annoying and the writing was just okay, but I will admit I was sucked in by all the twists and turns. Looking forward to seeing the movie now.
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab – ★★★★★. Another reread, this one to refresh my memory before the sequel came out. I loved it just as much as I did the first time around, and am excited to start Vengeful. Probably later today.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – ★★★★★. This has been on my TBR for a while, and I decided to go with the audiobook. And I have to say: that was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while. Not only is this book incredible, the audiobook narration might just be my favorite of all time. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman. They did such a great job bringing an absolutely beautiful story to life.
Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker – ★★★★☆. I needed a nonfiction book for the month, and wanted to read some history, so I went with one that is relevant to today’s world. This is a great history book, and I would recommend it to a lot of people. If you’re interested in politics, this is definitely one to read. And read my review of Impeachment if you’d like to find out exactly what this book covers (hint: it’s not just about history).
Pride by Ibi Zoboi – ★★★☆☆. This book caught my eye because it is a diverse retelling of one of my favorite books: Pride & Prejudice (it’s honestly just pure coincidence I read it earlier this month). I decided to pick up the audiobook because I saw a BookTuber recommend it. This was good, but I didn’t love it. I liked the diversity and modern take, but there were certain parts of how the author interpreted P&P that I just didn’t quite like. And, to be fair, I think a lot of why the characters annoyed me is because they’re teenagers. But I do think a lot of younger readers would enjoy this.
Henry VI Part I by William Shakespeare – ★★★☆☆. I have nothing special to say about my Shakespeare book of the month. It was good, not great. And not really memorable.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – ★★★☆☆. I picked this up for Banned Books Week. I’ve heard people rave about this, but it was completely different from what I expected. To be honest, I didn’t really like it. I only gave it three stars because I appreciated how important this is as a piece of literature. But the story was disturbing – and not in a good way – and I didn’t particularly enjoy reading it.
What I’m Currently Reading:
Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery. I am almost done with this biography of Edward Gorey, and am really enjoying it. It’s so fascinating to learn more about the person who inspired some of my favorite artists and authors.
What I Watched:
Black Panther. Yes, I know, I FINALLY got around to watching this (thank you, Netflix). And it was amazing.
The Staircase (Netflix). I heard about this when everyone else watched it last year, and decided to watch it earlier this month. It wasn’t amazing, but it was interesting. And I am still curious about what actually happened. Although the owl theory (not mentioned in the show) is absolutely fascinating.
What I Did:
Saw the King Tut exhibit at the California Science Center. This was really interesting! I’ve loved Egyptian history since I was little – at one point, I taught myself hieroglyphics as a kid (I only remember the letter A now) – and I loved seeing actual artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. I expected them to be interesting and significant, but was blown away by how absolutely beautiful everything was. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend going to see this. It’s not that expensive, and it 100% worth the trip. It’ll be there until January 6.
That’s it for September! I am so excited for October, and cannot wait to start my October reading list.
What’s the best book you read this month? Share it in the comments!