Would it surprise you if I said I bought a lot of books in September? Yeah, me neither. This is a long list, so let’s just get into it:
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. September was a great month for Book of the Month! It’s been a while since I used both of my add-ons, but I couldn’t resist. This was my first pick, because I have heard amazing things about it already. A couple people have compared this to Circe, and that’s kind of all I need to know.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. This was another BOTM pick. I couldn’t resist the cover, and the fact I got a strong P.T. Barnum vibe, which I’m kind of into at the moment. Also can’t say no to interesting historical fiction. (And how amazing is the author’s name?)
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough. I didn’t love Behind Her Eyes, but I liked it. And I have not stopped thinking about it in months. So I had to add this to my BOTM, because I knew it would be interesting and twisty and terrifying.
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab. I can’t believe I forgot to include this initially! This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I preordered a signed copy, so now I have a complete collection of signed adult novels by Schwab.
Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while, and realized now is the perfect time to finally pick it up because I hadn’t read a single graphic novel or comic this year until a couple of days ago. Haven’t gotten to this one quite yet, but I’m really looking forward to it.
I Hate Fairyland Vol. 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young. I did read this one (and Vol. 3) just a few days ago, and finished this series. Which is kind of sad, because this is amazing. If you haven’t read it yet, please check it out.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. I could not resist this, because I love Frankenstein. And this sounds really good.
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang. I got a digital ARC of this, and loved it so much I needed a copy for my (rapidly growing) library. You can check out my review of The Impossible Girl if you’re curious.
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I really enjoyed the digital ARC I got of this one as well, and couldn’t resist the beautiful art deco cover. Read my review of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle if you’re interested.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve been meaning to read this for years, and I finally listened to the audiobook earlier this month. Just a few hours in, I knew I would love it and that I needed to own it.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This has been on my radar for a while, so I had to buy it when I saw it on Book Outlet. Right? I’ve since heard consistently great things, and I am planning on reading this before the end of the year.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. The only Thomas Hardy I’ve read is Jude the Obscure, which I read for a class in college and don’t remember at all. But I do want to give Hardy another shot, and this seemed like a good choice.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I was on the fence about this one, but I saw it on Book Outlet for really cheap, so I thought I’d try it.
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. I have mixed feelings about Annihilation, but I wanted to try this because it seems interesting and different. I just like weird sci-fi.
The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of my favorite books, and I’ve been wanting to read more Claire North. I saw this on Book Outlet, and didn’t even need to think about it. I’m excited.
Semiosis by Sue Burke. Speaking of weird sci-fi… I don’t actually remember what this is about, but it’s been on my radar for a while, and I am looking forward to reading it.
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. You’ve probably realized already that I randomly add famous books to my collection. If it’s on a must-read list, I’m curious. And this one is pretty popular.
Autumn by Ali Smith. Finally, another author I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and thought I’d start with book one of Ali Smith’s seasonal series. Also, it was on Book Outlet and we all know I can’t not buy things.
That’s it for my September book haul! Have you read any of these books? Are there any I have to read soon? Let me know in the comments!