I read four books in the month of September, which is a pretty decent number for me and my schedule. It’s about the average for me.
I also rated two books 5-stars, which is fairly rare for me, so I’m pretty excited about the books I ended up picking up.
(On a slightly negative note, I did end up DNF’ing one book. I generally don’t care about DNF’ing books they generally either bore me or I can tell from the get-go I’m not going to like them, and I don’t force myself to read things, but if you’re interested I always mention why I DNF certain books on my Goodreads. I don’t mention them by title in my wrap-ups.)
I’m just gonna jump into the books in the order that I read them.
The Queen of Blood (The Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
Page Count: 353
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This book was such a nice surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, and I don’t even remember how I found out that this book existed, and I’m so surprised it’s not more popular, especially among people who read YA Fantasy (though this book is technically adult, there’s definitely a lot of appeal for those who generally read YA.) I felt so strongly about this book deserving more popularity that I wrote a full review on it, which you can read here.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Page Count: 352
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I really loved the premise of this and it definitely kept me entertained while I was bored at work. However I don’t think I was able to absorb all of it as well as I could have if I had read it physically, and I just had to like force myself to pay attention to the audiobook. This happens a lot with audiobooks for me, I use them as background noise and then accidentally tune out huge swaths of them, so I’m trying to only listen to them when I can focus on them like while I’m driving or cleaning so that I stop that habit. Anyways, I don’t think this one will be super memorable for me down the line, but I did enjoy it while I read it. I liked the dynamic between the two main characters and the focus on Mayan mythology.
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Page Count: 572
My Rating: ★★★★★
This book took me nearly 3 weeks to complete, but man was it worth it. Everything about this series is so immensely well-done. The Mistborn series is not the best with pacing, which is my only complaint and one I’m entirely willing to overlook for how it ended. There’s not much I can say about this book that wouldn’t spoil things that happen earlier in the series, but holy shit. I just loved this so much, these books will always be at the top of my fantasy list, and I’m excited to dive further into Sanderson’s Cosmere universe.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Page Count: 292
My Rating: ★★★★★
I don’t read a lot of contemporary. I don’t read a lot of generally plot-less, 100% character-focused fiction. I don’t like a lot of the ones that I do read. But every once in a while I come across one that reminds me why I keep on reading them, and this was one of those rare cases. This book has a loose plot, but it’s less a story and more a study on grief, but even more than that it’s a portrait of a family. This touches on not only grief, but racism and sexism, both without forcing the point down your throat. It’s also about love, both romantic and familial, of the complicated relationships between siblings. I loved all three of the siblings. I related the most to Nath out of all the characters, empathized most with Hannah, and cried most over Lydia. I don’t know that I have the words to describe all the things I felt through reading this book, even though took me less than a day to read it. I have a feeling that this is one of those books that’ll never leave me and I’m very glad I read it.
That’s it for September! I’m hoping to read at least 4 books (but maybe more) in October, and I’m excited for that, because it’s spooky month, and I’ve never really been into horror as a genre, but I’ve always been intrigued, and this is the year I’m going to give it a chance- I already have a tentative TBR- and I’m excited to really dive into it.