I’m not gonna sugarcoat it… Like every month in 2020 so far, September wasn’t the best. Adjusting to online learning is still as difficult as ever, and the world itself is just a complete mess. But I don’t want to talk about that. Blogging is my ESCAPE from all of that awful stuff, so let’s just pretend it doesn’t exist right now, okay???
I read quite a bit this month! September has been all about knocking off some arcs off my TBR, so I can finally just read whatever I want without those dreadful deadlines! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE ARCS! But it’s nice to be able to just read books without feeling obligated to review them. With that being said, I have a few more arcs to finish up, but hopefully I’ll be done with them by the end of October.
September was ALSO dominated by a bunch of book purchases that I SWEAR I didn’t intend to make. It just sort of… happened??? Well, long story short, I’m definitely going to be going on a book-buying ban soon.
But I’m not the type of person to just leave the books I’ve purchased sitting unread on my shelves for months. I’ve actually already read some of the books I bought! Speaking of which, I read quite a lot this month:
Total: 10 Books
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: The Winner’s Crime was a very satisfying addition to the Winner’s trilogy. In fact, I think I enjoyed it even more than book one, The Winner’s Curse. This series is so underrated, and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick it up! The war-torn world and political intrigue Rutkoski has crafted are truly astonishing, and I’m beyond excited to see how this story concludes in the grand finale, The Winner’s Kiss! Rating: ★★★★☆
Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka: I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this upcoming release, and I absolutely loved it. Shannon Takaoka’s writing is packed full of beauty, heartbreak, and raw feeling, and I savored every second of it. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions, and it definitely left me with a MASSIVE book hangover. YA contemporary is not my go-to genre, but Everything I Thought I Knew was so good that I might have to considering reading more of it! Rating: ★★★★★
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Reread): It was such a pleasure getting to reread this series in preparation for the upcoming Nessian spin-off novel, A Court of Silver Flames. Rereading this book allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the characters in the ACOTAR universe, even the ones I don’t really like. It was interesting to unearth the many layers of each character, and I think I really connected with them on a whole new level with this reread! This book has its flaws, sure, but it was one of the stories that sparked my undying love for reading, so because of that, I will always hold it near and dear to my heart! Rating: ★★★★☆
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Reread): It’s rare for a sequel to be better than book one, but A Court of Mist and Fury is by far the best book in the ACOTAR series, and possibly the best book Sarah J. Maas has ever written. In it, we meet many charming new characters who make the story all the more wonderful (Mor, Amren, Cassian, and Azriel to name a few)! We also get to see Feyre reclaim her identity and recognize that no one can control her or tell her what she can and cannot do. ACOMAF contains all of Sarah J. Maas’s typical smut, banter, and dirty jokes, but it also contains beautiful themes that will leave you emotionally wrecked by the end of the book! Speaking of which… that ending. Absolutely phenomenal! Rating: ★★★★★
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Reread): Even though it’s probably my least favorite book in the ACOTAR series, A Court of Wings and Ruin is still a very powerful and heartwrenching conclusion to Feyre’s story. It was filled with so many emotional moments (my favorites being those between Feyre and her sisters), and while I don’t often cry because of books, this one had me tearing up a few times. My big issue with it was that the first half was sooooooo slow. I understand that it was all build up to the emotional finale, but I feel like it could have been condensed into 200 pages, rather than 400. Still, I really enjoyed this book, and it has me SOOOO EXCITED to read ACOSF in February! Rating: ★★★½☆
One Way or Another by Kara McDowell: I’m not exaggerating when I say that One Way or Another is one of the best contemporary novels I’ve ever read. It was sweet, swoon-worthy, romantic, relatable, and so very meaningful. The book is filled with incredible mental health representation that so many readers will connect with, and its magical Christmas setting will lift everyone’s spirits! Christmas is still a few months away, but it’s never too early to pick up this fabulous book! Rating: ★★★★★
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Obsidian was my first JLA book, and I absolutely loved it! It was witty, fast-paced, and incredibly entertaining. I really related to the main character, Katy, because like me, she’s a book blogger! How awesome is that??? I’m beyond excited to read the rest of this series, and after I finish it, you can bet that I’ll be eagerly ordering all of Jennifer’s other books, as I’m sure they’re wonderful! Rating: ★★★★☆
Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie: Oh gosh I LOVED this book! I buddy read it with one of my close (non-blogger) friends, and we both thought that it was a great read. The magic system was simply incredible, and the atmosphere of the story was deliciously dark and eerie. I will admit, some characters were developed better than others, but despite that, I still liked the book a lot! I also think that the author missed a great opportunity to throw a f/f romance into the story, but don’t worry, that doesn’t affect my rating. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the ending, but nevertheless, I’m very excited to get my hands on the sequel when it comes out in March! Rating: ★★★★☆
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin: I wanted to like Blood & Honey so badly, and I did to a certain degree… but in all honestly, it’s definitely a victim of the Book 2 Curse. There really isn’t much of a plot, and a majority of the book felt slow and boring. There were some amazing moments of character development, but sadly, they didn’t save the book for me. I also wasn’t really a fan of the ending… It was unexpected, but not in a good way, and it kind of felt like a cheap way to make readers want to buy the next book. I’m still invested in this story, but I think that since the plot of Blood & Honey was so stretched out, this series should have just been a duology rather than a trilogy. Rating: ★★★☆☆
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Wow. Queens Amie and Meagan NEVER disappoint! The Other Side of the Sky was a lush, breathtaking novel that blended science fiction and fantasy together so beautifully. The characters were wonderful and complex, and I can’t wait to see more of them in book two! This book was my #1 most anticipated release of 2020, so you can imagine how amazing it felt when it exceeded my very high expectations (especially after reading Blood & Honey, which was slightly disappointing)! Rating: ★★★★½
Here are all of my blog posts from this month!
In October I’m going to try to be more interactive on WordPress! I’ve noticed that my engagement stats have gone down, and that’s probably because I didn’t engage with many other bloggers during September, beyond responding to comments on my own posts. I feel so bad about this, but online learning has really been kicking my butt! Despite that, though, I’m going to make it my top priority to like and comment on all of your posts this month!
In regards to reading, I’m planning on reading and reviewing a couple more arcs, and then catching up on all of the unread books on my TBR! I have so many books on my shelves just BEGGING to be read, and it’s about time that I finally pick them up. Some titles that I’m hoping to get to this month are Fable by Adrienne Young, The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen, and Air Awakens by Elise Kova.
I’m scared/nervous, to see what October has in store for us… If everything goes to hell, at least I’ll still have reading and blogging to turn to… the two best forms of escapism there is!
I hope you all had a good September, but if it wasn’t your best month, that’s okay too! Your negative emotions are VALID, and you shouldn’t feel bad about having them!
I’m wishing everyone a great October!
Bye for now,