September Wrap-Up

Remember me? It’s almost been a year since I’ve updated, and practically watched the dust scatter as I clicked the Publish button. But I’ve had a lot of free time since I moved back to the US in August, and September was really when I was able to settle down and enjoy being back home. I picked up my hobbies and read a lot in the last month, enough to justify a Wrap-Up and highlight my favorites!
Everything has been hyperlinked to Goodreads, so make sure to check out whatever piques your interest!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 4.5/5

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{I thought The Bear and the Nightingale had a slow start but the world building was incredible, and the main character was strong-willed, clever, and kinda reminded me of  Luna Lovegood in a way? That could just be because of her relationship with the supernatural, but I was really fond of her. I knocked a star off for the slow beginning, but the rest made up for it!}

 

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo 5/5

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{I was hooked from the first story and savored all six. The stories were all otherworldly and beautifully written, and I love how Language of Thorns deepens the Grishaverse world building.}

 

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn 4.5/5

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{An oldie but a goodie, this was a wonderfully written fantasy novel with a strong heroine, positive friendships, and great world-building. There were some steampunk elements mixed in, the romance was subtle but really enjoyable, and though the magic system left me with a few questions, overall I just had fun with this! }
I haven’t gotten around to writing full reviews for any of these yet, but here’s how I rated some of the other books I read this month:
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik 3.5/5
    • {A companion novel to Uprooted, I had a love/hate relationship with this one. There were moments I couldn’t put it down, and others where the multiple story lines annoyed me so much I didn’t want to pick it back up. Personally, I didn’t feel like the multiple POVs were necessary and wished we would just stick to one story, especially since the changes were never labeled (at least on my e-copy) so it was a lot of whiplash. I loved everything about Miryem her whole story which is why I didn’t give up on it, and I’m really glad  I stuck with it til the end (which I loved.)}
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden 4/5
    • {This is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. Again, I thought this start was really slow but it picked up momentum and I ended up loving it. I can safely say this series has captured my heart and imagination.}
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware 3.5/5
    • {This was a good ol’ thriller/ mystery. I got a little impatient at parts, but it was an entertaining read as a whole!}
  • Hudson Valley series (Nuts 3.5/5, Cream of the Crop 2/5, Buns 4/5) by Alice Clayton
    • {I don’t usually reach for chick lit but these were fun. Even though there were a few moments the dialogue felt a little dated/awkward, there were a few genuine laughs! The only one I did not like was Cream of the Crop, mainly because Oscar really rubbed me the wrong way.}
  • The Immortals Jordanna Max Brodsky 3.5/5 
    • {I liked the portrayal of the gods and their more mortal attributes, their powers greatly weakened, all in a modern Manhattan setting. 
  • Kill the Farm Boy (DNF)
    • {The writing and humor were just…not my taste.}
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter 2/5
    • {This was a super quick story that was part wilderness survival, part political intrigue. I usually love Ally Carter’s work, but unfortunately I didn’t care for the dialogue, characters, or plot in this one, so this was a miss for me.}
And that’s September summed up in a nutshell! Going from zero books in two months to twelve+ in one felt really, really good, and I can’t tell you how it feels to finally have the words to update this blog. 
Let me know what your most recent read is, and hopefully I’ll see you in my next update! (Which won’t be long, my review of Mirage is going up in just a minute!)

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