In September, I took part in Becca’s Bookopolathon and had a fantastic time. September wasn’t my greatest reading month, as I only managed to read 9 books for the month, which is my fewest since March. However, I did read my favourite book of the year so far, which makes it a pretty successful month in my eyes.
Total Books: 9
Total Number of Pages: 3450
Pages per day: 115
Average Rating: 3.90
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman
My first book of the month was the newly released Heartstopper Novella. I personally prefer the Heartstopper comics to the Nick and Charlie novella, as I felt more connected to the characters through the art. But I did enjoy the plot, as it covers topics and emotions that I am sure most University students can relate to, about changing relationships and possibly losing friendships as you drift apart.
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn
I had high expectations for Dangerous Remedy, and I was slightly disappointed after I read it. While I liked the concept and loved the French Revolution setting, I was ultimately disappointed with the end product, especially the reveal at the end. I’m not sure as to whether I am going to carry on with the series, as I don’t think I am going to like the direction it could be going.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
House of Earth and Blood is my favourite book that I have read this year so far. I absolutely loved it, and cannot wait for possible sequels to be released in 2021/22. I loved the plot and characters and their development. House of Earth and Blood did leave me sobbing in the end, which I always take to be a good thing. I highly recommend House of Earth and Blood.
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
When I initially started Daughter of the Siren Queen I was not entirely sure that I was going to like it as I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The characters felt more developed than in Daughter of the Pirate King, especially as all the new characters added something to the story rather than being there for effect.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Loveless was my second Alice Oseman book of the month, and while I did enjoy it, it was not my favourite. Loveless centres around fitting in at university, sexuality, and finding out who you are. I liked the discussion around asexuality, and what it means to be asexual or aromantic or both. It is definitely a topic that needs to be included in more in books. But I was not too fond of the setting and the writing style which impacted on my enjoyment. After reading Loveless, I do not think that Alice Oseman’s writing is for me, and this will probably be the last Alice Oseman book I read.
Fence (Vol 1) by C.S. Pacat
I had high expectations for Fence after seeing other people enjoy it; however, I don’t think that Fence is for me. I liked the concept because fencing is not a sport that I am aware of and I was interested to learn more. But I found myself getting confused between the characters and what was going on in each scene. I also didn’t particularly like the art style, which left me at specific points uninterested in the storyline and contributed to my confusion. I may pick up the second volume to give it another go, and see if I get more interested the further into the series.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
I highly recommend Skyward to anyone who either loves Brandon Sanderson or science fiction. His writing style allows you to understand the science behind the plot without the plot becoming static, which meant that I was engaged throughout the book and did not get bored. Our main character Spensa was really intriguing, and I absolutely loved the side characters of M-Bot and Doomslug. Skyward has definitely inspired me to now pick up his Cosmere works.
Boy Queen by George Lester
Boy Queen is George Lester’s debut novel, and I highly recommend picking it up. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Boy Queen, having received it in a subscription box and I am happy that it was their chosen book of the month. While it does start slow, it is worth it in the end because you get the character development that is needed. Robin was a great main character; he knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to pursue it. I will certainly be picking up any of George Lester’s future novels.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
I had never read a Tolkien book before The Hobbit, and I am glad that TolkeinAlong finally inspired me to. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started, and I quickly had to shift to the audiobook to help me understand the storyline, which also helped by adding to the atmosphere. While I liked it, I am not a big fan of travelling within books which has probably had an impact on my overall enjoyment. I didn’t feel any emotional connection to the story, and by the end found Bilbo to be quite annoying. However, I am still going to read The Lord of the Rings in the following months.
That is the end of my September Wrap-Up, I am happy with the amount that I read last month, especially as I managed to read my favourite book of the year so far. Once again, thank you to Becca for hosting the Bookopolathon, I had such a fantastic time joining.
What did you read in September? Did you have any standout reads?
Let me know in the comments below!