Hi! October is here, my favourite month of the year and I want to read so many books and do so many things, it’s ridiculous and I think I’m biting off a lot more that I can chew. But before I get into all of that, let’s reflect back on September.
In September, I have set myself a TBR and once again, missed it by half a book (just like I did in August).
- Number of books read: 6
- Number of pages read: 2758
- Average star rating: 4 stars
To anyone not aware of what the Three Dark Crowns series is about, I’ll give you a bit of synopsis. The island of Fennbirn is ruled by a matriarchy. Every Queen, in due time, has a set of triplets, with different magical powers – and once they’re born she leaves the island. Those triplets are raised separately and once they turn sixteen, they have to fight for the throne. We follow 3 of those triplets: Arsinoe is a naturalist, Katherine, a poisoner and Mirabella, an elemental.
I liked the first book a lot, I thought it had potential, but the pacing was a bit off. The second book suffered from the “second book syndrome”. But, oh my god, did this one deliver. I am very anxious to pick up the last book, as I NEED to know what happens, after that ending, but also… I don’t want the series to end, so I might wait a little bit.
I’ve been on a big sci-fi kick this year and I picked up The Three-Body Problem to read with my boyfriend. It’s a first contact with aliens story, written by a Chinese author and deeply rooted in Chinese history, and I liked it, but didn’t love it. Although the plot was interesting, there was a lot of filler which I thought could be completely removed and the story wouldn’t be any different. Also, a heads up – it is very sciency. Parts were hard to read, because my tiny brain couldn’t comprehend what I was reading (in other words, though I love sci-fi, sometimes I’m just too dumb for it).
I have a full review on this one on here, if you want to hear my full thoughts. I hate receiving ARCs for really popular books and not enjoying them as much as some people – this book was one of those… I wanted a lot more from this book, but I found I didn’t enjoy the writing and most of the plot. Not quite the vampire revival I expected.
It’s the second book in the Last Magician trilogy (I believe it’s a trilogy?). It is HUGE (I think, honestly, I should count is as two books, because it’s so big). I don’t have much to say about it, other than I really enjoyed it, but I thought the first book was a tad bit better. If you’re looking for a fantasy with time travel, a rich world, and a kickass heroine – look no further – and pick up The Last Magician.
Jackpot is my second Nic Stone book, and I think I can safely say by now, I am going to enjoy anything this author writes. I have a full review on it on here, so I won’t blabber about what I thought of the book. I think it’s worth a read, especially if you like contemporary novels with great representation and commentary.
I am slowly rereading the series, once again. It’s like a cosy blanket, and this time of the year is perfect for it. I loved it. I have a Twitter thread for the reread, and one for Philosopher’s Stone, also, and if you’re interested, here it is:
Those are all the books I’ve read in September. What was your favourite read of last month?
I’ll be back tomorrow, with my overly ambitious TBR.
Thanks for reading!