September Wrap Up

Hi! It took me forever to sit down and write this post. I was going to start October strong and ended up not posting for a week… typical!

Anyway… introductions are hard and I’m not the best at them. Here’s all the books I read in September, stats, and all the other good things.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2978
  • Average star rating: 4.1 stars
  • TBR at the start of the month: 46
  • Books added: 6
  • Books read: 1
  • Current TBR: 51

As you can see I went a bit crazy buying books… and not reading them. It’s already a trend in October also. What can I say… everyone knows collecting books and reading books are two different hobbies.

Fable by Adrienne Young

I have a full review up for Fable here if you fancy checking it out, but to give you my quick thoughts – I thought the beginning up until about the halfway point dragged like crazy and I considered DNFing it. The ending made up for it slightly.


Into The Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

I have loved the first two books in this series, but this finale disappointed me slightly. It didn’t feel as eventful and high stakes as the first two books, and the ending wasn’t my favourite. That being said I still very much enjoyed it. It just didn’t wow me.


The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

I listened to this one on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. This trilogy is proving to be a very well thought out and executed fantasy series. I think The Dragon Republic was as good as The Poppy War, just as dark, gritty and violent. The middle meandered a bit too much for me, hence docking a star. I cannot wait to finish the series.


The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

What a wonderful read! I’ve given my thoughts on it already here so I’ll refrain from repeating myself.


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I have finally reread Anne of Green Gables last month (after I’ve bought myself a matching set of those covers) and it was just as great and magical as I remembered. Anne is honestly my spirit animal. I laughed, I cried… Gilbert Blythe is to this day deserving of the biggest fictional crush title (jeez, that sounds creppy sice he’s young in this book, but I don’t mean it in THAT way).


The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I don’t want to sound like a broken record. I have a review for this YA gem, too, right here. I was very pleasantly surprised by it, it doesn’t happen often that a YA mystery inspires any more than a meh reaction from me.


Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

And lastly, I actually read a non-fiction! Well… listened to a non-fiction. I think it’s a really important read, one that opened my eyes to a lot of things related to race, and through a different lens too, as it gives a British narrative rather than an American one. I would definitely recommend giving this one a read if you are trying to educate yourself more on the subject of race and racism and working on not only how to not be racist, but anti racist.


And that is all for today. I’m sorry if the formatting of this is weird – it’s the first time I’m posting from my phone and I’m not sure how everything works in app (hence the star emojis rather than rating – I’ve no idea how to add that).

As always, thank you for reading and until the next time!

September Wrap Up

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

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

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).

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

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.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Jackpot by Nic Stone

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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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!