September was a bittersweet month for me. In one hand I had a great time while on vacation. It was exactly what I needed. On the other hand, this is the first year that I’m not going back to school. I got my degree this June so know I’m looking for a job and not having the best luck finding one. Being unemployed whiles a pandemic is happening is weird, I feel like I should be doing something but I just have to keep reminding myself that I’m doing what I can and I’m allowed to relax for a bit.
In terms of reading, I finished 5 books and got halfway through 2 other ones, so an average month in terms of quantity, but great in terms of quality since I have 4 five-star books. Let’s discuss them!
This fantasy novel was a reread for me that I did in preparation for the sequel since it had been 2 years and I had forgotten some details of the story. I’m happy to say that this is still one of my all-time favorite books. I adore the characters; I adore the plot and its twists, and I especially love the ending.
In my eyes, this book is close to perfect.
Elizabeth Acevedo is now confirmed to be one of my favorite writers since I’ve given all of her novels 5 stars. This one hit especially hard, with the subject matter being such a complicated one and handling themes of grief, sexual assault and coercion. I also love how the Dominical culture was portrayed, how complicated the sibling and family relationships were and, of course, the stunning prose Acevedo has that I can’t get enough of.
This second book in the series blew me away. These sci-fi novellas are some of the most imaginative I’ve read in a long while. The world-building is probably my favorite thing of the entire novel, the many species, and the interactions between all of them. I love how much growth Bnti and Okwu undergo, and how harsh the cultural differences were. The stakes of the plot where even higher, so much so that I had to immediately pick up the next one after finishing this.
Which is exactly what I did and let me tell you what a finale. I mentioned the stakes were high in the second installment, but in here they were stratospheric. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I had to know how all the mess would be resolved and I was more than satisfied. I cried, I laughed, I was at the edge of my seat with this last novella and I think Binti’s story is one I won’t be able to forget.
Every Halloween I read a Neil Gaiman novel because his middle-grade have just the right amount of spookiness to creep me out a bit but still remain endearing and whimsical. I didn’t expect to read this in one day, I had planned on expanding my reading throughout October to get in the Halloween spirit, but I just had to keep reading until the very end. I already knew the story, since the movie is one of my all-time favorites, but I was still mesmerized by the characters, the plot and Neils beautiful writing. I can’t wait to read more from him!
I’m 50% into the story. I was really scared that I would love this as much as Vicious, especially after how much I love its ending, but so far I’m having a blast and enjoying just as much as the first one!
I was hoping to finish this in September but I only managed to get up to 30%. I’m listening to the audiobook and that has helped a lot! I’m now enjoying it much more and I’m excited to relive that last battle scene since I’ve forgotten it completely!
Sofia wrote Reviews of Romance Books that I’ve been thinking of reading and helped me to choose my next romance read!
The Bookish Twins made a fantastic list of Sapphic Books they Want to Read and I guarantee you’ll find something to add to your TBR
Chana wrote an impecable discussion about People Who Keep Recommending Books by their Favorite White Authors and made some very strong points. I really recommend you check out her post!
Kat wrote a super fun post Recommending Books Based on Your Camp Half-Blood Cabin and it was great reading her suggestions for each one.
Lashaan wrote his thoughts on Why Are Reviews so Unpopular and it was great to read what he thought as well as the comment section!
How was your reading month? Did you find any new favorites? Let me know!
Until next time,