Happy Halloween friends! We made it through all the boring months of the year, and now it’s time for spooky season! Otherwise known as midterm season! September was a hectic month for us both, but we read some great books nonetheless that we’ll be sharing with you now!
I actually read a whole bunch of books this month, which is just as surprising to me as it is to you! Somehow I managed to read 14 books in September?? Not only that, but I owned most of the books that I read, meaning that I made progress on my TBR, or at the very least kept it at relatively the same place even as I acquired a bunch of books! I’m very proud of myself! Because on top of all that, I even enjoyed everything I read this month. Nothing below a 3 star to be seen!
I finally was able to read my most anticipated book of the year, The Love Hypothesis, and it was great! I read it in a day, and it was exactly what I wanted it to be!
Then I picked up Oddball on a whim, since I love Sarah Anderson’s work and it just made me so very happy! If you haven’t looked at this comic series already, I definitely recommend that you do!
I read so many 4 star books this month! Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is a fun, slightly over the top high school rivalry story. The artwork was great and the story made me laugh, so it was a win in my book! Cheer Up! Love and Pom Poms was a really cute and short story about an unlikely cheerleader and her evolving friendship with the cheer captain that has really great discussion about what it means to live as a trans person.
Then I finally read my review copy of Accidentally Engaged and adored it! I have a review written for it that will hopefully go up sometime this month, but in summation, this story was really cute and fun!
I also finally read Anxious People! I’ve seen such great reviews for this book over the past year, and now I finally understand what all the hype is about! This book is so gripping and well written and I definitely need to read more Backman!
Then I finally continued my read of the Spy x Family manga. I reread volume 1 and read volume 2, and hopefully you’ll see the next few volumes in my October wrap up! So far I’m loving this series, and I hope that feeling only continues!
I picked up Guarding Temptation when I wanted something fun and steamy because I knew Talia Hibbert would deliver!
Just Pretend Was a cute graphic memoir. I’m happy I picked it up, but it wasn’t the most memorable.
Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic was hanging around my house one day, so I picked it up and read it. It was cute, but didn’t particularly draw me in.
A Rogue to Remember was one of the books I got sent last month by Forever. It was really cute, but had some plot points I didn’t really love, that kept it from being a favorite.
Battle Royal was the perfect read when I was on the verge of entering a reading slump. It had Great British Bake Off vibes and a cute hate to love story. I didn’t mesh with the writing that much, but I still might read book two in the series, because I had a lot of fun with book one.
Bright World was a very creepy graphic novel that I picked up not knowing much about. It honestly was a bit too scary for my tastes, since I think you could classify this as a horror or at least something adjacent. (I don’t know enough about horror to be an expert). If you’re looking for a gorgeous but dark and creepy story to read in October, I’d recommend it. This book definitely had a lasting impression on me, but it still wasn’t quite my cup of tea. (Even though I’ll probably read the second one because the story is so gripping. So make of that what you will!)
I read 6 books in September.
I’ve decided to reread the whole Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy, and it was a fantastic choice! The first one was just as good as I remember. And now, I’m of course obligated to rewatch the movie as well, to get the whole experience.
All these books were so good! I’d been looking forward to Summer Sons and Under the Whispering Door for a while and they were well worth the wait!!
Both of these were great as well, but missing a certain ~something~. I liked Star Eater, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting? I’m not sure why but I had assumed that it would be darker. Saga was also great, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
So you know how I read 14 books this month? Well, I also acquired 14 books this month. Don’t ask me how! It just…… happened. Although, I am proud to say that of the 6 that I purchased, I’ve already read 2. So good job, me?
I picked up Daring and the Duke while I was in the airport to go visit my brother in Canada. I had packed around 8 books, but of course I had to go browsing through all available bookstores in my terminal. I’ve read the first two books in the series and this third book was half off, so I picked it up!
The Love Hypothesis I actually purchased twice this month. (Technically my friend ended up paying for one of the copies, but still.) I had it pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble, but when I was informed that my book wouldn’t arrive on release day, I picked up a copy from my local indie.
As for With You Forever, I’ve read the other 3 books in the series and have had mixed feelings, but these books are easy to read when I’m busy with school, so in preparation for midterm season, I picked up the newest release in the series.
Then towards the end of the month I went book shopping with a friend, where I picked up these three books. I had been debating getting the graphic novel, The Leak, for a bit, and when I saw it in person, I caved and bought it. I had a very similar logic for buying A Lot Like Adios. My purchase of Bright World was more of a whim, but when browsing through the graphic novels, the colors and art drew me in so much that I had to purchase it!
Giveaway or Freebie:
I somehow acquired 3 free books this month! I won Meet Me in Paradise from Alanna Martin’s Instagram live last month. Having attended a bunch of Libby Hubscher’s Instagram lives as well, I’m so happy to have her debut in my possession to finally read!
Then during Denise William’s Instagram live, I won a copy of Melonie Johnson’s Too Good to Be Real, plus a pre-order of Libby Hubscher’s 2022 release. All this is to say that if you aren’t attending author Insta lives, you’re missing out on the chance to get some great free books, on top of some wonderful conversations!
The Last Chance Library was acquired from the Penguin Reader Rewards Program. Essentially, you upload your proof of purchase for any Penguin title, and once you’ve shown that you’ve purchased 12 books, you get a free book! So this was the free book I chose after using this program for about 2 years!
My friend was the absolute bestest and bought me a few books for my birthday. After hearing nothing but good things about It Happened One Summer, I was intrigued enough to want a copy, and my friend was wonderful enough to provide me with one. And having loved The Martian, I was excited for Project Hail Mary, and wanted a copy despite having not read a sci-fi in months (actually, years, probably)!
I know I just wrote an entire post about being pointed with your NetGalley requests, so let me just say that there was a logic behind each one of these requests!
Love & Other Disasters is one of my most anticipated 2022 releases, so when I saw that it was on NetGalley, and as a Read Now book no less, I had to grab it!
I already mentioned how I picked up Oddball on a whim. I don’t regret that decision in the slightest, since I enjoyed this collection thoroughly!
The Rake Gets Ravished was a mix of a cover and title request. I’ve read Sophie Jordan before and her books are just fluff for me. I’m hoping to actually finish this one in October, since I’ve already started it and gotten through a fair amount!
As you can tell from my books read section, I adored both of these. 10/10 purchases.
Things We Did:
*tries to remember what happened this month*
This month was honestly a bit of a blur. It was filled with lots of holidays and lots of school work and apparently lots of reading and book buying. I spent time with family and some time with friends and lots of time with schoolmates and professors, and that’s about it! Hopefully next month will be a bit more exciting!
Started grad school, started work, had a lot of holidays. And that’s what you missed, on me!