September was a bit of an odd month for me. I only read nine books, eight SFF books and one non-fiction self-help book. But the beginning of the month had me binge-reading manga, one omnibus of Sweet Blue Flowers and the first nineteen volumes of Yona of the Dawn. The second two weeks of the month I didn’t finish much other than audiobooks as my reading was stalled by seasonal depression rearing its ugly head.
On paper it looks like I read a ton of books, but I feel like this was one of my worst months so far this year. Ah well. It was still a good month even though I would have liked to get further with my Fall TBR pile–I’ll have an update on that at the end of the week. 🙂
Favorite Reads of the Month:
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I figured I’d probably love this one based on all the overwhelmingly positive reviews it’s been getting and I’m so glad it worked out. What a lovely book. I love that this takes the ‘orphan’ trope and works it backwards in a way. I have lots of things to say about this one, I should have my review out later this month.
- The Girl with No Face by M.H. Boroson – This was a follow up to The Girl with Ghost Eyes, a book that I absolutely adored and had long been anticipating its sequel. Happy to say that the sequel more than lives up to the first and, I think, even surpasses it in some ways. There are really some amazing things about this one and I’ll also have a review of this one out soon.
- Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi – Loved this manga sooooo much and it was just what I needed when I couldn’t bring myself to read other things. This one took me by surprise, I didn’t expect to get so swept up into the saga and I can’t wait to read more of it.
- Grave Importance by Vivian Shaw – Great conclusion to one of my new favorite series. If you enjoy monsters being lovely people to each other than this might be a series you want to check out. I was very happy with this book and I’m only sad that it’s the last one.
Septembers’s Book Reviews:
Well, despite being behind all month (always), I still somehow managed to get out reviews on a regular basis. Here they are in case you missed them the first time around.
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker – 4/5 stars
Peter Darling by Austin Chant – 3.5/5 stars
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – 4/5 stars
Sabella or The Blood Stone by Tanith Lee – 3/5 stars
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – 4/5 stars
Part-Time Gods by Rachel Aaron – 4/5 stars
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – 3.75/5 stars
Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – 4.5/5 stars
Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi – 4.5/5 stars
I didn’t get out a ton of other posts this month, once again. Nonetheless, here are the other posts I managed to get out other than my regular meme days. I really loved filling out the Harry Potter Spells book tag, that was a lot of fun.
- 20 Books of Summer Challenge – Final Wrap-Up
- Harry Potter Spells Book Tag
- 2019 Audiobook Challenge – 3rd Quarter Update
Plans for October:
October will be a busy month for me. I have two book events scheduled, it’s my birthday month, last month of the Maryland Rennfest (will I go this year? I don’t know….), we have a new RPG we’re starting with our friends, Halloween party, etc.
I’ll be headed down to DC for the third weekend of the month for CapClave, the local SFF con put on by the WSFA. Martha Wells is one of the GOH so I’m really looking forward to awkwardly squeeing about how much I love Murderbot. The other book event is the third week of the month as well, during the week–there’s a Charm City Spec event downtown and Vivian Shaw will be reading and signing her latest book, Grave Importance. Since this one happens the day before my birthday I’ve asked my husband to take me (I hate driving downtown) as my birthday present. 🙂
So, October looks to be pretty cool but busy. Let’s hope I get time to read–I’ve gotta keep working on that TBR pile.
What are your plans for next month? Everyone have a fantastic October!