Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2020

Hello everyone!

September has come and gone and we are now into the spooky month! But, before we get to October let’s take a look at September.

During the month of September, I read 11 books, 1 novella, and 1 audiobook. I also DNF’ed one book (To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini – review to come).
It was a pretty great month as I made some headway with the ARCs I have to read and continued with my reread of The Stormlight Archive.

So, here are some stats!

Number of pages read: 4815
Number of print books: 7
Number of e-books: 4
Number of audiobooks: 1
Favourite quote of the month: 

“Honor is dead. But I’ll see what I can do.” – Words of Radiance

“Writing in itself is radical resistance, a triumph – people can try to stop you from speaking your truth, but no one can take your words from you.” – They Said This Would Be Fun

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Without further ado…. here is my favourite books of the month from differing genres.

Black Sun is an incredible beginning to what is going to be an epic fantasy series. Rich in detail and atmosphere, Black Sun will keep you reading into the night.

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The Original is worth listening to. I know my review is vague, but it’s one of those stories worth going into blind and experiencing it in all its glory. What else could you expect from a Sanderson and Kowal writing team?

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I wish I could have enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic but the lack of world building and the underdeveloped characters was disappointing.

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Snatched is an action-packed short story follows Will Trent as he stumbles upon a kidnapping and does everything in his power to thwart the kidnapper.

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Criminal may not be my favourite of the Will Trent series but it is by no means my least favourite. Exploring Amanda and Will’s past was intriguing and insightful.

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The Baller is more than a sexy romance. Keeland gives readers a swoon worthy romance with true emotions that are more than just surface level.

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Dirty Empire is more plot focused so it’s more action driven.

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Adoring Keaton is a heartwarming romance that offers insight into the struggles members of the LGBTQ + community deals with on a daily basis. Keaton and Austen are adorable together and will have you swooning in no time. 

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They Said This Would be Fun is a memoir about attending university in a city known for its whiteness is harrowing. Martis’ strength and candor make They Said This Would Be Fun a must read.

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I loved Words of Radiance. It has everything I love in Fantasy. Mundane story lines. Mystery. Epic world building. Magic. And a crazy ending making you desperate for the next book.

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One More Step is one of the most disappointing anthologies I’ve ever read. Out of the 19 plus stories featured in the anthology, I only truly enjoyed about three of them.

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My Sister, The Serial Killer was a great novel to get a head start on my spooky TBR for the month of October. Braithwaite’s writing is what sets My Sister, The Serial Killer apart from others as she delivers a darkly humorous story about the bonds of sisterhood. 

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Have you read any of these? What did you think? What did you read in the month of September?

8 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | September 2020

  1. I’m so happy to hear you loved Black Sun! I’m hoping to start it soon, but I have a couple of other books I want to get to first. Congrats on an awesome month, Nadine😁

  2. I actually felt similar about ADSOM when I read it years ago. After reading books by Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher, VE Schwab trilogy fell flat. Maybe I was the wrong audience. Who knows. But Black Sun sounds excellent. Although I tried to read the author’s Trail of Lightning a couple years ago but it was a DNF for me. We’ll see!

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

  3. I’m so excited for Black Sun! That cover has me breaking out in 😍 emojis every time and I’m looking forward to reading more by Roanhorse. I’ve only read one of her books so far but really enjoyed it and think it’s so underrated! Hope October is another great reading month for you 🙂

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