September 2020 Wrap Up!

Hi friends!

It is officially my favorite month of the year, October! And I could not be more excited. Even though fall looks a little but different this year, it still feels amazing. The air is finally starting to cool off here in Alabama, and I’m sooo here for it!

As for September, I didn’t read as much as I have been, but I still managed 6 books, and they were all pretty good. Let’s talk about those. Cheers, and Happy Fall Y’all!

Quick Monthly Wrap Up

Total books read: 6

Total pages read: 2, 153

Average September rating: 4.17/5 stars

Yearly Wrap Up So Far

Total books read: 73

Total pages read: 26,099

Average rating so far: 3.73/5 stars

1. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Thoughts: Very cute!! I do think I enjoyed it a little more the Chloe’s book, mostly because I liked Zaf better than Red. Dani is a really fun character, I liked reading from her. Excited to read Eve’s book!

Rating: 4/5 stars

2. Majesty by Katharine McGee (American Royals, #2)

Thoughts: Ugh, I just love Katharine McGee and her brilliant way of writing multi-perspective novels. This was so good. I think I like the first one just a tad bit more, but the growth of characters in this one was SO good. There has to be a third book, right? I mean, I can’t see how there won’t be.
This duology (?) is just really fun. I really, really enjoyed reading them!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

3. One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

Thoughts: This was okay. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the first one, but it was okay. I didn’t expect the actual ending, but it still felt underwhelming to me. I enjoyed reading it though, just kind of felt a bit meh in comparison to book one.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

4. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Thoughts: This tugged at my heartstrings. It was heartbreaking. While it was technically a romance, for me it almost wasn’t. It felt way above that for me. There was a much larger story to be told. It is about grief. It is about a woman whose life was turned upside down, and she grasps for strings of what was rather than what is. I read an interview with Josie Silver about this book, and she stated that it was up to the reader to decide if it was a coping mechanism for Lydia, or if she truly was able to find this kind of back door to this other universe. I feel like it was a coping mechanism, but who is to say, really. I think that trauma causes your mind to enter into places that you normally wouldn’t ever go to. Not to get deep, haha, but I think there is no right or wrong way to grieve, and everyone has to get through it their own way. Silver writes grief really, really well here. Lydia’s feelings are so authentic. I thought this was a lyrical, beautiful book. Even though the ending was predictable, and I’ll admit I didn’t want it to happen the whole time, but when it did, I kind of loved it? I really liked the concept stated by Lydia that she believes that there is more than one happy ending for everyone. This book was way deeper than I expected it to be, and I loved it so much. Josie Silver is a phenomenal author.

Rating: 5/5 stars

5. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Thoughts: I have a hard time giving this a rating, honestly, I just have a hard time reviewing it. I don’t know how I feel about it. Like it was obviously super disturbing. I felt so uncomfortable. It gave me the heebs. But also I couldn’t stop reading? I needed to know what was going to happen.

Now, the writing was good. Even though it’s told over a loooong period of time, I was pulled in the whole time. I didn’t get bored. I felt so many emotions.

But I mean, you can’t ignore the content. It’s icky. But I also can’t ignore that the story is gripping and the writing is good. It deserves a good star review, no matter how uncomfortable I was reading it.

Rating: 4/5 stars

6. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Thoughts: I struggle with rating this. On one hand, this was such an overwhelming book. The depiction of mental health in this book was so real. So brutally honest and, again, overwhelming. But then on the other hand, I had a harder time reading it because I couldn’t connect to the story, which I think because of the symbolism and also just the way it was written threw me off. It took me a long time to get used to the changing in settings. Real world vs the ship. It was a lot to keep up with, and I would often have to go back and reread chapters to connect the ship world to the real world. It was a beautifully written story, and although I couldn’t totally connect, I would still absolutely recommend it, especially to those that have dealt with the same mental health problems as the MC. It was touching and so deep.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Okay, there’s my September reads! Overall, pretty decent month.

What was your favorite read of September?

Thanks for reading! (:

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