“19 books ahead of schedule” – Goodreads
I read 12 books last month and I’m really proud of myself. I may not be succeeding in any other avenue of my life, but I’m thriving in the reading department 😂
First of all I wanted to read the books that I didn’t get to during the N.E.W.T.s in August. There were 3 and I read all 3!
Crooked Kingdom; Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
The end of Six of Crows saw twists and double crossings. I found the beginning of Crooked Kingdom a little slow, but once we saw everyone settled into their roles and the plan fro vengeance hinted (because Kaz is the master of surprises!) the book picked up and was fantastic!
The characters definitely grew in this book and I came to really love each character; which makes me even more emotional over these idiots and my beautiful Fjerdan ♥
Thunderhead; Neal Shusterman (Scythe #2)
In Thunderhead we see Citra in the workplace and I really enjoyed the more in depth look into the Scythedom. I also loved the new characters that we met and the Thunderhead was a much more prominent character.
I’m less on board with the romance. I feel that it is very forced and isn’t substantial. Thankfully, this book isn’t romance heavy and far more “political” and “conspiratorial” which makes the book far more intriguing and gripping.
I’m extremely excited for the third book in the trilogy to come out!
The Fifth Season; N. K. Jemisin
I went into this book knowing next to nothing! I knew that it was high fantasy and had sci-fi elements.
I spent most of the time gripped and my brain was working very hard haha ^^” And even so my mind was completely blown towards the end.
In this book we follow 3 characters, and finding out how they connect was brilliant! I also loved how one Essun’s chapter’s were written in second person – a wonderful experience. It’s a very character driven story, which means I’m still rather confused about the “magic” system and the sci-fi elements. Despite this I am very intrigued to continue the trilogy.
I then took part in the Raven Cycle Read-A-Long and I’m really proud of myself that I managed to read a book from this series each week in September! This read-a-long was hosted by BooksAndLala (and several other booktubers).
Overall, I enjoyed this series by Maggie Stiefvater. It follows Blue Sargeant, the daughter of a psychic, and her friendship with a group of private school boys. We see them grow and experience the magic of the town they live in and the magic they hold inside of themselves.
The Raven Boys: 3.75⭐ – The premise of this was great! Supernatural elements with a set of good looking rich kids and a quirky female is right up my alley. And the writing… it’s so much better than the Shiver trilogy!
My main issue and why my rating isn’t the full 4☆ is that I still feel like I don’t know some of the main characters as well as I would like. I like Blue, but i like her more because of her interactions with the Raven Boys (especially sweet sweet Noah) and I want to like her as a person first.
The Dream Thieves: 3.5⭐ – Some parts were interesting, especially learning more about Ronan and elements of the “magic system”. But some other parts just felt unneeded.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue: 4⭐ – This was so good! I enjoyed every character and really liked learning more about everyone as well as the magic in Henrietta. Malory was a treasure! This is definitely the best of the series so far ♥
The Raven King: 4.25⭐ – This was wonderful! I really enjoyed learning more about Cabeswater and watching the characters grow.
I will say I would have preferred Henry to have played a bigger role in the previous book as he seemed to just pop out of nowhere now that Noah played a smaller physical role. And the ending was rather lacklustre if I’m honest.
I will always have a soft spot for these Raven Boys (especially my angel child Noah) and I hope to see more from Blue and her “magic” as well ♥
I then took part in the NAME-A-THON, and despite this not going to plan during the week, I did finish what I wanted by the end of the month.
The books I read during the week:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue – see the Raven Cycle read-a-long
The Creeping Shadow: 4.5⭐ – This is the 4th book in the Lockwood & Co. series; Jonathan Stroud. This was such a fun action packed ride! And we got to learn some very interesting things about the problem. I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy Kipps in this one either 😂 and thankfully Holly was allowed more of a personality through Lucy’s lens in this one other than being just pretty and clean haha
The books I finished after:
Thunderhead – see the N.E.W.T’s rollover section.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Susanna Clarke – I have not finished this book yet! It’s 1006 pages people! However, I set myself the task to finish volume 1 and I did! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do! Mr Norrell isn’t exactly a likable character, but the atmosphere and writing style is both comical and reminiscent of a classic, which I love. And the magical elements and fae elements are very interesting.
It’s odd that this book has footnotes and is fiction, but it didn’t take long for me to get to grips with this elements and I rather enjoy the extra information now.
Other books I read:
The Hollow Boy; Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co. #3)
Before I read the 4th book in the NAME-A-THON, I obviously read the previous book haha~
Ah hormones and the supernatural. Not the best mix. I really enjoyed getting to know more about Lockwood in this one. I’m also excited to see more exploration of the whole ghost epidemic and Lucy’s gifts.
I would have preferred less of the girl hate from Lucy, but it was bearable and she did grow which was good to see.
The cases were interesting and action packed and I highly recommend the audiobooks! (The Skull sounds like Julie Walters in Dinnerladies 😂)
Sons of Destiny; Darren Shan (The Saga of Darren Shan #12)
So I put this book off for about 10yrs… yay anxiety over book series ending ^^”
This was chock block full of nostalgia and I really enjoyed every minute. And I think I now appreciate the ending more than I would have when I was younger. There is more of a nuance and a softness to this ending that I don’t think I would have enjoyed. I fear I would have called it a cop out.
Also “Mr Crepsley is waiting”… I’m suing Darren Shan for emotional distress! 😭💕
Drowned Wednesday; Garth Nix (The Keys to the Kingdom #3)
I liked this book but it didn’t really grip me. There was a lot of meandering and as I’m getting older books set on the sea are just not something I overly enjoy.
I really like that Arthur is taking more of a firmer stand as the Heir, so I’m excited to see him continuing to grow.
The Amazing Books is Not on Fire; Dan Howell and Phil Lester
I’ve always wanted to read this, as it looked like a lot of fun and I really like watching these YouTubers. In the last week of September I found this book for £1.50 in a charity shop~ It was a lovely read, which made me smile while reading. While most of the information and anecdotes weren’t new to me, it’s nice to see it in a book format and you can tell a lot of thought went into the layout of the book.
I’m happy to have it on my shelves ♥
How did you do in September? What was your favourite read?
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day~