So. I just choked on my cup of tea. Don’t know how that happened but it happened and my life low-key flashed before my eyes. My 18 years of life flashed before me and yet I can barely remember anything that happened this past September.
September was largely uneventful besides from the fact that I went back to school for my final year.
I was about to say “not much has happened at school yet” but then I remembered that 5 people from my class (and more from other classes) are quarantined because they sat in the front row for French and the teacher tested positive for Covid. (They’re all fine, they’ve tested negative, they’ll be back at school this week).
Another thing that happened is that I read 8 books, most of which were 2020 releases. I’m very pleasantly surprised by how much I read this month and the fact that I crossed a few new releases off my TBR.
OK I’ve been rambling forever now so I’m switching gears and talking about books :p
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn – By this point everyone and their mother knows how much I love Erin Hahn and so of course I had to re-read her debut novel when I got my hands on a paperback copy.
This book follows country star Clay Coolidge and the insanely talented up and comer Annie Matthers as they tour together. The closest I’ve ever gotten to listening to country music is Dolly Parton and old school Taylor Swift and yet I really loved this story. I like the the music aspects, you can really tell how much the author loves music, as well as the romance, the characters and thier interactions and even the more deeper topics that made me cry.
Trigger Warnings for: Suicide, Drug Overdose, Alcoholism, Addiction.
You Say It First by Katie Cotugno ⭐⭐⭐- This was the first of the many 2020 releases I ended up reading this month. What first drew me to this novel is the political aspects.
Despite being a Brit living in Spain I’m weirdly interested in US politics so this seemed right up my alley as it follows Meg who works the phone lines checking to see if people are registered to vote when one day she calls Colby, the phone call goes terribly and so she rings later on to apologise but from their they strike up a sort of long distant friendship that eventually turns into more.
I enjoyed this to a degree but I wasn’t obsessed. I didn’t like that it was in 3rd person, I don’t know why but that didn’t work for me and it took me a long while to get behind and root for the romance.
Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Alcholism
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The fact that I only read this in September is scary. It feels like forever ago that I read this book! This book of course follows Simon, Baz and Penelope after the events of Carry On as they go on holiday to America!!
I loved more or less everything about this book; the American setting, the angst(!), the overarching plot (i was not expecting a cult!), the development and exploration of the magic system in another country. It was a whole lot of fun. I think I enjoyed it more then the first and I’m excited but also very nervous for the sequel.
Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven ⭐⭐- It’s been a couple weeks but I’m still sad about this one. My most anticipated 2020 release ended up being a disappointment.
Despite having the same humour as Stevens other novel which I loved it didn’t click with me in this book and the plot of a girl using experimental pills to get her crush to take interest didn’t sit right with me. One thing I did love about this book however was the main characters dads who were so funny and I had a lot of fun reading about them.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- I was incredibly lucky to review an ARC of this gorgous book and I’m so grateful!
Reading this book was a whole ass Experience. The story was slow moving, especially in the beginning, but the it was so beautifully written that I couldn’t put it down. I did a review for this, go read it because I don’t have the mental ability to proclaim my love of this book again.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ⭐⭐⭐.75– I don’t really know how to rate this one. It was super enjoyable, Barnes is one of my favourite authors so how could it not be, but I don’t think it was my favourite from this author.
If you liked the movie Knives Out then you should definitely check this book out because they follow the same kind of plot: girl from the wrong side of the tracks get caught up in a rich family drama when the eccentric billionaire grandfather dies and leaves her everything in the will.
Like I said I enjoyed this, it made me smile a lot and kept me guessing and I am definitely going to read the sequel but it wasn’t my favourite from Barnes yet.
The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐- I feel bad about this one because I think I was in a slump or at least the beginnings of one when I picked this up.
With a synopsis of “transgender brujo accidently raises the school bad-boy from the dead days before Dia de la Muerto” I was very excited for this book and while yes it was objectively good with great characters, I don’t think I liked it as much as I could have BECAUSE OF THE SLUMP!! AGHHHH.
I’m gonna re-read this at some point, I think that’s only fair but I’m not sure when.
Vampires Never Get Old by Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker ⭐⭐⭐ – And the final book I read this month was actually my first (non-Shadowhunter related) anthology bind up all about looking at vampires from another point of view.
I did not like every single story in this anthology but I did like the idea and the intention behind them. My absolute favourite was one called The Blood River Boys (or something like that) which was about VAMPIRE COWBOYS!!!! It was worth the read just for that!
This is up a week late because my brain decided to stop working last week but those are the books I read in September.
I’d love to know what you read this past month and if you’ve read any of these book, what did you think? Thanks for reading and stay safe!!