Hey guys! September was a month full of highs and lows, that is for sure. I want to thank all of you for the comments you left on my post about my cat’s death. I read each one and thank you for sharing your own experiences with your pets ❤ I couldn’t quite bring myself to answer them, but please know they comforted me immensely and I’m very grateful to have such good friends here!
While that was a very tragic start to my month, the end was glorious. I went to the Boston Teen Author Festival and met Leigh Bardugo, Adam Silvera, and a few other authors and had a FANTASTIC time. Also unrelated to books but I saw Harry Styles in concert last night and September truly ended wonderfully.
Anyway, BOOKS. It was a pretty good reading month! One book I read, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, is definitely going on my “best books of 2017” list, though another, Daughter of the Burning City I sadly had to DNF…and I try so hard not to DNF. But I was working on it for nearly the whole month and finally…it had to go. A lot of good books happened in between, though!
My August had some highs and lows when it came to reading, but mostly I’m just amazed that I managed to read 7 books when I’ve been so busy with a new job. And for that I count this month a success!
Though I will say that finding time to blog has a been a bit difficult. I didn’t realize how much time it actually took until I found myself limited. But it’s all good! I’m grateful to have a job (and I want to give everyone who replied to my July wrap up a big heartfelt thank you for all the kind messages about my struggle, it meant so much! And to everyone who said they felt encouraged by it, it makes it feel worth it. Really really it does).
But even if I know I have some time to blog, I don’t force myself to if I’m not in the mood, because that’s just no fun. #1 rule for blogging = fun time, not forced time. But because of that I’m a bit slower at replying to comments these days, boo (though idk, was I ever particularly fast????). Why can’t reading and blogging just be my job???
This was an interesting month of reading. It seems that my mood took a turn for the dark and gritty and I spent most of my time reading historical fiction titles that handled some very dark themes. And unfortunately I’ve been skirting the edge of a reading slump recently- but I haven’t let myself give in to it! My reading definitely slowed – I only read two books during the second half of this month – but hopefully I bounce back a bit in July! Despite the slumpy-ness, I did read some fantastic books this month. Continue reading
This was a very good month of reading! I had a bit of a Shakespeare stint, but the highlight was definitely the Lunar Chronicles, which I’m obsessed with and still not quite over. And to think, for the longest time I thought I wouldn’t enjoy them and refused to read them. I’M DUMB. I love when books prove me wrong.
I did not end up posting as much this month as I usually do, but I have still been reading! It turns out that some of the books I read this month I simply didn’t feel the need to review. Which is odd for me, BUT I’ll explain in some of my mini reviews below. I did hit a tiny reading slump before Easter (I’d just finished the Captive Prince trilogy and my brain was not ready to move on), but then I got into the Lunar Chronicles and I got out of that slump VERY fast.
Unlike last month, which gave me a real mix of good and bad reads, this month I enjoyed a mix of good and great! Nothing was hard to get through, and some were so great I died a little inside at times, which is truly the most I can ask for out of a book.
March felt like a long month, but it was a productive month for me. I’ve decided to try to get a little more creative by taking pictures of my books again for my reviews, and spruce up my posts and whatnot. It’s fun! I like changing things up and making improvements, but I am always careful to make sure this blog never crosses the line from “fun reprieve from real life” to “obligation I’m dragging my feet to accomplish.” I’ve abandoned past blogs and social media because of that, but I refuse to with this one, mainly because I love talking about books and I love the community I’ve been getting to know here!
March was a bit of a mix of good and not so good reads, but the good were pretty great, so I don’t have a whole lot to complain about. I will only say this- historical fiction, why’d you do me so wrong this month??
What I read in March
I think all the YA fantasies I’ve been burying myself in over the last few months finally caught up with me, because my mood this month seems to have taken me back to my other true love, historical fiction. I really didn’t enjoy Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, and Throne of Glass took its toll on me at the end of January, and I think I was just in need of some gritty plots full of uncomfortable and complex truths. Hence, the war fiction.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken • 2/5 stars
I appreciated the romance in this book, but when it came to the experience of reading it, I was incredibly bored. This book had a lot of promise, but it felt like a missed opportunity to me- I wish it had taken more advantage of its settings and provided a sounder plot. I haven’t struggled with a book like I did with this one in a very long time. Full review.
During the month of December, I had a bit of a reading slump, but I’m happy to say my appetite for books returned full force this month, and I started off 2017 with some really great reads. (My inspiration to take a quality picture of my books was rather lacking, however. But I like an excuse to feature some of my bookish mugs).
The Secret History by Donna Tartt • 5/5 stars
I truly began this year with the book of books, and it’s definitely this month’s favorite. It’s tragic and disturbing and fantastic and will probably be one of my favorites of the year. I’m THAT confident. Full review.
I didn’t read a lot of books this month, but I’m pretty okay with it. October and November were filled with some really great and heavy reads, and December was kind of like coming up for air. I spent a lot of time with friends and family for the holidays, engaged more in my own writing, and just rested a bit as the year winded down.
November turned out to be a month for starting and finishing series, and I read some really, really great books. The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo may just be the best set of books I’ve read this entire year.
Favorite book of the month: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo • 5/5 stars
These books were FANTASTIC. Amazing. Ruthless and relentless. Heart stopping and heartwarming. I wish I could wipe my mind of them and read them all over again. They were two of best books I read this entire year, and are definitely now on my list of all-time favorites. The characters, the plot, the writing, the adventure, the settings, EVERYTHING. I cannot recommend these books highly enough. I’m in love with them. Full Six of Crows review here / Full Crooked Kingdom review here.