Ah, the glorious month of September. The month of back to school, new stationary, Pumpkin Spice, cuddly jumpers and making really, really premature plans for Halloween that never actually come off because you’re an adult who has a job and commitments and stuff and actually you’d rather be able to sleep at night than watch the reboot of The Ring.
Side note: Has anyone else seen that trailer yet? I want to rewind my brain.
Anyway! A wrap up post, from Bookshelves & Biros? I KNOW. Trust me, I’m surprised too. I’m such a disorganised person that I schedule posts and then they publish before they’re finished. Oops.
As far as reading months go August wasn’t the best I’ve ever had, but I did managed to fit in a couple of ARCs and some books I’ve wanted to read for a while; a couple of which turned out to be absolute belters.
5 Star Reads
I promise I have a review for this coming very soon. You’ll have to wait and see exactly why I loved it so much, but take it from me when I say that this is an INCREDIBLE book. Incredible. If you only read one series this year, make it The Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne. Just do it.
4 Star Reads
Again, because I am disorganised, I have a review for this little bean in the pipeline but haven’t quite gotten around to polishing it up yet. The Accident Season was a little frenetic at times, but on the whole it was a haunting gem of a book with gorgeous, lyrical prose.
Haunt Me, Liz Kessler (ARC)
I rated this book 4.5 (damn Goodreads and it’s denial of the need for .5 ratings), but I’m too lazy to make another category so here it is. I actually finished this book about half an hour ago and it absolutely broke my heart. Gorgeously poetic writing, characters to root for and a plot full of hope. I definitely shed a few sneaky tears at the end of this one.
3 Star Reads
Just a Few Inches, Tara St. Pierre (review copy)
Oh, I have actually written a review for this one! Wonders will never cease. Check it out here.
I doubt I’ll review this because I don’t often spend time reviewing non-YA books, but I took advantage of a Kindle offer on a very lazy Bank Holiday and was pleasantly surprised. There’s nothing ground-breaking on offer here, but it was perfect to gobble up mindlessly on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
I still feel really conflicted about this book and I’ve outlined why in another forthcoming review. This one is actually scheduled, so you won’t have to wait too long to find out why. Yay!
A perfectly nice read, but not one that I’d shout from the mountain tops about. I liked Niven’s writing, but this book hasn’t made me desperate to read All The Bright Places, which seems to be uber popular with lots of people!
I am having such struggles with this book. I’m procrastinating so that I don’t have to read it, which is definitely something I don’t like doing when I’m reading. Procrastinating should be reserved for work and tax returns, not books! I’m not sure if I’m going to make it through or if it’s going to be a DNF, but I’m going to give it another bash over the weekend. Fingers crossed!
Dear Charlie, N.D Gomes (ARC)
This is a lovely little paperback ARC that I picked up at YA HQ stall at YALC in July. In fact, this is my first ever uncorrected proof in solid book form – all of my other ARCs thus far have been PDF or Kindle copies, so this is kinda special for me! I really hope it doesn’t disappoint now…
I’ve had this gorgeous thing sat in the middle of my TBR for quite some time now and I think September is the month that it needs to be tackled. Literally everyone seems to adore this series and I hope I can add my name to the fan club after this month!
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, J.K. Rowling
I am henceforth going to rename 2016 ‘Potter Renaissance Year’. Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts, teach us something pleeeeeease!
I’ve heard lots and lots of good things about this book and the author is absolutely hilarious on Twitter, so I’m expecting great things here! Also that cover is just the prettiest thing. I’ll need it to get me through the impending doom of England in the autumn, AKA rain, rain and what’s that? Yup, more rain.
I need something to tide me over until the release of ACOTAR #3. Simple.
What have you guys read this month? What’s taking up precious space on your September TBR? Tell me all in the comments!
Note: Gorgeous image for my header from Gabriel Garcia Marengo via Unsplash