Time for the next monthly book summary, September was actually my worst month for a long time reading wise.
I only read 11 books in September and unfortunately did have to DNF 1 book which was The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I still have one book in my currently reading but as that is a buddy read I’m okay with it, and for September I read a total of 4081 pages (including what I read of the DNF book and the buddy read book)
1) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ★★★★★ – I cannot believe it’s taken me so long to get to this series, this book was amazing and I loved everything from the worldbuilding to the plot to the characters – review here
2) The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu ★★★★★– It’s not a surprise that this was a 5 star for me, I paused my entire tbr less than a week into the month just so I could red this as soon as it arrived. I love seeing more of an insight into Magnus and Alec’s lives, especially during the times we don’t see them in the other books in the Shadowhunters Chronicles.
3) The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper ★★★★ – This was a really enjoyable read for me, I loved the main characters and was really rooting for them and hoping everything worked out – review here
4) Return to Roar by Jenny McLachlan ★★★★★ – I loved the first book in this series when I read it earlier this year and this sequel did not disappoint, I cannot wait for book three. This was filled with adventure and weird and wonderful imagination – review here
5) The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave ★★★ – Kiran has such a way with writing atmospheric, beautiful settings. This story of this was beautiful and I loved the loyalty between the members of the main character’s family.
6) Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo ★★★ – I was a little disappointed by this book and while I did enjoy it, it wasn’t as much as I expected. The POV’s seemed very disjointed and didn’t make sense at times and the book ended so abruptly that the ending just felt rushed and unfinished. I am however intrigued enough that I do want to give the sequel a go when it’s released
7) Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan ★★★★★ – I don’t think I’ll ever stop kicking myself for not reading these books sooner. I’ve heard a lot of people say this book isn’t that good compared to the rest of the series but I loved it. I’m buddy reading this series with my mum and we didn’t want to put it down each day.
8) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir ★★★★★ – This series is definitely one of my new favourites, after how book one ended I was really glad I was able to dive straight into book two and was hooked the entire way through. This book made me cry, made me even angrier (at certain characters), I was frustrated at points and I just absolutely loved the entire thing, although it’s authors like this which is why I have trust issues. I cannot wait to dive into book three
9) The Beast by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs ★★★★ – This was another sequel and what a sequel. I loved The Darkdeep and this book just brought a whole new level of creepy and atmospheric. I loved the character development and loved how the group of friends handled the new peril they faced.
10) The Train To Impossible Places by P.G. Bell ★★★ – This was just as fun and whimsical as the blurb for it suggests. I loved the characters, especially Wilmot and Suzy, and the adventure they go on was brilliant.
11) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★ – After all the many years of putting off reading this (after trying and failing when I was a kid) I’ve finally read it. I ended up reading along with the audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis, and I can safely say that I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if it had been any other narrator. I will say though that this is a rare occasion where I like the films more than the book.
Most of the books I read in September were for readathons with a couple of exceptions; I completed all three readathons which were Becca’s Bookoplathon, A Touch of Whimsy: Adventures Through Wonderland and Tolkienalong. Here’s the video for my tbr if you want to check it out – September TBR. This month’s stack of books was no trouble at all to hold and does not include the book that I DNF’d.