September Wrap-Up | Greek mythology and Welsh kings

It’s (almost) October, my favorite month of the year, and I’m so excited!

September has been another month with nothing major to report. Went to a friend’s wedding, painted my sister’s old bedroom, got excited about the cooling weather…and of course, read lots of books. I read 12 books total, and interestingly enough, many of them seemed to fall into a theme. Three were Greek mythology retellings and three involved Welsh kings (can you guess which series I’m rereading?). My average rating for the month was 4.1 stars, which I’m sure is partly thanks to all the rereading I was doing.

Without further ado, let’s get into my September books!

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Books I Read

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Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry ⭐️⭐️/5

This book comes out October 8th and…I don’t exactly recommend it, as it deals with an extremely difficult topic – conversion therapy – and I don’t think it does it well. I’ll have a review with more thoughts up soon.

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

This anthology of fairy tale retellings was so creative and interesting! The highlights were “Seasons of Glass and Iron” by Amal El-Mohtar and “The Other Thea” by Theodora Goss. I’ll have a mini review with more thoughts on all of these stories soon!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

I finally read this YA classic for the first time! I can certainly see why it is important to so many people, and I’m really glad that I finally read it for myself. More thoughts here.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Continuing with the Broken Earth Trilogy and things are getting INTENSE. I’m constantly confused but also constantly on the edge of my seat while reading these books. Book 3, here I come! More thoughts on this book here.

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Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky, translated by Edward Gauvin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This graphic novel retelling of the Persephone was so sweet and felt just like a Ghibli movie! More thoughts here.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I read a horror novel and I really liked it! This book follows a group of girls quarantined on an island infected by a virus. It freaked me out and also did things to my heart. More thoughts here.

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, and Alexis Deacon (illustrations) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Yet another Greek mythology retelling, this one taking the myth of Orpheus into World War II and following a young man going underground to find his brother after a bombing. This was an unusual book and I enjoyed it thoroughly! More thoughts here.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

It’s finally out in the world and I’m not okay??? I’m definitely gonna have a full review of this soon with ALL of my many thoughts. Anyway. I loved this book, which was more about the messiness of PTSD and recovery than the fluffy road trip we were expecting, and I’m totally okay with that.

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Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States by Samantha Allen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I ADORED this nonfiction book! Following a journalist traveling around America’s red states to discover the communities of queer people living there, this was heartwarming and hopeful. More thoughts here.

The Raven Boys ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, The Dream Thieves ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, & Blue Lily, Lily Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ by Maggie Stiefvater (rereads)

I’m planning on doing actual, proper reviews of these books for the first time, so look for those once I’ve finished my reread of the whole series! The Raven Cycle is one of my all-time favorite series and every time I revisit it, I remember all the reasons why. And the audiobooks are incredible! Thank you, Will Patton, for your service in creating Adam’s beautiful Southern accent.

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Blog posts

🍂 Abi @ Scribbles & Stories talked about why she prefers long books, weighing the merits of short vs. long stories.

🍂 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books has another list of what she should have known as a new blogger – so for any new bloggers out there, this is a wonderful resource!

🍂 Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks gave recommendations for young adult books that are perfect for fall reading!

🍂 Kelly Brigid @ Another Book in the Wall wrote a discussion about whether contemporary books become outdated, which really made me think!

🍂 Kathryn Speckles @ Metaphors and Miscellanea talked about banned books and whether there are books harmful enough to be banned.

🍂 Beth @ BooksNest listed a ton of autumnal blog post ideas for the month of October!

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Other things

The Politician

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This show only just released on Netflix BUT I ended up watching it all in one weekend because I was hooked! Starring Ben Platt of Dear Evan Hansen fame, it follows an ambitious kid at an elite high school determined to win the race for student body president. It’s ridiculous, over-the-top, and completely bonkers from start to finish…and I loved it! Ben Platt was the real highlight. He might be much too old to convincingly play a high schooler, but he managed to make me care about a self-interested, privileged, ambitious character who I was ready to hate, and that’s a feat in itself.

Lore Olympus

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I TOLD y’all I’ve been obsessed with Greek mythology.

Lore Olympus is an ongoing webcomic about Hades, Persephone, and all the other familiar Greek gods. It’s essentially Greek mythology as a soap opera – complete with cell phones, dating apps, and a healthy gossip mill – and it is addicting. I basically spent an entire day earlier in the month reading it, and I’ve been hanging onto every update desperately. It’s so much fun, the art is incredible, and I can’t get enough!

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October TBR

It’s time for SPOOKY BOOKS! I already talked about many of these in a post about the books I want to read this fall, so go check that out too.

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  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth #3)
  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blair #2)
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
  • Lair of Dreams and Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2-3)
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (eARC)

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What books did you read in September? Do you like Greek mythology retellings? What do you plan to read in October?

x Margaret 

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28 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up | Greek mythology and Welsh kings

  1. Thanks so much for the shoutout on my article!

    Re: The Raven Cycle, have you been watching Maggie Steifvater live-Tweet her reactions to the books as she rereads them? They’re sometimes hilarious, sometimes really insightful about her writing process, always fantastic (which really is no surprise because she is so. dang. cool.).

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  2. Ooooh, I really am impressed how many Greek mythology based things you consumed this month – and I’m so jealous. I love me a good mythology theme. I’ve been looking at The President, and I think you totally convinced me to check it out. Wonderful post, and hope you have a lovely October! 🙂

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  3. I just started watching The Politician because I saw it had Ben Platt in it and had to watch it. It’s totally over the top and ridiculous, but I’m enjoying it. And Lore Olympus is my obsession! I make sure to read the new episodes as soon as they’re published and then check out what others are saying on Discord.

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  4. The Raven Cycle is LIFE!! I cannot even fathom my life without that series. Also I love Greek mythology retellings too. One of my favorites is The Song of Achilles, because it is just so beautiful. I’m also reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt and it has a lot of influence from Greek and Roman mythology. It’s one HECK of a read, full of dark academia vibes. I’m loving it and highly recommend 😀

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing my post, Margaret, so happy you enjoyed it! ❤ ❤ Ahh, I love The Raven Cycle so much, I'll have to re-read that series at some point, too 🙂
    I hope you'll have a lovely month 🙂

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  6. Looks like you had a great reading month! I’m so happy that it’s finally October again, I’m living for all the fall and Halloween vibes 🥰🎃 I also read Wayward Son just now and thankfully the third book got announced on Twitter! 🎉 Good luck with your October TBR! 🙂

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