Wow, it’s October.
The pros: spooky season! Pumpkin spice everything! Halloween! Fall leaves and colder weather!
The cons: the years really do start coming and they don’t stop coming.
September was yet another weird month. Here on the west coast of the US, we spent about a week completely covered in smoke to the point that we couldn’t go outside and I had a constant headache. Then the smoke went away…and now it’s back again. Hurray.
Truth be told, I’m not doing great most of the time. The world is hard right now. I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but it’s so, so important: please register to vote if you’re over 18 in the US. Make a voting plan, vote early, encourage your friends and family to do the same. The election next month will decide the kind of world we live in going forward.
In terms of reading, it wasn’t the best month: I read a total of five books. I spent a good two weeks reading Harrow the Ninth, but kept getting frustrated with myself for not understanding what was going on, so I finally decided that I’m in the right brain space to read it right now and set it aside. Apparently being sad and stressed all the time makes you stupider?? Who knows, man.
My average rating for the month was 3.8 stars, even though all but one of the books I read were 4 stars or up. Let’s just jump into those!
Books I read
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen ⭐️.5/5
Mini review is here. I…did not enjoy this book. The writing wasn’t good, the characters were frustrating, and I aggressively did not care about any of it. I go more into it in my mini review, so go read that if you’re curious.
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
An absolutely adorable and hilarious romance about two boys who fell in love in high school and twenty years later realize that they’re perfect for each other. I had a lot of fun reading this one, with its witty dialogue and fast moving story. It’s a book that’s just begging to be made into a romcom (a fact that it’s incredibly self-aware about).
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
release: Oct. 20, 2020
This horror comedy novel blew me away! I’ll have a full review up soon, but get excited for all the spookiness and weirdness to come in this book.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5
Mini review is here. An absolutely lovely YA book about identity, self-acceptance, and falling in love. This one filled my heart up with happiness.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
release: June 1, 2021
I’m still reeling about the fact that I’ve read this. I’ve read this book, and now I don’t know what to do with myself. It doesn’t come out for another eight months, so what am I supposed to talk about until then?? Other books?? I may have made a terrible mistake.
But anyway, I loved this with my whole heart and soul. Expect a full review, uh, when it’s a little less than eight months from the release date. I’m so sorry.
Much of my time this month was spent writing. My new goal is to finish the second draft of my dragon novel before November so that I can do NaNoWriMo (though I still haven’t figured out if I will), but this means I have to edit about seventeen pages a week. That doesn’t seem like a lot except for the fact that it usually takes me about an hour per page! Yikes!
I was doing really well for a while keeping up with daily goals, but as you can see from my checklist, I’ve fallen off a bit in the last week. Still hoping to get back on track soon. Editing takes up a lot of my brain space, though, which is probably a big reason that I didn’t read as much in September. But at least it distracts me from the doomsday outside, right? *nervous laugh*
I finally watched the adaptation of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The book was one of my favorites of 2018, so it’s a travesty that it’s taken me this long to watch it. I thought it was beautiful, but since the movie cuts out pretty much the first half of the book, it also felt like there was so much missing. I also loved the ending scene in the book so much that I was a little sad they changed it in the movie.
My mom and I went to the zoo! It’d been years since my last zoo visit, and I always forget how fun it is. We may have been the only people there without a toddler, but who cares? We saw a baby gorilla, a hippo fight, a very old orangutan, and more. Animals are fun!
September blog posts
I’m still not quite up to my regular schedule of posting twice a week (and don’t know if I will be anytime soon), but I did have some posts from this month that you should check out if you haven’t already!
Playlists based on books 🍁 Review: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour 🍁 5 star TBR predictions: results + new guesses 🍁 Review: A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen 🍁 10 overused tropes that I’ll never get tired of 🍁 Recently read books
There were also some amazing posts around the blogosphere this month! Go give them some love!
🍁 May @ forever and everly and Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks announced the winners of the 2020 Book Blogger Awards, and I’m so proud and excited for the winners! Everyone absolutely deserves the appreciation, so check them all out if you haven’t already.
🍁 Aditi @ One In a Million recommended shows to watch if you love Avatar: the Last Airbender, and these suggestions are spot on.
🍁 Laura @ thebookcorps listed some trans and nonbinary authors who deserve to be supported instead of You Know Who, and I absolutely agree.
🍁 Abi @ Scribbles & Stories talked about the problems that come with receiving ARCs, which I found such an interesting and relatable read.
🍁 You know I’m always here for musical theatre content, and Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies came through with book recommendations based on musicals.
🍁 I’m loving how much discussion has been going on lately around the #ownvoices label, and two posts in particular stood out to me on the subject: Lais @ The Bookish Skies‘ discussion about the expectations placed on #ownvoices books, and Fadwa @ Word Wonders‘ examination of how #ownvoices has lost its way.
🍁 Caro @ bookcheshirecat welcomed in the new season with fall book recommendations, which are all so good!
🍁 Xandra @ Starry Sky Books talked about spoilers, including what counts as a spoiler and how they can affect her experience of reading a book.
🍁 In celebration of Bi Visibility Day, there were some fantastic recommendation posts of books with bisexual characters! Go check out: Jess @ crowing about books, Esmée @ Servillas Speaks, and Rhi @ Marshmallow Harmonies.
🍁 Lauren @ Twenty-Seven Letters expressed her love for The Darkest Minds series, which feels like the post she was born to write.
🍁 Kat @ Novels & Waffles recommended books based on Camp Half-Blood cabins, and they’re all brilliant!
🍁 Em @ forgot second breakfast gave fall book recommendations based on what you’re in the mood for, with some books that I also highly recommend.
I had a plan, but then I didn’t read much in September, so now that plan is just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’ll read what I read when I read it, I guess. This is what I hope to get to:
- Burn by Patrick Ness
- The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (eARC; release: Oct. 13)
- Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass (eARC; release: Oct. 20)
How was your September? What did you read this month? What are you planning to read in October?