September Wrap-Up | falling into autumn πŸ

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.

Other things


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*

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (film) - Wikipedia

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 🍁 Β Review: A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen 🍁 Β 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.Β 

🍁  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!

🍁 Β 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.

October TBR

I had a plan, but then I didn’t read much in September, so now that plan is just Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― 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?

x Margaret

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31 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up | falling into autumn πŸ

  1. Wow, you really did get to One Last Stop super early! I can understand how that would be both great and sad because you don’t have anyone to talk about it with.

    I’m sorry things haven’t been great where you are lately. That smoke sounds horrible! I really hope the election goes well, I’ll have my fingers crossed for you here in the UK. The zoo trip looks fun though! I love animals, it’s so interesting to go and see them all in one place.

    I’m so glad you liked my ARC post! Your problem with that Shakespeare book is definitely a point I missed off the list – it really does feel like the feedback ratio is holding you hostage sometimes. I wrecked mine at one point so I just reviewed a bunch of ‘Read Now’ cookbook samples and children’s comics to boost it back up πŸ˜…

    I hope you have a wonderfully spooky October! πŸŽƒ

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    1. It’s going to be a long eight months until the release of One Last Stop when I can finally talk about it with people!

      And thank you, I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for the election next month 😭🀞 The zoo was so much fun!

      Ahaha exactly – I don’t want to ruin that NetGalley ratio, which means pushing through books I don’t enjoy. Ohhh that’s a brilliant idea for fixing for ratio…maybe I’ll have to try that out…

      Thanks, Abi! Hope your October is wonderful too πŸŽƒ

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through with the fires and smoke. I hope all of that clears up soon. I never did get to go to the zoo this summer. Next year! I also read 5 books in September! My favorite is between None Shall Sleep and Mexican Gothic. I can’t decide. I’m considering starting The Bone Season series this month, but I can’t decide!

    Happy October!

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    1. Thank you, I hope so too! 🀞 Going to the zoo is always fun, so I hope you’re able to do it next year too 😊
      I loved Mexican Gothic too! I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of the Bone Season series so far, so I think that’s a great choice πŸ˜€ Happy October to you too!


  3. Hopefully the smoke gets better soon…Wow your writing checklist is so organized and detailed…I could not do that πŸ˜… I feel like I just write as much as I can until the juice runs out. So I end up writing for long hours on less days, if that makes sense πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I mean, it’s been working so far lol. Ooh it’s so great you were able to go to the zoo, there’s something so relaxing and exciting about them, all at once. I’m honestly still waiting for literally six books, so I wasn’t able to read a lot. Wishing you a wonderful October!!

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    1. Thank you! Luckily, the smoke has pretty much cleared up by now. Ahaha I just like having things to check off a list! That’s definitely an understandable writing method – different things work for different people! Hope your books come soon 😊 And happy October to you too!

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  4. So excited for the spooky season, but real-life things are definitely stressful πŸ˜” Happy to hear that you enjoyed Felix Ever After though, I also loved it when I read it earlier this year 🧑 Good luck with your revision, you can do it!! Also thank you so much for featuring my post! πŸ₯° I hope you have a good October πŸ‚

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  5. Oh wow, I didn’t even know there were ARCs of One Last Stop & I’m glad you liked it! I think it’s currently my most anticipated 2021 book. Also looking forwards to reading Plain Bad Heroines!

    Also that Komodo dragon is so cool! You’re making me want to go to the zoo πŸ˜…

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    1. I was surprised by the ARCs of One Last Stop too! I’m glad you’re excited for it, because it’s AMAZING. And Plain Bad Heroines is so spooky and perfect for October!

      Ahaha the Komodo dragon was awesome 😍 The zoo is always a fun adventure!

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  6. So sorry about the smoke and fires! I am so excited for October!! YOU READ ONE LAST STOP!! That is so exciting it seems like it is going to be such a great book I really want to read it!! Going to the zoo sounds like fun! I hope you have a wonderful October with lots of books and writing❀︎

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  7. the us is such a dumpster fire right now lmao. the smoke and fires were pretty bad where I live (and then there was that earthquake too because 2020!!) too, though it’s not too bad now, hope it clears up where you are! that zoo visit seems like so much fun! hope you have a great October ❀

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    1. A dumpster fire is an accurate description of the US right now 😬 Argh hope the earthquake wasn’t too bad for you! Luckily the smoke has cleared up here for the most part. I hope your October is as good as it can be, considering the world we live in!

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  8. awww, I really appreciate you including my post margaret!! (quick q: do you go my margaret or maggie or something else?) and I love your style of wrap-ups: how do you get that thick orange line through the middle? XD
    you read more than me this month too haha, I only finished three books- but I loved Felix Ever After when I read it back in June and I’m glad you did too :))

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    1. You’re so welcome! 😊 (I go by Margaret most of the time!)
      To get that line for headers, you have to be using Block Editor, and in the block that you want to turn a different color, go to Color Settings on the right sidebar!
      Ahh so glad to hear you loved Felix Ever After too! ❀️

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  9. Happy October, Margaret!

    The world is definitely very rough right now, and that feels like I’m putting it lightly. I totally can relate to feeling bogged down and, frankly, a little hopeless for where we’re at. But, here’s to the wishful thinking that everyone shows up at the polls or mails in their ballots!

    I’m sorry, but you read Casey’s new book?!?! I AM SO EXCITED. I am also very excited to hear about the other books you’ve mentioned because I genuinely haven’t heard of them before, but A NEW CASEY MCQUISTON BOOK???

    Best of luck as you move forward with your editing! Editing definitely takes quite a bit of time, especially when its your own characters and your own plot; you can feel very biased. That also may just be a me problem.

    And thank you for saying such kind things about my TDM post, and even mentioning it in the first place! I still cannot believe it took me this long to get my thoughts into words. Thank you!


    Have a great October! ❀️️

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    1. The world IS rough right now, but I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that it will get a little bit better next month 😭

      AHHH I’m still screaming about Casey McQuiston’s new book!! And I’m suffering because it doesn’t come out for months and all I want to do is talk about it. (wow first world book nerd problems)

      Thank you! Argh, editing is hard, but it’s coming along. And yes, I absolutely loved your TDM post!! 😊

      OH I had no idea you had such strong feelings on We Have Always Lived in the Castle!! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on all of my thoughts πŸ˜„

      Hope you have a wonderful October too! ❀

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      1. Here’s to hoping!!

        It may be a first world book nerd problem, but I totally get it. Whenever you read a fantastic book, you just want to scream about it to the world. Rest assured though, once it comes out, I will happily scream about it with you.

        Yes! I read it last year around the Halloween Spooky Time, and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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  10. I’m so curious about One last stop ahh, glad you got to read it so early and enjoyed it so much! πŸ™‚
    I’m sorry to hear September was tough, the world is tough right now, really. I’m sending you all the good thoughts and vibes and hope October will be kind ❀

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