September 2019 Wrap Up

I’m slowly coming out of my reading slump. The past few days, I’ve been reading 100+ pages a day, so I’m pleased. I was still pretty slumpy for most of the month, but I did manage to read 5 books.


The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

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This book was a pleasant surprise for me. I have already reviewed it, so you can check that out for more of my thoughts, but I enjoyed this book. It was exactly what I wanted to read. I was looking for an easy, fun YA to ease me back into reading after my huge slump. And this was exactly that. It wasn’t overly complex, it was fast paced, had adventure, had some cool magic, had some monsters and some corpses. I gave it 3.5 stars. I might even continue with the series. Who knows.

The Knife of Never letting Go by Patrick Ness

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I’ve been putting this off for ages. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. I’m pretty over dystopians, this is quite an old book. But I mentioned in my end of the year TBR post that I would unhaul this if I hadn’t read it by the end of the year. So I decided to pick it up and ended up really enjoying it. I flew through it in a couple of days. It was constant action, it made me feel feels and it’s just great. I shouldn’t have doubted Patrick Ness having read A Monster Calls. 4/5 stars, will be continuing with this.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I’ve been meaning to re-read this series for a long time and I’m finally doing it. I listened to the audiobook which I really enjoyed. I feel like I wouldn’t have the patience to re-read it as a physical book because I’ve read the series 3 times and it’s not something that you can read quickly because of the writing style. But as an audiobook, I don’t feel like I’m cutting into the time I have to read books on my TBR. 5/5 stars of course and I will be carrying on with the audiobooks soon.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Finally finished this series. I was somewhat disappointed. It was kind of repetitive and predictable and I didn’t really find myself motivated to read it. I did enjoy it, especially once I got the audiobook and was both reading the book and listening to it. That is definitely what I recommend for this series if you’re able to. Because it’s just such an experience. But I was pretty underwhelmed by it story-wise. I gave it 3.75 stars, though in retrospect that was probably because I really enjoyed the experience of listening to the audio production and seeing the mixed media. It’s just really cool, but I think i reality, it’s closer to 3 stars.

Grief Is the Thing With feathers by Max Porter

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This was a weird one. I liked it but didn’t love it. I guess it’s hard to love something like this. But it was very weird and confusing at times. It is also very raw. And I feel like that’s an accurate portrayal of grief. Grief is weird and confusing and raw. I ended up giving it 3.5/5 stars.

Best Book Titles

Ever see a book title and it’s so great that you don’t even care what that book is about, you know you want to read it? No? Really? Well, I do. Here are some of my favourite book titles.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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When I first heard this title, I knew I wanted to read this. I had no idea what it was about and I didn’t care. It’s just such an amazing title. And then I looked it up and realised it’s a novella in a series of books with amazing titles (which also happen to be really amazing books, but that’s not the point). I mean The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. So… poetic and mysterious and cool. I love the titles of this series.

Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

I don’t really know what this book is about. But just check that tile out. I makes me want to read this book. Combine that with the cool raven on the cover (I love ravens) and I’m sold.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This whole series has really cool titles, but this one is my favourite. You may have noticed I like long, vague and slightly pretentious titles. They just really appeal to me and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is another example of a book that I was drawn to because of its title and gorgeous cover. I ended up really loving it.

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss

I have absolutely no clue what this book is about. I added it to my TBR because it has a freaking awesome title and really creepy cover that just makes me really want to read it. And I kind of want to go into it without knowing anything about it.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I really like that the title starts with “and”. I don’t know why that appeals to me, but I really like titles that begin with “and”. I’ve yet to read this, but I’ve heard so many good things about it and it has a really cool premise.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Again, a long, vague, slightly pretentious title that really appeals to me. I want to read this book mainly because of its title. It’s just something about titles like this that I really love. I think it’s because they make so much more sense once you’ve read the book and that adds to the experience for me, as opposed to a title that’s really straightforward.

These are a few of my favourite titles. Let’s just call this part one, because there are so many more and I’m sure in time I will come across even more titles that I just love.