This post is coming a little later than I had originally planned! My apologies to anyone who may have seen an unfinished version this past weekend. Part of the reason I held off on finishing it was I was struggling to finish Six of Crows so that I could crack open Crooked Kingdom, and I wanted my reread to count towards last month. So silly. So even though I read most of it in the beginning of October, I’m still including it here!
September was a crazy month for me and I don’t quite have time to share everything that’s been going on in my life over the past couple of weeks in this post, but I might do a Sunday Snapshot this weekend just so you know what I’ve been having to deal with. It’s not been all fun and games in this blogger’s life.
Without any further ado, here are some mini-reviews of all books I read this month along with some of the books I’m currently reading. I also summarize what I got done in writing this month and provide an update on the October NaNo Prep series which I’m still planning to do, although possibly not this week.
What I Read
For the most part I stuck to my September ’16 TBR very well. The only three books which I completely bypassed which I do not fully regret to have skipped; I’m sure I’ll read them in the future. In total I read eight books and am in the progress of reading two.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton || I was wary of this book going into it, because I feel like it was over-marketed by the publisher. Too many BookTubers talked about it all at once and it was very clearly the recipient of ad sponsorship. But I was glad I ultimately picked it up when I saw it at the library because I thought the world was really fun and I like to read fantasy books that kick off a series. If I see the sequel at the library, I’ll most definitely be picking it up. I feel no temptation to buy it though. || ★★★½
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas || I ordered this book via the Kindle app on my iPhone as this has just been the medium I’ve used to read this series from the beginning. The only book I’ve read in a physical copy is Heir of Fire and I’ve semi-regretted not buying it because it was my favorite book in the series. Until I read this book that is! Actually, they may be about equal. Heir of Fire feels a lot more original, Empire of Storms I feel like SJM learned a lot from Six of Crows on how to write Aelin better (she seemed a lot more like Kaz than she did before). Anyway, I loved this book and can’t wait to see what happens next. ||★★★★★
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque || I was assigned this book in my German Lit. & Ideas class and I found it a very quick but moving read. I’d never read it before, although I do remember learning of it in AP World History (10th grade). I’ve read books that are critical of war, which have no doubt been influenced by this book. But I’m appreciative of having been able to read it in this context where I’m learning about German culture and society during this time. ||★★★★½
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer || This book started of a bit rocky for me. I’ve read and loved the books of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling, but this book just didn’t all the way do it for me. I think because Schumer is so far off from me and I cringed with disgust at a lot of stories. I do like what she does, though, and this book ended on a very strong note for me. Not worth buying, but if you find it in the library (as I did), have seen Trainwreck (2015), liked it and want something out of the norm, I’d say why not. || ★★★½
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol || It took me a while to trudge through Amy Schumer’s book and so I picked this book up when I discovered the Juvenile Lit. section of the library. I feel like Amazon and/or Goodreads has tried to recommend this book to me in the past with no success (except I guess cover recognition), and as it was so small, I decided to give it a go. If only to get a quick read in. I think I might have liked it when I was little, but it’s very much…juvenile. It’s not that complex a story and the resolution did not feel too…realistic. || ★★½
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie || I had picked this book up in August when I was in a mood for mystery, then ended up saving it for the Mystery-A-Thon which I ultimately wasn’t able to participate in. So I decided to finally get to it this month. I’m sorry to say it was probably my least favorite of the Christie books I’ve read (there’ve been two others), but I can see how this book has set a standard in the mystery genre. It was a intriguing read I think I would have been able to better appreciate when I was younger. || ★★★½
Film: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Wood || I don’t really know what I can say about this one. It was required reading for my Intro to Film Studies class and is exactly was it claims to be. It was a very easy and quick read, illuminating as I have no background in the history of film or its theory. ||no-rating
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo || I started this book on the last day of September after I had already been able to receive Crooked Kingdom (it unexpectedly arrived the day it was released!) Because I knew what was going to happen, I did drag my feet a little on reading this book. But ultimately I was drawn in again because of this fantastic world and great characters. This book is literally…everything. There were a few things I had forgotten about the end, so I’m really happy I was able to read this again before I jumped into Crooked Kingdom. || ★★★★★
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // I hadn’t thought I would receive this book the day it debuted, but Amazon definitely surprised me! I started it this weekend immediately after finishing my reread of Six of Crows, and I expect to finish it as soon as my school week is over.
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks // I’m really enjoying this book so far and am happy it was recommended to me. I love hooks’ perspective on how education can, and maybe should, be linked to self-actualization.
What I Wrote
In September I made a lot of headway on my novel. I plotted my MC’s entire journey through The Hollow Combs and did some extensive world-building by establishing the magic system, more of the world’s history, population diversity, and societal structures. I feel like the world really came to life this month. The latest thing I’ve been working on is the villain and how she has influenced the course of history and magic for my protagonist. She’s been a gateway through which I’ve discovered a lot more about this world.
In my latest writing post, I announced the NaNo Prep series I will be doing this month leading up to NaNoWriMo 2016 in November. To be quite honest, I wasn’t quite ready to upload that post but left it up anyway because the bare bones of the info was there. I’m still planning to do the posts I listed in that series, but I’m thinking of making it a week-long series so I’ll share more on that over the next few days.
As I write this note, I am actually procrastinating on two assignments which are currently driving me crazy, which is the only reason I have found the time. Other than reading Crooked Kingdom, I haven’t been able to do much for myself this week and I nearly fell into a blogging slump. I have a few more things I’m hoping to change around here and on my online presence as a whole, nothing crazy drastic, but there are some things I’ve been putting off for a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to explain more this weekend as I start to implement these changes.
I will tell you a domain name change is potentially on the horizon…