September got off to an unseasonably warm start in the northeast. I went into the month ready for orange leaves, pumpkins, and all things magical. But instead I got record-breaking heat and humidity! Don’t get me wrong, I love summer! But after a particularly grueling, hot, and humid one, I was beyond ready to transition into fall. By the end of the month, I got my wish. I have been loving these last few days of cool, crisp air, the appearance of pumpkins and fall decorations, and leaves starting to turn.
One of the things I most look forward to about October is the reading. I recently blogged about my first scary read. As much as I loved scary stories as a teen (R.L. Stine, anyone?) I just started getting into them as an adult. I’m excited to read more this month. But before I get into my upcoming reads, here’s my September wrap-up!
I was able to read five books in September and post three reviews to the blog. I read an upcoming YA novel, a mystery/ thriller, and a magical book that was the perfect kick-off to fall reading.
What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards was a wonderful book featuring a strong female lead. I loved the two main characters, Mallory and Spencer, and enjoyed their stories. Mallory was without a doubt the heroine of the story. She is truly a survivor and I think a wonderful role model for teens/ tweens. I also greatly appreciated the role the library plays in this book. Lovers of YA fiction won’t want to miss this one!
Slow Poison by Helen Slavin was a delightful follow-up to the first novel in the Witch Ways series, Crooked Daylight. These books are about the Way sisters, Anna Way, Charlie Way, and Emz Way. The three sisters come to realize that they have certain “Strengths,” which is a code word for powers. After the passing of their grandmother, Hettie Way, the three young women realize that Hettie had been attempting to prepare them for their new roles as witches throughout childhood. This was a wonderful magical read. It was original and the magic is really subtle. I recommend reading Crooked Daylight first but then definitely follow up with Slow Poison.
My last review of September was unfortunately a bit of a letdown. Lies by T.M. Logan was described as a psychological thriller. I’m a big fan of those and had high hopes going into this book. Unfortunately, Lies fell way short for me. I couldn’t get into the story, mainly because there was not a single likeable character. I also found the story to be predictable with no big bombshell surprises. Some readers loved this book, so if you’re into psychological suspense, you should pick it up and decide for yourself. For me, though, it was a miss.
Book Bucket List:
I also read my scheduled book bucket list pick for September, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I discovered the writing of David Sedaris in one of my college courses in which we read and discussed Sedaris’ essay “Ashes.” I really loved his writing style – honestly tackling serious subjects while injecting his sarcastic humor to keep the story engaging and enjoyable. I’ve wanted to read more of Sedaris’ writing ever since. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a book about Sedaris’ life. Its chapters are short stories, or personal essays, each one offering a visit to Sedaris’ past to explore defining moments in his life. In typical Sedaris fashion, no subject is safe. He discusses everything from his parents, siblings, childhood, and friendships to his lisp and learning to speak French (talking pretty). Each story is told with Sedaris’ trademark sarcastic humor. They were insightful and entertaining. This book reminded me of why I enjoy his writing, and I plan to read more in the future.
I just finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman, a book I’ve been wanting to read for some time. I was picking up a stack of books at the library for research, and I can’t seem to get out of that building without browsing the shelves for some “read for fun” books. I spotted A Man Called Ove and jumped at the chance to finally read it. I just finished reading it, and that review will be coming shortly.
Now that October is here and it’s time for all things spooky, I’m looking forward to diving into some scary and gothic reads. Up next on my list is Stephen King’s The Shining. I’ve never seen the movie or read the book, so I’m excited to start reading. I just hope it’s not too scary so it doesn’t end up in the freezer! (my fellow Friends fans will get the reference) 😉 I’m also excited to finally read Wuthering Heights. We’ve been having many gray, rainy days here along with some stormy nights that are just begging me to curl up with tea and a good gothic read.
Other than those two books, I’m not sure what else I’ll read. I have some titles in mind, but it will largely depend on what I’m in the mood to read (and how much scariness I can take after The Shining!)
What are your October reading plans?
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