When I started to write this post I realized that I only read two books in September. Two. And one of those I didn’t even finish in September, I technically finished in October.
But it’s fine, here goes a (late) wrap-up anyway:
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Released September 5
I read this at the start of September and you can read my review here. I go on a bit of a rant about SJM, so be prepared to read some snark.
I enjoyed it, but I had a lot of issues and I am more unsure of how I feel about SJM’s books with each new release.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Released September 5
I know this one was on my last wrap-up but it was released this month and it was great!
Here is my review, please go read this book.
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Released September 12
This one was also released this past month, but I read it in August. It had some awesome elements, but they weren’t enough to raise the book above two stars for me.
Read my review here.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Review to come.
I loved this book, but it took me forever to finish. Almost an entire month, and I was actually enjoying it! To be fair, the start was rough since took me a while to care about any of the characters and the flashbacks were not helping, even if I loved them as a literary device. But now I need Godsgrave.
I may not have read many books but this month was actually pretty busy.
First of all, Fan Expo! You can read all about that (and see photos of our cosplay–we looked awesome) right here.
I also started classes again! This semester I am taking a couple of children’s publishing classes and a copy editing class, which is supposed to be the hardest one in my program so please wish me luck. I’d love to say that this is why my reading and posting activity went down, and while that’s probably true to some degree, the real reason is that a ton of TV shows have started making a comeback and that’s what I’ve spent my free time doing.
Speaking of TV, Star Trek: Discovery started! I’m very excited to see where it is going to take us (where no one has gone before, perhaps? Alright, I’m done). Inhumans also started last week, and that was just…bad. Really bad. Outlander has been slow but interesting all the same. And Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place are not as funny as the last season yet, but we have time. There were some other shows that started but only the pilots are out and it’s kind of hard to tell just from that so I will hold back on judgement as of yet.
I also went to a book signing with Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy! All three women are the amazing writers, and they each brought something different (and arguably needed) to the YA industry. I was so happy I got to meet them, and you can read all about that event over here.
And finally, September saw Toronto’s The Word on the Street festival! WOTS is an annual book festival held at the Toronto Harbourfront, and it hosts tons of authors, publishers, and vendors. It was hot as hell, and we were dying to jump into the lake but we toughed it out for the books. I had ice cream, bought three new books, and discovered a new Canadian author that I am desperate to read (Kristen Ciccarelli). I also saw Vikki Vansickle do a reading from her latest book, The Winnowing and got my copy signed! I’d met her a couple of times before and she is the nicest person. If you get a chance, go to one of her signings, even if you haven’t read the book! She’ll be doing a few this month at various Indigo locations around the GTA.
I just finished Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga last night, so it counts as an October read and I will be reviewing that soon. Also, All the Crooked Saints is out on the 10th! Go buy it! It was so so great.
Other than that, here is my TBR for the month (in no particular order):
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston
- The Winnowing by Vikki Vansickle
- The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
- Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
- Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
It’s a little ambitious, I know. But I’m going to try!