Autumn and winter have very special places in my heart and I find I always read more in these months. I just love seeing the colours of the leaves changing, people talking about Halloween, bringing out jumpers and boots, and putting candles on as it starts to get darker. This is definitely my favourite time of year.
Books read: 13
5 star: 3
4 star: 6
3 star: 3
2 star: 1
1 star: 0
❀ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I started listening to this book as an audiobook back in August on the plane back from Austria. I was travelling on my own and just listening to Lin Manuel Miranda’s beautiful narration of this beautiful book was just perfect to keep me calm and reassured. Ari and Dante are two of my new favourite characters and their relationship is amazing.
❀ When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This is the first book I’ve ever buddy read and I really enjoyed it. I’m not usually one for romance if it’s not between people of a different culture to me, and being British, reading about the romance between two Indian American teenagers and the impact that has on their lives was really great. I’ll definitely be picking up From Twinkle, With Love when it comes out!
❀ Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I’ll be honest, I dragged myself through this book so I can get to Six of Crows. I don’t know why I didn’t connect with this book as I did the other two. One day I just stopped listening to the audiobook and didn’t start listening to it again for about six months. I don’t think it’s fair for me to give it a rating based on that because it wasn’t anything to do with the book. I’m hoping Six of Crows lives up to the hype.
❀ Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
This was a very intense, affecting graphic novel following a girl struggling through an eating disorder through her childhood and teenage years. The art was very minimalist, which fit the theme, and the story was very heart-wrenching. Review here.
❀ How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
The Humans by Matt Haig is one of my favourite books and holds a very special place in my heart, so How To Stop Time was an auto-buy for me. While I don’t think it was as good as The Humans, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I love Haig’s writing style and the themes of his books.
❀ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I obviously gave Pride and Prejudice five stars. I was itching for a re-read and am so glad I managed to get to it this month. I think I need to watch the film soon…
❀ The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
I was given a digital copy of this book through Netgalley. It is a children’s picture book and has some of the most stunning illustrations I have ever seen in a book. I could have sped through it in minutes but I spent so much time just staring at the pages. The story is also dark and interesting.
❀ The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
This book and I didn’t get along. I read the first 50 pages in the library and was really enjoying it, so I checked it out and was ready to speed through the rest, which just didn’t happen. The writing style lost some of its magic for me as it went on, and I ended up feeling kind of ‘meh’ towards it when I finished.
❀ There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I definitely felt that the thriller/mystery aspect of the book was lacking, and there was a lot of emphasis on the romance. That would have been fine if it had been marketed that way, but it was marketed as being terrifying and so I found myself underwhelmed by so much romance. It did have very autumnal vibes, however, and I really enjoyed that. Review here.
❀ Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I loved how immersive this book was, and reading a fantasy outside of a Western setting was so refreshing. I loved reading up and researching the different cultural aspects this book had. The writing was completely beautiful and had me captivated all the way through. I’ll definitely be getting to the second book. (Thanks to Alice for lending this to me. If you;re reading, I love you).
❀ I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This autobiography was just as stunning and beautiful as Angelou’s poetry. Having such an insight into her life and the racism and abuse she suffered, was heartbreaking but I feel like it was important that I did read it. I believe this book should be required reading in college/high school, if it isn’t already.
❀ The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
This was kind of a disappointment because the mystery-thriller vibes weren’t as strong as I’d hoped going into this book. The writing was okay and it went by fairly quickly but it wasn’t totally memorable. Review here.
❀ How To Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman
This little book is perfect for a coffee table just to flip through now and again, but not one that made a huge impact on me. It did raise an interesting question as to what a person’s definition of happiness should be, and whether that should be universal. The art was also cute.
So there are all the books I read in September! I did have a good reading month but I don’t predict next month will be as good considering I start both my jobs and have college full time. I’m sure I’ll manage to get to some good ones, though!
Which books have you read this month? Which was your favourite? Have you read any that I have and we can discuss?
Thanks for reading, guys, and see you in the next one!