Hello everyone! Another month has come to a close. While my reading started off really slow this month, I did end up completing 7 books and a total of 2,492 pages! That’s pretty much the same I read last month so I’m satisfied with that!
Books Read in September
- The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – 3 stars
- Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco – 3.5 stars (mini review)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore – 4 stars (mini review)
To kick off the month, I started with The Library of Fates, which I had recently checked out from the library. It was a short book (only a little over 300 pages) so I finished it quickly. I thought the book was interesting and had a wonderful setting, but overall it was pretty forgettable. I finished this book on September 2nd and here I am on September 30th and I barely remember what happened in the book.
After finishing the first book of the month, I unfortunately went into a bit of a reading slump. Halfway through the second week of the month, I started reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore but ended up putting it down once I got Hunting Prince Dracula in the mail. Since I already wrote a short review of this book (linked above), I won’t say too much about it here. Overall, I liked Hunting Prince Dracula but not as much as the first book in the series, Stalking Jack the Ripper.
After finishing Hunting Prince Dracula, I went back to reading Graceling. It took me some time (about a week) to finish this book for some reason but I ended up enjoying it a lot! I also wrote a mini review for this book so give it a read if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts!
- Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – 3 stars (mini review)
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely – 4 stars
After finishing Graceling, I went into a little contemporary craze. I ended up reading 4 contemporary books in a row! (My favorite genre is fantasy but sometimes I just get in the mood for some contemporary.) I started with Saints and Misfits and while I loved the diversity in this book, I didn’t think the story had a good flow. For more of my thoughts, check out my short review linked above.
Next I read All American Boys, which was about a boy named Rashad, who was assaulted by a police officer for a crime he didn’t commit, and a boy named Quinn, who witnessed the attack and is close family friends with the police officer. This is an important and much needed book that I was so glad to see on my library’s summer reading shelf for local students. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake – 4.25 stars
- Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – 3.75 stars
After that, I picked up How to Make a Wish late one night when I couldn’t sleep and ended up reading 100 pages in one sitting! I finished the book later that day because I just couldn’t put it down! The writing was wonderful, the story was interesting, the characters were so authentic and real that I couldn’t help but connect to them, and I loved the diversity! The main character, Grace, is bisexual and the love interest, Eva, is biracial and a lesbian. I loved following Grace on her journey throughout this story and I would highly recommend this book to others!
The final book I finished this month was Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. This was another book that so wonderfully diverse! The main character is black, Jewish, and bisexual, the main character’s brother has bipolar disorder, the love interest is biracial (Korean/black) and has Ménière’s disease, the main character’s best friend is a lesbian, and another character is pansexual. While I didn’t completely fall in love with this book, I still really enjoyed it! I had a great time reading it and I especially loved the strong family aspect that is usually missing in contemporary novels. I would definitely recommend you check out this book!
Reading Challenge Progress
This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.
1. Goodreads Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 70 books (lowered from original goal of 75)
Completed in September: 7 books
Completed in 2017: 57 books
2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 backlist books
Completed in September: 2 books
Completed in 2017: 16 books
3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in September: 2 books
Completed in 2017: 30 books
4. Library Love Challenge
My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)
Completed in September: 5 books
Completed in 2017: 28 books
5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)
Completed in September: 0 letters
Completed in 2017: 21 letters
Was September a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!