Wrap Up | September 2020

Yesterday we talked about the books we added to our shelves in September and today it’s time to talk about the books that we read! Did we have a good reading month? Are we happy with the books we read? Keep on reading our September wrap up to find out!

Candyce

September is a month that really flew by. Before I knew it we were at the end of the month. I can’t complain about how my reading went though. In the end, I ended up reading 20 books and a total of 5,840 pages. Out of the 20 books I read 8 ARCs, 5 audiobooks, 4 paperbacks and 2 graphic novels. One thing that was surprising is that this month has had my lowest average rating over the year (3.8). Now that I’ve summarized my reading, let’s take a look at the books I read!

A Girl Called Shameless – Laura Steven

If you’ve been following our blog, you know I’m a big fan of The Exact Opposite of Okay. I finally read the sequel this month and it’s so good!! The review will be on the blog soon, but this is another one that I highly recommend.

The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan

I finally read the first book in the Percy Jackson series not too long ago. The sequel, The Sea of Monsters, was next on the list. My boyfriend read the first one as well and we read the second one together as well. Well, kind of. It’s fun to talk about books we’re both reading.

You Had Me at Hola – Alexis Daria

You Had Me at Hola was the swoonalong read of the month and I’m glad I read it. I loved the diverse cast and certain aspects I’ve never read in romances before. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this author. My full review will be online soon!

Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab

This was a last minute read at the end of the month. I was talking about the first one with a friend and Tunnel of Bones was just calling to me! I read this in almost one sitting and can’t wait for the third book. My full review will be online tomorrow.

Ironspark – C.M. McGuire

Ironspark wasn’t a book I knew about until talking about anticipated releases. A fast and fun read with a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes. It left me wanting more and I really hope we get a sequel. I still have a lot of questions.

The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life – Dani Jansen

When I read the synopsis this book sounded like a lot of fun! The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life was a quick read with a lot of fun moments. The main character grows a lot in this story and I feel there are quite a few lessons in this book.

The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Wow! That’s all I have to say about this book. Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an autobuy author for me and she proved once again why I love her books so much. The Inheritance Games is filled with twists and turns and lots of puzzles. I didn’t see the ending coming and I can’t wait for the sequel.

The Wild Path – Sarah R. Baughman

At first this cover caught my eye, because it’s just stunning! The Wild Path is a middle grade book that deals with some serious issues in such an amazing and age appropriate way. I loved this author’s writing and I can’t wait until she writes more.

Chasing Starlight – Teri Bailey Black

A historical fiction murder mystery that takes place in Hollywood. Chasing Starlight was a really interesting read. It took a bit to get going for me, but after that I kept on reading. I really feel the author took time and did the research for the setting.

A Curse of Gold – Annie Sullivan

A Touch of Gold was the first book in this King Midas retelling and I was really looking forward to the sequel. A Curse of Gold was a fast and fun read, but it definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. There was a lot of action, but that’s where it kind of stayed. I needed more story and development.

Loathe Thy Neighbor – Teagan Hunter

Teagan Hunter is my go to author when I need a book that’s going to make me laugh. This enemies to lovers romance was a lot of fun. Also, I loved the pet turtle.

A Golden Fury – Samanth Cohoe

I actually don’t have the blog tour for A Golden Fury until next month, but a friend and I decided to buddy read this one together. I really enjoyed this story. I haven’t read many books where the philosopher’s stone plays a big part, but this was really interesting. My review will be up this month.

Lies & Lullabies – Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is an author I’ve really enjoyed and I was excited to read Lies & Lullabies. It was fun, but it was missing something for me. I enjoyed the characters, but it just didn’t feel really new.

Sick Kids in Love – Hannah Moskowitz

I got the e-arc for Sick Kids in Love way too long ago, so it was really time for me to read it. I saw the audiobook was available and gave it a go. Sick Kids in Love was a good book. It was nice to see the author talk about the invisible illnesses.

The Foxhole Court – Nora Sakavic

The Foxhole Court and the two other books in the trilogy are books I keep seeing everywhere. A lot of people love them, including Isabelle. So I decided it was time to give it a go. This book was different than I expected, but really good. I’ll be reading the second book soon.

Nobody Knows But You – Anica Mrose Rossi

When I saw Nobody Knows But You I was really curious. I love the cover and the story sounded really interesting. Books with unreliable narrators are so much fun and this one definitely reminded me why I love them.

Kind of a Big Deal – Shannon Hale

Another book that has a cover I love and the story sounded interesting. Getting sucked into the books your reading sounds pretty cool. Unfortunately, this book was a letdown. It was a weird book and I’m still not really sure what I read.

Even if We Break – Marieke Nijkamp

Even if We Break is a book that caught my attention and sounded really interesting. Unfortunately, this was another disappointment. I have to say this story started out really strong and was everything I expected. Then the second half was mostly about the characters and things in their past and I feel it took over the story. I loved how diverse the cast was and learning more about them, but for me it was just a bit too much.

Wicked Things #1 & Wicked Things #2 – John Allison

I was scrolling through Scribd and stumbled upon Wicked Things. This comic is from the same author that created Giant Days. I enjoyed the first two issues and hope to read the other two on Scribd soon.

Summary
Favourite book:
A Girl Called Shameless – Lauren Steven
Least favourite:
Kind of a Big Deal – Shannon Hale
 Most surprising: The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Isabelle

This month was another reading month that was a bit disappointing. I’ve read 5 books, one more than last month but still not that great to be honest. Unfortunately this is my life right now and I just hope I’ll be able to read more in the coming months. I read 1536 pages over 2 eARC’s, 2 audiobooks and a graphic novel. My rating was pretty good as well, an average rating of 4.3 so in that regard my reading month was good after all ;).


Chasing Starlight – Terri Bailey Black

This was a great book! I read it because I participated in the blog tour for this and it sparked my historical fiction fire even more. After really enjoying this, also for the setting, I really want to pick up more historical fiction stories.


Ten Things I Hate About Pinky – Sandhya Menon

I had this eARC for a bit but hadn’t read it yet when I came across the audiobook on Storytel. That was the perfect time to finally read this. And I was pleasantly surprised. After not really liking Of Curses and Kisses and not having read the first 2 book in this companion series I didn’t have high hopes. Turns out I was wrong!


You Had Me At Hola – Alexis Daria

This was a group read for TBR and Beyond and I was already excited to read this. I also found the audiobook on Storytel and flew through it. At this point I can’t really say I don’t like contemporary anymore haha. While there were some points I didn’t love, overall I really like this book. You can expect a review soon!


The Wild Path – Sarah R. Baughman

While I was excited for this book, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. This MG deals with some heavy topics and did so in a great way. Happy to have had the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for this one for sure.



Fence vol. 4: Rivals – C.S. Pacat

I LOVE the first three volumes of Fence and I had been looking forward to this fourth one for awhile. Somehow I missed the release completely but luckily Candyce gifted me this one for our Blog B’day Boxes. And I read it almost immediately haha, it was amazing and I hope we get the next volume soon.

Summary
Favourite book:
Fence vol 4: Rivals – C.S. Pacat
Least favourite: 
10 Things I Hate About Pinky – Sandhya Manon (still a 4 star though!)
 Most surprising: The Wild Path – Sarah R. Baughman

So these are the books we read in September! If you’ve read any of these, we’d love to hear what you thought of them! Also, if you’ve read any amazing books we need to know about, let us know in the comments.

3 thoughts on “Wrap Up | September 2020

  1. I’ve had Laura Stevens’ next book on my Kindle for ages, and it’s starting to annoy me that I’ve not read it yet!

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