September has been a wild month of writing and reading and emotions. I wrote a total of 27,000+ words towards my current WIP (read more in my writing update section) and read five books. I also may have had a few little meltdowns about finishing my book and worried that everyone will hate it and that I’ll never get published and be a failure.
You know, the usual month for me.
BUT ANYWAYS, September is over and October is here, which means it’s time to review over what I’ve read. I was hoping to read more this month, but five is a great count towards knocking down my TBR. Though from here on until the end of the year, I’m not going to add any more books to my TBR and instead focus on reading the ninety-two books I have to read. My goal is to try to read twenty more books by the end of the year, knocking it down to around seventy. But that would mean I would have to read about ten books each month, SO WE SHALL SEE.
1. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
My Lady Jane was such a fun historical retelling. It was lighthearted and humorous without being cheesy. It had the proper amount of sass and modern references to make me smile and laugh, all while keeping me intrigued by the political drama of the novel.
Ashton, Brodi, and Meadows banded together to create a magnificent book that yanked me right out of my reading slump. My Lady Jane was the first book in months that I was aching to pick back up and finish. Summer leached those feelings away, but My Lady Jane brought them back. So thank you, my dear darlings.
2. Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of Metaltown by the lovely Kristen Simmons herself. I had already read The Glass Arrow from Simmons last year and loved it. And though I didn’t love Metaltown as much as The Glass Arrow, it was still a riveting story with a grungy, sci-fi setting that will pull you down into its dirty depths. Despite this being a fictional world, it isn’t too different from our own. This is sure to open your eyes about certain topics.
You can find my full review for Metaltown here.
3. Wendy Darling: Seas by Colleen Oakes
Wendy Darling: Seas is the sequel to Wendy Darling: Stars, a retelling of Peter and Wendy told from Wendy’s perspective. But this retelling has a dark, twisted underbelly that will leave you gaping. Oakes’ lush writing style will entwine you in this new version of Neverland, one where Peter is the villain.
I can’t say too much about Seas being that it is a sequel, but I can say that it was an enjoyable read spilling over with blood and magic. But like most sequels, I don’t feel too much happened. Although, the development within the characters was superb. Definitely give this series a read if you haven’t already!
4. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
The Wolf Wilder was an adventurous middle-grade novel with a snowy, Russian atmosphere, sassy children, and WOLVES. I mean, what’s NOT to love about that. And also, LOOK AT THIS COVER AND THIS FONT OMG.
*clears throat* Alright, but despite these qualities, I only liked this novel. There were some wonderful quotes wrapped up in this wintry environment, but I wasn’t too fond of any of the characters. We all know I love sass. All of my stories are full of sass. But I wasn’t able to connect with any of these characters and found their sass to have a little too much attitude. Still, this was a quick and easy read with a stunning setting.
5. Vixen by Rosie Garland
With the gorgeous cover and the interesting synopsis of Vixen, I was expecting a lush historical tale with hints of magical realism and possibly a dark setting, being that it takes place during the great plague. But this book was off-putting, to say the least. Almost every other scene was a detailed sex scene with the use of words that made me uncomfortable.
I appreciate the themes Garland presents in this book and how she develops them, but with her rich prose, it was difficult to understand what was happening most of the time. She created some gorgeous strings of words, but then when she threw in words such as, “turd”, “fart”, and “cunny” over and over again, it felt as though she was just trying to make the reader uncomfortable. And it worked. This book made me so uncomfortable to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the book, which is unfortunate because of that amazing cover. *sigh*
I wasn’t able to find any new favorites this month, but I am proud of myself for reading this many books and writing over 27,000+ words. Despite my little meltdowns, this new month has brought me hope and joy thanks to my family, my friends, my characters, and all of you. I can’t thank you all enough for your constant support and positivity.
Cheers to a new month to the magical world of literature, to reading and writing it!