September Wrap Up

Guys, is it just me, or did I write my September TBR like yesterday, and now here we are at the end of the month wrapping it up? That’s crazy!

If you read my September TBR and August Wrap Up, you’ll know that August wasn’t a good month for me reading wise, and as a result, I had pretty low expectations for this past month.

However, I’m happy to report, I’ve actually had a pretty good reading month reading a total of 9 books.

I suppose the easiest way to approach this is to just jump in to some book stats and to let them speak for themselves…

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Now, let’s take a closer look…

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens

4-stars
+ Really lovely dynamic amongst the members of the ‘Hexagon’

+ I liked that this novel tried (emphasis on the tried) to normalise Christianity

+ I loved the setting in the Deep South

+ I flew through this book, the writing so easily digestible and lovely

– I wish it could have distanced the sexuality from the Christian message – but I’ll explain that more in my full review, coming soon to a blog near you!

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

4-stars

+ I am fascinated by the Cold War so this was right up my alley

+ I really liked the presentation of the complexities of the narrator’s character, he truly did sympathise with both sides of the conflict and that was interesting to see

+ Even though he was often despicable as a character, I really enjoyed the narrator’s brutal honesty

+ The general writing style was really wonderful – there was humour and there was seriousness, but altogether it was a fluid and engaging piece

– Occasionally, the discussion was a little too graphic for my tastes, but I think it was necessary to the plot and the development of the character so it’s more of an FYI rather than an actual negative.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling

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+ Love, love, loved this novel – which surprised me because I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one

+ I loved all the magical descriptions in this novel, the wizarding world is really starting to flesh out in this instalment

+ Stephen Fry’s narration – just amazing.

+ The flying car – who doesn’t love the flying car?

+ Rowling managed to turn what is, to all extents and purposes, a filler novel into something quite interesting and enjoyable to read – that’s impressive in my eyes.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

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+ Miss Trelawney and her hilarious divination classes… just amazing.

+ The introduction of Sirius and Lupin (two of my favourites from the movies and now my favourites in the novels too)

+ The dementors – I’ve always loved the dementors as a concept, especially in that scene where Lupin has them fight the Bogart, it’s just fab

+ Hermione and the time turner – I don’t think it had ever really clicked with me that she had the turner because she was taking too many classes!

+ J K Rowling’s writing has really hit its stride by this point in the series, it’s getting to be really polished and utterly page turning

Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant Book 10) by Derek Landy

4-stars

+ Oh, the nostalgia of it all!

+ I love that Stephanie has grown up with her fans, as she’s now in her 20’s, I found her new outlook really relatable.

+ The introduction of the Hogwarts-esque sorcerer school was amazing

+ A happy-ish ending for once – a true revelation in a Derek Landy novel

– Did feel a little bit repetitive in places, I feel like a lot of the action was things we’d seen in previous novels

A Midsummer Nights Dream by William Shakespeare

4-stars

+ Those Shakespearean insults, particularly between Hermia and Helena

+ The complexities of the love triangle and how it translates into humour

+ Bottom the Weaver, both as a human and with the head of an ass

+ The Shakespearian English – I haven’t read any Shakespeare in a long time so I was pretty excited to get back into it

– I got really confused with all the Greek names… everybody just sounded the same!

Henry V by William Shakespeare

3-star

+ It’s Shakespeare, it’s a work of art no matter the plot or characters!

+ I really liked thinking about how the scenes in French would translate to an English audience – it was an interesting idea

+ In true Shakespeare fashion, she managed to make something quite serious fairly funny and generally great entertainment

– The histories, in general, I just find hard work, they’re not my favourite of his works

– Again, I found all the names of the knights and the bishops had to follow – I kept getting confused as to who was who.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling

4-stars

+ I love all the extra details we got in this book, I guess it’s only to be expected saying as it’s the length of the first 3 books combined!

+ I love the Tri-Wizard Tournament as a concept, it was never one of my favourite movies (because ugh, Robert Pattinson) but I enjoyed it in the book

+ The beginning of Ron/Hermione – not sure I quite ship them just yet, but we’ll see how I get on in the next couple of novels

+ I feel like you can really see how the series is maturing in this instalment, let the series of deaths commence!

– Honestly, there’s no one reason why this isn’t getting 5 stars, it just didn’t feel like a 5-star I guess. I definitely preferred Prisoner of Azkaban.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

4-stars

+ I love a good dystopian, so this was right up my alley

+ Even though this book is tiny, I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I finished it, it’s a classic after all

+ I listened to a bit of this on Audible, narrated by Tim Robbins – I wish I’d had that audiobook at the start, it was fantastic

+ The complexities of this world and the social critique it posed were really interesting (from the perspecive of an English lit nerd)

— I found aspects, particulalry at the beginning of the story, hard to get my head around… I know that was probably the intention, but it slowed down my reading a lot.

And that’s it! Not a bad reading month I suppose. I’m not setting myself a TBR for the month of October as I have a uni reading list as long as my arm that I need to focus on instead, I’m just going to see how it goes and maybe pick up the TBR train again in November.

How did you guys get on this month? Good, bad, other? Let me know in the comments down below, I’m always looking for book recommendations!

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