I hope you all had a good September! This month it was my birthday, and as lockdown is still going strong in Melbourne, I basically sat inside and ate cupcakes for a week (which I’m not complaining about at all, because they were excellent). I still seem to be reading more slowly than earlier in the year, and I think it’s probably because the whole current situation and worries about the future are just getting harder and harder to ignore (and the fact I keep picking up my phone to doom scroll). I’m hoping this will improve a little in October if only because I’m participating in the very fun Gothtober readathon and have a very exciting TBR! Anyway without further ado, here’s my September wrap-up!
This month I read a total of 8 books (and another two for work purposes), so technically I did reach my goal of 10 books this month, though I am still reading slower than usual. Especially considering I haven’t quite finished Phoenix Extravagant…. But the even better news is that my pile of ARCs is now looking much more manageable. I didn’t finish all of them, but I’ve only got one outstanding for the year and it’s a November release so I have a little while to read it.
A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe (review to come)
The Midnight Bargain by C.L Polk (review to come)
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (review to come)
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (okay I technically haven’t quite finished this one but I’m counting it, review to come for this one too)
Books purchased/borrowed/approved for
My library reopened for collection orders and it was my birthday in September, so I had a slightly larger than usual book haul this month!
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
The Song of Achilles of Madeline Miller
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Legendborn by Tracey Deonn
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
After Elias by Eddy Boudel Tan
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
These Violent Delights by Michah Nemerever
I’m participating in the Gothtober readathon and I posted yesterday about all the spooky gothic fiction on my TBR, you can check out my post here!
My blog posts
- The Four Profound Weaves by R.B Lemberg
- Iron Heart by Nina Varela
- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
- The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
- The Roommate by Rosie Danan
- The Ikessar Falcon by K.S Villoso
- Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot
- August wrap up
- 46 young adult science fiction books you can read instead of books by old, white racists
- Folklore book tag
- The Poppy War book tag
- Books I need to read by the end of the year
- Gothtober TBR
Here are some of my favourite posts from the community this month!
- Mols @ Mols by Moonlight had an INCREDIBLE blog month, I am in awe of these posts!! Check out 50 authors describing their WIP in one sentence, 101 dark fiction books that aren’t by men, an interview with K-Ming Chang, the author of a highly anticipated release, Bestiary, and some really awesome books on part one of her 2021 anticipated releases! Seriously, I am in awe at how wonderful every single one of these posts were.
- E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook posted a huge list of LGBTQ+ Retellings. I adore retellings, so this list expanded my TBR so much.
- Charlotte and Anna @ Reads Rainbow, wrote a discussion on the erasure of the word lesbian for YA literature, it is well worth a read!
- Aentee @ Read at Midnight posted an absolutely fascinating post about tigers in Viet lore and how this lore connects to several upcoming novellas.
- Hsinju @ Hsinju’s Lit Log created a list celebrating 2021 sapphic book releases from LGBTIQA+ publishers and self-published authors. It’s huge and amazing and I honestly don’t know how I’m supposed to read all these amazing books next year?!
- Laura @ The Book Corps has a list of trans and nonbinary books you should suppot instead of You Know Who, featuring some of my favourite authors!
And now to SPOOKY MONTH! I’m so excited for my October TBR so I’m hoping that I’m going to have a more positive reading month than the last few months. I hope everyone else has as relaxing a month as possible in our current times. What are you hoping to read this month? Let me know in the comments!