Monthly Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up ||| September 2017

Question: how are we in October already? September flew by and was kind of hectic since I’ve started back at uni and am now trying to get back into the swing of things. On a side note, I apologise if my posts are a little bit scattered at the moment since I have a hectic schedule and I’m trying to get things read for NaNoWriMo which starts in 30 days!

Anyway, let’s talk about how I did in the month of September:

Number of Books Read: 13
Rereads: 7
TBR books tackled: 6
Total pages read: 5284

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seem to be watching her, nor the signs of danger than Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves.

Its’ the other house; the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

I enjoyed this book. it was exceptionally written and Coraline was a likeable character. The setting was believably enchanting yet dark as well. Just the sort of thing that a child would dream of. However, I came into this knowing and adoring the film that came out in 2009. And the film left this impression on me. To the point that I actually enjoyed the film far more which is kind of disappointing. Some of my favourite sequences were not in the source material and that left me just a little bit heartbroken. It’s a good book, don’t get me wrong. Just a bit disappointing compared to the film. But I still enjoyed it enough to give it five stars.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

This tale follows young Tristran Thorin, who one fateful night, promises his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star for her beyond the Wall that stands between their rural English town (known as Wall) and the Faerie realm. No one ever ventures beyond the Wall expect to attend an enchanted flee market that is held every nine years. But Tristran bravely sets out to fetch the fallen star and thus win the hand of his true love.

This is another book that has been turned into a star studded film. And it was because of the film that I picked it up. I wanted to go into more detail about the characters and see the world in a brighter light. However, I was honestly disappointed. This and the film are hardly alike to the point that I was pouring through the pages, waiting for some of my favourite scenes or characters that never appeared. Unlike Coraline, I didn’t really enjoy this version of the events and I was somewhat disappointed that the Ghosts (who had such wonderful commentary in the film) were hardly even seen. Yes the magic of Gaiman is shown through the wonderful prose but the plot didn’t play up to my expectations. Three stars.

Education Rita, by Willy Russell

Rita is a working class woman from Liverpool who has a third for education. So with the help of the Open University and a lecturer called Frank she delves deep into the world of Literature.

This play has been on my radar for years. I simply adore Blood Brothers which is a musical by Willy Russell and my dad has been recommending this for me for probably five years now. Maybe longer. So I decided to pick it up. Rita truly shows the power of education as she goes through an outstanding character development whilst subtly showing how some men react towards women achieving an education. Five glorious stars!

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of the a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

I decided to reread this book this month as the second book has just been released and I wanted to ensure that there were not any key moments that I had forgotten. I adored this the first time round and that didn’t change when I came to the second reading. Mia was as sarcastic as I remembered and Mister Kindly reflected her completely. With each chapter I was realising or noticing something that I hadn’t previously seen. Something that I adore with books. Foreshadowing at its best. I also adored the side notes that Mister Kristoff added in, giving me a taste of the extensive world he created whilst also enjoying the narrators voice. A breathtaking read that deserves its five stars.

Bone, by Yrsa Daley-Ward

This poetry collection reflects on the competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations, to being a first generation black woman to so much more. It shows just what it means to be human.

I was sent this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And though I wanted to love it. I found myself really disliking this. I know that the details in the poems are important topics that need to be discussed. But the poetic style was one that I couldn’t understand or pay attention to. I found myself skimming the pages to the point that I can’t actually remember anything that happened throughout the collection.
Two stars, i’m afraid.

Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen year old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, the fabled Celaena Sardothien. But she made a mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a tournament to the death – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

I decided to reread the whole series this month in order to celebrate the release of Tower of Dawn, which funnily enough I haven’t picked up yet. I’m glad that I did though because I was able to notice so many different things that had previously been hidden. I know that this series is problematic, I acknowledge that but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it anymore. Five stars.

Godsgrave, by Jay Kristoff

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of the a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

I don’t know what I was expecting with this book, I knew it was going to be great but I wasn’t really sure where Mister Kristoff was going to take it. But everything that happened in this book, I adored. I was hooked from the get go and I love that Jay doesn’t make sexuality a big thing. Something that is even more obvious in this. He just sort of says, Mia is with this person who just so happens to be male or just so happens to be female. He plays on their relationship rather than their sexes. Which so few authors do. Thank you for that. And that ending. I am still blown away by that ending and I need the next book now. What the hell was that ending!!!
Five stars.

The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Hoping to win Lydia Languish’s affection, Captain Jack Absolute woos the pretty miss by pretending to be a penniless ensign named Beverley. Hilarity thus ensues.

I was given this book a few years ago to read for my A-Levels and then we decided to cover Henrik Ibsen’s work instead. Something I’m grateful for because I hated this book. I couldn’t stand the characters and the comedic timing was off throughout. Maybe I’d have liked the play itself better but I couldn’t connect with the characters. One star.

Moon, by James Herbert

The nightmare begins before you sleep …

He had fled from the terrors of his past, finding refuge in the quietness of the island. And for a time, he lived in peace. Until the ‘sightings’ began, visions of horror seeping into his mind like poisonous tendrils, violent acts that were hideously macabre, the thoughts becoming intense.

He witnessed the grotesque acts of another, a thing that glorified in murder and mutilation, a monster that soon became aware of the observer within its own mind. And relished contact. A creature that would eventually come to the island to seek him out …

I don’t know what I was expecting from this book. I adored The Rats when I read it last year but this book just didn’t have the same dramatic tension. I wasn’t fearful for the characters and the ending left me confused. I was expecting something chilling, the creature to be something outlandish or someone we know but instead I was left disappointed. Yes, the ability was chilling but the book itself, didn’t match up to it. Three Stars.

And there we have it, there are the books that I read in the month of September. It was a decent reading month but I think I could have got a bit more done if I hadn’t been distracted by Netflix and getting back into my uni routine.

How did you do in September? Discover a new favourite?

Side note: I’m going to take part in #OWNtober which is a monthly challenge hosted by books & munches. Which you basically just have to read what’s on your tbr. It sounded fun so I thought I’d give it a go and since I don’t do monthly tbr posts I thought I’d mention it here.

Feel free to join me. Oh and let me know what book I’ve read is top of your tbr.

-IAMAGEEKINGGINGER!

Book Total of 2017 – 115

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8 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up ||| September 2017”

  1. Awesome that you’re joining! 😀

    I haven’t read any of the ToG-books yet, but I did order them a while back, so as soon as they’ve arrived, I’ll probably jump right in and read them, haha. I’ve heard way too much about it not to. Plus I loved the ACOTAR-books, so that’s another motivation to read more of Maas’ books!

    Happy reading! ^-^

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    1. I think it’s a great idea, I just don’t do TBRs so I thought I should mention it here. Definitely give ToG a go, I love it, but just bare in mind that it isn’t perfect in the sense of diversity and representation. I hope you did well for your reading this month 🙂

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      1. Actual TBR’s aren’t really necessary. Most of the time I just make a list of the books that would fit my monthly challenge and then check which ones I read by the end of the month, haha.
        I just use them to focus on a certain theme and get through my TBR a bit. 🙂

        I’ll keep that in mind! Thank you 🙂

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      2. See for me, if I make a list of books and say ‘I could read something from this this month’. I won’t read it. It completely puts me off of it. So I just sort of go with the flow 😀

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    1. I think Sarah’s books are great. Just push through the early start of ToG, her writing isn’t as developed as later on. Thanks for reading, and thanks hun 🙂

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