September Wrap-up / October TBR

WOW! September has been my best reading month so far this year (both in terms of the number of books I read and the quality of the books)! I ended up finishing 9 books and am currently over 70% done with another! One of my other goals for the month was to try and read 50% of the books I had listed in my previous TBR post. And I’m proud to announce that I managed to read exactly 50% of my original September TBR lol! Without further ado, let’s get into some of stats and reads for this month.

September Reading Stats

Number of books read: 9 (this is probably the most I’ve ever read since COVID shut downs)

Number of pages read: 3212

Average rating: 4 / 5 Stars (It’s been a while since I’ve broken the 4 star average rating. That means I read a lot of excellent books this month!)

Number of books dnf: 0

Genres: sociology, contemporary, epic fantasy, romance

September Books

Here are all the books I finished in September! I really felt like I was trying to figure out what I wanted to read from the wide variety of genres that you can see below. Fortunately, all of the books were fantastic! You can tell it’s a good reading month when most of the ratings are clustered between 4 and 5 stars.

Favorites:
Little Fires Everywhere – great characterization and a gripping story! Despite being close to 400 pages, I finished this in 2 days because I simply could not put it down. For those that love contemporary family drama in a suburban neighborhood, this book is made for you!
The Queen’s Gambit – I’m not going to lie, I picked this book up because it was on sale in the Kindle store and I loved the Netflix TV series. The TV show does a good job following the entire storyline. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to experience Beth Harmon’s genius again.

Most surprising:
Evicted – I picked this up on a whim because everything else I held at the library were not immediately available for pick up. Be warned; this is a deeply depressing story. But it’s also an important story, and I thoroughly appreciate Matthew Desmond’s efforts to tell it.
With the Fire on High – this is probably my favorite Elizabeth Acevedo book! I think she’s most well-known for Poet X, but I liked this one more! It’s a very heart-warming story that centers around a young mother who persevered to achieve her dreams as a chef. The story is also set in Philadelphia, where I’m currently living, to make it a little more relatable for me.

Most disappointing: White Sand #3, but you guys already know this.

New author: Elizabeth Acevedo is incredible! I would also highly recommend to listen to all of her audiobooks – she is an amazing poet and the stories are so much better when you hear her narrating the book.


October TBR

Traditionally, I like to read some spooky novels in October, but right now, I’m really craving some epic high fantasy. Let’s see how many of these I end up finishing at the end of the month! As always, if you have read any of these, please let me know which ones are your favorite so I can properly prioritize! As you’ve probably noticed, a lot of these books are quite lengthy 🙂

As always, happy reading!!!

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