September truly flew by! I’ve been so busy between LIFE, traveling, and back to concerts and Broadway – but I did manage to sneak some reading in this month.
I wrote an September TBR post – how did I do? I read 2 books on my TBR, I’m currently in the middle of White Smoke, and I FINALLY finished reading Fresh which I was in the middle of 4ever! I had hoped to read more when flying to/from Seattle (5+ hour flight from NYC…) but I found I couldn’t really focus and opted for graphic novels instead.
In September, I read 8 books total including 3 graphic novels and DNF-ed 1 book. I either loved the books I read this month or hated them – there wasn’t much in between.
- Six Crimson Cranes – Audiobook – 4/5 ★★★★☆
Six Crimson Cranes is a retelling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson – but don’t worry if you don’t know the original – I didn’t, and I still very much enjoyed Six Crimson Cranes! If you love fairytales and folklore mixed with Asian culture and some adventure, this is worth picking up.
I loved the growth of Shiori over the course of this book – she goes from spoiled princess to a more humble young woman and learns about the world and the struggles many people face every day, and the injustice of the world. Her paper crane Kiki was a constant source of joy for me and a voice of reason to Shiori, I loved Kiki!
I loved the pacing of this book and there was never a slow or dull moment. I don’t want to say much more because I had so much fun experiencing this book without knowing too much.
2. Sweethand – Audiobook – DNF @ 65% ★★☆☆☆
I tried. I really tried. The audiobook narrator is probably one of the worst I’ve heard. She has such a monotone voice to the point I can barely tell when different characters are speaking. And the plot is….dull.
It SOUNDED good but nothing is really happening. I don’t know why Cherisse and Keiran hate it each other, and the attraction just feels forced and I don’t particularly care about either of them. I’m at 65% and theres barely any romance. They kissed, but I didn’t feel much from it. I’ve read better romance stories. The baking aspect isn’t spoken about as much as I would have hoped…. and based on the reviews I’ve read, it doesn’t get much better.
As much as I wanted to like this one, I’m calling it quits. SIGH.
3. Black Star – Graphic Novel – 2/5 ★★☆☆☆
I was excited to read this one, but unfortunately there really isn’t much plot here. We were never given enough details for me to care about either character. This gave me major This Is How You Lose the Time War vibes – and I didn’t like that either. I just can’t connect to books that don’t have much of a plot.
I will say I loved the artwork and coloring, I thought the art was stunning! The story just lagged and I didn’t care about it at all…
4 & 5. Saga Volume 8 & 9 – Graphic Novel – 5/5 ★★★★★
Finally getting back to finishing this series and wow. I love this series so much. The art. The story. Its amazing. If you aren’t reading Saga, you really need to be.
I would like to speak to the manager and ask WHO ALLOWED THIS SERIES TO END ON SUCH A CLIFFHANGER AND THEN NOT CONTINUE ON?!
I’m hollow inside. I need more. Fantastic series and I really do hope it continues one day!!! It’s such a beautiful and raw story. I love it. 10/10 recommend.
6. Small Favors – Audiobook – 2.5/5 ★★☆☆☆
This story started off really promising. Small prairie town, very remote, place where everyone knows everyone for their entire lives. Then one day the supply party goes missing and all that returns is a horse, attacked and barely alive anymore, which leads to suspicions of something in the woods.
While this started off promising, the plot was just too slow for my tastes. It felt like the story dragged on without anything actually progressing or happening until almost 75% into the book. I wish the pacing was better as the middle completely drags.
The climax of the book happens very quickly and the ending left me disappointed, without much being resolved – there are so many questions I still have and it just…ended. I really wanted to like this book but sadly this one fell short for me.
7. The Devil Makes Three – Audiobook – 4/5 ★★★★☆
The title ‘The Devil Makes Three’ already tips you off this is going to be a horror story and it doesn’t lie. It’s creepy as heck and I recommend reading at night for maximum horror effect – don’t worry, its not TOO much horror, it is still young adult after all!
This story truly won me over and it was such a fast paced read, it was hard to stop at any point in the story. I love the tenuous friendship that forms between Eliot and Tess – he’s a rich boy and she doesn’t want to get close to him when she hates his father, but Eliot just wants to be friends with Tess. Once again it felt natural and the interactions between them never felt forced.
I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad I picked it up this spooky season!
8. Fresh – Audiobook – 5/5 ★★★★★
Two words: TENDER. CHICKEN.
This book was so REAL and so much fun! An excellent new adult book about college life and the reality of living on your own. You make choices and have to deal with the consequences of them. Very sex positive with our biseuxal and ADHD queen Elliot.
Please check content warnings as this book has on page sexual assault – and underage drinking & partying etc. other college things but the SA was intense.
Movies: I watched Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in theaters and LOVED IT so much! I knew I would like it, but the action and martial arts and overall movie really blew me away. A truly stunning movie – even if you aren’t a Marvel fan, its worth a watch!
Me: -wins lottery tickets-
LOL but seriously! My luck is out of this world sometimes! I won the chance to purchase lottery tickets for Springsteen on Broadway for his second to last performance on September 3rd. The show was Bruce Springsteen telling stories and performing songs – and he was incredible. Such a vibe in that room. Broadway is requiring patrons to be fully vaccinated (or I believe negative COVID test?) and masks on at all times – so I felt safe attending.
Concerts: I saw Walk The Moon two times on their current Dream Plane tour – on 9/25 in New Haven, CT and on 9/28 in Brooklyn, NY. Both concerts were out of this world amazing – maybe its because these were my first small venue GA shows, but damn Walk The Moon put on such an energetic and fun show! I am very much in love with them and want to see them again and again! I already can’t wait until next tour. Highly recommend checking them out!
I attended my first ever Ren Faire on Labor Day, The New York Renaissance Faire! I can’t believe I’ve never attended before, it was so much fun. I loved the environment, the performances, and just being in a place with other people who love the same weird things I do. I’m already looking forward to going back next year!
Mid-September I traveled to Washington State for a week! I went with a friend and we started with a day in the city of Seattle and then went into nature. We spent a day at Mt. Saint Helens in Ape Caves (where I uh, got injured and had to go to Urgent Care whoopssss – I’m fine now!) and hiking a short trail on the mountain. Mt. Rainier – hiked close to 10 miles in a day! Olympic National Park in the Olympic Peninsula – another fun adventure hiking. And finally, the last day was spent in Forks, WA. Yes, the home of Twilight. This wasn’t intentional, it was actually really close to the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park so it just worked out well. It rained and was cold the entire day. I can see why Twilight was set in Forks! Perfect town. It was surreal to experience Forks for myself – I might make a separate blog post for that… time passes differently on vacation and I enjoyed it so much. AND it was my first time on a plane since February 2020. It wasn’t terrible for the ~5+ hour flight from NYC.