September is ending!? How did that happen? It seems like only yesterday it was starting and I was getting all excited for autumn. We are now going into spooky season and I am so excited for it!
September was a weird reading month for me, as I started the month off still in a bit of a reading slump. I read 5 books for the whole of September, which considering I usually read 9 – 12 a month is low for me.
I am slowly coming out of the slump now though, and I have lots of spooky reads planned for October!
How did your September reading go?
Books I Read in September
1 ) Chinglish by Sue Cheung
This was a really delightful read that I raced through. I loved how it was written in diary format and that along with the beautiful illustrations made it so personal, it was as if I was Jo at times! This book does touch on some sensitive topics such as domestic abuse, child abuse and child slavery but all are handled with great care, which I admire the author for.
2 ) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
A few of my friends had been begging me to read this book, so I finally gave in and WOW! I was blown away! I loved how an original spin was given to such a famous part of history. Audrey Rose is such a feminist icon and I loved her determination to live her life her own way. Also, the fact she is into forensics is so incredible! Oh and Thomas Cresswell is now my new fictional bae.
3 ) Potkin & Stubbs: The Haunting of Peligan City by Sophie Green
This is the second book in a three book series by MG author Sophie Green. This, in my opinion was even better than the first book! This world that Sophie has created is just inspiring and I, at times, have wondered what it would be like to live in Peligan City. The mystery within The Haunting of Peligan City had me gripped and I just needed to know what happened next! Being back with Lil and Nedly was just what I needed to get out of my little reading slump.
4 ) Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern
I don’t read many graphic novels but this one pulled me in straight away! From the very start I knew this was going to be a graphic novel that I was going to end up loving. Everything about it was fabulous! The unique storyline was so bonkers but I loved it and I just couldn’t stop laughing at times. It had a real comedic feel to it which is solely needed in today’s times. Also, the illustrations were so quirky and definitely added to the extravagant style of the entire book. Bloodlust and Bonnets is certainly a graphic novel that I would pick up again and I can’t wait to see what the author, Emily McGovern writes next!
5 ) Angel Mage by Garth Nix
This was my first delve into a Garth Nix novel and I was very eager to read it after receiving an early copy from Gollancz. This is a high fantasy novel, and as someone who doesn’t read much of this genre I did find it hard to get into at first. There was so much going on and I found myself having to backtrack a bit to figure out characters and their backstories. However, the world building was just excellent and I found myself being pulled into the story by this alone. By the end of the book I was gobsmacked at how much I enjoyed it. Due to this I will definitely be reading more high fantasy in the future.