Hi everyone! What a difference a month makes huh? I said in my last update that things were feeling semi-normal here, but a rise in coronavirus cases over the past month means that more restrictions are being announced tomorrow. I’m not expecting much to change where I live as I’m not in a hotspot area, but I’ve definitely been feeling more on edge and unsettled in the last few weeks. I hope that wherever you are in the world, that you’re doing okay and taking care of yourselves!
For anyone who is new to my blog over the past month, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge originated by Sarah K at The YA Book Traveler. The challenge is pretty simple, you pick a list of backlist books from your TBR (books not published in the year you’re reading them) and read them over the course of a year. I always do 12, one for each month, and then every month I post an update of all the books I’ve been reading (not just the challenge ones). In September I read 4 books, so slightly down on last month, but I still think it’s pretty good. Here’s what I read in September:
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson
This was the September Book of The Month read for the YA Addicted Book Club on Goodreads, and it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for a while, since I’ve heard such great things. I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint, this tightly plotted, twisty thriller is definitely up there with my favourite books of this year! I read this one from 25th August-12th September (which I think is the first time in the entire time I’ve been doing Goodreads Challenges that I’ve finished a book on my birthday!). Here is my review of it:
Queen of Volts (The Shadow Game #3)-Amanda Foody
My Netgalley read for the month and one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I do have to admit, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, as it was a lot slower than I was expecting and it took me a while to get into, but it was an ultimately satisfying finale to the series. I read this one from 24th August-22nd September (SHE’S A CHUNKER). Here’s my review of it:
Bloodwitch (Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard:
This was my audiobook read for September. I was a little let down by Windwitch but I’m glad to say that Bloodwitch was much better (though I still find myself incredibly confused by all of the different POVs) and I’m looking forward to reading Witchshadow when it comes out in February. I read this one from 5th September-4th October. Here is my review of it:
Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2) by Victoria Schwab:
My September #RockMyTBR read after a last minute swap when I wasn’t feeling my original choice. I definitely enjoyed City of Ghosts more, but Tunnel of Bones was still a fun romp through Paris and I’m looking forward to seeing where Cass’s adventures go in New Orleans in the next book. I read this one from 27th September-7th October. Here is my review of it:
So that’s what I read in September, here’s what I have coming up in October (or what’s left of it, since this is a little later than I would usually post my #RockMyTBR Update!):
The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman
My October #RockMyTBR read after a last minute swap! I’m not very far through it yet, the chapters are quite long so I get the sense it might take me a while to read despite being a relatively short book.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue-VE Schwab
My Netgalley read for the month and my most anticipated read of the year. I’m LOVING IT so far, I’m a little over halfway through, up to Part Four and it’s so brilliant. Plus it’s possibly one of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever had the pleasure to own!
Men Who Hate Women-Laura Bates
My audiobook read for the month, I don’t usually read much non-fiction but I’ve been trying to read more over the past few years and Laura’s new book sounded really interesting. I’m a little over halfway through and I’ve definitely learned a lot!
Seasons of War (Skulduggery Pleasant #13)-Derek Landy
I’m not expecting to finish this one before the end of the month as it’s quite a long book, but I would like to start it before the end of October if I get the time as I can’t wait to see what Val and Skulduggery get up to in their next adventure.
The Book of Two Ways-Jodi Picoult
If I finish Addie before the end of the month, which I’m assuming I will, then my next Netgalley read is Jodi Picoult’s new release which comes out in the UK the week after next.
Another ambitious TBR but I definitely think I’ll be able to get through a good chunk of it this month. Are everyone’s Goodreads Challenges going well? I’m up to 38 books, so only 12 books to go before I make my challenge of 50. I’m glad that even if most of this year has been pretty awful (bar my time in Cape Town), it should be my best reading year yet. Let me know in the comments how you guys are getting on!
I’m glad I’m not the only one who was highly anticipating Queen of Volts but was a little disappointed with it. It’s such a shame as I love the world and the premise and Narinder. But just sigh.
Yes, it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations, unfortunately.