Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I’m going to talk about the books I read in September. I read a total of 10 books! As usual, let’s get started with some statistics.
synopsis: For readers of Rupi Kaur (Milk and Honey) and Atticus (Love Her Wild), a book small enough to carry with you, with messages big enough to stay with you, from one of the most quotable and influential poets of our time.
Andrea Gibson explores themes of love, gender, politics, sexuality, family, and forgiveness with stunning imagery and a fierce willingness to delve into the exploration of what it means to heal and to be different in this strange age. Take Me With You, illustrated throughout with evocative line drawings by Sarah J. Coleman, is small enough to fit in your bag, with messages that are big enough to wake even the sleepiest heart. Divided into three sections (love, the world, and becoming) of one liners, couplets, greatest hits phrases, and longer form poems, it has something for everyone, and will be placed in stockings, lockers, and the hands of anyone who could use its wisdom.
I requested an e-ARC of Take Me With You on Netgalley because it was shelved as ‘queer’. I wish I hadn’t, because I just can’t seem to get into poetry, which is not at all this book’s fault. That’s why I decided not to review this on Goodreads or my blog. It’s not fair to be critical when the fault lies with me.
synopsis: After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.
Unicorn Tracks is a short fantasy novel inspired by South East African culture. I really adored the original setting, but unfortunately, the rest wasn’t as memorable. The characters didn’t grow on me and the actual plot fell a bit short. The F/F romance was actually the reason why I picked this up. Though it was cute, I just didn’t really care all that much about their relationship. You can read my full review here.
synopsis: Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to e-mail. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
The audiobook of Beauty Queens is narrated by Libba Bray herself, and it was amazing: each character had a very distinct voice and special sound effects were used. Sadly, I wasn’t a fan of the queer representation. I really suggest reading my review if you are interested in picking this up. Though I can’t deny this novel is unique and tackles themes such as feminism and racism, the execution could’ve been better.
I finally did it! I finally finished reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I listened to the audiobooks of the second ’till fifth book and while this series didn’t blow me away, I’m happy I’ll finally get to read Rick Riordan’s other work. I posted a review for this entire series at the beginning of the week, so check it out!
synopsis: Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
When I read the first part of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I thought this was going to become my new favourite series. I fell in love with Karou, her family in Brimstone’s shop and the fantasy elements. But when the romance became the centre of the story, I lost my interest. I hope the sequel is going to focus more on the fantasy elements rather than the romance. You can read my full review here.
synopsis: Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.
And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop – a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt – a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde – a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee – a boy who only watches television.
Clutching their Golden Tickets, they arrive at Wonka’s chocolate factory. But what mysterious secrets will they discover?
Our tour is about to begin. Please don’t wander off. Mr Wonka wouldn’t like to lose any of you at this stage of the proceedings .
The audiobook of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is amazing! This famous story is so fast-paced, magical and timeless. I didn’t review it on my blog, but I did on Goodreads. You can find that review here. I will pick up the audiobook of the sequel soon!
synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?
I had expected to love Far From You and thankfully, it did not disappoint! I’m going to post my review this or next week, so hang in tight! Though you can consider this a Young Adult mystery novel, it’s very character-driven as well. I loved that Sophie’s personality and actions reflected everything she has been through, from her drug addiction to witnessing a murder.
synopsis: In downtown Chicago, Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate Quinn Collins to question how well she really knew her friend. Meanwhile, in a small town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us.
I picked up Don’t You Cry on audiobook and though I was over 20% in, I had the feeling nothing had happened yet. I was quite frankly really bored. It doesn’t help that one of the most popular reviews on Goodreads says that nothing happens until the final 30 pages. I might pick this up again someday, but I might have to re-read the beginning because it really didn’t leave an impression.
So these were the books I read in September! What were your favourite reads this month?
I usually don’t include a synopsis, but I thought it might be better to actually know which books I’m talking about. Should I continue doing this in the future, or does it disrupt the flow of the wrap-up?
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