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Friday Reads: September 2019 Wrap-Up

Happy October! Now that September is over, it’s very definitely fall and the start of the holiday season. It’s time for spiced lattes (chai lattes, yum) and pumpkin pie and roast turkey and quite possibly a cozy mystery binge. Or maybe a few horror stories instead (if I can get the nerve to read them).

Before I get into the basic monthly reads, how did I do for my September #mythothon reading challenge? Let’s see!

THOR, GOD OF THUNDER: Read a book that makes a lot of noise: hyped, controversial etc. ~ The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston ~ read 9/17/19 ~ really cute book, I enjoyed it a lot!

SVARTALFHEIM – LAND OF THE DWARVES: Read a book that’s less than 250 pages in length. ~ Exit Strategy by Martha Wells ~ read 9/14/19 ~ wonderful story, and I love how it brings the 4-novella series full-circle.

ASGARD – LAND OF THE ÆSIR GODS: Read any book you choose! ~ A Red Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire ~ read 9/23/19 ~ one of my favorites in this series, though it didn’t start out that way. About halfway through, though, I was all in.

MUSPELHEIM – REALM OF FIRE: Read a book with a “hot” coloured cover. ~ Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn ~ currently reading

FREYA, GODDESS OF LOVE, FERTILITY AND BEAUTY: Read a book with a beautiful cover. ~ Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi ~ DNF 9/30/19 ~ I just couldn’t get into this one.

September 2019

Number of books read: 19
Number of pages read: 3,293
Number of hours listened: 16.63 hours
Favorite book of the month: Exit Strategy

What I read

Mousekin’s Golden House by Edna Miller (5 stars)
This adorable picture book was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.

The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems (4 stars)
Cute picture book. My nephew loves it (and all the other Pigeon books).

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (4 stars)
This is a good story and a well-written book. I don’t recall knowing before that it was based on a true story. It deserves its Newbery win.

The Red Threads of Fortune (Tensorate #2) by J.Y. Yang (4 stars)
Mokoya wasn’t my favorite character in The Black Tides of Heaven, so I didn’t have high hopes for this book. I ended up really enjoying it, though.

yarn-i-tec-ture by Jillian Moreno (4 stars)
I’ve always found it hard to give books that I consider reference books a star rating. However, this one has some good tips and the instructions seem easy to follow.

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 13 by Hiromu Arakawa (3.5 stars)
This volume got a bit gross at times. I get why, but I didn’t always enjoy it as much.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (3 stars)
This one also got a bit gross at times. I’m soooo not the target audience, but I did still find the book amusing enough. The illustrations go with it perfectly.

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean (4 stars)
Sweet imagining of what might have happened after the events of Pride and Prejudice.

Part-Time Gods (DFZ #2) by Rachel Aaron (4.5 stars)
I could read ALL THE BOOKS in this series. Sadly, so far I have read them all as this one is book 2 and was just published this past summer. MORE PLEASE.

Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells (5 stars) (my review)
I LOVE MURDERBOT. This is a wonderful final installment to the novellas, and ties the set of four up perfectly while leaving plenty of room for more stories in future (which is good since book 5 is due out next year).

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (3 stars)
This Newbery Award-winning book is cute, but the best part is the illustrations.

The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con #2) by Ashley Poston (5 stars)
I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun to return to the world Geekerella introduced us to, and I am looking forward to more.

Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)
I do so love Pratchett’s Death. He’s got to be one of my favorite characters, ever.

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (4 stars)
Good basic telling of the Norse myths with lovely illustrations. It’s hard for me to give this highest marks because it’s more straightforward than Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, but it’s still a great reference book for the myths.

A Red-Rose Chain (October Daye #9) by Seanan McGuire (5 stars)
It seems like this one is part two of a book earlier in the series (saying which one would be spoilers) but I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed getting to know Walter better.

Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (4 stars)
“There’s no room for demons when you’re self-possessed.” I miss Carrie.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark (4 stars)
I really enjoyed this novella and want to read more set in this universe. Historical Egyptian semi-steampunk fantasy — what’s not to love?

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (DNF, 2 stars)
I wanted to like this one. Heck, I wanted to finish it. But I kept getting thrown out of the story for various reasons (disbelief in Aru’s actions or annoyance at some of the pop culture references for example) and so am going to throw in the towel on this book. I like the idea, and the cultural references, and the beginning, which is why the 2 star rating for a DNF book.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark (4 stars)
I still love this universe’s setting, and I want more. Sadly, I have now read everything I’m aware of in this world. I hope Clark writes more!

Plans for October 2019

I’m currently reading:

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (paper) — 62/731 pages
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (paper) — 185/536 pages
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (paper) — 23/491 pages
  • Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex #1) by Sarah Kuhn (paper) — 31/384
  • Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch by Ruth Cowen (audio) — 41%

And my October TBR:

  • Read Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree. This one is new-to-me, but seems perfect for an October read.
  • Re-read The Hobbit. It’s been way too long since I’ve read this book. WAY too long.
  • Continue my Discworld and #ADayAMonth reading. One each of these books per month seems like a good pace for me, at least for now.

I decided to test out a new monthly wrap-up style this month to see if I like the way it turns out better. What do you think? (I like it. But I’m still trying to figure out how I can improve it.)

I also think that I’m going to try picking a small handful of books and use that as a monthly TBR, and will see how that works. I don’t know if that’s what I’ll decide to do long-term, but I’m going to try it for a few months and see how I like it. Since I’ve already being doing small monthly TBRs with the #ReadAThin and the #mythothon, and have been enjoying that, I think it might be a good way for me to pick a handful of priority books while still allowing myself enough leeway for mood reading.


12 thoughts on “Friday Reads: September 2019 Wrap-Up

  1. I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!! So glad ye finished the novellas. Erm. On other things, I really like the style of this post. I also abandoned Aru Shah and the End of Time though it should have been perfect for me. It wasn’t. As for Island of the Blue Dolphins, when I reread it I found out all sorts of interesting facts about the historical aspects. I know ye read the original post but I have linked to it again if ye be interested in the additional follow-up links on the history that I added later. I want to read all of P. Djèlí Clark’s work. But the novellas be expensive. I will read A Dead Djinn in Cairo later today (thanks for reminding me!). I did hear that he is writing a full-length novel of the Cairo book so that be exciting. Link of that below. And I adored the DFZ series so far! That review is up soon (the 11th I think). I haven’t decided if I should read the first series or not. I’ll stop here.
    x The Captain

    1. Thanks for the input! I like this post style better too, now I just need see where I can tweak it to make it better.

      I’ve read three of P. Djèlí Clark’s novellas now, and I really enjoyed all of them. I’m so glad to hear that he’s writing a full-length novel set in his alternate Cairo! That was a really cool setting.

      Glad to hear you liked the DFZ too! (I think you’re the first person I know who’s read them.) I really enjoyed them, so I do want to try out the Heartstrikers series to see the background of the city. It will be weird not having Opal as a MC, though, I really like her as a character.

      Agreed about Island of the Blue Dolphins! I think your review of it was what reminded me that I wanted to re-read it, so thank you again! 🙂

  2. I hate to say it, but what is different? The style or the content?

    In regards to tweaking it, what is your goal in writing these posts? Knowing that I could give some input.

    Sounds like you had a fantastic month and I hope October is just as good. I’m already experiencing the cooler weather, so it’s time to break out the light gloves and hats for work 😀

    1. I changed up the style, so that the books are listed in approximately the order read. I had been listing them based on ratings. But I did also make a slight content change, and am writing a quick blurb of my thoughts about the books instead of just listing them. I’m working from a very nebulous goal of looking good plus saying what I want to say (hard to quantify) and not taking up too much space.

      Ooh, yay! Cooler weather is wonderful.

      1. Well, with those goals in mind, I think this post was perfect then. Personally, I prefer an order sorted by rating, but that is just me 🙂 If YOU like this way better, then full speed ahead, ha!

  3. I meant to comment on this earlier when I read it- but got sidetracked. What I wanted to say is that I love the Pigeon books!! Me and my daughter have read pretty much all of them I think. Now we are reading some other fun ones by Aaron Blabey about a Pug named Pig.

  4. What a great September! I like this monthly wrap-up formula, with the mini-reviews of all the books you read. It’s ages since I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, though I loved it as a child. Ditto Rabbit Hill, which my mother loved and read to me. (And yes, the illustrations!) I’m looking forward to the DFZ books, but need to read the rest of the Heartstriker series first, since I’ve only read the first book so far.

    1. Thanks! I do like including at least a tiny review of the books I read. I don’t think I’d read Rabbit Hill before, but it had been ages since I last read Island of the Blue Dolphins, too. I’m really looking forward to starting the Heartstriker series! I just need to decide if I want to read it or listen to it.

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