September Wrap-Up

Like I said last month I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue writing wrap-up posts, but many of you kindly commented that you enjoyed reading my August one, so I’m rather inclined to write this. Additionally, I find it’s a great way to highlight some of my favourite blog posts of the month and spread some love, and that’s always nice. So, without further ado, let’s jump straight into it!

What I Read

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

This was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and this month I finally got to it. I was originally nervous about it because although I adore Evelyn Hugo I’m not the biggest fan of Daisy Jones but,let me tell you, this did not disappoint.

I listened to this on audio and I loved every second of it, I even ended up crying for apparently no reason, but this just made me have lots of feelings.

At the same time I was reading this on audio, I was reading another high priority book as an ebook. It was:

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

Ever since I first learnt about the existence of this book I’ve wanted to read it. Dark academia has become one of my favourite genres—can it be considered a genre at this point?—and this one was absolutely fantastic. I was obsessed with the characters and their development and I thought that it was a very well planned book.

I wrote a review on it which is basically just me gushing about the characters. To be honest, I had a blast writing it, so I hope you can give it a read if you’re interested.

After I finished Malibu Rising on audibook I decided to make use of my audible free trial and choose something from their Plus Catalogue, which was:

The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe

My main reason for picking this was that I had about 30 minutes to read and this was super short. It was a fun listen but it didn’t blow me away (Poe’s stories rarely do as I mentioned briefly in a previous post).

The next read was completely unexpected. I discovered it because Hal @ HD’s Reading Life retweeted the author sending out e-copies of this book and I decided to apply. It was:

Fear, and Other Love Languages by Aveda Vice

I really enjoyed this and I thought the mix of horror and erotica was truly well balanced and it made for a super interesting read. I do think I’m going to want to check out more erotic horror as this definitely sparked my interest in this genre that had always been something I knew I was interested it but I had never tried reading.

Full review here!

The next book was another one I picked from the Plus Catalogue because I was in need of yet another audibook. It was:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I saw there were many Jane Austen books available on the catalogue, and I really couldn’t tell you why I chose this over the others—possibly because it was the shortest. This was enjoyable but I definitely liked Pride and Prejudice more. Aisling @ Aisling Hamill Books talked about how the protagonist in Persuasion, Anne, was passive and I think that’s exactly why I didn’t love this as much, because of her dullness.

Next up I read a graphic novel I requested on NetGalley:

Championess by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zakas and Amanda Perez Puentes

I came across this and I immediately requested it because the story seemed really unique. A mixed-race female street fighter in 18th century London? YES. Based on a true story? Sign me up right now.

This was a very interesting read and I enjoyed it quite a lot. If you’re interested I wrote a review for it.

The final book I read this month—in its completion, because I’m currently in the middle of two other novels—was:

Surrender: An Erotic Short by Rilzy Adams

I also picked this up on a whim (can you tell that’s usually my modus operandi?). During my four months on the blogsphere I’ve seen this recommended a few times, and finally, after I saw Dini @ dinipandareads mentioned I decided I needed to read it. This was a very steamy, very fun short story. I read it in one morning as I was waiting for my migraine to dissipate and it helped me not focus on the pain, so it’s a win for me!

September was a good reading month for me. I somehow ended up with a very varied mix of genres and formats, which is always a joy!

I’m looking forward to next month since I’ll be participating in the Hocus Pocus Readathon which I was made aware of thanks to Morgan @ Morgan Is Reading Again. I’ve also been accepted in the Libro.fm ALC program, so I’m excited to get to some great audibooks! However, I’ve also started a master’s degree so I foresee next month is going to be a bit chaotic until I get into the hang of things.

What I Wrote

Just like last month, I want to keep this section short, so here are my favourite posts I wrote:

Blog Posts I Loved

Not all of the posts I mention were necessarily posted in September, but that’s when I read them. This section is going to be long, so here we go!

Ashley @ The Infinite Library created the ultimate dark academia reading list. You can be sure I’ll refer back to this since it has 49 recommendations!

Briana @ Pages Unbound Reviews talked about some reasons why she enjoys reading book blogs, and I definitely could relate.

Kate @ Your Tita Kate shared some tips on how to build engagement in the book community. This post is a goldmine, especially for new bloggers like me!

Nessma @ Talk of Tales interviewed Olivie Blake and her questions were simply fantastic!

Once again, Vera and Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical pulled through and recommended books based on every song from Halsey’s new album.

Bertie @ Luminosity Library continued their Ableist Tropes 101 series, this time focusing on desexualisation. A great post, as always.

Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile shared 7 dark academia books to read this fall.

Isha @ Paperback Tomes discussed some things she does as a bibliophile!

Trang @ Bookidote reviewed The Secret History and I could really relate to some of her thoughts on it.

Morgan @ Morgan Is Reading Again shared some of their bookish pet peeves and I realised we’re literally the same person. No, but in all seriousness, I agreed with every single one of their points.

Ali @ In The Lost and Found blessed us with her spooky book recommendations. She made me want to read every single book on her list.

Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner reacted to 5-star reviews of some books she hated and made me laugh a lot in the process.

Saima @ Stories with Saima shared 6 things they learnt after 6 months of blogging. Her list included some of the things I myself have experience in this short time, so it was really interesting and reassuring to see another person share the same struggles.

Zalia @ All My Other Lives listed some reasons why you couldn’t be a librarian, which felt like a sign to me because it coincided with me starting my master’s!

How was your reading month? Did you read any new favourites? Let me know what was your favourite post you wrote and I’ll make sure to check it out if I haven’t already!

29 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up

  1. I love reading positive reviews of Atlas Six! I am in such a dark academia mood lately, so I think I will really enjoy that book! Can’t wait to do the Hocus Pocus Readathon with you! It is going to be so much fun!

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  2. I’m happy to hear you liked Malibu Rising! I’ve been hearing very mixed things, but absolutely loved both Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones, so I did plan on checking it out eventually 😊
    And I’m thrilled you enjoyed me ranting about all those awful books 🤣

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  3. Well, I guess I need to read The Atlas Six 😄 I’m not usually attracted to the dark academia setting, but I am very intrigued by any character-driven fantasy that features diverse characters with abilities. It really sounds like something I should love.

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  4. I also read Malibu Rising in September! I’m glad you loved it, I gave it four stars, as I didn’t really like the second half. 😢
    Okay, I’m seeing Atlas Six everywhere, maybe I need to check it out.
    Congratulations on the Libro.fm program and the masters!! And good luck with it!
    I laughed out loud when you mentioned my bookish pet peeves post, it made ky day. 😂 Thank you for sharing it! 🥰
    And also good luck with Hocus Pocus readathon!

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    1. I honestly wasn’t expecting to love Malibu Rising so much, so it was a great surprise!
      Also, if you like slow character-driven books with a diverse cast, I think—and hope—you’ll enjoy it!
      Thank you so much! I’m quite nervous for the master’s but it’s also very exciting! The libro.fm program was super unexpected since I applied thinking for sure that I wouldn’t get in 😅
      I loved you post so I had to include it!! Aaaand good luck to you too, Morgan 🤗

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  5. Dark Academia is certainly a genre! There are so many books in it now, and I’m glad to have another recommendation to add to my tbr 🥰 I’m going to check out your full review

    Thank you so much for linking to my post, I really appreciate it as a new blogger!

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  6. Atlas Six is starting to scare me because EVERYONE has such positive things to say about it, and I’m such a stickler for my dark academia that I hope it lives up to my expectations, haha. 🙂 If you’re interested in checking out more erotic horror, there’s a really fun book called Her Soul to Take by Harley LaRoux. It’s a erotic romance with a demon love interest, and a very creepy plot.


  7. Great wrap up! The Atlas Six is a title I hope to check out soon because I keep hearing amazing things about it and as a TJR fan I’m defo looking forward to reading Malibu Rising! 😍 And yaas for Surrender helping you take your mind off the pain of a migraine—glad to hear you enjoyed it too! Have a wonderful October 😊

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