I cannot believe it is the end of September already, but I’ve been told it is, so I guess that means it is time for another wrap up. I haven’t read all that much this month because September has been crazy busy and extremely stressful with school starting again. I am in year 11 now, so it is my final year of secondary school before moving onto college. I have my final exams in 2019 and there is still so much to do and learn, so everything has been a bit hectic. I was also in a bit of a reading slump from the last week of August until about half way through September, which wasn’t great, but I am back on my reading game now and starting to settle back into a routine, so hopefully October will be a better reading month.
Now that I’ve complained about my stressful month and made my excuses for not reading, let’s get into what I actually did read:
Torment by Lauren Kate
If you read my last wrap-up then you will know that I finished reading ‘Fallen’ by Lauren Kate at the end of August, which was the first book in a 6 book series. I am continuing with that series because I like to marathon my series. I don’t get on well with reading other books in between or having to wait for the next book to be released becasue I forget everything and am never as engaged as I could be. Torment is the second book and I did really enjoy it, but there were a few things I found a bit annoying. If I were going purely off of enjoyment I would give it a 4.5/5, but I had to give it a lower rating because it was quite predictable and I found the main character to be a little irritating at times as well as her very ‘Edward from twilight like’ boyfriend. This is series is definitely not for people who are really nit picky, but it is just a fun romance series with some added magical elements to it.
The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford
This was the second book I read in September, which, I know, is very contradictory to what I just said about not reading other books in the middle of series; however, I often like to read some lighthearted middle grade books when I am in a bit of a slump. Middle grade is easy to read, not to intense and are usually quite quick reads, so I get all the enjoyment and satisfaction of reading and finishing a book without having to put that much effort into it, which often gives me the kick I need to get out of a slump. So that is what I decided to do and I am so glad I did because I loved this book! I read it in one sitting and it totally got me out of my slump. This book is about 2 young girls (Ada Lovelace and Mary Wollstonecraft), who I’m sure many of you have heard of who start up a secret detective agency and solve crime together – The characters in the book are real, but the story is not. The thing that I loved the most about this book though was that the main character (Ada Lovelace) is autistic. It is suspected that the real person Ada Lovelace was in fact autistic from the sources they’ve found, so the author stayed true to that suspicion, which meant so much to me. I myself am an autistic girl and I have never felt so understood in my life. I was sitting there reading and nodding along as I read because it was so accurate and it really made my day! It was also an amazing and really funny story, so i highly recommend it!
Passion by Lauren Kate
This is the third book in the fallen series and it is definitely my favourite so far! As I mentioned before, they aren’t the most amazing books technique wise, but they are a lot of fun and I STILL have no idea what the ending is going to be. I have predicted a lot of the smaller things and what they characters are going to do, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is that the main character isn’t being told. I have even gone back to certain parts of the first and second books, which I have never done before, to see if I missed something important. I had to dock it a star for slightly cliche writing style and cliche pretty much everything, but I NEED to know what happens next, so it definitely gets 4 stars for enjoyment and making me want to read on!
Those are all the books I read in September. As I mentioned at the start, I didn’t read all that much this month, so I only managed to read 3 books, which is considerably less than I usually read in a month, but also not that surprsing. September is always a bit hectic because of school starting again and this year is GCSE year for me as well, so I don’t know how much reading I’m going to get done between now and next June, but I will hopefully settle into a routine soon enough and get back on my reading game! What have you read this month? How is your reading year going so far? I’d love to know!
Goodbye for now!
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