I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it is now officially October, which means it is time to wrap-up September before we get too much into the new month. I truly can’t believe September is over already because the last few weeks have been such a whirlwind of activities what with me starting college, starting my new job and still trying to balance two blogs, a YouTube channel and a personal life. Not surprisingly, my reading has taken a bit of a hit during such a busy time, but I am truly hoping to pick it up a bit before the end of the year.
At this point, I’ve sort of given up on meeting my goodreads goal, but I still want to try and read as much as I can whilst still putting 100% into my studies. Most of what I read this month was during the 24 hour readathon I did back at the beginning of the month, which I did vlog, so you can check that out on my YouTube if you want to watch my live reactions to all of these books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJMnCHo83fU
Since then I have been reading, but it has slowed down quite a lot and my attention has been drawn to more non-fiction books related to my course rather than the long list of fiction waiting on my shelves to be read! I’ll tell you all about what I’m currently reading at the end, but for now let’s just get into the books I did read…
Heartstopper Vol I & II by Alice Oseman
I actually read the first Volume of Heartstopper back at the very beginning of summer, having never read a graphic novel before in my life, and I absolutely fell in love with it! I of course picked up the second one the moment it came out and I decided to give the first one a quick re-read before diving into the second one during my 24 hour readathon. They didn’t take me very long to read because they are only graphic novels, so they took me anywhere between 30-45 minutes to read each, but I loved every second of it! I had a huge grin on myself during and after reading them for hours because they are SO adorable and so well written!
The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennet (1 and 2)
These were another re-read for me and actually ones that I read a good while ago back in the early years of secondary school. I actually used to want to be a fashion designer and, even though being a fashion designer is no longer my ambition, I do still really love fashion, which is perhaps why I loved these books so much. I’ve always been a huge reader too and my parents knew this, so they found this book series all about a 14 year old girl who accidentally gets herself caught up in the fashion world, which was right up 11 year old me’s alley. I remembered loving them a lot when I was younger and recently I had found myself craving a re-read, so I allowed myself to do just that and i still enjoyed them a lot!
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
This is the only book I’ve read this month that wasn’t during the 24 hour readathon, but it isn’t the only thing I’ve started reading. When I started college a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was, of course, check out the library! They don’t have much in the way of fiction and the few they do have, I’ve already read, but they do have an extensive collection on photography, art and writing books, which I am already taking full advantage of! ‘Show Your Work!’ was one of the first books I took out and I finished it within a few days. It was non-fiction, so it wasn’t really designed to be enjoyable, but I did find it useful and I will definitely be taking some of Kleon’s tips on board as I try to build my own business. (check out my photography blog if you want to support me! http://photography.samanthadrage.co.uk and my Instagram:@thephotographydragon 😁❤💻)
I may have only finished 5 books this month, but I am currently in the middle of two, so I wanted to take a minute to talk about those for a minute as well. I did FINALLY start reading ‘Caraval’ by Stephanie Garber this month and I am absolutely LOVING it so far! Unfortunately, college has got in the way of my reading somewhat, but I am determined to find time to read it this month and read the other 2 because I truly am loving it! I haven’t read such a magical, detailed and immersive fantasy since I read Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone for the first time last year, so it really is like a breath of fresh air! The other book I’m currently reading is another library book called ‘Creative Inc.’ by Mag Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho, which are two very long names 😂. I’m not that far into it so far, but I am finding it really useful and I’m learning quite a lot about the business side of freelancing, which will hopefully be useful to me in the future as well.
And that’s it! I only managed to finish 5 books this month, which is less than I would have liked, especially considering 2 of them are graphic novels and I read 4 of them in one day, but I have been reading and I’m going to be making even more of an effort to fit reading into my daily life in the coming months! If you want to know what I’m going to be reading in October, then you can check out my October TBR – 2019 and tell me all about what you want to read next month there as well!
What have you read this month? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me over and on Instagram: @theorginalbookdragon
Goodbye for now!
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