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September 2022

I’ve been reading so much, but I don’t always feel like writing a full review for everything. I was inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit posts, as well as Hannah at So Obsessed With‘s monthly Quick Lit posts, and decided to do something similar as a way to briefly discuss the books I read in a month but don’t write full reviews for.

I definitely read less in September than I did in August (11). I think that’s partly because I’ve been watching a lot of horror movies these past few weeks, and partly because I didn’t love most of what I read last month (and outright hated one book), unfortunately, which I think made me less than enthusiastic to pick up my books.

I’ve already reviewed four of my September reads on the blog (although one was technically a re-read so the review is from last year):

Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir;

Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir;

The Dead Romantics, Ashley Poston; and

Verity, Colleen Hoover.

I also made some progress towards finishing the Lumberjanes series thanks to my Scribd account: I read issues 59, 60, and 61. They were fine. I don’t think the stories are as good as they once were, but I really do want to know how the series ends, so I’ll read a few more this month.

Here are my thoughts on the rest of my September reads:

Go Hex Yourself, Jessica Clare (owned) – 2.75⭐

I liked the premise of this so much, but the execution left a lot to be desired. It was a mix of goofy and steamy that didn’t really work for me, and I really didn’t like the storylines involving either of their parents. But I really liked the magic and familiar system, as well as Reggie’s friend Penny. But once I saw somewhere that it was like a Reylo fanfic, I couldn’t get that out of my head (and I very much do not like Reylo). So it was just ok overall, and I don’t think I’ll read the next in the series.

As Yet Unsent, Tamsyn Muir (owned) – 4⭐

This was a short story in the Locked Tomb series, which takes place between the events of Harrow and Nona. I loved it for what it added to certain characters’ stories.

Her Dying Day, Mindy Carlson (owned) – 3⭐

This is another story where I loved the concept but not the execution. I loved that June was making a documentary into a famous author’s disappearance, but I thought the way the mystery played out was really obvious so there was no suspense or tension for me.

Anybody Home?, Michael J. Seidlinger (owned) – 3⭐

This was also just fine and again, I liked the idea of it better than what I actually read. It was dark but the conceit of the story told as one side of a sort of conversation grated on me after a while and kept me as a reader feeling very detached, so I lacked any connection or emotional investment in the story.

What have you been reading lately?

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