Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki (★★★★☆)
  • The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado (★★★☆☆)
  • The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux (★★★★☆)
  • Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn (★★★☆☆)
  • That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy (★★★★☆)
  • Witchy by Ariel Slamat Ries (★★★★★)


Somehow, September has ended up being my worst reading month of the year so far. I only managed to read a single novel, a short thriller that I didn’t even enjoy, and the other six books were graphic novels. I’m not sure what happened, except that I wasn’t inclined to read at all, or write, or do much of anything, which is odd considering September is usually my second favorite month of the year, but maybe because it was still so hot everything felt discordant?

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Wrap Up: September 2020

  • This Is Shakespeare by Emma Smith (★★☆☆☆)
  • Luster by Raven Leilani (★★★☆☆)
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (★★★★☆)
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid (★★☆☆☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 1 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 2 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 3 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 4 by Asuka Katsura (★★★☆☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 5 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum (★★★★☆)
  • The Lost Village by Camilla Sten (★★★☆☆)
  • The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman (★★★☆☆)
  • A Concise Guide to the Quran by Ayman S. Ibrahim (★★★★☆)


September was a very uneven reading month. I didn’t read as much as I expected to, and nothing that I read particularly wowed me. Even the books I enjoyed I didn’t grow particularly attached to in any way, so I felt kind of apathetic, and that led to me being kind of apathetic about reading in general. Alas.

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Wrap-Up: September 2019

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (★★★★☆)
  • Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (★★☆☆☆)
  • Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 1 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)
  • Blood+ Adagio Volume 2 by Kumiko Suekane (★★★★★)


So, as you can see, my intended TBR for September was a massive failure. In general, this month was kind of a #fail in terms of reading; I’m not sure why I read so little. Also, I always feel a bit weird including manga or graphic novels in my reading count, because they’re so damn short! I read both the above manga volumes in under an hour. It feels like cheating to include them, but, I mean, they’re still published volumes with their own Goodreads entries, so…

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Wrap-Up: September 2018

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★★☆)
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab (★★★☆☆)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (★☆☆☆☆)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (★★★★☆)


Ha. Well, this has been kind of a dismal reading month for me. In my defense, however, I spent the first two weeks on vacation in Egypt, and then a week after I came back I went up to Vermont to visit friends, and work got really, really busy because the school semester has started, I had to finish up my Fulbright application and submit it, and, oh yeah, grad school started up again, so that’s been a thing too! Anyway, it’s been a mixed to average reading month, with some fun reads but no particular stand-outs.

In general, September has flown by. Again, I spent much of it on vacation and adjusting to the start of the semester, so I didn’t get much of a chance to do anything at all besides that (and editing my manuscript for #DVpit, which is in about two weeks!).

I am currently reading:

Okay, so regardless of how I feel about The Raven Boys as a novel, the fucking writing, guys. The writing is so gorgeous and atmospheric. I keep re-reading whole paragraphs because they’re so beautiful. Like. Incredible. This book gets a whole extra star rating because of the writing, to be honest. I only just started The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, but I can already tell I’m going to love it; it’s got a very creepy, malevolent aesthetic going on. I also picked up The Straight Mind mainly because I was interested in a couple of Wittig’s essays, namely, The Category of Sex, One is Not Born a Woman, and The Straight Mind. I’ve read them, so I’m actually not sure if I’m going to read the rest of the book, because to be honest, it is extremely dense and academic and I’m just not that interested in the other essays.

Nothing else to report. Like I said, it’s been a whirlwind of a month, but it’s October now, so I’m looking forward to reading all of my delightfully creepy Gothic reads.