September has flown by – summer’s long gone and I started back at school, which means I now have less time to read than I would like to. That said, I did manage to read six books this month, and a couple of them were ones I’ve been looking forward to all year round!
The first book (well, play) I read was A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams. I just started English Literature A-Level and this is one of my set texts, so I decided to read it to give me a better understanding of the play when I’m studying it. I really enjoyed it – the characters are very complex, and in particular I find Blanche incredibly interesting. I look forward to studying this in more depth!
Next I read what was perhaps my most anticipated book of 2017: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I cannot believe it took me this long to read this book, but I finally have, and I loved being back in the Shadowhunter world. I actually rated it slightly lower than other books by Cassandra Clare (meaning, four and a half stars as opposed to five), simply because it was so long, but I thought this book was really excellent. I posted my review in September as well, so you can see my full thoughts there!
After that was another YA I have been looking forward to all year round – The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I knew I would love this, as I adore Becky Albertalli’s writing, and this book did not disappoint. If you have read my review, you’ll know that I found the protagonist, Molly, to be extremely relatable, and in the moments where she wasn’t being painfully awkward, the story was totally adorable and heart-warming.
For my fourth book, I decided to read Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, one of the modern classics that I have been wanting to read. I thought this book was utterly stunning; it tackled themes such as feminism, homosexuality, and religion, and I’ve never read anything like it! Jeanette Winterson created a really distinct voice through the protagonist of this novel, and I loved it.
I also read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, which took me less than thirty minutes in total. I expressed my thoughts a little on Goodreads, but in short, I wasn’t blown away by this book. I do think that some very powerful emotions were expressed, and at times Rupi Kaur showed herself to have a beautiful way with words. However, I would not consider this a poetry book, and nothing really gripped me.
The final book I read in September was No Shame by Anne Cassidy, which I was sent by Hot Key Books for review. This is the sequel to No Virgin, and I was really pleased to hear that Anne Cassidy would be continuing with this story. I am taking part in the blog tour this October, so don’t want to go into too much detail now, but I really enjoyed this book!
October reading goals
This month, I am taking part in Victober, so I have chosen five Victorian literature novels to read over the course of the month. On top of this, I want to get started on my YALC ARC pile, and so will be reading as many of them as I have time to read – I will be starting with Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu! I have given myself quite a lot to read this month, but I am hoping to get a lot done during half term!
I am hoping to get more reading done this month, although I was pleased with the selection of books I read in September. Once I am more settled into a school routine, I should be able to find more time for reading and blogging!
Here’s to a lovely and bookish October.