The month of September was a very good reading month for me, not only with regards to the amount of books I read, but more because of how freaking amazing those books were. I read some lovely YA contemporary novels along with fantastic fantasy books that I really, truly, thoroughly enjoyed. These are the books I managed to tick off my tbr during September:
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE BY J. K. ROWLING
Every year on the first of September, Potter-heads around the world pick up their wands and cauldrons and dive back into the world of wizardry with Harry Potter and friends, to mark the start of the new school year at Hogwarts. I thought I’d follow the tradition this year and chose to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone because I’ve always read it in digital format – and since I had a physical copy on my shelf I wanted to read it again. I am really sorry to say this, but this is the third time reading this book and my thoughts have not wavered. I never liked the first book in this series, which is a very big part of the reason for me not having read the series until very, very recently. Don’t get me wrong, I love HP, but if it weren’t for the movies I would never have given this series another chance because of how little I enjoyed The Philosopher’s Stone. I didn’t like the writing, nor did I like the way the characters came across while I read the book. Harry was arrogant, Hermoine was really an insufferable know-it-all as Snape claimed her to be, and Ron was just THERE. I also found that there were a lot of holes in the plot which I later Googled, and found that I was definitely not the only one who thought this series wasn’t flawless – like many others out there believe it to be. So as it turns out, the third time is not the charm with Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone; which is why I gave it a 3/5 star rating.
TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER BY ROSS WELFORD
After weeks of dragging my feet with HP, I decided to try something different for a change, and picked up this cute and quirky little book. I wrote my full review of it over here, if you would like to read more about it, but what I will say here is that this book pleasantly surprised me and really pulled me out of my reading slump. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, and I hope more people will pick it up and give it the chance it deserves. I gave Time Travelling with a Hamster 4/5 stars.
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING BY NICOLA YOON
There’s nothing like a batch of new books, to refresh and awaken that bookish need to READ. And after my little haul at the Bargain Books Warehouse two weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Everything, Everything has been on my tbr for a long time, and it was one of those books that I really, really wanted to read. So when I found a copy I immediately dived in and started reading; and went on to finish it in one sitting. Granted, this book is quite short, but this wasn’t the reason for the quick finish. Everything, Everything was a breath of fresh air, because it has been a very long while since I enjoyed a YA Contemporary book as much as I did this one. It made me resent every YA book I read that wasn’t as good, and that made me lose hope in the genre. It was short, sweet and filled with personality that I found quite lovely. And even though it wasn’t entirely perfect, it was still well deserving of the 4/5 stars I gave it.
WHY WE BROKE UP BY DANIEL HANDLER
I wrote my full rant-review over here, where I explain in great detail what I thought of this book. Why We Broke Up frustrated me to no end and royally pissed me off to the point where lines started to blur and I ended up liking it, much to my dismay. It was a story told just for the sake of telling a story, not making much of an attempt to be anything more than that. And I think once I realized and accepted this, it became easier for me to enjoy the book for what it was. The ending alone was the reason for me giving it any more than a one star rating. Not because it had some unexpected plot twist, but for the way in which Daniel Handler made his narrator face who and what she is, and coming to terms with everything that has happened. After much thought and hair pulling, I gave this book a 3/5 star rating.
THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER BY LESLYE WALTON
This is one of the most beautifully tragic books I have ever read, and truthfully I am still not able to fully express how much I loved this story. It tore my heart to pieces and then, gave that little ray of light to put the shattered bits back together again. You can find my full review of this breathtaking story here, which may give some more insight into why I gave it a 5/5 star rating.
KETCHUP CLOUDS BY ANNABEL PITCHER
I spoke a bit about this book here, but didn’t write a full review of it yet. I plan to though, because I absolutely loved this story and I’m really happy that I gave it a chance even though I haven’t heard much about it on bookstagram. Ketchup Clouds was a wonderfully written book with an incredible story line that had me blazing through the pages, making me so happy to find another YA that wasn’t completely void of imagination and personality. I want to say so much more about it but I think I will save it for a full review that will hopefully sway more people to read it. It does not get half of the attention it should be getting, which is why I rated it 5/5 stars.
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS
I wrote a full review of A Court of Thorns and Roses a while back but never mentioned that I eventually read ACOMAF too, and I loved it so much that I designed my blog’s logo with it in mind. I never said anything because I didn’t know how to review it without spoiling it for the next person, and I didn’t want to take away that element of surprise from anyone who hasn’t read it yet. The first time I read ACOMAF, it was on an e-reader. But because I loved it so much I got myself a copy for my shelf, and it arrived on Wednesday morning. I wasn’t planning to re-read it, but somehow I got swept away by the story once again and if it is possible, I ended up loving it even more. The first time I read it I was in a total frenzy, dying to know what was going to happen next, that I didn’t pay attention to much else. When I read it for the second time a few days ago though, I appreciated it a great deal more, and came to take note of all the little details that flew over my head weeks ago when I read it the first time. ACOMAF gets 5 million/5 stars; and I’m slowly losing my mind in anticipation for what Sarah J. Maas has in store for all of us in her next book.
I hope October will be as good a reading month, especially since I have a few new books that I cannot wait to get started with.
What books did you read during September? And if you’ve read any of these ones, please let me know what you thought of them!