For most of August, I was stuck in a reading slump. This September, I have been able to break out of that slump, at least partially. One of the main hold-ups was the 45-hour long audiobook I was listening to – while I enjoy long books, I don’t like feeling like I’m not making any progress and, with audiobooks, it is very easy for this to happen. Especially when they’re long ones. The lesson has been learnt, however, and I’m planning to stick to shorter ones from now on.
In terms of books, those I read were a fairly mixed batch. I enjoyed most of those I read although would not necessarily say I have found some new favourites. My favourite reads of the month were The Power by Naomi Alderman which was a brilliant novel exploring gender hierarchies with the added bonus of electrical powers, and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson which, despite the sheer length, was a fantastic fantasy with multiple POVs and world I could really get into.
The main disappointment of September was, unfortunately, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. I enjoyed the first book in this series although was not amazed by it; the second one just did not grab me and I did consider DnFing it once or twice. The saving grace was the final 50 pages or so where the story came together and the action picked up. From what I remember of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, it was a similar experience of a slow-moving start coming together towards a more thrilling conclusion.
Those books, with their ratings, along with the other books I read are below. For reference, the way I rate is as follows:
1-Unable to Finish ; 2-Did not enjoy ; 3-Liked ; 4-Really Liked ; 5-Loved
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – 4.5/5 (audiobook)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – 4/5 (audiobook)
Yesterday by Felicia Yap – 4/5 (kindle)
Blood and Stars by Jaime Lee Mann – 3.5/5 (Kindle)
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs- 2.5/5 (paperback)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – 3.5/5 (paperback)
The Power by Naomi Alderman – 4.5/5 (paperback)
It is now October, the month of Samhain/Halloween, when the veils between worlds are at their thinnest, and the colder, darker months start to creep in. As such, it’s a great time to get stuck into some of the more magical and creepier books on the bookcase. I’m still not completely sure what my reading plans are for the month, but I have three books on the go currently and, when they’re finished, I am fairly sure I’ll be choosing books with witches and ghouls and murderers in mind.
Going into October, I am reading the YA fantasy novel Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi; a non-fiction examination into the history of Superhero Comics by Chris Gavaler and I’m also listening to the grimdark novel Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. The three of which, I’d say, are a decent way to start the month’s reading.