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September Wrap up or the month in which I was slaying!

Look, I don’t know about you, but if I read 5 books a month I’m happy! But I read a total of (I hope you’re sitting) FOURTEEN BOOKS!

(Okay, I know a lot of people read that much every month, but I don’t! So don’t give me that look, young one)

Now, this might * be because I was sick and at home, and my sister is an audiobook addict, but I still think that’s a commendable feat. Sadly that didn’t put a dent in my TBR at all. Most of the books I read I either just got or they were audiobooks which I don’t count as TBR (as long as I don’t also have a physical copy of said book).

So without further ado, let’s bath in my glory!

* (actually no it doesn’t)

1. Daughter of the Burning City (Amanda Foody)

I loved this book (if you’ve read my Fall Recs post you already know that).

‘Wicked wicked to the core
The City will burn forevermore’

What’s more to say.

2. Waistcoats and Weaponry (Gail Carriger)
4. Manners and Mutiny (Gail Carriger)

I read them back to back, so my poor mind is a bit confused about what happened in which one. So I just say: It was a heck of a fun read! (I had a bit of trouble getting into the first book of the series: Etiquette & Espionage because I didn’t know what to expect. But after that I loved them!)

3. Wen der Rabe ruft (The Raven Boys) (Maggie Stiefvater)

Now you might say, but Al, you said you read W&W and M&M right after each other, so why is this book 3? To which I say: I read this to my mom. There you go. And we both loved it (although she kept falling asleep … which drove me mad! But she assured me it wasn’t because of the book, but because she felt so cozy and secure … I was still a mad little ball of fury. Maybe. But I just love this series so much. She wasn’t allowed to sleep!! )

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J Maas)

This book took centuries and a few to get to me, despite my greedy ass preordering. But the world hated me and it didn’t arrive.

So I’m super late, I managed to avoid spoilers, and I really loved it. Maybe not as much as ACOMAF but nearly as much. It was so different to ACOMAF, which I appreciated, it was female badass focused, which is always great and I loved seeing what Feyre could have been if she went full villain.

6. Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

Heyo, Audiobook. This was a reread … or rather a relisten? This is an old child fav of mine. I love all the different people and I love Hercule Poirot. Nothing more to say.

7. City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)

I only read this because of two reasons: I’m going to the Frankfurter Book Fair and Cassandra Clare is gonna be there (that’s the reason for reading it now) and because I want to read The Infernal Devices. I think I’ll enjoy that series way more.

So City of Bones was … okay, I guess. It was a quick read, I nearly went to sleep reading about Valentine, Magnus is cool and either I stepped up my guessing game or this was extremely predictable.

8. Sparkling Cyanide (Agatha Christie)

So this is hands down my absolute favorite of Agatha Christie’s books. I can’t tell you why, only that I can quote this nearly perfectly, that my mom knows it like the back of her hand only because I listened to it so often. Honestly I don’t know why I love it so much. I just do.

9. The man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie)

I just enjoy her writing, so unapologetic and sometimes downright mean. Love it! Another one of my old favs.

10. The Mystery of Seven Dials (Agatha Christie)

This one I didn’t enjoy that much as the others. I found the solution to be a bit … it stretched my ability to believe a bit. Let’s say it that way.

11. Library of Souls (Ransom Riggs)

This was … I don’t quite know. My favorite character was the first hollow which says quite a bit. About me, about the book? No clue. But yeah. I mean Jacob and Emma were okay, but I felt this book was lacking the peculiar feel the other two had. And I had the feeling there wasn’t much at stake, which isn’t really true of course, but I just didn’t feel it. Again, I don’t know if it was me or the book.

12. Murder in the Link (Agatha Christie)
13. Sleeping Murder (Agatha Christie)

I’m smashing those two audiobooks together again. Liked them. The second one a bit more. Not much to say about either.

14. Tower of Dawn (Sarah J Maas)

Another Sarah J Maas book. And I can honestly say, I liked it way more than I expected. Just like a lot of people.

I saw a lot of people having qualms about how she might handle Chaol being in a wheelchair beforehand. I didn’t because I felt she does write emotions and mental distress etc really well (one reason why I loved Heir of Fire so frickin much) and I think she handled it here really well too. You can tell a lot of research went into the bodily aspects, but I think the mental one was maybe the bigger aspect for Chaol since he seemed to gain a lot of self-confidence/worth from being able to be a guard and fight and run and all that. * His fighting it felt so raw and I loved his character arc!

The setting of Antica was a nice change too. And I liked the normalcy of living together with so many different nations and their gods.

But I missed Aelin! She is my girl!

* But more of that in my review. Coming soon.

I’ll link every review I have of these books in the titles (probably all on goodreads for now)

What was your favourite book you read in September?


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