Wrap-Up | September ’15

september wrap up

So… it’s October, and I may or may not be freaking out because WHERE IS THE TIME GOING? This is unbelievable. College is well under way- I moved in over a month ago, and it feels like it’s been 0.2 seconds. What is this? This has to be some kind of Doctor-Who-level crap. I refuse to accept time can pass by that quickly on its own…

With my freak out out of the way, let me actually get into this post. So, September was a crap reading month, and I mean that in every way possible. Firstly, I didn’t get NEARLY as much reading done as I usually do. I can usually power through 8-12 books in a month, no problem, even with school and work. And that’s one of the things I pride myself on- multitasking. I’m awesome at it. But this month? So much nope. I couldn’t get reading done for the life of me. And the books I did read? Well, you’ll see what I thought about them in just a second.

I’m really hoping my reading will pick up a lot more in October. I do have midterms coming up (I have two next week, two the week after), and I’m positive I won’t be getting as much reading as I WANT to, but anything would be better than the reading disaster that was the month of September. -.- Because guess what! I’m kind of sort of maybe probably OUT OF MY READING SLUMP! Whaaaaat?! How can this be, you ask? Because of the last book I read this month. It was AWESOME.

Breakdown of Books by Rating:

— ★★☆☆☆ —

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (2.5 stars)

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Geez. Even though I hadn’t been reading as much as I wanted to since July, I blame this book for the huge reading slump I was in. In July-August, at least I was reading- I was reading bad books, but I was reading! After Queen of Shadows, it was like I lost the will to read, and that’s the single most depressing thing a reader can go through, especially if the book that does it to you belongs in one of your favorite series. This book was a trainwreck. I hated it. I hated it so much, and my review was basically a string of incoherent thoughts tied together with gifs and expletives, but it accurately portrayed my emotions regarding this literal piece of trash. (Sorry to those of you who liked it, I really am sorry, but this book angers me so much, I can’t help but be mean.) I was thinking of maybe writing a full discussion kind of thing with more in-depth, more cohesive thoughts? So if you’re into that, I might do it? Let me know in the comments!

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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This book was pretty meh. I had heard some really great things, and I went into it expecting entertainment and vanilla enjoyment. And I did get that, but I felt that the book lacked any kind of emotional depth. The characters, despite being different and interesting on an individual level, didn’t have great chemistry and I wasn’t invested in their relationships. All-in-all, this was a very quick read, and it was entertaining enough, but it’s not something I would recommend.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Interesting premise, interesting character of the Beast, and good enough writing. But the unnecessarily complex world-building brought it down, and it became a bit too heavyhanded for me to enjoy. I didn’t like the weird love triangle thing happening. None of the characters, except Ignifex, appealed to me, and I won’t be continuing on with the series/companion books.

— ★★★★☆ 

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The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

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This book is the book that got me right out of my reading slump. This series just keeps on getting better. This book was very dense when it comes to world-building. It was much slower than the first two books, but there was so much political tension and anticipation that I didn’t mind the lack of action at all. The characters have developed so much. Also, Han Alister is now officially in my ‘fictional boyfriends’ list. As if I needed any more additions. Full review to come soon!

— ★★★★★

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I picked this up after reading QoS because I needed something I knew I would enjoy. I haven’t re-read this series in a pretty long time, so it was great to refresh my memory a little bit. It’s always wonderful stepping back into the familiar rhythm of this series, like slipping into that old, super comfortable sweater you take out every winter. The characters were just as lovable, and the magic felt just as real. It was the perfect pick-me-up from a myriad of bad reading.


Total Books Completed this Month: 5

Total Books Read this Year: 93

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  • I think I might be officially out of my reading slump too Aimal. Yay for us 😉 xx

  • Oh Harry Potter’s always a good one to get out of a reading slump! 🙂

  • I didn’t read as many as I usually do this month either. It was definitely a slow reading month for me! Hopefully October is better for us! 🙂

  • Lovely wrap up! I am so glad you finally got out of your reading slump! And I am heartbroken to know Queen of Shadows was the one to put you in it! I finished it yesterday and dissolved into a puddle of feels. Very good feels. I would love for you to do a full, in depth discussion on it! I want to see all your anger and opinions! It will be interesting to see from your perspective 💕

    • Thanks so much! Yeah, I’ve been wanting to do a discussion for a while now since my review was ALL OVER THE PLACE. I might put it up some time next week. Thanks for the feedback! I’m really glad you enjoyed it, though! x

  • I do like how your overly negative thoughts on QoS is still a positively 2.5/5 LOL. I haven’t read the book or the series so I can’t empathize with how you feel but you might be the first person I’ve actively seen dislike it–which is a good thing to vocalize (I guess?).

    I hope October is a better reading month for you!

    • Thank you! I think if my rating was fully subjective, I’d give it a one-star rating. But I couldn’t deny that the writing and world-building had gotten miles better from the first two books; hence the 2.5. 😛 I’m not the only one though. I think there’s like a cult of haters on tumblr (which I may or may not be a part of xD) x

  • I’m happy you were able to pull yourself out of the slump. I’m also a little worried you had such a bad reaction to cruel beauty and rebel belle since both are on my tbr.

    • Don’t be worried! I hadn’t given a book a good rating since late July, so it’s possible I might have enjoyed these more if I wasn’t in a slump! I know a ton of people really loved them, so I’m hoping you might too! x

  • Oh, don’t you worry. Your entire college career is going to fly by just as fast 😉 I’m actually scared of reading Queen of Shadows because I did not like Heir of Fire…I might read it just because I don’t like to stop series in the middle, but I’m not going out of my way to read that book. I’ve heard so many different things about it!

    • You’re actually one of the only people who have said that they didn’t like HoF. I didn’t either. The only part of HoF I enjoyed was the last hundred pages. The rest was so… boring. I see there’s a fine line dividing the ToG fandom right now- those who prefer the first two books (like me) and those who prefer the third and fourth. 🙂 x

  • Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that Queen of Shadows was disappointing for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it myself. Rebel Belle has been really high on my wish list because so many people seem to love it. I’ll definitely have to look into a few more reviews before I pick it up.

    • Glad you enjoyed it! So many people have loved it. I think I’ll definitely have to do a full discussion of some of the reasons why I didn’t like it, so I can interact a little more openly with people who agree/disagree with me. 😀

      Rebel Belle is definitely very entertaining. If you want a funny, quick read, you should give it a go. But I don’t think there’s anything more to it than just entertainment. x

      • I think I’ll still give Rebel Belle a go… when my TBR gets down to an acceptable number. I’m hoping that there’s a good amount of badassery in the book.

  • You still did really good this month, especially for not enjoying quite a few books. Can’t go wrong with Harry Potter either!

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