Besides my birthday on the 1st and the occasional gathering of friends, September was mainly a month of school, school, and more school.
But, within those many hours of school I did manage to read quite a few books. (Have you guessed yet that I procrastinate homework by reading books? Because that’s kind of how it goes.)
Books I Read This Month:
#1 – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★☆
This book was beautiful. It had a much different subject matter and style than the kinds of books I normally enjoy reading, but it was one of those rare kind of introspective contemporary books that I actually liked. It’s told in a very lyrical style, the characters are interesting and have depth, and it’s a great story about friendship, love and discovering things about yourself and the world.
#2 – Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer ★★★★★
#3 – Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★☆
The world building in this book was fantastic. The types of magic and the social systems and the descriptions of the castles and landscapes were all really great. I’m hoping I can get the other two books to read soon!
#4 – I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter ★★★★☆
#5 – This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★☆
This book was really cute! I went into knowing nothing. I’d seen it around but I didn’t read the summary or anything. (I’m actually really glad I did that- it made discovery in the book even more exciting) I kind of enjoy books about celebrities trying to blend around normal people and things like that, and this book had the added bonus of having a great story and an amazing cast of characters. Makes me want to read all of this author’s other books.
#6 – The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★☆
I didn’t like this book as much I liked the first Jennifer E. Smith book I read, but like the other it had great characters that really moved the story forward. It was also a really emotionally compelling read and sad/bittersweet scenes were done very, very well. The main complaint about this book is I just wanna know what happens after! Guess I’m not used to standalone books…
#7 – A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil, #2) by Soman Chainani ★★★★☆
I read and reviewed the first book in this series last month and I really, really liked it. This second book was very good as well, but it was also… kind of odd and through a lot of it I didn’t really get where the author was trying to go with it, and parts of it kind of felt like a repeat of the first book. The main thing that saved this installment was the large amount of good character development. Hopefully the next book in the series will be less confusing.
#8 – Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★☆☆☆
This book appeared on my kindle. Literally. I turned on the wireless after having it off for months and it was just there. Naturally, I read it. (What else do you do with a book that shows up on your kindle?)
This book was way more paranormal romance-y than I would ever read. Female protagonists that spend 80% of the book pinning after a tall handsome not-so-nice boy… Not my thing. At all. The things that kept me reading this book were the writing and the alien lore. Despite the topic matter the writing flowed really well, and the aliens, well… I just really like sci-fi and the lore of these particular aliens was kind of interesting.
#9 – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira ★★★☆☆
This book reminded me a lot of The Perks of Being a Wallflower- it was told through letters, and it had some similar subject matter. Despite the similarities, I liked this book a bit more than Perks. Maybe it was the main character or the setting that made me feel a bit more engaged with this book. But mostly, I think it was because of Laurel’s sister and because I liked the whole concept of writing to dead people, and how Laurel compared who they had been and what they had done to her own life.
The writing in this book was also very beautiful. There was very good description and storytelling, and a lot of it read like poetry.