Tuesday, 1 October 2019

The Month That Was... September 2019

I'm in a bit of a blogging slump these days, I haven't even managed to post my mini reviews for the Magical Readathon which was in August... I don't think I want to give up blogging, maybe I just need to get back into a routine.

I have been reading loads, and chugging through my reading challenges. I only have a handful of prompts left on both ATY and Popsugar. Out of the 12 books I read last month, 4 were 5 stars reads! If you've like to know what I've been reading in a more timely manner, do add me on Goodreads.

Here's what did make it onto the blog...

Reviews:


Blogged about:

On My Radar: October

Also read:

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
★★★★★

Science Fiction - Earth Based - Aliens
Verdict: I loved this so much and went out and bought the rest of the books straight away.
ATY: 46. A book with a (mostly) black cover

After Atlas by Emma Newman
★★★★★

Science Fiction - Earth Based - Mystery - Indentured Labour
Verdict: Better than Planetfall, a great mix of murder mystery, corporate exploitation, cults and tech. All these books are standalone within the same series, and I can't wait to read the others.
ATY: 19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR

Tiger by Polly Clark
★★★

Contemporary - Conservation - Tigers - Addiction
Verdict: I enjoyed the first part about Frieda's addiction and working at a small zoo but I got a bit lost when it switched to Siberia or the tiger's perspective. I'm not sure this was the best audiobook, the Russian accents were a bit dodgy.
POPSUGAR: 33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title

Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan
★★★★

Urban Fantasy - Witches - TV Tie-In
Verdict: I watched the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the 90's but haven't seen the Netflix one from which this is based. Was a fun and easy read, though I do miss Salem!
POPSUGAR: 2. A book that makes you nostalgic



Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
★★★

Fantasy - Series Finale - Assassins
Verdict: A bit disappointed in this final instalment, felt it didn't have much plot and was padded out with violence. The other books were violent too, but it felt less justified here. Glad to have an ending though.

Web by John Wyndham
★★★★

Classic - Cosy Horror - Spiders
Verdict: Not Wyndham's finest but it's still very him. Brings together the displacement of indigenous people, nuclear testing and deadly spiders on an island.
POPSUGAR: 13. A book published posthumously

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
★★★

Portal Fantasy - 1920s - Colonialism
Verdict: I liked the idea, there are lots of doors that lead to other worlds (10,000 to be exact) and young January discovers them when she hears of her father's death. I just didn't really click with the characters.
ATY Rejects: Portal fiction

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
★★★★

Classic - Short Stories - Misfits
Verdict: I enjoyed these stories a lot more than I expected. It's not a period that I've read much of, certainly not the everyday aspects these slightly unsettling stories explore. I spied this being read on The Haunting of Hill House.
POPSUGAR: 14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
ATY: 23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
★★★★★

Fantasy - YA - Monsters - Complacency
Verdict: What a great little moral tale; the real monsters never look like monsters and we should never forget the lessons we've learned from past tragedy. I think I'll review this one properly, give me a poke if I don't!
POPSUGAR: 32b. An author from Africa

The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
★★★★

Horror - Novella - Sequel
Verdict: A good follow up, in which the surviving molly starts her life as Molly. If that sounds confusing read the first book. I liked the tamaras.

Currently reading:
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

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