September was a crazy month. It had good things and bad things, but let’s not get into them. I fell into a bit of a reading and blogging slump and wasn’t able to sit down and write all the reviews I planned to. But, on the other hand, I reached 300 followers, which I’m really thankful for! 🙂 Let’s see how I really read and blogged this month:
BOOKS READ THIS MONTH
I actually got a lot of reading done during this month, I hadn’t realized that until now! Of course, there’s a picture book and two poetry collections, but there’s also three full length novels and The Key is 864 pages long! So I’m kind of proud, given how insane this month was.
- Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed is a poetry collection with some beautiful and powerful poems, but that I felt lacked cohesiveness.
- You by Caroline Kepnes was the perfect psychological thriller. It blurs the line between hating and liking a character that is an obessive and dangerous stalker.
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is fast-paced and entertaining fantasy book about a Yelena, former-death row criminal who becomes the Commander’s food taster. It has great characters and imaginative world-building.
- The Universe of Us by Lang Leav became one of my favorite poetry collections. With a motif of stars and constellations and themes such as love, loss, hope and hurt, it’s a relatable and moving read.
- Malala: Activist for Girl’s Education by Raphaële Frier & Aurélia Fronty (illustrator) is an informative picture book with vivid illustrations that summarizes Malala’s life achievements. Perfect to introduce or remind kids and adults alike the power of education and equality.
- The Key was the perfect ending to a pretty cool trilogy. The characters and relationships grew a lot more, the world and magic was fully explored and everything was explained. Also, it had a very positive LGBTQIA+ representation.
I received Nevernight by Jay Kristoff from Zoey @Magiverse, the nicest girl in the world! I can’t thank her enough for sending it to me. I’m only 38 pages in because of the slump, but so far I can say it’s pretty unique and dark. I’m really liking it!
REVIEWS OF THIS MONTH
- Why do authors still go for insta-love? | I talk about some of the reasons I could think of and basically why insta-love sucks.
- How book blogging has changed the way I read | I wrote this guest post for Alice’s feature Welcome to the Neighborhood. The title says it all 😛
Top Ten Tuesdays
Book Traveling Thursdays
Diversity Spotlight Thursdays
I love this feature by Aimal @Bookshelves and Paperbacks. We get to share three books each week: one that we’ve read, one that we want to read, and an upcoming release.
- Spotlight #3 | A 50s book with a positive portrayal of a lesbian couple, a novel about a dancer from India who suffers an accident that leaves her a below knee-amputee, and a fantasy book with two princesses falling in love.
- Spotlight #4 | A book with Latinx characters with different experiences of depression, a fun graphic novel set in Ivory Coast, and a modern Beauty and the Beast retelling with a transgender main character.
- Genre Exploration: Magical Realism | In honor of Latinx Heritage Month I decided to write a post on one of my favorite genres. I explain the difference between magical realism and fantasy and recommend some magical realism novels from Latin America.