September Wrap Up and Book Haul

Hello lovelies,

Long time no see. Basically, life got in the way of my blogging and Instagramming, but I am back now and ready to try and get back into the swing of things.

Wrap Up

The month of September wasn’t my greatest reading month. I read a total of ten books, and the majority of which I didn’t really enjoy. Part of this is because I have been actively making an effort to read some books that I have owned for awhile, meaning that I have lost interest in a lot of them. The couple that I did enjoy, I really enjoyed, and am so glad I could have some standouts this month.

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1. Resist by Sarah Crossan

This is a book that I have owned for quite some time. It is the final book in a duology, so I am glad to get another series completed on my shelves. It’s set in a dystopian future where there are no trees, and the government controls the artificial air distribution. Like most dystopians, there’s a rebellion working against the government and this was much of the focus of the first book, Breathe. Weirdly enough, Resist featured a second kind of rebellion, and none of them really saw eye to eye. My biggest problem with this book (and its series) is that I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters or the plot. Something was missing, and it just made me read these novels with no feeling towards them. I’m definitely glad to be getting them off my shelves. Although I didn’t enjoy this series, I am interested in reading more from Sarah Crossan, and I am hoping her other books are more my kind of thing. Rating: 2/5 stars.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW! I adored this book! For the longest time I had no desire to read this, and it wasn’t until it was chosen for my book club’s monthly read that I purchased it. I have some serious regrets, because I could have read this stunning book years ago. I loved pretty much everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the writing, and how all these elements came together to form this incredible book. If you haven’t picked this one up, definitely get on to it. You won’t be disappointed! Rating: 5/5 stars.

3. Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

This was the second pick for book club last month, and I can’t say that I enjoyed it like I did with Station Eleven. I felt incredibly disturbed and uncomfortable reading this book, and I struggled to finish it. If it wasn’t for book club I probably would have DNFed this one. It’s about a cult where there is a lot of abuse towards children and wives, among other things. These were major issues for me, but it was just the entire book I struggled with. I didn’t really like any of the characters, and of the four girls who’s perspectives we followed, I didn’t understand the outcomes of any of the girls. I wanted justice for these girls, and that definitely did not happen. Rating: 1.5/5 stars.

4. Numbers by Rachel Ward

This is another book I’ve owned for many year. What originally made me pick it up was the plot. It’s about a girl who can see the death date of every person when she looks in their eyes. I thought that sounded like such a cool concept, but unfortunately this was not executed well. It was weighed down with stupid characters who made stupid decisions, and I just felt like nothing much really happened. This is the first in a trilogy, and I can gladly say  I won’t be continuing. Rating 2/5 stars.

5. Vortex by Julie Cross

This is the sequel in a trilogy about time travel. I read the first book, Tempest, when I was in high school and I really enjoyed it. I have owned the two sequels ever since, but I never picked them up. I reread Tempest earlier this year and my opinions had definitely changed. Vortex was an odd sequel. It had odd things happen, and introduced completely new characters and I really didn’t enjoy it. I never quite understood the time travel, and whenever Cross would give explanations it would end up making me even more lost. I felt there were quite a few plot twists too, but ultimately I just didn’t care about our main character Jackson, and his love for Holly. And that is what is at the pinpoint of this series, their love. Rating: 1.5/5 stars.

6. Timestorm by Julie Cross

This was the third and final book in the Tempest trilogy. I am really glad to have finished this series, as I can now get rid of them from my shelves. Like Vortex, Timestorm went in a completely different direction, still continued to confuse me, and continued to annoy me with the Jackson/Holly thing. Rating: 1.5/5 stars.

7. Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard

Yes, that’s right, I read a Pretty Little Liars book this month. I was really into these books when I was in high school, and was so glad when they finally ended at book 8 because they were beginning to get incredibly repetitive. And then the show happened, and they announced more books in this series. I think in the end there ended up being 16 main books, plus a couple other random ones like this one. I gave up at book 11 – they simply didn’t interest me anymore. Pretty Little Secrets was gifted to me for my birthday, and I had never gotten around to reading it. And now I finally have. I’m not going to lie, this book was pretty trashy, but I enjoyed the reading experience. I wasn’t really in the mood for anything and this book was so silly that it was the perfect thing to be reading. It really reinforced my decision to stop with the series though, I just don’t care about these girls anymore. Rating: 2/5 stars.

8. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

This was the other book I read this month and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s an upcoming middle grade release that is being called the next big thing. It’s about an 11-year-old girl who is cursed, and enters the world of Nevermoor. It’s a fun, wondrous world, and I really enjoyed reading it. I plan on writing a full review for this one, so keep an eye out for that soon! Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

9. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

From what I can understand, you’re either a fan of these books or you hate them. I was worried that after owning this series for three years that I would no longer have an interest in them, but was pleasantly surprised as I really enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty. I loved the writing, and the sarcastic and witty Gemma Doyle. I liked her friends and the boarding school setting. I was intrigued by the magic – I feel as if we only got a wisp of it in this book, so I am interested to see how Bray develops this in the sequels. Although I did enjoy this, I think a younger me would have LOVED this. I am definitely interested enough to continue with the sequels though. Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

10. Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

The last book I read this month was a #LoveOzYA title. It’s set in 1932 Sydney at the prime of the gangs that ruled the city, and it follows two girls who can see and talk to ghosts. The premise sounded amazing, but unfortunately this one fell a little short for me. It was a little boring to me, and I hated that the 365 page book took place in only one day. It made the pacing off and made it feel as if the book was dragging. I liked the Sydney setting – more books should be set in Sydney! Rating: 2/5 stars.

Bookhaul

September was not a good month for me. I have a ridiculously large TBR and am trying my hardest to lessen the amount of new books I get each month. This month I ended up with 23 new books… These were a mixture of some that  I bought, some that I received from publishers, and some that I received from work (I work on the marketing team for an online Australian bookstore).

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Until next time (which I promise will be soon and not 11 months later),

Tanaya x

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