I am so excited for October: the leaves will have finally changed colour, it will definitely be ankle bootie weather and, of course, it’s Halloween month.
After the difficult month that I had in August, I’m happy to say that September was a bit more gentle to me! I started a new job in Downtown Toronto, and the 2+ hour train ride each way means that I have lots of time to actually read.
Perks of being in the “big city” include far too many concert trips, visiting all the art galleries, and finally going to the Harry Potter themed bar! Their “Betterbeer” (gotta get around copyright infringement somehow, right?) was quite good and I absolutely loved the level of detail that was put into decorating.
Thanks to my ridiculously long train commute, I’ve had a lot of time to read – this month, I finished 8 books! Here are some of my favourites:
- To Kill a Kingdom | 4 stars | A wonderfully executed, dark and addictive retelling of The Little Mermaid
- Truly Devious | 4 stars | I love boarding school books and true crime stories (even if they do creep me out), so this was the perfect Erin read
- The Upside of Unrequited | 4 stars | Absolutely adorable and filled with charming characters, as expected from a Becky Albertalli book
- The Weight of Feathers | 4 stars | Beautifully written and filled with subtle magic
- The Wicked Deep | 3.5 stars | An eerie and atmospheric read that’s perfect for Halloween, even if I didn’t quite like the romance
- Nightingale | 2 stars | The premise was promising, but the execution felt unfocused and led to a confusing and underwhelming read
I finally broke my book buying ban for Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (because, really, how could I not?) and then somehow my hand slipped and pre-ordered the Shades of Magic paperback boxed set. Strange how that happens.
I also was lucky enough to have my #bookishwish granted for copies of Vicious, The Poppy War, and What If It’s Us — thank you so much, Nikki! <3
I was approved for an e-ARC of Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto and I am so excited to start reading it – thanks so much, Simon & Schuster Canada!
- I listed 5 of the many reasons why I loved To All the Boys I Loved Before (Netflix adaptation)
- I formally challenged myself to read more Canadian books
Favourites from Around the Blogosphere
- Jen made a list of 92 October releases which spans all genres – perfect for indecisive readers, like myself, who want to keep up with new releases
- Kaleena introduced the Flapping Pages International ARC program
- Vox wrote about how authors choose a character’s outfit – the level of thought and research that is put into it is incredible!
- Jenn came up with a list of blog ideas for October, and I fully intend to use some of these Autumnal prompts
What were some of your favourite books/moments/posts from August? And what do you have planned for September? Let me know in the comments below.