I don’t know about you, but September seems to have flown by: I feel like I blinked and, all of a sudden, Halloween is only 4 weeks away. Though that could also be because my September wasn’t the most eventful, with all my concerts being cancelled and rainy days that had me napping throughout the afternoon.
As always, I spent most of my weekends thrifting and checking out vintage stores around Toronto. I finally visited Balfour Books this month, and it was a book lover’s dream — cloth-bound books on display, bookshelves that reached the ceiling, and cozy reading chairs.
I read 5 books in September, including my first audiobook! I’ve gotten really into podcasts lately, thanks to the Theranos trial, so a non-fiction audiobook was the perfect baby step towards incorporating audiobooks into my day-to-day reading life.
- How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black | 3 stars | beautifully illustrated, but didn’t add as much depth as I had hoped
- Namesake by Adrienne Young | 3.5 stars | fast-paced and plot-driven, nicely wrapping up Fable’s story
- Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney | 4 stars | a slow-paced, character-driven story about finding hope in a world that is often hopeless
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune | 3.5 stars | wholesome and heartwarming, with found families and minimal conflict
I didn’t post much on IG this month, because I finally started a BookTok!
BOOK PURCHASES/FROM PUBLISHERS
I bought a copy of We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson from a used bookstore. I haven’t read many classics or much horror, so this should be an interesting Halloween read!
FAVOURITES FROM AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
- Alicia at A Kernel of Knowledge shared her Latinx Heritage Month TBR (and I promptly added half of these books to my own Fall TBR)
- Rosina at Lace & Dagger Books shared a fun quiz revealing which Maria V Snyder fantasy series you should start with
- Stacey at Pretty Books shared 8 autumnal books to read
- Andi at Andi’s ABCs reviewed The Love Hypothesis, and now I’m even more excited to read it!
What were some of your favourite books/posts/moments from September? And what do you have planned for October? Let me know in the comments below.