September Wrap Up

Look at all those chickens, er, books!

September was a damn good reading month considering the slump I’ve been in since June. 16 books, 5420 pages… is this how Weezie got her groove back?

It wasn’t all smooth sailing. My average rating this month was 3.25, and while that doesn’t seem low, I’m quite free with my four star rating. So… it was a little low.

Books I read this month:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. A nice enough graphic novel that… didn’t make any sense. ⭐️⭐️

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar. This could just be a personal preference thing but I prefer King on his own. This was good, it just didn’t have that King ‘oomph’ I’m used to. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monsters in Appalachia by Sheryl Monks. The real monsters are people. Good enough, but not what was advertised. At least it has a pretty cover. TWs for creepy older men taking advantage of poor, teenage girls. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. I wasn’t expecting to like this. Twin souls, government conspiracies… not my cup of tea. Zhang made it work, though. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kill Creek by Scott Thomas. We don’t get good descriptions of the characters but he took the time to describe her breasts and she writes naked. Gag me. ⭐️⭐️

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh. This wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was just… forgettable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck. This one tried to be a lot of things and missed the mark on everything. ⭐️⭐️

Thornhill by Pam Smy. The art in this one is really striking but the story is cliched. I guessed the ending within the first 20 or so pages which puts a damper on the rest of the book. Still, a good read for those who like stories told in half graphic novel, half written word. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I hate myself for putting this one off, but at least I don’t have long to wait for the sequel. I’m not a fan of superheroes but I loved this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. Another book falsely advertised. This isn’t a scary book. It’s a book about grief… and it’s poorly done. ⭐️⭐️

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. At this point, I would read her grocery list. Full of monsters and monstrous humans, I really enjoyed the fact that she showed what a little shit Mary Shelley was. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This was a reread but the Magic is still like the first time I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Creepypasta Vol. 1 by Various. Whew, boy. This was just… not good. Poorly written internet stories, I should have known better. ⭐️⭐️

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. This wasn’t a bad book, it was just… lacking. I feel like Arden could have done a better job setting the scene and giving backstory as the story progressed instead of giving us little word vomit backstories. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe. I only bought this for Anna-Marie McLemore. However, there were a few other stories I really ended up loving… and a few I quit after a couple of paragraphs. This is a solid anthology. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. *insert I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed gif* This was a really slow book with a fairly disappointing end. The action was good (when it happened) but 30 pages don’t make up for 250 pages of disappointment. ⭐️⭐️.5

And that’s September! Here’s to October, Halloween, and all the witches and ghouls reading their hearts out!

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