The last 8 days or so of September, I read like my life depended on absorbing as many books as possible. It was crazy. From the 22nd-30th, I read 9 books and 3 short stories, bringing my total things read in September to 4 short stories (for the Gothic September Poe read along) and 14 books.
It wasn’t exactly record-breaking, but I was impressed, especially since I’d been in a genre slump all year, and was falling into a general reading slump.
The Martian saved me, though. Something about the real/realistic science from it, coupled with the tone and pace, acted as a bridge between non-fiction and sci-fi for me. It was great, and I think I’m mostly out of my sci-fi/fantasy slump (as long as I don’t read too much of either close together).
Book, rating, link to reviews, and what Bookish Bingo square I used them for…
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (3.5/5 stars)
- “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
- Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman (4/5 stars, but I’m considering lowering it to 3.5/5) // My review // “Co-Authored“
- Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (4.5/5 stars) // “Person on Cover”
- Blue Horses by Mary Oliver (4/5 stars) // “Poetry or Verse“
- Halloween Carnival vol. 1 edited by Brian James Freeman (3/5 stars) // My review // “Horror“
- The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5 stars)
- 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (3.5/5 stars) // My review // “LGBT“
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (2/5 stars) // “First in a Series“
- Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (4.5/5 stars) // My review // “Set at a School“
- “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe (3/5 stars)
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (3/5 stars) // “Illustrations“
- Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevens (3/5 stars)
- Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins (3.5/5 stars)
- “The Imp of the Perverse” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
- “A Descent Into the Maelstrom” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
- The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (3.5/5 stars) // My review // “Magic in the Real World“
- Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (5/5 stars)
For the autumn challenges below, here’s my first post about them which has links to the origins.
I finished the Poe read along, but I ended up reading 3/4 stories in the last week or so, instead of one per week. It was fun and I should definitely get back to reading Poe more regularly.
Fall Bookish Bingo
I’m so close to a Bingo already, yay!
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril didn’t work out so well for me in September, so I need to step it up for October to reach my goal of 4 books. The only one I read (and counted) for R.I.P. in September was The Graveyard Book, which was one of the books I listed as a possible choice in my original post.
Yearly challenges updates:
For #RockMyTBR, I read The Killing Joke, but The Graveyard Book or The Martian would have counted, too.
And, finally, I got to check off a couple of tasks for both the PopSugar reading challenge, and the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. (I’ll post both lists at the end of the year, because I might swap some things around between now and then.)
Left to right: 5 Goosebumps books! In a tin! (That I didn’t want to take the plastic off of yet, which I now realize was a mistake because the picture is garbage, ugh.) // Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay // Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly // The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan // Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (ARC) // Fever by Deon Meyer (ARC) // Doctor Who: City of Death by James Goss (ok, this one is technically husband’s, but I’m going to read it, to) // Caraval by Stephanie Garber // The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.
Both of my grown-up cats were very interested in what I was doing. At least I managed to get one shot that didn’t have my other cat’s butt blocking 3/4 of the frame. Of course, I got this one shot because she decided to try to sit on my head while I was on my stomach on the ground taking the photo:/