This Month in Books: September 2016

September wasn’t quite the banner reading month I had hoped, but things are definitely on the upswing after my relatively dismal reading summer. Here’s the things I read!

  1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. This Pride and Prejudice retelling was Not Very Good. Read my review here.
  2. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. This creepy speculative fiction/horror book is Very Good and unlike anything I’ve read in ages. I wrote a review of this one too!
  3. The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh. A comedy about the funeral industry! I wrote a review about THIS one too! I’m pretty impressed with myself.
  4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Rich people in Singapore! Fluffy but fun. It’s right around here that my “review everything you read” plan started to fall apart.
  5. The Sixteen Pleasures by Robert Hellenga. Dirty books and nuns in Florence, Italy! I feel like I should have liked this more than I did. Something just felt off about it. A disappointing book did nothing for my lack of motivation to write reviews.
  6. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson. Turns out this comic really IS good. Love love love. I promised myself I’d write a review as soon as I caught up on the rest of the series.
  7. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti. I LOVE a good feminist memoir, but I just never clicked with this book. After a really strong introduction full of anger and passion, it devolved into “here’s a bunch of stories about stuff.” I actually DID want to write a review of this one, yet… here I am.
  8. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. I’M GOING TO WRITE A REVIEW OF THIS ONE I SWEAR!

I’d say that Annihilation was probably my favorite read of the month with Eligible coming in as my least favorite. I set out to read ten books this month, and I managed to complete eight of them. You know what, I’ll take it. I was in such a reading rut over the summer, it’s nice to be reading and enjoying myself again. Who cares that I’m ten books behind my Goodreads challenge goal? Who cares that I completely fell apart on my plan to write reviews of everything I read this month? At least I’m reading again.

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