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!
- Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. This Pride and Prejudice retelling was Not Very Good. Read my review here.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.