I know this post is so incredibly late, but I still wanted to take my time and talk to you all about the books I read during the month of September. I did participate in the Contemporary-a-thon, for which I’ve done a separate wrap up. If you’re interested in what I read during that readathon, you can find my post on it here: contemporary-a-thon wrap up.
In this post, I’ll only talk about the books I read outside of the readathon in September. Let’s get started!
Easy Prey by Catherine Lo – 1 star
I did not start this month off well… I first read Easy Prey, an ARC I picked up at YALC in July. I wanted to read it before it came out in October so I could write a full review for you all. I absolutely hated this book, which you may have guessed from the 1-star rating I gave it. I barely ever give 1-star ratings… There’s so much wrong with this book, I can’t possibly state it all here. You can read my full review here if you want to find out why I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5 stars
Such a big difference between the first and second book of the month! I should have read this last year, but I didn’t. I’m so glad I finally listened to the audiobook because it was phenomenal. If you are one of the people who haven’t read this yet, listen to the audio version! The narration is on point.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir – 3 stars
Honestly, I was kind of disappointed in this book. I was expecting an epic fantasy inspired by the Roman empire, focused on a girl who is a slave and helping the rebellion. The parts of this book that I liked were exactly that: the parts talking about the Empire, about slavery, the brutality of conquerors, the rebellion… I really enjoyed that, especially how the author didn’t shy back from the brutality and cruelty of the Roman Empire. However, this was a romance with fantasy elements, and not the other way around. There was a love square/rectangle in this book. REALLY? You’re constantly in danger, about to die, your loved ones are being killed off, and all you can think about is 2 guys you’ve met for like 10 minutes? The same goes for Elias, by the way. I’m not sure whether I’ll continue the series.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend – 5 stars
I picked this book up because Lauren from Lauren and the Books was raving about this in one of her videos, and it seemed like such a wonderful read. I’m so glad I bought it! I ended up falling in love with this middle grade fantasy about a cursed girl. I already pre-ordered the second book which will be released at the end of the month!
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan – 4 stars
I read the first book in the series, Crazy Rich Asians, during the contemporary-a-thon and really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to continue the series as soon as possible, so I bought a copy of the sequel during a rainy day in Busan. I flew through this, and enjoyed it just as much as the first one. This has less of a focus on Nick and Rachel and focuses more on Chinese high society than on Singapore, but it was just as funny and interesting. I love the footnotes in this book. If you don’t like footnotes, you probably won’t enjoy these books as much, but I thought they were so interesting. I can’t wait to read the third book!
Those are the books I read in September outside of the contemporary-a-thon! Have you read any of these? What did you read in September?