Monthly Wrap Ups

Monthly Wrap Up: September 2019

September was a super productive month reading wise for me… although not so much for things like housework or going to the gym. Whoops.

With the weather taking so many hideous turns the last few weeks I found myself indoors more often. My dog wasn’t too impressed, but at least it gave me time to get a lot of reading done! Everything I read was at least 3 stars with a couple easily ranking as 5 star reads. I’m really happy with everything I read.

October, on the other hand, is going to be a busy month so I probably won’t get as much reading done. We have a holiday coming up, the UK Star Trek Convention, plus several performances we’re attending. I also have that thing called a job which is always rudely getting in the way of reading.


Oh my god you guys. Margaret Atwood does it again. I never expected a sequel to A Handmaid’s Tale so when I heard there was going to be one over 30 years after it was originally published I was excited- and a little worried, too. What if it didn’t live up to the hype? What if it wasn’t in the same league as the first book? (Not many books are, afterall).

Turns out I had nothing to be worried about. It was incredible! I also have some pretty intense feels for Aunt Lydia which is something I never expected.

I’m attending a lecture with Atwood later this month so watch this space for me going hardcore fangirl.


This is a book that’s talked about a lot in bookworm circles so I figured it was time I got around to reading it. It started off well, but ended up just being an “okay” read for me. It was pretty creepy at times and I really regretted reading it outside at night by the firepit during those parts because every noise made me jump.

It was a good story, reminiscent of books written around the time it takes place, but it didn’t quite get there for me. Also, there was a scene where a dog got hurt so I had to skip that part.

I can handle just about anything that happens to a human character, but if an animal (especially a dog) is hurt I can’t cope at all. I wouldn’t have minded something happening to the main character, though, as he was incredibly unlikable.

My husband makes fun of me because when we used to watch The Walking Dead, I wasn’t really that fazed by any main characters’ deaths. Yet when they had to slaughter some of their pigs I became totally inconsolable and had to leave the room. Same with a different and important animal later in the series- which is about the point I stopped watching the show altogether.


I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I really enjoyed it, but it never actually went anywhere. I liked the main character and it was a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre, plus the story behind the title is interesting so it has all that going for it. Also, pink is my favourite colour and I’m a sucker for a pleasing cover.

Overall it was a good book, just not a stellar one.


I have tried to read this for years but I never got further than a few chapters each attempt. I finally finished it in September and was disappointed to find myself a little underwhelmed. The first section was fantastic, but I began to lose interest as the book progressed. Another one that was a good read overall, just not a stellar one.



So I’m one of those people that doesn’t watch season finales of my favourite shows because I don’t want it to go away forever. I mean, it took me years to finally watch the last episode of Arrested Development and I only did that once I heard it was being revived on Netflix.

The Expanse series is phenomenal. The TV show is just as good. After being blown away by Leviathan Wakes, I held off on the other books because I wanted to have this universe in my life for as long as possible. It’s why I held off watching the series until recently, too. However, as soon as I started watching it I binged every season because I simply couldn’t bring myself to turn the TV off.

Because a new season is coming in December, I decided to catch up on the books and I’m finding that I can’t keep myself from reading them all either. I read two in September and am already halfway through another one. I can’t be stopped.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo DESTROYED ME. This is another book that is talked about a lot and I can totally see why. It was fascinating, beautiful, and evocative- and easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

The most recent publication from Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones and the Six, was my first ever ARC so the author holds a soft spot for me as her writing is what sent me on this fantastic book blogging journey. I’m definitely going to be reading anything else she writes.


Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Enlightened Cow was a part of my first ever blog tour. It was delightful cozy mystery that takes place among the ancient gods of the world. Read my review here.


A sequel of sorts to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It is a compelling collection of stories that explores the question, “What happened after we defeated the Martians?” Read my review here.


This also ranks as one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far. It was wonderfully creative and original, different from anything I’ve read before. It was full of humour and heart, too. Read my review here!

I was lucky enough to have an interview with the charming author Tyler Hayes, you can read that interview here.


An incredible ARC that has just been released. First in a series, I’m already eagerly anticipating the next installment. Read my review here.


This is due to be released soon so expect my review around the publication date. A Little Dark Place got to me hardcore. It completely creeped me out and just writing this blurb about it is making me uneasy again. Whew.

Have you read any of these? Which books did you read in September? Let me know in the comments!

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