September has been pretty good for me, reading-wise. I have read 6 books and I have finally received some books! Work-wise, it’s been a bit of a drag. My company-provided system and it’s been affecting my work and that’s made me bit more unlikely to be interested in going on my own PC and work on my blog. It’s weird but it is what it is.
I do have a few favourites for the month. I have been blessed recently with my e-ARCs and I hope I am not going to get too greedy with them and overwhelm myself. I was fairly okay with posting during September and I am very happy about that. Sure, there weren’t as many reviews I wanted to post but that’s fine. I can’t expect to have every review on my blog, that’s just unrealistic as far as I am concerned.
There were a couple of mini reviews too! I finally put together some reviews to accompany my other posts on the blog. I admit that I have been really bad as far as actual book blogging is concerned. It’s bad but frankly, my life has been a bit of a mess for a few months now and while August has been good comparatively, it’s still not the greatest. Oh, well. I can’t keep using it as an excuse.
I did another ARC of the Moment and babbled about the e-ARCs on Kindle and I finally managed to finish The Folklore Book Tag. I had a blast with both and I hope I can do another bookish tag as well as another ARC of the Moment.
I finally had a book haul to show off this month. Some of the books had been ordered pre-lockdown and one was pre-order and a couple were properly planned purchases. Will wonders ever cease? That’s right! I have been making proper plans with how I want to buy my books and how much I am willing to/ afford to spend on my books. Over the last couple of years, I have been far more impulsive than I should have been.
I read a total of six books this month and I enjoyed all of them! I am so glad for it because sometimes you get months wherein you don’t really enjoy the books but read a lot, it was the exact opposite this time and I am just happy!
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
Overall, a quiet fantasy book wherein the characters actually talk to each other and romance is done quite well, a book that’s about choices, sacrifices and faith. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the next book based in this world. I loved that it had a Mughal era-ish vibe to it all and absolutely loved the characters. I am quite possibly trying my hardest to not buy the next book by this author simply because I have very big physical TBR still and I don’t want to add to it. The review is right here!
Vengeance of Hope by P. J. Berman
I really enjoyed this one and It has such a great potential. While it didn’t end up being four stars or higher, I can totally see the enjoyment level. The world building is also so well done! For now, I can say this, if anyone who likes political fantasy then this is a book for you. A princess who’s framed for the murder of her father, who then goes on to start rebellion on behalf of her father and the kingdom. You can see where this story can go. The review can be found here!
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides
This 700+ pages book is a riot and a ride and you never wanna let go! If you are a fan of the Lies of Locke Lamora then you would totally love this, if you love a good heist, great characters and just as humour with plot and fantastic world building so this is the book for you, guys! My review will be coming soon. I had the e-ARC of this one and now I have also been approved for the sequel. You can bet that this is a series I will hopefully finish reading if the NetGalley and Orbit gods bless me with the third book too!
Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
Please read this one if you like Asian inspired fantasy, if you like unlikely groups of people making their way through the world. It’s not super long so it wouldn’t be too big a commitment either! I whole-heartedly recommend it! The review is right here!
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
I will be the first one to admit that I got fooled by the cover. However the brilliance of the author and the translator really needs to be addressed here because while I didn’t rate it high, I can see why it would five stars. I just wasn’t expecting the content and gosh, do read up the content warnings for this one because this one really needs that.
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
I finally tackled this beast too! I really loved the plot and the magic system, there was an unexpected reveal near the middle of the book that I was not expecting. I loved Kip and I genuinely think Gavin is a bit problematic for all that he’s shown as this charismatic Prism. Overall, it hooked me enough to continue with the series. So yay for that!
And that’s it for September. I did have a great month so there’s that! I followed through on my promise to myself and tried not to let myself feel overwhelmed by the blog and it turned out okay, sure, the views weren’t anything to brag about but I am happy with them so far. They are not terrible, just lower than usual.
Also! I know a few places are going back to normal but there are many countries that are still struggling because of the virus. So, please, take all the precautions. Stay safe and take care of each other.
What about you guys? What was your best read or the worst one? Or, let’s not call it the worst, let’s call it the most disappointing read. Tell me all about it in the comments.