I’m finally uploading my September Wrap-up! Yes, you all know what I’m going to say: “how is it October already??” but I can’t help it. September went by quickly and the days almost blurred together. I have never been as busy as I was in September and I discovered I have poor management skills which led me to take an unplanned hiatus from my social medial because I couldn’t keep up. Here’s hoping that October is kinder to me.
The Barbarian's Mate by Ruby DIxon - no rating. At the beginning of the month, I officially moved to Paris (yay 🥳) but it was such a big change that I wasn't emotionally available and invested in the books I was reading. Barbarian's mate was the perfect, feel-good, palate-cleanser book because I didn't have to be too focused on the plot and i was already familiar with the characters. It was my favourite book of the series because it had the classic enemies to lovers trope with some conflict which made for the perfect balance between angst, steam and fluff. It saved my reading month. The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori - ★★★★★ stars One of the books I was reading during my movewas The Sweetest Oblivion and it was almost a case of "right book, wrong time" because it had everything I absolutely LOVE but I couldn't get into it at first but the book was the perfect mafia romance and Nico and Elena are now some of my favourite book couples ever. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean -★★★★★ stars. This book was pure sunshine and I had such an amazing time reading it. You can find my 5-star review here! The Roommate Risk by Talia Hibbert - ★★★.5 stars. I love Talia Hibbert and one of my goals for the year was to read every single book from her backlist. I had started The Roommate Risk but I wasn't feeling like reading a friends to lovers romance so I paused it for three months, only to pick it up in September and I ended up really enjoying it. I don't really like the "friends to lovers" trope but if you are a fan, I think you're going to love this one!
Mirror Monster On My Wall by Tam M. Nicnevin – no rating.
I follow the author on Twitter and the synopsis intringued me so I read it in one-sitting, a little over an hour. This is an Alice in Wonderland retelling with an horror and monsterf***ing twist. This was very different from what I usually read but the main character is disabled, Black and autistic and I loved the representation so this was very enjoyable.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa – ★★★★.5 stars
I decided to read this because it’s Latinx Heritage Month and I had heard mixed reviews about this. This book was such a lovely surprise!!! I don’t understand the negative reviews because IT WAS SO GOOD; it had everything I look for in a romance (enemies to lovers, only one bed, funny banter, petty revenge, perfect steam and amazing latinx representation.). What more could I want?
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal – ★★★.5 stars
This book is one of my friend’s favourite book ever and I even bought it with her as a promise that I would *eventually* read it. I think the writing style was very good, and so was the plot but the characters felt two-dimensional and I wasn’t convinced by the romance. I don’t see myself reading the second book soon but I do have the audiobook and the ending still made me curious, so time will tell.
Teach me by Olivia Dade – ★★★
This was a cute, fluffly romance and Olivia Dade has amazing fat representation which is always appreciated. I loved the fact that the characters were teachers in their forties. They knew what they wanted and who they were.
I am not a fan of anything horror but for spooky season, I’m starting to make my way into thrillers and books with witches and paranormal (which are midly scary) so I hope my TBR reflects that. I also want to lower the books on my physical TBR (so I can purchase new ones) so that’s why I’m hoping to read Raybearer, Neon Gods and All Rhodes Lead Here.
Goals from last month and if I reached them:
So what I can takeaway from this month is that the goals which were focused on personal growth were more successful than the ones pertaining to my various accounts.
- Try to be social and be myself ✅
- Say no when it gets too much but not turn down everyone ✅
- put myself out there ✅
- Be more confident ❌
- Get my nails done ✅
- Prioritize my blog ❌
- Post more regularly: at least twice a week ❌
- Do more blog hopping and interact with other book bloggers more; find more friends! ❌
- Actively promote my blog on various platforms ❌
- Put out content I’m proud of ❌
Goals for this month
Since I spectacularly failed, I’m going to keep the same goals this month and with better time management on part part, I hope I’ll be able to reach them. So my goals are:
- Prioritize my blog
- Post at least two times a week
- Post content I’m proud of
- Read two books a week
- Interact with bloggers as much as I can
- Be more confident
I’m trying to find a rhythm which allows me to interact more, read and generally do the things I love as well as keeping up with school work and all the assignments; wish me luck!
How was your reading month? What are your goals for October? Let me know in the comments 🥰