September Mini-Review Recap!

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Basically me in September.

Ugh, you guys. September was a big bowl of suck, reading-wise. I had a LOT of distractions – moving, being sick, the honeyman being home more because of job changes, starting at my part-time job again… OY. So this is going to be pretty short, because I only managed to read 6 freaking books.

Empire Falls

Empire Falls by Richard Russo – Literary fiction that’s gotten great reviews, but REALLY wasn’t my jam. I had some big, personal issues with the characters, and I kind of dragged myself through it.

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – By far the best book of the month, and one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I’m really excited to start the sequel soon, Red Seas Over Red Skies.


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – Some really interesting non-fiction about human cadavers, by the famous Mary Roach. I enjoyed this, but I’m really looking forward to reading some of her other books, which I think I’ll like even more. (Also, this was one of my R.I.P. VIII selections!)


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Quick, engaging, and charming, so I liked it a lot. But out of Rainbow’s Rowell’s three books out so far, this one has been my least favorite.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks – This was yet another non-fiction graphic novel, and it was about women primatologists who made big advances in studying monkeys. It was informative and a pretty quick read, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jim Ottaviani’s book about Richard Feynman.



Beloved by Toni Morrison – This was another R.I.P. VIII pick, as well as a Classics Club pick. And it’s my first Morrison novel! It was really good, though I can’t say it was enjoyable – rather, it was striking and disturbing and wretchedly sad, which I guess was kind of the point.

And though I wouldn’t count it was a book because it was more like a short story or novella that I read in about an hour or two, I also read San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, which was a Newsflesh novella by Mira Grant that I reluctantly read on the Kindle app on my phone. It was good, although I can’t say it added much to the larger story. It was just cool to see the zombie apocalypse hit Comic Con.

And that’s all I managed! I had also started reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, but I’m about 300 pages in and haven’t picked it up in over a week, so it’s not likely that I’ll finish it. And I’m pretty sure there are a few more that I started and put down again after only a few pages. My attention span lately has been so crappy.

How was your reading in September? Fit any good books in?




  1. So many good books! I read Beloved as a kid (high school maybe?) and I just don’t think I got it. I need to try it again. I’m soooo glad there’s someone else in the world who doesn’t like Empire Falls. I just couldn’t stand it. And I loved Stiff, but I’ve never been able to get into any of Roach’s other books. Need to try those again, too.


    1. I’m really excited to try more of Roach, those topics are just more interesting to me than cadavers, I think. Empire Falls was distinctly NOT my jam, I’m really surprised it was turned into a movie!


  2. I read the Grant novella on suggestion from sj. I agree that it didn’t really add a ton, but it was fun to see the early days of the outbreak (that sounds terrible, but it’s true), especially to see it at a place where science fiction reigns supreme. Something like this could have happened at some kind of business conference or political rally and it would have been boring as hell. (Though I’ll admit, based on the title I was expecting more in the way of Firefly references… but I guess understated is better than overdone.)


    1. I was expecting a few more Firefly references as well, possibly even a “Hey look, it’s the stars of Firefly!” before they got turned into zombies or something. But like you said, better it was subtle rather than over the top. I’m going to check out the other Newsflesh novellas during the readathon, I think.


  3. Only six books…! Our book blogging world is a strange one.

    And yes, I read a lot. The holidays are always a good reading time for me. This year, following the driest summer I’ve ever had (I finished… nothing), I read 13 books. So at least there was that.


    1. It’s a strange one indeed 🙂 I hope I can keep up my reading pace if I switch to a more normal job. I get SO much reading done at work, I can’t imagine going back to only reading on lunch breaks and at home, lol.


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