Hey everyone! It’s yet again time to wrap-up the month. This September wasn’t the greatest month for me. A new school year started and I found myself in a completely new group. It’s difficult, but I’m making it the best I can. It’ll be fine, I know it. Anyway, you’re here to hear about my reading, right? Let’s get into it!
September was a really average reading month for me. I read 5 books, which is the lowest monthly total of the entire year. I was used to reading during the day this summer and I struggled with changing my reading schedule again. Except for one, all the books I read were average. Let me talk about them from worst to best.
Kartonnen Dozen by Tom Lanoye
This is a Dutch / Flemish book that hasn’t been translated to English yet. I read it for my Dutch class and picked it from the list, because my friend had recommended it to me. Sadly, I didn’t really like it. It wasn’t a bad book at all, but it also didn’t grip me. It reads much like an autobiography and honestly, it wasn’t that interesting. I liked the writing style. The way Lanoye went on tangents and addressed his readers really made you feel like he was telling the story to you personally. The romance felt realistic, especially for that time. However, I didn’t care about the characters or what happened to them at all. They could’ve died for all I care. Ultimately, I gave this 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Woesten by Kris Van Steenberge
I finally read this! It was the last book on this TBR and I’m glad I don’t have to go on about it anymore. I was pleasantly surprised by this book as I had very low expectations going in. Even though I didn’t vibe with the writing style, I thought the characters were interesting. I can’t say I liked any of them, but they had me intrigued. I liked the plot as well. Overall, I would give this a low three stars, which is a lot better than the 1 star I had expected to give it. I wouldn’t recommend it though.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I really liked how the author reworked the Iliad in this book. I was familiar with the story, although I haven’t read it myself. (I just started it in Ancient Greek!) The retelling element was the main reason I decided to read this novel and I’m glad Miller delivered. I really didn’t like Achilles though, which made me enjoy the book a lot less. On the other hand, I was a fan of Patroclus and Briseïs. Overall, I was disappointed that I didn’t love this book nor cried. I had different expectations. Ultimately, I gave this 3.5 out of 5 stars. I’d recommend you the audiobook as I quite enjoyed taking that route.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
I enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was good. I liked both of the main characters and felt for them. The two perspectives were very distinctive, which was great. I liked the plot and how it turned away from some clichés. Overall, I don’t think this was anything spectacular, but I would still recommend it. I gave it 3.75 out of 5 stars, to get real specific.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
This was highly enjoyable. I loved the characters and their friendships. The main character Jess was awesome. She was kind, but also kicked ass. I also loved Abby. The romance between her and Jess was so cute, fluffy and heartwarming! The book is also wonderfully diverse with a Chinese Vietnamese American bisexual woman in the lead, other side characters of colour and a trans side character! I would highly recommend this and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I immediately picked up the sequel!
This month I’m proud of myself for keeping up with my blog, even though my life got a lot busier! Here’s an overview of everything I posted in September:
I’M MOST PROUD OF:
And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading! If you’re not following me, now would be the perfect time to click that button for more! See you next time!