And That’s a Wrap: September!

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!


reading

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.

1006075Kartonnen Dozen by Tom Lanoye

Goodreads

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.

18395113Woesten by Kris Van Steenberge

Goodreads

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.

13623848The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Goodreads

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.

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Goodreads

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.

And lastly…

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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!


on-the-blog

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:

Aesthetics

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // aesthetics

Tags

A to Z book tag! // rapid fire

Memes

Down The TBR Hole #10

Down The TBR Hole #11

Bullet Journal

October Bullet Journal Set-up! // fall vibes

Wrap-Up

August Wrap-Up // an amazing reading month!

Other

Diverse 2018 TBR // 3rd quarter update

Get to know me! // 10 things you didn’t know

Book Unhaul // getting rid of some popular books!


I’M MOST PROUD OF:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // aesthetics

Get to know me! // 10 things you didn’t know


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!

Love,

eva 2.0

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8 thoughts on “And That’s a Wrap: September!

  1. I’m really sad you didn’t enjoy The Song of Achilles )): Maybe the hype ruined it for you? It seemed to do the complete opposite for me, though, when it usually ruins books for me, but this time I ended up loving it … Maybe we should try other books by the author, her greek retellings seem to be really loved in the community

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  2. Pingback: That’s a wrap! // October | Brilliantly bookish

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