It’s Monday, What are You Reading? September Wrap-Up

mondayIt’s Monday is hosted by Sheila at BookJourney.

It sounds kind of lame to say that September went by really fast, but it did! It was a very good month, with my new class, interesting travel for work, and planning a trip to California next week to see my sister.

Things I was obsessed with this month: Scotland’s referendum, Outlander, and everything going on in the NFL. A few non-bookish things that made me happy: Caramel PopCorners, new TV show You’re The Worst, and Awesome Mix 1, the so-very-cheesy soundtrack from Guardian of the Galaxy. And Overdrive — I’m happy to say most of my September reads came from my public library.

Here’s what I read in September:

  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
  • Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
  • The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

And lots of creepy reading for the R.I.P. IX Event:

  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

It’s hard to say my favorites, although I highly recommend The Reason I Jump to anyone interested in autism. The Spider and the Stone is a terrific historical novel about Scotland’s early fight for independence from England. The Duchess War was a fluffy read but one of the most fun romance novels I’ve read in a long time. And Magic Breaks surprised me – I was feeling like the series had gotten a little formulaic, but this book brought it all together.

Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, disappointed me. Fascinating main character, but the story was very predictable and the police seemed completely unrealistic. Gone Girl is so much better.

Here’s what I posted in September:

  • The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Parasite by Mira Grant
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • And posts on Outlander, the R.I.P. Challenge, my prize in the Blind Date Giveaway, and my Fall TBR List.

And for challenges:

  • TBR Pile Challenge: Number the Stars
  • Around the World Challenge: Number the Stars (Denmark), The Spider and the Stone (Scotland)
  • The Classics Club: Number the Stars, East of Eden

What’s coming up next? Right now I’m reading Jo Walton’s Among Others, although I’m not too far into it.  And of course there’s the Haunting of Hill House Readalong.

Happy Monday and happy reading!

  11 comments for “It’s Monday, What are You Reading? September Wrap-Up

  1. infinityreads
    September 29, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I really want to pick up Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn since I finished Gone Girl. Have you read Gone Girl? Is sharp objects better in comparison?

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thanks for commenting! Gone Girl was much, much better than Sharp Objects, which had an interesting main character but a pretty predictable story.

      • infinityreads
        September 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

        hmm..I might just pick it up cuz the synopsis sounds really dark 🙂

  2. Kathy Martin
    September 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Among Others is on my TBR mountain. I hope to get a chance to read it eventually. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Thanks for commenting! I’m finding it a little slow to get into but I’m sure it will pick up.

  3. September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I have to admit I haven’t read either Gillian Flynn book yet. I definitely want to though. I guess I’ll start with Gone Girl, since that one seems to have more praise.

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:41 am

      I’ve heard good things about her other one, I think it’s Dark Places? I recommend reading Gone Girl before seeing the movie.

  4. September 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    California? Oh we are trying to get back to our home in San Diego. We have been away from North County Coastal for far too long.

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for visiting! We’ve been wanting to move back to CA for a long time too. San Diego is beautiful.

  5. September 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    People seem to be really enjoying The Haunting Of Hill House readalong. Enjoy!

    • September 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

      It was a fantastic book, really creepy but beautifully written. Now I have to check in with the readalong…

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