September was a very odd month; I went back to college for my final semester. It was very nice to see some people I hadn’t seen in more than a year because of my internship and my semester abroad. Since most of my classes are online, it left me with quite a bit of time to read.
I decided to try-out Scribd to listen to audiobooks. I’m not a huge audiobook reader as I tend to lose focus very easily if I listen passively to something (which is why I struggle so much with Zoom classes…). However, I realized they can be a great way to consume stories while doing house chores or cooking. If I’m doing something with my hands, I can focus a bit more on the story and I’m not zoning out nearly as much. I listened to four audiobooks on Scribd so, for now, I have decided to keep my subscription! (if you have any audiobook recommendations, let me know!)
However, while the month started off pretty great, it didn’t end that well since I got covid… again. Yep, 2020 is the year I managed to be infected by the virus twice. What a shitty year. I wash my hands all the time, wear masks everywhere, limit my interactions with people as musch as possible but no, one time wasn’t enough apparently.
The good thing about being sick twice is that the second time my symptoms were very minor. I only had light head-aches and a sore throat. Compared to the first time where I couldn’t leave my bed for a week, it wasn’t that bad. I was also able to recognize quickly that I was sick and I quarantined myself and got tested as soon as I could. However, while it just meant I had to be in isolation for 14 days and wait it out, it also kind of killed off my mood completely. I struggled to do anything the whole time, I couldn’t focus and I completely stopped reading. I only wanted to exercise to burn off the extra energy or watch TV shows.
So yeah, September wasn’t exactly my favorite month of the year.
However, despite that, I still managed to read ten things (mostly at the beginning of the month), so at least, there’s that!
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke ★★★★
- Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie ★★★★
- Clarkesworld issue 164 edited by Neil Clarke ★★★★
- Vampire Bait by Annie Nicholas ★★
- Autumn by Ali Smith ★★★★★
- Exit Strategy by Martha Wells ★★★
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury ★★★ 1/2
- The House of Styx by Derek Kunsken ★★★ 1/2
- Burning Roses by S.L. Huang ★★★★ 1/2
- Lightspeed issue 120 edited by John Joseph Adams ★★★
Autumn by Ali Smith is one of my favorite books, it was my fourth time reading it and I still love it. I love this book so much that I struggle to explain why. It’s about Brexit, love, friendship, British pop-art and it’s freakin’ brilliant. The prose is one of a kind, I wish I could have a tenth of Ali Smith’s talent.
Burning Roses is a very different book but it’s also a great one. I will post my review of it in a few days, I really loved it and the ending made me cry like a baby. It’s a blend of Asian and European fairy tales and myths, it follows two older women, it’s sapphic and it’s about family, love, owning up to your mistakes and forgiving yourself and others. It’s short, it’s beautiful and I would highly recommend it to everyone!
I rarely DNF review copies but I decided to stop reading this book after 30 pages. The writing style was pretty good but a lot of things didn’t make a lot of sense or were simply illogical. I can usually suspend my disbelief easily but, this book made me roll my eyes way too many times for the amount I’ve read of it. I thought it would be better at that point to stop reading it instead of finishing it and having to review it. I’m sure a lot of people would enjoy this book, I thought I would (hence why I accepted a copy of this book in the first place) but, it’s sadly not for me. If you want to know more about the book, here’s the Goodreads page.
This month was light on reviews which means that I’m now more than ever behind on reviews… 😦 I’ll do my best to catch-up in the coming months!
- Book Reviews
- Kushiel’s Dart Read-along Updates
October Reading Plans
Since I’m not in a reading mood at the moment, I’m not going to be overly ambitious with my TBR, I have decided to only put five books on my “official” October TBR. If I read less, that’s okay. If I read more, that’s great.
Art by Sergey Nivens from 123RF.com
I would still like to participate in Spooktastic Read, an event hosted by imyril, Lisa and Jorie. It’s a shorter, spookier and more casual version of Wyrd and Wonder focusing on horror and dark fantasy. The event runs for 13 days (of course) from October 19th to October 31st. I don’t usually read a lot of spooky books but I own a lot of them so, I hope I can read a few of them during the event!
Here are the books I would like to read in October:
Yes, I know Phoenix Extravagant has been on at least three of my TBRs but, I am going to read it this month! For sure!!
That’s it for me, sorry for the long health ramble, I hope you are all staying healthy. Let’s all try to survive this horrible year together!