September was another busy month for me. I moved all my stuff back to my hometown, I went on vacation with friends in Belgium for five days, I moved again to my new place on Monday to start work two days later and, four days later, I had to go away for a work seminar!
I have started my new job mid-September and I love it! My colleagues are really nice, the job is challenging, I’m learning a lot of things each day and my manager is there for me when I have questions. It’s completely different from my previous place and I feel way more at ease! 😀 I now live way closer to my family and it feels great to know I can see my parents and my sister pretty much whenever I want.
I read quite a bit at the beginning of the month and I was on track with my Magical Readathon TBR until I started the new job. I now know that I’m unable to read for a bit when I start something new. I think it has something to do with brain cell overload… 😂
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie ★★★★☆
- The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler ★★★☆
- The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ★★
At the beginning of September, I re-read The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie and I had a great time revisiting this book. When I first read it, I remember thinking that it was completely plotless. I enjoyed it as a character study but I didn’t care much about the plot. This time around I realized that this book does have a plot (it’s not plot-driven but not plotless either!) and how important it is for the rest of the trilogy!
The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler is a short novella about a diplomat living on a dying Earth and her interactions with the aliens who invaded her garden. The writing was beautiful and I liked what it was trying to do even if it was a bit too short for me.
The biggest let-down of the month (if not, of the year…) was The Maidens by Alex Michaelides. I read and enjoyed The Silent Patient for what it was, a fast-paced popcorn thriller with a good twist. The Maidens didn’t have the same “page-turner factor” that Michaelides’ debut. The writing was awful, the characters were bland and the twist made no sense. The author tried his hardest to convince the reader that every character except one was the murderer so, even if the culprit was ridiculous, it was almost obvious from the start that they were indeed the one behind everything. 🙄
I didn’t watch a lot of things in September which is odd because I usually watch more things when I don’t read (what exactly did I do this month then? What is time anyway?😂)
I watched The Lies Within, a political Korean drama following a woman who tries to find her husband who disappeared a few days after her father’s death. Of course, nothing is as it seems and, with the help of a detective, she slowly realizes that her husband and father were trying to reveal a very big secret. I liked this drama and it had a few really good twists but it wasn’t too memorable either.
I also watched the first season of The Man in the High Castle and I have to say that I liked the show a lot more than the book. It’s not a big surprise considering that the only thing I liked about the book was the concept and not the actual story. The show is great at picturing how the world could have looked if Germany and Japan both won WWII. I’m not the biggest fan of the two main characters but the side characters and the plot are interesting enough for me to give the second season a try!
September was another quiet month for the blog but I have to say that my book discussion of A Man Lies Dreaming with Mayri from Bookforager was so much fun and it’s one of my favorite posts of the year! 😀
Here are my September blog posts:
- Book Discussion: A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar with the Bookforager
- May – June Short Fiction Highlights
October Reading Plans
Last year, I had a great time participating in Spooktastic Reads, a mini-event organized by the amazing Wyrd & Wonder crew Lisa, Jorie and imyril! Spooktastic Reads is the spooky sibling of Wyrd & Wonder which means that the event is all about celebrating dark fantasy and horror! 😀
Since I haven’t been able to read a lot in the last few weeks, my TBR is going to be very reasonable (for once!). I’m almost done with A Master of Djinn by P. Djéli Clark and since it follows a murder investigation, it definitely counts as a spooky title. I’ll try my best to post my review of it during Spooktastic Reads. I also want to read a few horror novellas I have been wanting to read for a long time. If I manage to read more, it’s great, if not, it’s okay as well! 😛
Here’s my very tentative TBR:
How was your month? Are you going to read spooky books in October? 😀