September Wrap Up & October TBR

Well, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump for the past few months. I haven’t been reading as much as I normally do, but I’m hoping to change that! Now that I’ve taken a semester off of school and I’m in the process of transferring somewhere else (more on that later I promise), I have more time to devote to reading the books that have been on my list for ages! The first book is one I finished weeks ago, while the other is a book I’m reading on the Audible app and plan to completely finish by tonight. While I typically write in-depth reviews on all the books I’ve read, I’m going to switch things up and post reviews on books that I really think you should read. That being said, expect a review on The Thousandth Floor! 😉 I will, however, continue to give a brief summary of what I thought of the book.

Books Read in September:

  1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – I bought this book in the beginning of last summer and never got around to reading it until a few weeks ago. I heard nothing but good things about this novel, and with the praise it received from Stephen Chbosky, I knew I had to give it a chance. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it’s probably not one that I’d read again given the chance. This book follows Laurel, a 16-year-old girl who must write a letter to a dead person for an English assignment, all while coping with the recent death of her older sister. While the concept of this novel was intriguing–she writes letters to really inspiring individuals who left their mark on the world such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Heath Ledger–it was hard for me to relate to the main character because of her young age. YA is my favorite genre, but as I’ve gotten older, YA books are a hit or miss for me because of the younger points of view they’re told in. It definitely has a Perks of Being a Wallflower feel to it, so if you read and enjoyed that novel, you’ll probably enjoy this book! This type of novel would typically be a quick read for me (about 2 or 3 days), but it took me a few weeks because of the disconnect I felt with the main character. I gave this book a 3/5 stars on Goodreads!
  2. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – I’ve been listening to this book for the past few weeks on the Audible app! This book was highly recommended by a Booktuber I watch (Sasha Alsberg), and she had nothing but great things to say about it. The book is told from five different points of view, which I really like because sometimes I get bored being in one person’s mind all the time. The different points of views is interesting because you figure out how they’re all connected as the story progresses. My favorite part about this novel is how much it reminds me of Gossip Girl. I’ve been obsessed with the TV show since my junior year of high school (I never got around to reading the books–I suck), and the characters’ lifestyles and constant secrets mimic the lives of Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. I’m currently on Chapter 44 of 73, so ideally I’d like to have it finished by the end of tonight or Sunday at the latest. As I said earlier, expect a more in-depth review of this novel within the next week or two!

Have any of you read either of these novels? I’d love to know what you thought! Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Links to Purchase:
Love Letters to the Dead
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dDaW3a
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781471402883/?a_aid=135811

The Thousandth Floor
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2duZp5u
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780008179977/?a_aid=135811


October Reading List:

  1. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads the other night. With it being October, I wanted to read more magical/whimsical novels, and this book follows two individuals who are rumored to be witches.
  2. Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood – This is the third book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles. It was published in 2014, but as that was my senior year of high school, I just never got around to reading it. I discovered this series my sophomore year of high school because the author came to my school (her alma mater) for a book signing/discussion. I loved the first two books in the trilogy, so I’m excited to see how the series ends.
  3. Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – Ugh. I had no idea Jennifer was even writing another book until I stumbled upon an Instagram post this past summer. I fell in love with her writing style in her novel All the Bright Places (read my full review here), and no book has impacted me as much as this one. This book doesn’t come out until October 4th, but I put it on the list because I know I’ll want to see it as soon as I purchase it.
  4. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is the second book I received through Audible, and while it seems to be more appropriate for the summer months, I’m going to listen to it this month anyway. I don’t know too much about the plot (check out the full summary here), but I’ve heard good reviews about it.

I know reading four books doesn’t seem like the most ambitious goal, but because I’m in the process of transferring to another school and moving to a different state (really, I promise I will update you all on this), I didn’t want to set an unrealistic goal for myself. Also, if any of these books sound appealing to you, I’ll link all the titles below.

Be sure to follow/request me on Goodreads to stay up-to-date with what I’m reading/what I want to read!

Links to Purchase:
When the Moon Was Ours
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dpP0Hu
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781250058669/?a_aid=135811

Sisters’ Fate
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2denoqm
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780141342252/?a_aid=135811

Holding up the Universe
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cOIDjz
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780141357058/?a_aid=135811

The Problem with Forever
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dpOgSG
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781848454576/?a_aid=135811

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