Hello all! I can’t believe September has already come and gone. It feels like I was just writing my wrap-up post for August, and now here we are. I read a lot of good books this month, and have a lot of exiting ones to look forward to in October.
Books read this month
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This historical fiction novel centers around the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England.
I was so into this book. I spent a few weeks reading it because it’s so long, but there’s just so much going on in it that I loved. I started watching the mini-series afterwords, but couldn’t get as into it as I did the book.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Zélie was just a child when magic was wiped from the land Orïsha, but now she has one chance to restore it. With the help of her brother and a runaway princess, she must evade the crown long enough to perform the ceremony to bring magic back once and for all.
SO GOOD. This book was near perfect. It had great character development, great worldbuilding, a great story, and beautifully written prose. Definitely worth all the hype it gets.
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
China Rich Girlfriend picks up two years after the events of Crazy Rich Asians, and is just as crazy as the first one.
Not a super deep read, but was a fun glimpse into the extravagant lives of super rich people.
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The latest book in the Cormoran Strike novels. This time Strike and Robin are investigating a potential political scandal, that may or may not something to do with something that troubled young man, Billy, claims to have seen as a child.
I felt like the mystery wasn’t as strong in this one as in the previous novels, but I still enjoyed it and liked all of the development with Strike and Robin’s character arcs.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Truly Devious is a young adult mystery novel that revolves around two murders, both at the same school, but one in 1936 and one in present day.
I really loved it up until the end. The pacing in the second half of the book was off, and we didn’t really get a satisfying conclusion, but rather a cliffhanger that will lead into the next book.
Plans for this month
In my last wrap-up post, I set out to read four books in September, and ended up reading completely different books than I intended, so I’m not gonna do that again. But I plan to read a bunch in October, and the ones I’m looking at are good ones! Things I’ve already borrowed from the library are:
- Mirage by Somaiya Daud
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S. A. Corey
- Misery by Stephen King
Here are some of my favorite articles, blog posts, etc. about books/reading/writing that I came across this month:
The art of storytelling: researchers explore why we relate to characters – This article explores research that found that no matter how a story is told, whether through words, gestures, or drawings, our brains relate more to the characters than the plot.
How to write a compelling character arc – This article from Reedsy breaks down how to create a great character arc, providing examples from popular media, such as The Hobbit (positive arc) and The Great Gatsby (negative arc).
There is no such thing as a young adult novel – This article from The Millions takes a look at how recently the line between literary fiction and young adult fiction is becoming blurred.