Fall is finally here! Thank god. I was worried it was never going to come with the heat waves. Alas, it has arrived with the end of September.
Like August, September was not the best reading month for me. It was a pretty meh month overall, to be honest. There were a lot of books that I had to read, and that sort of put me in a slump. I’m not too torn up about it, because now I can get to the things that I’ve been looking forward to. Let’s talk about what I did read though.
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Kathrine Locke — The first book I finished was an ARC/new release (the book came out September 1st) . It follows a teenage girl who accidentally time travels to the past. East Berlin circa 1988 to be exact. This is all thanks to a red balloon. No one’s quite sure how this happened, not even this secret guild of balloonmakers who use balloons to help people escape East Berlin. This book was not what I was expecting it to be. With the interesting premise, I thought that it would be much more of an action adventure novel, but it turned out to be more character driven. Character driven books are pretty hit or miss for me, but this one turned out to be one that I loved! I absolutely fell in love with the characters, they are what hooked me. I liked how the book tackled tough topics like genocide and racism without romanticizing the subjects. I finished it only wanting more. I definitely recommend picking it up if you enjoy character driven books. (Rating: 4/5 Stars)
A Comfortable Madness by Francine LaSala — Out of all the books on my TBR, this was the one I absolutely had to get to. Not only was it one of the books I had to read for book club, but the author was going to be at our meeting. Our book club is still at three members, including myself, so it would have been super obvious if I hadn’t read it. Good news though, I finished it and had a blast reading it too. It’s been a while since I’ve read a solid romance, and this had elements every good romantic story needs. An adorable, swoon worthy male lead, obvious chemistry between our couple, and an addictive quality. I flew through this, because I loved the writing style. I really liked how this book talked about love, and thought that this story was told in an interesting way. Also, I loved the setting, mostly because it is around where I live and I don’t read enough books that are set on Long Island. Meeting and talking with Francine about her book was awesome. If you are looking for a good romance, definitely check this one out. (Rating: 4/5 Stars)
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan — I had two books to read for book club this month, and this was the second one. I was looking forward to reading this one because it involved punk rock musicians and interconnecting story lines. Two things that I love. Going in I knew that each chapter was basically like a short story, which definitely helped with my reading experience. My friend Kim did not know that and felt very confused while reading it. I personally have mixed feelings on the book. Some of the stories I really enjoyed, and I liked how Egan switched up the writing style with each POV character. On the other hand, this book was incredibly dense. Way too dense for me at times. Also, I thought that the interconnecting story lines could have been better executed. I thought that the whole music aspect could have been handled better as well. Even though this book revolved around punk rock musicians, it felt very generic and not authentic. I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. This book was just okay for me. (Rating: 3/5 Stars)
I really enjoyed talking about my favorite things that I watched last month, so I’m going to continue doing it. Unfortunately, I did not watch many films this month. The ones I did watch were nothing to gush over. On the flip side, I watched a TV show that I loved.
Death Note (2006) — I was forced to watch the Netflix adaption of this popular manga at the beginning of the month. It was god awful. To be honest, I don’t know why I didn’t just walk away. Before I watched this sad excuse for a film, I had seen a good chunk of the anime back when it first came out. However, I had never finished the anime. Seeing the Netflix adaption inspired me to go back and rewatch the whole anime so that I could finally finish it. It was a great decision, because the anime was excellent.
I don’t watch a lot of anime anymore, but this was so good that I want to start watching some more. The plot was so intricate and intense. The characters were interesting too. I’m not sure what else to say other than it was excellent. If you haven’t seen it and you enjoy anime, what are you doing? Go watch it. All of the episodes are available on Netflix.
Those are all of the things that I really watched and read this month. As you can see, I didn’t read or watch anything too exciting.
My favorite book of the month is a toss-up between The Girl with the Red Balloon and A Comfortable Madness. I loved reading both of them, and it’s made me want to pick up more books from both authors.
Now that it is officially fall, I am planning on doing all of the reading. It is the perfect weather for curling up with a good book, and I can’t wait to do just that.
What books did you read this month? Did you read any of these? Let’s chat down in the comment section below. Also, let me know if you watched any awesome movies or TV shows. I’m always looking for some recommendations.