Look at me, posting a wrap on time. Who I am?
September was a busier month than I wanted it to be. It feels like I haven’t had much down time, but I did manage to get some reading in! A good chunk in fact. So without further ado, lets get into the wrap up!
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
I was still in a contemporary romance mood in the beginning of September. I saw that this book was available to borrow from my digital library and went for it. Sophie Kinsella is an author I’ve slowly been reading more from. She is known for her humor, and I’m a sucker for a good funny book.
I’m not sure if I’d classify this book as funny though. Sure, I think there were some funny moments, but overall I had a weird reading experience. I spent so much time feeling so on edge while reading. Our main character Fixie spends a good chunk of the book making not great decisions. Watching her spiral made me spiral and I spent most of the book waiting for bad things to happen. Which they do.
The romance was very cute, but really took a back seat to Fixie’s story of growth and learning how to stand up for herself. Overall, I still have mixed feelings on the book. I think it was a well developed story and I liked Fixie as a character, but I didn’t have the best reading experience. I’m not sure if I would recommend it. It wasn’t bad, it just was a weird reading experience.
Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict — DNF
This was one of the books I had to read for book club in September. The other one was pushed back, because my friend couldn’t get his hands on a copy. Carnegie’s Maid follows Clara who is an immigrant trying to make it in America in the 1860s. She stumbles into employment with the Carnegie’s and eventually love blossoms between her and Andrew. I didn’t get fully to that part in the book as I dnfed it.
I don’t read a ton of historical fiction. I think the only historical fiction I pick up has some sort of magical element to it, so this was a new genre for me. However, I found myself so bored throughout the book and couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I’m not sure how much of that was the genre’s fault, I think the main reason it was so boring is because Clara is such a passive character. Things just happen to her and she doesn’t make a ton of active choices. Also, I got a 100 pages in and nothing really happens.
The only interesting thing was Clara’s relationship with Mrs. Carnegie. I wish the book was more about women during this time as opposed to being a romance. I think it would have been more compelling.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
After all of that contemporary, I needed some fantasy. Ideally with romance, cause I’ve been such a thirsty bitch for it. Thankfully, Sorcery of Thorns could provide!
I picked this book up after hearing great things about it on BookTube from BookTubers who I think have a similar taste in reading to me. Also, the premise really intrigued me. The book takes place in a world where there are Great Libraries that house magical grimoires. The Warden’s of the library protect the grimoires, because they have demonic energy and can transform into a Malefict. Which is like a ink demon. Elisbeth, our main character, is training to become a Warden and lives at the library. Her life changes one day when one of the most powerful grimoires is sabotaged and she becomes the main suspect.
God, this book takes you on such an adventure. It almost feels like two books in one, as Elisbeth goes on quite the journey. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. She’s such a bad ass, but like a lowkey bad ass, and watching her persevere was a ton of fun. I also quite enjoyed the romance. The romantic lead was very attractive on page. Like hello new book crush! -insert heart eyes emoji here-
I also really enjoyed the world. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a book nerd, but anytime Elisbeth is in a library or interacting with grimoires is so cool. Honestly, the descriptions of the grimoires were my favorite part. I’d love another book in this world, maybe from her best friend’s perspective. It was just such a fun world.
I loved this and would recommend! It was so well written and I’m lowkey hoping that a companion or sequel gets written. However, I definitely will pick up the next book Maragret Rogerson writes.
The Promised Neverland Vol 6-10
If you read my last wrap up, I spent most of it gushing over how obsessed I am over The Promised Neverland series. Obviously, I picked up the rest of the volumes available at my library and binge read them all this month.
It was especially exciting, because Volume 6 was brand new content for me. The anime stops in the middle of Volume 5 (I think). As much as I was excited to continue on, I was nervous that the next arc wouldn’t be as good as the last. However, I was not disappointed.
One of the things I find most interesting about this manga series is the world. In these volumes, you get to see so much more of the world and answers to questions you’ve had since the beginning. WHICH WAS REALLY EXCITING! There were a couple moments where I was literally screaming (mostly out of shock and excitement). It also got more gross. There was one page that really disgusted me, which takes a lot as I don’t easily get grossed out.
It’s so hard to talk about this more in detail without spoiling anything. This is definitely one of those series that you don’t want to be spoiled for. If you’re interested in any sort of review or would like to hear me talk about the series more in depth please let me know. I still plan on making a post comparing the manga to the anime, but am not sure if anyone would be interested in reading me just gush over this series in general. Regardless, if you like manga and are cool with horror and gore, you should definitely pick this up!
Haikyuu! Seasons 1-3
Alright. So if you’ve made it this far in the wrap up, I clearly got some reading done. Not a crazy amount, but a fair amount. With that being said, I think I spent more of my time this month binge watching the crap out of Haikyuu!
Haikyuu! if you’re unaware, is an anime about volleyball. I started watching it on a whim, because I was looking for a light, fun anime to start. This one kept popping up on my Hulu and I know a good friend of mine really enjoys it. So I was like, sure. I’ll give the first episode a watch. I’m pretty sure I binged like 4 episodes that night. I could not stop watching.
I’m in disbelief in how much I loved the show. First things first, I’m really not into sports. Like at all. I’m like an arts person through and through. Also, I was convinced that the show would get repetitive at a certain point. How much material could you really have surrounding one volleyball team? Clearly, a lot. I was so wrong.
I think the reason I was so invested is because of the characters. The Karusuno Volleyball Team is a great team and I love teams/ensemble casts. The dynamic between the main two characters is really interesting too. You have Hinata on one side, who is a shrimp trying to prove himself. Then there’s my boy, Kageyama, who is a cocky genius but has zero team skills at the beginning of series. They hate each other, but when they work together they are like dynamite. I’m sold. If they fall in love at the end of the show, I’d be cool with that too.
All the side characters are super interesting and lovable. I really love all the characters so much. My favorite is probably Suga, not because he shares the same name as one of my favorite kpop idols. He is so sweet and lovable and like adorable, I can’t. He’s the reason I almost cried during one episode. Which, me crying over a moment in a fictional volleyball game, what?
I still don’t know how this show got me to feel such a range of emotions, but it did. I need the fourth season asap. If you like anime, def recommend this one. Even if you’re hesitant about it being a sports anime, just give it a try. So worth it.
Creed 2 (2018)
Since I spent most of September binge watching Haikyuu! I did not watch a ton of movies. The only one I got around to randomly was Creed 2. I watched it on a date. I really enjoyed the first installment, and the second was just as good. I don’t know what else to say about it other than it was good.
My favorite part of the film was the relationship arc between Adonis and Bianca. Bianca has progressive hearing loss, which is cool to see on screen. At one point in the film, they talk about the possibility of their future child having hearing loss which really hit me hard.
Fun fact about me, my sister is deaf and we’re not sure why she is deaf. However, it could be genetic so even though I’m not deaf, there is a chance my future child could end up being deaf. I’m not pregnant, this is a down the line kid we’re talking about here. Anyway, the point is I think about this sometimes and it was really cool to see them talk about it in a movie. It’s something I’ve never seen talked about before on screen or in a book which was nice.
Those are all of things I read/watched in the month of September. I feel like the moral of the story for this month is don’t judge a sports movie by it’s cover. Both sports things I watched ended up being emotional experiences for me, which is something I didn’t think would happen.
My favorite thing that I consumed this month hands down has to be Haiikyu! It’s been a week since I finished the last episode, and I’m still a little high off of feels. Where is that fourth season? I need it!
Let me know if you have read or watched any of the things I talked about. I also would love to know what you read this month! Let’s chat in the comment section down below.
P.S. I’m one day in to Blogtober and already regretting it. Expect all my posts to go up around midnight lol.