Welcome to another monthly wrap-up and TBR post!
September has been a wonderful month for me and my blog! I signed up to be a #bookshark over on Instagram and received my first book from BookSparks in that role: Tilda’s Promise, by Jean P. Moore. I’m starting to put a lot more focus on Instagram and
convincing myself that I kind of know what I’m doing when I take book photos.
My very first author interview also went live this month! I want to again extend my thanks to Tara Lynn Masih, who has been wonderful to work with. You can read my interview with Tara here. Her new YA novel, My Real Name is Hanna, came out this month. My Real Name is Hanna is an inspiring coming of age story which takes place during the Holocaust and was inspired by true events. It has been featured on GoodReads’ Ultimate Fall Reading List for YA Fans and is a worthwhile read for any fan of YA or historical fiction. It was absolutely wonderful to get to interview Tara and learn more about the real-life inspiration for Hanna’s story.
I posted a discussion on book to screen adaptations that take the story past the end of the source material, specifically on The Handmaid’s Tale. I talked a little about how the continuation of the story alters some of the themes from the original story. The novel ends Offred’s story at a purposely ambiguous moment, leaving the reader to wonder about her fate. The Hulu adaptation removes the mystery. Definitely check it out if you missed it, as I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts in the comments!
Now for a quick look back at the reviews I posted this month, in case you missed them.
Reviews Posted in September…
- Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Things We Learn When We’re Dead, by Charlie Laidlaw ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty ⭐⭐⭐
- Force of Nature, by Jane Harper ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Dinner List, by Rebecca Serle ⭐⭐⭐
- Silent All These Years, by T. A. Massa ⭐⭐
- Vox, by Christina Dalcher ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Ghosted, by Rosie Walsh ⭐⭐⭐
- Eliza Hamilton, by Tilar Mazzeo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Evidence of the Affair, by Taylor Jenkins Reid ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Where the Line Bleeds, by Jesmyn Ward ⭐⭐⭐
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Nightingale, by Amy Lukavics ⭐⭐
- Tilda’s Promise, by Jean P. Moore ⭐⭐⭐
- The Rule of One, by Ashley Saunders & Leslie Saunders ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The standout book of September was probably Vox. I was actually a bit hesitant to read this one because it was getting kind of mixed reviews, but I was in love with the concept so I decided to give it a chance. Vox is a feminist dystopian novel in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale. Women have been forcibly removed from the work force and are limited to speaking 100 words per day. The protagonist was a respected scientist prior to the collapse of American society as we currently know it.
|“I wonder what the other women do. How they cope. Do they still find something to enjoy? Do they love their husbands in the same way? Do they hate them, just a little bit?”|
And now on to October…
Oooooookay. October is looking like it’s going to be a busy reading month for me.
I’ve had several requests from NetGalley come through recently, so those are a huge priority on my TBR: House of Gold, by Natasha Solomons (coming October 23, 2018), The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker (coming January 15, 2019), and The Girls at 17 Swann Street, by Yara Zgheib.
I also have an ARC of Dead Ringer, by Kate Kessler (coming October 23, 2018) which I won through GoodReads.
Author M. C. Frank was kind enough to send me an ARC of Salt for Air (also coming October 23, 2018.)
I have a couple of physical ARCs to read this month as well. I received a copy of The Sisters Hemmingway, by Annie England Noblin (coming February 12, 2019) through the blogging I do for The Girly Book Club, and I won a GoodReads giveaway for a copy of The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi (coming January 15, 2019).
Finally, some bookish content from around the web that caught my eye this month!
- Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Books posted a list of books featuring zombies to add to your TBR. Get ready for some spooky reads for Halloween!
- Penny Wright posted a great discussion on the relative merits of print vs. e-books.
- This kind of mesmerizing video over on Facebook shot by Amin Safaripour showing the process of making hand-bound books.
- Megan at The Cozied Reader posted a discussion on the portrayal of female characters in literature.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading! What was your favorite book that you read in September? Is there anything you’re especially looking forward to reading in October? Share in the comments!