WRAP-UP | SEPTEMBER 2016 + #2RAT

LE NOUVEL

September was my birth month so a book buying ban was out of the question. I hauled a good amount of books last month, mostly building a collection and acquiring books that I really wanted to have. These are titles which I am 100% sure that I’ll get to some time in the coming days, weeks, months. Not years. 😉 I will be having a separate post about my birthday book haul so stay tuned for that.

However, September was such a rough month. I think the only good day was my birthday. Yup, that was it. And oh, my ramen days; those were great too. I didn’t really do much reading. I mean, it was still 8 books but half of them are graphic novels, one is a book with less than 200 pages, one is a novella, and two “full” books – one I liked and one sent me to a slump that affected everything.

As you can see, I still have Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson as currently reading. It’s taking so long to make a dent on that book not because it’s bad. No, quite the contrary. I’m loving it. But the format that I have it on is not my favorite. It’s a mass market paperback. Yeah, I know… but that’s what I have. I’m halfway done but I had to put it down for a bit to participate in a readathon. Really, it was just an excuse to read something else because if I force through Mistborn, I may very well send myself into another slump.

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 8

  • Saga Volumes 2, 3, and 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. This series is spoiling me for every graphic novel out there. It’s so good, laugh out loud funny. I mean, King Robot?! WTF was that?! Although, I do want to see more of Hazel’s parents and their struggles raising her and being married to each other. The other storylines are interesting too but these two are my OTP. 5/5 stars for all three.
  • Audition by Ryu Murakami. This is not for the faint-hearted. Authors with the same last name do not write the same stuff, jsyk. This is one of my favorite horror movies. I later found out that it’s a book. I have to say the book terrified me a whole lot more. 5/5 stars.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Sigh. The author said she may have started the draft for this book at age 12… and it showed. I loved everything about it except the writing. It was so child-like and simplistic that it was kind of hard to read. The main character was tough yet inconsistent. The one thing that it did so well was the love triangle but the writing was just so painful. I have the 2nd book but I’m unsure if I want to go through that again. 3/5 stars.
  • Sex Criminals, Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction. Time stops when the two main characters have sex so they use that ability to rob a bank and save a library. Sounds neat. However, I got bored. Not continuing with this series. 3/5 stars.
  • Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by JK Rowling. I was in tears when I finished reading this and I read this in public. THIS is what we needed. NOT that “continuation” stuff written by someone not named JK Rowling. It touched all the right feelz and really, it was what every Potterhead needed. 5/5 stars.
  • Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road by Rob Schmitz. I reviewed this for the Blogging for Books campaign. It’s non-fiction and I’m pretty picky with my non-fiction. I loved this book. I was outside my comfort zone but I’m glad I came across it. 4/5 stars.

STATS:

  • about 1614 pages
  • 5 physical books; 3 e-books
  • 4 graphic novels

September was a good book-buying month though. I went all out as a birthday gift to myself. I mainly got stuff that I really wanted as well as Japanese fiction books. I admit, it’s getting harder and harder to compose a Book Outlet or a Thrift Books order. I have so many books in my possession acquired since the start of the year, I think it’s about time I work through them.

Now for my Read-A-Theme Readathon wrap up. Round 2 is all about “Cozy Reads”. To be honest, I don’t think my pick was a “cozy” read. It was just a long read and I wanted a break from Mistborn. I felt like I wasn’t making progress on it. This readathon gave me the perfect reason to read something else… something that I really wanted to read. And besides, it was 90 degree weather over the weekend so it’s no way “cozy” at all. But I participated anyway.

I only have less than 100 pages to go. I could’ve finished this by 11:59PM last night but I went out to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (that will not have a sequel, sorry Hollow City). If you’re a fan of the book, don’t get your hopes up. It was entertaining, the kids were cute but it wasn’t faithful to the book. I enjoyed it but ultimately, I’m not a fan of the movie. And worse, it made me think back to the book; how and why did I like it at the first place. Was it the novelty of having creepy pictures that were supposedly found at a flea market? I don’t know and I don’t like second guessing myself. All I know is I liked the book. This movie was magical but Tim Burton had too much fun with it.

So that’s it for September. I loved it and hated it. I hope October is going to be a better month for reading and everything else!

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