The Monthly Round-Up: September

September has been a really weird reading month. Having to go to school has stolen half my reading time and rendered me too tired to read properly in the evening, so this month I read about a billion books but hardly anything that I consider to be a “proper” book. Because I am a snob. I am also too lazy to write a coherent paragraph about all these. My life is a nightmare.

  1. The Fireman by Joe Hill
    I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic brick of a book about a weird disease that makes people spontaneously combust. My review will be on Fourth and Sycamore in October.
  2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    Feminism and boarding school and general bringing down the patriarchy. Hurray.
  3. Saga Volume 2
    I like Gwendolyn. That’s really all I can remember.
  4. This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danziger
    This was one of my favourite books when I was a small person. All the futuristic stuff, centring around a teenage girl who has to move to the moon, is really cool.
  5. Freeze Tag by Caroline B. Cooney
    I reread a load of Point Horror books in September for a thing I was writing for Fourth and Sycamore. I think I am much braver than I was as a kid because this didn’t scare me at all.
  6. Hystopia by David Mean
    Wildly confusing Booker longlisted novel about soldiers being mentally reprogrammed to forget their experiences in Vietnam. It was cool, but confusing.
  7. Bitch Planet Volume 1
    Why is female nudity such an integral part of every graphic novel? It annoys me. This was pretty good though, with its harsh depiction of a society in which “non-compliant” women are shipped off to a prison planet.
  8. Vivian Versus America by Katie Coyle
    This is a really good duology (I remain unconvinced that this is a word). I reviewed it here.
  9. Double Date by Sinclair Smith
    Actively terrible Point Horror.
  10. The Hitchhiker by R.L. Stine
    My Point Horror reading picked up a bit here. This one was scarier and had a good twist.
  11. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
    Oh, so many issues. Why is it so bloody long? And also other things which would be spoilery if you’ve not read it.
  12. My Secret Admirer by Carol Ellis
    This was when I actually started enjoying how bad the Point Horror books were.
  13. The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
    This is billed as “perfect for Gossip Girl fans” and I suppose that’s true if Gossip Girl fans like completely vapid, quasi-incestuous stories about ridiculously rich people in a tower. Suffice to say, I am not one of them.
  14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    Still as gloriously silly as ever.
  15. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
    I feel like this is an unpopular opinion but I thought this poetry collection was awful. There. I said it.
  16. The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver
    I was reading this in the week Shriver decided to offend everyone with her sombrero-wearing and diversity-bashing. So that was weird. The first part was very focused on economics which was boring, but the bit when the family who all hated each other had to share a house was classic Shriver (in a good, non-offensive way).
  17. The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick
    Hurray, some good Point Horror. This was actually creepy.
  18. Halloween Night by R.L. Stine
    Yet more Point Horror; again, much better than my early rereads.
  19. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
    I don’t think I was sufficiently in the mood for silliness when I reread this. I’m having a little break before continuing my reread of the series.
  20. Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whalley
    Review here. This was good.
  21. Lydia by Natasha Farrant
    Hilarious account of Lydia from Pride and Prejudice. Review here.
  22. Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock
    This graphic novel was actually really scary.
  23. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
    I really enjoyed this YA about the descendants of Holmes and Watson. Lots of clever references to the Conan Doyle stories.
  24. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
    Love love love. David Arnold is a genius. If you want to read more about my intense love for this book (and inevitable Mosquitoland fangirling, here’s my review).
  25. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
    Another spooky read for an October Fourth and Sycamore review. This vastly exceeded my expectations and some of the stories are excellent.
  26. The Wangs Vs The World by Jade Chang
    Entertaining but not hilarious family road-trip book. It’s out in November and so’s my review.
  27. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
    Nothing happens but it was good anyway. That’s the short version. Here’s the full one.
  28. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
    This sequel to An Ember in the Ashes was excellent and I loved it and now I am furious about having to wait till 2018 (!) for the next one.
  29. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    I write this with 100 pages to go, but I’ll finish it tonight so it counts, okay? SO far it’s made me laugh out loud about 50 times. I assume this is intended.

In October, I’m hoping to read some more spooky stuff, including some Stephen King rereads, as well as more of the Booker shortlist. Some of my most eagerly awaited 2016 releases are out this month too, like Gemina and Blood for Blood. What a time to be alive.

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