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September Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In September:

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 4 STARS

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and I’m glad I enjoyed it too. I liked the characters and I thought the world and plot was very interesting. I was also really intrigued by the romance and how it progressed, I liked reading about Lara and Aren together and I also liked how we see both povs of their relationship.

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth – YA CONTEMPORARY – 4 STARS

I really enjoyed Not My Problem, I loved Aideen and her interactions with all the other characters. I loved how it focuses on friendships and I really enjoyed reading about all the different situations her and her friends found themselves in.

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – ADULT/NEW ADULT URBAN FANTASY – 4 STARS

I liked the premise of this book and how everything centres on a hotel called The Rain which is key in keeping the peace between supernatural enemies like werewolves and vampires. I didn’t really care much about Kennedy throughout this book because she is a bit standoffish and I feel like you don’t see many sides to her besides being caught in the middle of the supernatural things but I hope I’ll like her more as the series progresses.

Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – YA FANTASY – 5 STARS

I had such high expectations of Redemptor because I loved Raybearer so much and I’m so happy that Redemptor not only lived up to them but surpassed them. I loved Redemptor and thought it was an amazing ending to this duology, I loved the themes of justice and found family throughout this book. The writing is so beautiful as well and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – ADULT/NEW ADULT FANTASY ROMANCE – 5 STARS

I loved this book just as much as I loved the second book in this series. I loved that we see what the shock ending of AKOFAF means for not just Poppy and Casteel but for Atlantia as well. There was a lot of shocking information unveiled throughout this book and I loved that I was never bored. I liked reading how the different turns changes things for the characters and their interactions with each other.

Blog Posts I Did In September:

My Autumn TBR 2021

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth Book Review

Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn Book Review

Books That Will Make You Smile

Books On My TBR With Numbers In The Title

August Wrap Up 2021

I participated in both the Magical Readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon in September and only managed to read half the books on my tbr before I got distracted by reading The Crown of Gilded Bones (which wasn’t on my tbr).  I still ended up passing the Magical Readathon since you only needed to read two books to pass and I loved all the books I read in September so I’m not disappointed in my reading. 

What books did you read in September?  Did you participate in any readathons?

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My September Bookoplathon TBR 2021

Becca’s Bookoplathon is a readthon that’s taking place all month this September. It’s hosted by Becca and The Books and is focused on the tbr game that Becca has created. I love watching Becca’s monthly tbrs and Bookopoly looks like such a fun game so I thought it’d be great to join in the fun with this readathon. You can find all details about the readathon on the announcement video. It’s a book version of monopoly with different and unique prompts for every space on the board.  There’s a printable version of September’s board that you’ll find in the announcement video but I decided to draw it out in my bullet journal.

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Roll 1: CHANCE

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The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1) by Jen Williams – I’ve heard hardly anyone talking about this book and even though it is a bit daunting since it’s the start of an epic adult fantasy series I’m still very interested in reading it.

Roll 2: MYTH/LORE/FAIRYTALES

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – The mythology of Raybearer is beautifully written and I loved how the mythology linked into the story. I loved Raybearer and have been eagerly awaited Redemptor since finishing Raybearer.

Roll 3: CHANCE

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Divine Blood (Guardians of the Maiden #1) by Beck Michaels – I’ve seen this book around on Kindle Unlimited and after seeing it again on bookstagram I decided I wanted to read it. I haven’t heard that many people talk of it but it does sound very exciting.

Roll 4: LAST COLOUR

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The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen – I chose this book because the writing on the cover in similar in colour (and shape) to the writing on Divine Blood and I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now.

Roll 5: REP

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Witches Steeped In Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart – This book has been on my tbr for a few months now and I haven’t got to it yet but after seeing Ciannon Smart talk about her book on a recent YALC video, I’ve been even more excited about reading it.

Roll 6: PURCHASE

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A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams – I’ve really loved Sandy Williams’ other book series and I’ve been highly anticipating this series since I found out about it, I can’t wait to read this book.

My tbr for September is very fantasy heavy, I didn’t plan it that way but I’m not mad about it. I’m excited for all these books and hopefully I’ll get to them all and even if I don’t it was still very fun to play. Are you participating in Becca’s Bookoplathon? What books are you reading in September?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love. I’ve changed it to: Side Characters I Would Like To Read More About. I’ve listed below some of the side characters I’ve recently enjoyed reading about and would like to read more from.

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Kieran (Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout) – I still have not yet read The Crown of Gilded Bones so I don’t know if my opinions will change on this character but I liked reading about him in AKOFAF.

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Angel (Shadow Beast Shifters series by Jaymin Eve) – I love Angel’s character and I’m glad that she is getting her own book (I think it’s coming out in October), I can’t wait to see her back story.

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Silas (Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson) – I don’t know if you’d classify Silas as a main character or not since a lot of the plot revolves around him but either way I just included him here anyway. I loved reading about him and I would like to read more about him.

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Virgil (The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton) – Virgil is Opal’s best friend and we get to see his role in her life play out throughout the interviews in the book. I loved his and Opal’s friendship and would’ve loved to have seen more about his life.

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Moon (In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire) – In An Absent Dream is my favourite of the Wayward Children series and I loved the story of Lundy. I loved the friendship between Lundy and Moon and would’ve liked to have read more about Moon.

Which side characters would you like to read more about? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2021

I say this every year but it’s still true, this is one of my most favourite book tags to do and I look forward to doing it every year. I love how there are so many different prompts that really make you reflect on your reading at the halfway point through the year. A lot of the books I picked could’ve fit multiple answers but I decided to not choose the same book twice.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer is such a fantastic book, I loved the writing and I think the author is a great storyteller. I loved everything about this book from the characters and the plot to the amazing writing and themes of the story and can’t wait to read the next one.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I loved this book more than the first and think it’s a great sequel. I loved the development of the romance and loved the different character dynamics between some of the characters in this book.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn – I loved the first book of this series and can’t wait to dive right into this book and see what these characters get up to next.

4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko – I’ve already talked about my love for Raybearer so of course Redemptor is my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year.

5) Biggest disappointment

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green – I’d heard a lot of amazing things about this book before I read it but I was disappointed by it, I really disliked the main character.

6) Biggest surprise

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Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve – I was really surprised about how much I enjoyed this book and this series. It took me a while to get into the book at the beginning but once it got going I was really into it. I loved when Shadow was introduced and I loved reading the interactions between him and Mera.

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – This is my first Margaret Rogerson book and I loved it. I really liked the writing of it and can’t wait to read other books by this author.

8) Newest fictional crush

I don’t really get many fictional crushes and I can’t remember any from this year.

9) Newest favourite character

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Malik from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. I loved how close of a bond Malik has with his sisters and his struggles with anxiety really make him such a relatable character. I loved how his character developed over the course of the book.

10) Book that made you cry

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J Maas – ACOSF is a very emotional book as Nesta goes on a self reflective journey and tries to overcome her past trauma. I loved this book and as always SJMs writing is always heart wrenching.

11) Book that made you happy

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – This is such a uniquely whimsical book that I think is perfect for all ages, it made me so happy to read and I loved the deep themes of it.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

13) What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs and Crier’s War by Nina Varela.

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your answers to these questions?

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My Summer TBR 2021

Summer has begun so I thought I’d do a list of the books I plan on reading during it. I don’t like listing too many books because I’m kind of a mood reader and want to leave space to change my mind but I do love doing seasonal tbrs so here are some books I can’t wait to read this Summer.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James. S.A Corey
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

What books are on your Summer TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. These are a few books that I loved so much and would love to read something that has similar vibes to them.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer – I loved this trilogy and I loved the themes of heroes vs villains and how sometimes you don’t know the difference between them both.

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – I read Raybearer earlier this year and loved it, I loved the writing and how the author told the story.

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The Diviners by Libba Bray – The Diviners has such a brilliant atmospheric writing and I loved each book in the series.

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Solanin by Inio Asano – It’s been a while since I read this but I liked how the main character was reflecting on her life and wondering what to do with it.

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Rhapsodic (The Bargainer #1) by Laura Thalassa – I really liked the relationship between the characters in this book and loved their banter with each other.

What are some books you loved that you’d like to find more books like them? Have you read any of these books?