Although my plans for reads this month were originally supposed to be horror based, I then remembered I’m the biggest mood reader so that swiftly went downhill. However, I did read some creepy books this month and I may carry it on into November (which is also my birth month woop!) So here is what I read this month –
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Of course I had to start off the month with my most anticipated read of the year. I was hesitant going into this purely because of the mixed reviews and the fact that I was in a reading slump throughout September. However, it was all good in the end. Although I didn’t love this book as much as the Six of Crows duology (hence my rating of 4 stars,) I still loved this dark, atmospheric and interesting read. As you all probably know, this book has a lot of trigger warnings going into it. You can find an extensive content warning list at Imi’s review here.
The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne
It’s no secret that I am a huge Holly Bourne fan. She has an amazing way of taking your standard young adult contemporaries and digging into the hard-hitting issues. That is no different in this book as we follow college-student, Amelie, who after moving across country, finds herself in a whole new world. That is until she meets Reese. At first this looks like your average YA love story, however, this story is about abuse – both emotional and sexual. (TW: rape) It’s hard hitting but extremely important in the YA genre. I cried, I laughed and I thanked Holly Bourne all over again (you know, mentally.)
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
Thanks to a book trade, I found myself with a copy of this and on a whim, decided to pick it up. I was pleasantly surprised as I’ve struggled with Renee’s books in the past. Although this is marketed as a YA vampire story, vampires (or as we know them) don’t feature heavily in the book. We just have an inkling of supernatural creatures which is a shame as I wanted my vampire fix. More importantly however, I loved the setting of 19th century, New Orleans. Also, this is the first time in a long time I’ve found myself getting excited about a YA pairing (although let’s get rid of any love triangles, please.)
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (re-read)
After all the news of the new television series, I knew I had to reread this series (and also do some tabbing!) Can I say much about this series that I haven’t already said? I love it to death. I would die for my Dreg children. Kaz and Inej own my heart. The entire heist is genius. Amazing representation. Just. It remains a favourite.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
So what I would not recommend doing with this book is watching the tv series first because that is what I did and let me tell you, this is one of those rare cases where the show adaption is a lot better. I didn’t realise how different the book was going to be when I started and it was missing one of my favourite aspects in the show – the Crain family and their dynamics. However, it was still an atmospheric read and some parts definitely got under my skin. (Do I actually want a plug a tv show in a book wrap up? Hmm. Yes. Watch the show!)
Did you have a good reading month? What was your favourite book of the month?
Lots of Love,