September Book Roundup.

A week late, but here nonetheless. I managed to fulfill my GoodReads goal for the year in September. 60 books done and dusted!!

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Read:

The Princess Saves Herself In This One – Amanda Lovelace. Easy. ★★★★☆

This was a deeply personal collection of poems. And while it was well written, and full of emotion, I found I didn’t relate or connect to most of the works. I didn’t love it all as much as I had hoped, but I am so glad that I read it.

“I didn’t realise I could be my own knight.”

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Queens of Geek – Jen Wilde. Easy. ★★★★☆

This was amazing! I loved the Convention setting. It was so realistic, and the characters’ excitement was so relatable! At the time I read it, it made me even more excited for Oz Comic Con, which was at the end of September.

The characters were great. They were well written and characterised, although I did struggle with visualising them. There were also a few times when the writing pulled me out of the story, but it didn’t happen enough to ruin the experience.

I also loved how there was LGBT representation, and how the community and characters were portrayed. And it was in Australia!!

“You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”

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Starflight – Melissa Landers. Easy. ★★★★★

This was a brilliant sci-fi, firefly-esque adventure in space! The world was established just enough, without info being thrown at me all over the place. I was intrigued, but didn’t feel overwhelmed by the world building.

The crew of characters were likeable, but each individuals. I didn’t feel like they were playing roles or stereotypes. I think they were characterised well, and their back stories were varying and interesting. It was a well-written, funny, heartfelt, and straight-up fun to read story.

“If I get any closer to the wall, I’ll have to buy it dinner.”

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American Gods – Neil Gaiman. Medium. ★★★★☆

I have felt like re-reading this ever since the TV series started, so I listened to the audiobook. I couldn’t remember so many things, and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around. I noticed more little details. It was still a great, crazy journey, with so much going on.

I just love Gaiman’s writing style, and how his brain works. He’s so creative, and it really shines in this book. All the little, seemingly insignificant, things come together by the end, in ways that aren’t obvious or logical.

“Ideas are more difficult to kill than people.”

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Because You Love To Hate Me – Various. Easy. ★★★★☆

This was an interesting compilation of short stories by popular authors, with accompanying commentaries by popular YouTubers. They focused on Villains and the idea of villainy. It was pretty good, overall. It had a good range of writing styles, genres, and formats, which kept me interested.

All of the stories were quite unique, and often felt innovative, with most trying new things. Some of the stories, and their commentaries really made me think. But I think I liked them more from a writing point of view, than from a reading point of view.

“After all, nightmares were creatures of the dark.”

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Fairest – Marissa Meyer. Easy. ★★★★★

Yay for finally finishing the “Lunar Chronicles” series! This novella focuses on Levana and her backstory. I thought it was really interesting. It didn’t make me sympathise with her, but it did humanise (for lack of a better word, considering she’s not actually human) her, and made me understand why she did the things she did.

Also, I loved just being back in that world. And Meyer’s writing style. So good! Now I really want to re-read the series!

“Illusions were dangerous, and being tricked into believing things that weren’t real was often the most dangerous thing of all.”

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Across The Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearn. Medium. ★★★☆☆.5

This was our BOTM for “The Book Corner“, and it was quite enjoyable. I liked the story, but I found I couldn’t connect emotionally with the characters. It is quite obvious how much love and passion the author has for Japanese culture and history. And just how much research she did into Feudal Japan.

“At that moment Revenge took me as a pupil. I recognised her at once and learned her lessons instantly.”

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Currently Reading:

Begin, End, Begin : A #LoveOzYA Anthology – Danielle Binks.

Don’t even.

50 Events You Really Need To Know: History of War – Robin Cross.

I’ve about 11 or 12 in. It’s all pretty interesting, but tough reading.

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I’m trying hard to get a bunch of series I’ve had half-finished for ages, read by the end of the year. Cross all your fingers for that, and for my job interview I’ve got on Tuesday. I’m really anxious already, but also super excited at the possibilities!

– Gabi

 

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