September 2018 Wrap-Up & October TBR Update

Yes, we’re now in the latter half of October. Yes, these are getting later and later. I’m starting to suspect that a part of me likes posting these late. The contrary part, that is. The responsible part has packed its bags, donned a Hawaiian shirt, and put up a sign saying “Gone on (Indefinite) Vacation.”

It’s been a down week and I don’t really have the energy to ramble on, so I’m going to keep both the Wrap-Up and the TBR shorter than usual.


βš”οΈ= Fantasy; πŸš€= Scifi; πŸ‘»= Paranormal; πŸ”= Mystery; 🌺= Contemporary; πŸ—οΈ= Historical; 🌈= LGBTQIAP+

The Excellent


➽ Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee πŸ—οΈβš”οΈπŸŒˆ:
Loved pretty much everything about it. Felicity is a wonderful, wonderful character. Review here.

➽ The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf 2) by Charlie Adhara πŸ‘»πŸ”πŸŒˆ:
Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching a lot of This is Us lately, but I just couldn’t get enough of the family dynamics in this book. I’ll probably do a full review of the first two books sometime soon.


The Great


➽ Bloody Rose (The Band 2) by Nicholas Eames βš”οΈπŸŒˆ: Review

➽ Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton βš”οΈπŸŒˆ: Review

➽ Los Nefilim by T. Frohock πŸ—οΈβš”οΈπŸŒˆ: Review


The Good


➽ Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett βš”οΈ: Review

➽ Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson πŸš€πŸŒˆ: Review


The Meh


➽ The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo πŸŒΊπŸ‘»βš”οΈπŸŒˆ:
I went into it expecting fantasy and female friendships and got the latter but not so much of the former. Review here.

➽ Nightingale by Amy Lukavics:

To quote my own Goodreads review, “it’s like an acid-induced fever dream directed by David Lynch.” And I realize that will appeal to a lot of people. Just…not me.



Now for October! I really liked the “Just finished/Currently Reading/To Be Read” format I stumbled upon with the September TBR post, so I’ll do that again here.


Recently Finished


➽ A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland:
Loved this one. It’s got stories and politics and a grumpy protagonist who tries hard to pretend he doesn’t care when he actually does. Review here

➽ Sadie by Courtney Summers:
Amanda at MetalPhantasmReads wrote a glowing review for the audiobook version of Sadie and I couldn’t not give it a try. And she was absolutely right. It’s by far the best audiobook I’ve listened to in recent memory. The voice actors do a phenomenal job and I had to keep reminding myself that this a book and not a fiction podcast. Review to come.

➽ Time’s Children by D.B. Jackson:
A mashup of high fantasy and scifi (time travel) that was pleasant to read but lacked depth in terms of plot and characterization.




➽ The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth:
The author jokingly called it Narnia fanfiction, which is actually kind of spot-on. It less of a retelling and more of a continuation, though. I’m enjoying it so far!

➽ Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink:
From the brain behind Welcome to Nightvale, this is a novelization of the Alice Isn’t Dead podcast (which I utterly adore). Thus far the book is a somewhat different from the podcast. Same story. Still bizarre. Still creepy. But just… different in style. Curious to see how the rest pans out.

➽ Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson:
It’s weird reading a Sanderson book that’s not an epic fantasy but Legion is proving to me that the man can write in any genre. I absolute adore the mesh of mental health and sci-fi elements.




➽ Mage Against the Machine by Shaun Barger:
It’s been described as a mix of Harry Potter and Terminator which sounds like a lot of fun. Also, that cover!

➽ The Nine by Tracy Townsend:
I’d planned on reading this last month but that didn’t really pan out, so here’s take 2!

➽ Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak:
*Laughs* Right. This book. Zusak is one of my top two creative inspirations and this book is my most anticipated read of the year. Which is why I spent half of this past week psyching myself up for it and the other half furiously telling myself I need to lower my expectations. Now I’m in a state of “Should I read this now or save it until I’m finished with all my October ARCs?” I’m leaning toward the latter. I mean, I’ve waited 10 years for it, what’s another few weeks?



That’s all from me! How is your October going?


36 thoughts on “September 2018 Wrap-Up & October TBR Update

  1. A Storm Of Pages says:

    Don’t worry about posting late – I think we should make it a thing, where we post things however late we like – I was a good week in as well πŸ™‚ Good to see you’re enjoying The Light Between Worlds, I just received it – I’m glad to see that the author also jokingly calls it Narnia fanfiction, as the premise and the cover are giving me such Narnia vibes. Would have been awkward if it was meant as wholly original!

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    • Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      I haven’t read the Night Vale novel, but from what I understand it’s like an extension of the podcast, right? So far the Alice Isn’t Dead novel is mostly the same as the podcast except with some changed details and added backstories. And the podcast is told in first person, so it’s super intimate, but the book is in third person. You should totally try the podcast! It’s perfect for Autumn! πŸ˜€

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      • acupofcyanide says:

        Kinda, it’s like another story that takes place in Night Vale but with an entirely different cast. Cecil shows up on the radio transcripts but otherwise isn’t mentioned much. It’s a very surrealist writing style that’s kinda weird to get used to. And I’ll definitely give the podcast a try!


  2. sjhigbee says:

    You had a good September reading-wise and it looks as though October is starting well, too. Mage Against Machine is one I must get hold of – the author is a friend of my son and he’s recommended it to me… thank you for the reminder!

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  3. auroralibrialis says:

    I really want to read Strange Grace, it sounds wonderful! And I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying The Light Between Worlds, I’m so excited for that one 😊


  4. waytoofantasy says:

    Well, looks like your September was pretty good though! I’ve been interested in seeing thoughts on Time’s Children because I liked the premise of his other series as Jackson (Thieftaker) and one of my friends is a fan of some of his other stuff written under David B. Coe.

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  5. bookbeachbunny says:

    Some great reads on here! Glad you liked the Ladies Guide & I hope you enjoy Bridge of Clay I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one I’m kind of holding off until I hear what other people think on that one πŸ™‚

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