Monthly Wrap Up | September 2022

Fall is officially here! The weather is already getting a lot cooler, which is a relief. This past summer has felt really long (and sweltering hot) but also a little chaotic? I unfortunately got COVID in the beginning and was out for roughly two weeks, and then I was traveling for a good chunk of July and then last month I had a wedding in August and this last month. I really can’t wait for sweater weather!

The Books

I’ve read a little bit of variety this month which has helped me transition into my spooky season reading mood.

  • Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
  • Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
  • Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
  • I Told You This Would Happen by Elaine Murphy
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
  • The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
  • The American Roommate Experiment by Elena Armas
  • The Missed Connection by Denise Williams
  • The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sandman: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
  • Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Out of all these books, I think the biggest misses/let downs were Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren, I Told You This Would Happen by Elain Murphy, and Survive the Night by Riley Sager. Christina Lauren is proving to be a hit or miss author. While I did enjoy Murphy’s novel, I did not know it was a companion novel, which might have made the experience better. Ultimately, I thought one of the early ‘twists’ came too soon. The first half of Riley Sager’s novel was great and filled with tension that kept me turning the page. But then one of the twists in the middle felt a little out of left field and the rest of the book was just a little off for me.

Out of the other books, I highly recommend The Sandman series (as well as the Netflix adaptation, they did an amazing job). I also really enjoyed Elena Armas’ new book The American Roommate Experiment. Ronan Farrow’s nonfiction book Catch and Kill was an interesting listen, which if you’re into the genre, I do recommend though it might fall a little flat being a few years after the events.

To see what I’m hoping to read for October/ spooky season, check out my 2022 Spooky Season Reading List post!

In Other News

The Atlantic: The Books We Read Too Late—And That You Should Read Now

The Washington Post: 10 noteworthy books for October

Booker Prize Shortlist

Salon.com: “A danger to democracy itself”: Authors fight back against limiting libraries’ digital rights

Rolling Stone: Aspiring Author Tom Hanks to Publish Debut Novel Next Year

Publishers Weekly: Authors, Advocacy Group Pen Open Letter Urging Publishers to Support Libraries

Shondaland: Is TikTok the New Frontier in Book Publishing?

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