Book Haul: September 2018

At the end of August, I talked about how I felt September would be a good reading month–unfortunately, due to a lot of personal things (I moved into my own apartment at the beginning of the month and thus spent more time getting packed and moved in than I did reading) I only ended up reading three books this month. Still, I feel good about October, as now I’m all moved-in and Laini Taylor’s second book in the Strange the Dreamer series comes out October 2nd! (I might have already pre-ordered it, whoops.)

That being said, let’s get on to the haul!

Books Bought/Borrowed:

  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest
  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • The Hate U Give (Collector’s Edition) by Angie Thomas

Woo! A lot of books there. I went to the library a lot this month now that I live right across from it, but I don’t think I’ll actually get around to reading them until later.

Now on to books read.

Books Read, September:

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (3/5) — Though I love the Vampire Chronicles, this book was honestly kind of boring for me? I struggled to get through a lot of it as the writing was really dense, and not a lot happened, either. Most of it was just Louis being emo and telling us what happened. Because of that, I’m not sure if I want to read any more of these books, but maybe the others are different?

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest (4/5) — I’m honestly kind of mad at this book. After waiting nearly a year for it, I sat down and finished it in just a few days because it was so good. So many secrets, rebellions, and questions left unanswered! I’m simultaneously satisfied and unsatisfied because now I have to wait for who knows how long to get the next one. (I’m expecting some good battle scenes in the third installment, Ms. Forest!)

A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising by Raymond A. Villareal (3/5) — This book had a lot of promise, and I’m kind of disappointed. I loved the characters and the subject matter, but the endless chapters full of legalistic jargon are just not reader-friendly. Mr. Villareal is an attorney, I understand, but his editor definitely should have put forth the idea of re-constructing those chapters so they weren’t so dense. (Maybe the editor did and Mr. Villareal just vetoed the changes. Who knows.)

Regardless, it’s a good read with in-depth research, great characters and consistency, and answers to questions like how would vampires (sorry, Gloamings) fare in our society? How would they go about their daily lives after being re-created? et cetera, et cetera. I do recommend this book, but maybe just skim the legal chapters. Or read the footnotes instead.

So, that’s it for September! I’m hoping to get more books read in October, but we’ll see!


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