september & october: welcoming autumn with uncertainties | wrap up

Hello friends! Welcome back to another wrap up of the previous two months. As always, time is a blur. October was more memorable because I celebrated my birthday but it also marked the time period where I started to ponder about the future. Instead of shouting out into the universe in hopes of manifesting things, I’m going to secretly pray for good news before I share anything. I’ve been facing a little setbacks recently but it’s all good!

Thankfully, I’m able to escape reality once in a while with books. With just the remaining quarter of the year left, I’m slightly rushing to read the books I’ve set out in my TBR for 2021. Haven’t ticked off any of the year-long reading challenges yet but I’m getting closer every month. November and December will be when I attempt to catch up on everything!

In September, I read 23 books and 38 in October. September was a little busy for me so I couldn’t really read as much as I wanted. Because of the Magical Hopathon, my competitiveness skyrocketed and that’s why I read more books.

Table of Content
September
❀ October

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year-long reading challenges:
popsugar (🍀) beat the backlist (🎋) year of the asian (👑) around the year in 52 books (🕊)

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september

Read a few backlisted books in my TBR which I adored. Finally picked up Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, and The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi! All these had been on my TBR for a while now so I’m glad I actually got to read them this month.

ARCs
❀° the hollow heart by marie rutkoski • After losing her heart, Nirrim became vicious and blood-thirsty. She’s determined to change things around but her compassion is no longer with her. All the way back home, Sid reflects upon her last moments with Nirrim and has no idea of Nirrim’s cruel nature now. The two of them are on separate journeys.
❀° once upon a broken heart by stephanie garber • For three kisses, the Prince of Heart will stop the marriage of Evangeline’s sweetheart and her sister. Travelling all the way to The Magnificent North, Evangeline will discover magic and secrets unknown to her before. Jacks will be along with her but can a Fate be trusted?
❀° lakesedge by lyndall clipstone • Leta stepped into the cursed mansion of Rowan Sylvanan when the enigmatic man offered to teach her younger brother how to deal with his powers.
❀° a clash of steel: a treasure island remix by c.b. lee • All Xiang wanted was to escape the little village she grew up in and make her mother proud. When Xiang’s pendant was stolen by Ahn, the subsequent journey she went on changed her life and got assimilated to being a pirate.

❀ books read ❀

readathon:
mythothon + magical readathon: orilium – the novice path

year-long readathonbook & authorrating
  • the dating playbook – farrah rochon
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • kissing the cowboy – kennedy fox
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🎋🕊
  • the winner’s kiss – marie rutkoski
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🕊
  • death in the clouds – agatha christie
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • up all night: 13 stories between sunset and sunrise – edited by laura silverman
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • the hollow heart – marie rutkoski
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • pippa and the prince of secrets – grace callaway
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🍀👑🕊
  • the heart principle – helen hoang
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • portrait of a scotsman – evie dunmore
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • radha & jai’s recipe for romance – nisha sharma
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🍀👑🎋
  • the silvered serpents – roshani chokshi
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
  • fat chance, charlie vega – crystal maldonado
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🎋
  • the poet x – elizabeth acevedo
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • once upon a broken heart – stephanie garber
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑🕊
  • darius the great is not okay – adib khorram
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
  • lost in the never woods – aiden thomas
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • lakesedge – lyndall clipstone
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🍀🎋
  • miss meteor – anna-marie mclemore & tehlor kay mejia
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🍀🎋
  • tiger’s quest – colleen houck
  • ⭐⭐½

    non-readathon

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
    👑
  • a clash of steel: a treasure island remix – c.b. lee
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • bombshell – sarah maclean
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the virgin who vindicated lord darlington – anna bradley
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the virgin who humbled lord haslemere – anna bradley
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    ❀ blog posts ❀

    1. having a magical september | tbr
    2. everything i never told you & little fires everywhere – celeste ng | reviews
    3. never have i ever book tag
    4. the hawthorne legacy – jennifer lynn barnes | blog tour + arc review
    5. a clash of steel: a treasure island remix – c.b. lee | blog tour + arc review
    6. a dark and hollow star – ashley shuttleworth | review
    7. the midnight lie & the hollow heart – marie rutkoski | duology review
    8. july & august: reading more than just my set tbr | wrap up
    9. the young elites, the rose society & the midnight star – marie lu | trilogy review
    10. once upon a broken heart – stephanie garber | arc review

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    october

    Finally ticked off one of my largest books in the TBR: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Holy moly, this adult fantasy is huge with diverse characters and dragons!! The legends and history behind the world is fascinating. Unfortunately, was disappointed by the Sword Table Stone: Old Legends, New Voices anthology. For fans of Camelot and Arthurian legends, this will probably be a joy. I read every short story but couldn’t figure out relate with any of the characters or be interested in any plots.

    ARCs
    ❀° the keeper of night by kylie lee baker • Half-British and half-Japanese, Ren never belonged with the Reapers. Despite working for them the past two centuries, nobody thinks that she’s even a member of the British Reapers. When Ren’s Shinigami landed her in a dire situation, fleeing to Japan seems like the appropriate choice.
    ❀° jade fire gold by june c.l. tan • Ahn and Altan’s paths crossed when the former’s magic is threatening to destroy her and the latter is ready to reclaim his rightful place on the throne. If you’re love Wuxia and Xianxia, this will be the book for you!
    ❀° little thieves by margaret owen • Living the world as Gisele, Vanja’s the bad person in this story; the maid backstabbed the princess. Refusing to continue servicing her godmothers Death and Fortune, Vanja steals from the rich to gather enough money to escape from them. When she accidentally offended a minor god, she’s cursed to turn stone by stone, jewel by jewel unless Vanja fixed her wrongs. Never expected myself to love Vanja at all. Margaret Owen captured my heart with her characters.

    ❀ books read ❀

    readathon:
    magical hopathon + monsters university readathon + gothtober

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
    👑
  • the keeper of night – kylie lee baker
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • kalona’s fall – p.c. cast & kristin cast
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • winning the cowboy – kennedy fox
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🕊👑
  • from little tokyo, with love – sarah kuhn
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • a lot like adiós – alexis garcia
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • my darling duke – stacy reid
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • luck of the titanic – stacey lee
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
  • sword stone table: old legends, new voices – edited by swapna krishna & jenn northington
  • ⭐⭐
  • ruckus – l.j. shen
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • when a scot ties the knot – tessa dare
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • sweetest regret – meredith duran
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the crown of ptolemy – rick riordan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • soul of the sword – julie kagawa
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • mistletoe christmas: an anthology – eloisa james, christi caldwell, janna macgregor, & erica ridley
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🍀
  • watch over me – nina lacour
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • the virgin replay – lauren blakely
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • tensei shitara slime datta ken #1 – fuse
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • monday’s not coming – tiffany d. jackson
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • sister of the bollywood bride – nandini bajpai
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    👑
  • the all-consuming world – cassandra khaw
  • dnf @ 46%
  • with this heart – r.s. grey
  • ⭐⭐⭐½
  • the lightning thief: the graphic novel – rick riordan
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • murder in the mews – agatha christie
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • the dishonored viscount – sophie barnes
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • kingdom of the cursed – kerri maniscalco
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
    👑
  • nothing but blackened teeth – cassandra khaw
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • the wolf’s curse – jessica vitalis
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the lost girls – sonia hartl
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • vespertine – margaret rogerson
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    🎋🕊
  • the priory of the orange tree – samantha shannon
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • ophie’s ghosts – justina ireland
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • blood promise – richelle mead
  • ⭐⭐⭐
  • mexican gothic – silvia moreno-garcia
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • somewhere between bitter and sweet – laekan zea kemp
  • ⭐⭐⭐½

    non-readathon

    year-long readathonbook & authorrating
    👑
  • jade fire gold – june c.l. tan
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • little thieves – margaret owen
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the heiress’s deception – christi caldwell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • the devil’s own duke – lenora bell
  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    ❀ blog posts ❀

    1. celebrating my birthday month with disney and spooky reads | october tbr
    2. the devouring gray & the deck of omens – christine lynn herman | duology review
    3. the winner’s trilogy – marie rutkoski | reviews

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    let’s chat:
    how was your past two months? hope it was great with lots of amazing books!

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