September Wrap Up
I’m sorry I’ve been a bit absent with my blog posts! All things life, work and school related have been quite hectic, but I’m hoping to get myself back on track with more regular posts.
I had a great audiobook month in September! I listened to a lot of Rick Riordan and I fell in love with the audiobook format for these stories, particularly because of the great narration. I also read a few physical books that I loved as well, so with out further ado, let’s get to my September Wrap Up!
The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I finished listening to the Heroes of Olympus series! I would definitely say that I enjoyed this series more than I did the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. There isn't much that I can say about each book specifically without spoilers, but I enjoyed the relationships that were built between both Greek and Roman characters, as well as the new landscapes that we get to see and the other minor gods that we meet. This series also handles the adventure genre well and wrapped up the main characters storylines in a way that made me feel like I can finally let go.
Overall, I loved listening to these books and I gave The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades 4 out of 5 stars, and I gave The Blood of Olympus 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson
This is the book that I needed and I had been waiting for it for so long, so you know that I devoured it shortly after its release. I won’t go too into my thoughts on this book because I wrote a spoiler-free review, which you can check out for more on all my feelings.
I am a huge fan of both Erin Gibson and the podcast that she has with Bryan Safi, Throwing Shade. This book had me laughing and angry about women’s issues at the same time! If you like humour mixed in with your social issues, I think you’ll really enjoy this book but I basically think that everyone needs to read it.
Of course, I gave Feminasty 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
After finishing the Heroes of Olympus, I had to pick up the first book in the Trials of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle. This series begins a few months after the end of The Blood of Olympus and follows the point of view of Apollo. There isn’t anything else that I can really say without getting too spoiler-y, but Apollo is very different from the other narrators that we’ve had in the previous books in this story line, which was interesting (in the best way, but it did have me face-palming a few times).
Overall, I flew through The Hidden Oracle and gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I finally read this book! I’m annoyed with myself because of how long it took me to read it, but at least I’ll be able to dive right into the companion book, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, when it’s released on October 2nd.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue follows a young bisexual man named Henry "Monty" Montague who was bred to be a gentleman, but he has always had a bit of a roguish side. Monty is about to embark on a Grand Tour around Europe to escape his father's expectations to take over the family estate. He plans to spend the next year having adventures with his sister and his best friend Percy, who he is in love with. However, one reckless decision changes their plans all calls everything that Monty knows into question.
I want to add a quick trigger warning for child abuse, alcoholism, racism and ableism. Please consider your mental health if any of these could be a potential trigger for you.
This book lived up to and exceeded every expectation I had and lived up to all the hype. This book is high-stakes and full of adventure at every turn with a great main cast of characters. Monty is particularly interesting because his recklessness would make it easy for him to be unlikable, but he does have good intentions, even if they aren’t as easily seen, and has this sass and wit to him that make him loveable. I adore Percy! He’s so sweet and deserves all the happiness in the world. And I’m obsessed with Felicity! I adore women in historical fiction who break down the social norms for their time and I loved experiencing her fascination and skill in medicine. This has me all the more hyped for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.
I’m absolutely obsessed, so it’s no surprise that I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
I wasn’t able to quite finish Seafire this month, but I am about half way through. I’m obsessed with this world and this crew of characters, so I’m excited to see where this story goes from here.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
The last book that I had started this month is a re-read of Lady Midnight in preparation for the conclusion of The Dark Artifices, Queen of Air Darkness. I’m listening to it on audiobook and I still have about 10 hours left (I listen on double speed so it shouldn’t take long). Queen of Air and Darkness is getting so close and I can’t wait!
That’s all for the books that I read in September! What’s your favourite book that you read this past month? I’d love to know.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!