September 2020 Reading Wrap-up

Sign…so, college is happening. I’m only slightly overwhelmed. Just ignore that I had to write two seven-page papers in two weeks. Just ignored that I’m working like thirteen hour days to just keep up with classes, and I’m used to working ahead. This semester is madness, and it is mostly because of being entirely online. Sigh…

Anyway, enough complaining. There is two much negativity in the world. This month I read only 7 books, much feels like a very small amount to me, but it’s still not bad. Especially considering all the books were either a 3-star or higher on Goodreads for me. But I do feel bad that this wrap-up will be shorter than most of mine because of how few books I read.

But let’s get into it!

3 Stars

  • American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence by Pauline Maier (published 1997)
  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (published April, 2019 and in English Sep. 2020)
  • The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman (published July, 2020)
    • I picked this book up more because I felt like reading a thriller as opposed to a deep interest in the plot. However, I really enjoyed this book. It is a bit slow in the middle, the romance felt awkward and forced, and the ending is filled with so many clichés I stopped counting, but I also enjoyed the slow build-up and the constant questions pervading my mind. My favorite thing this book was able to achieve was the unreliability of every single one of the characters. I honestly didn’t believe anything any character said, including at times the protagonist. Despite there being five women of all the same age who are center to this story, I found myself thoroughly understanding each as an individual character, as opposed to them falling into easy tropes. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, this is an easy recommend from me and a pretty quick read.

4 Stars

  • Axiom’s End (Noumena #1) by Lindsay Ellis (published July, 2020)
  • The Last Mrs. Summers (Royal Spyness #14) by Rhys Bowen (published Aug. 2020)
    • As always, Bowen delivers an amazing, mysterious adventure. I loved that she was inspired for this plot be Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, because I can definitely see the inspiration dotted through the pages as well as twists all it’s own. This book may in fact be one of my favorites of this series. I’m just a sucker for mysterious deaths, even if to be honest I did guess the killer pretty early on. I look forward to reading the next book Bowen releases!
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Adventures of Tom and Huck #1) by Mark Twain (published 1875).
    • This is such a perfect examination into the mind of a child, and I adored it! Some of the language is not what would be called “politically correct” of the modern day, though during the time those terms were considered fine. So if you are easily sensitive by certain terms, maybe skip this book. Tom himself is a hilarious character, always getting into trouble but with a kind heart. And I’m sure as a child I would have enjoyed this book as well because it’s got adventure and creativity everywhere.

5 Stars

Dead Souls
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol (published 1842)

What do they say about quality over quantity? Well, that was kind of my month. Even if I read less books, I really enjoyed every single book I read.

What did you read this month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

9 thoughts on “September 2020 Reading Wrap-up

  1. I’ve been looking around at what other book review blogs are doing so I can see what others recommend and to see what I like / don’t like. I LOVE your month wrap up, it’s pretty cool that you did it by rating, this is how I think of my books too, in terms of enjoyment. I really liked your Anxious People review – I discovered the author the same way hehe. Haven’t read it yet but am keen to get my hands on it. Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I remember when I started doing my wrap-ups, I did the exact same thing. I looked around to see how other bloggers were organizing theirs and kind of took bits and pieces which worked best for me. And I hope you enjoy Anxious People if you end up reading it!

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  2. I never read Tom Sawyer- I ended up reading Huckleberry Finn. Entering into 11th, for the choice read, I choose Huckleberry Finn

    As far as September goes- only two books. Bleak House- started August and finished September. The Golden Compass- yes, I finished it on October 1st, but due to reading the vast majority in September, this book can count.

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      1. It didn’t take me an entire month to read Bleak House- I started the book towards the end of August. I was able to start The Golden Compass in September and finish it the start of October- so that can count.

        Due to already loving Huckleberry Finn, I want to read Tom Sawyer. Well- when it come classics, the other ones one my shelf are Hard Times, Little Women, Kidnapped, Mayor of Casterbridge, and Gulliver’s Travels

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