Books in September and October

September was all about the YA reading for me – seven novels. I think it put me in a bit of a reading funk because I struggled to get through anything in October. I did most of my reading during free reading at school but just didn’t get into any of the books I read.

SEPTEMBER:

(46) Hex Hall, (47) Demon Glass and (48) Spellbound – Rachel Hawkins

I think I enjoy trilogies more than another type of series. Long enough to enjoy but not so long that you are bored with the characters (I’m thinking of you, Eye of the World). The main character is sent to reform school for witches/werewolves/etc. after using her powers inappropriately. From there it leads to a typically YA plot – unpopular at school, friends with the strange girl (who happens to be a vampire), the classic love triangle and finding out you’re the key to saving the world. This series was just alright but is a quick, easy read and less scary/depressing than some other YA series.

(49) Wither – Lauren DeStephano

I really wanted to like this series but I struggled to get through the first book and just couldn’t finish the other two in the series.

(50) The Calling – Kelley Armstrong

This is the sequel to The Gathering, which I read in July. It is short (like a couple of hours to read) and ends in yet another cliff hanger. I feel like both books could have been combined into one novel but since this is YA I get why they weren’t. I will read the final one so I can find out how the story ends.

(51) The Chestnut King – N.D. Wilson

I loved 100 Cupboards, struggled a bit with Dandelion Fire but quite enjoyed this final book in the series. It manages to wrap up the story without having to cover everything (there are still something you just don’t know at the end). The main character, Henry, gets some of his personality back (he is a little depressing in Dandelion Fire) and I liked his cousin a lot better in this book. I’d recommend it as series for boys (so hard to find sometimes).

(52) Looking for Alaska – John Green

I really enjoyed The Fault in Your Stars (even if it was a little depressing) and wanted to like this novel just as much but I just couldn’t. It was still a good read but I just didn’t get the same connection to the main character. Maybe I was just burnt out on YA after a whole month of them.

OCTOBER:

(53) Crossed – Ally Condie

The second book in the Matched Trilogy was as good as the first. A lot happened in this novel but it also finished with lots of unanswered questions. I am a little bummed to have to wait for the third novel but I think I need a break from YA novels for a while so this is probably a good thing.

(54) Watership Down – Richard Adams

I actually started this book in the spring as an audio book that I listened to as I commuted to and from work but I never managed to listen to it all before I had to return it. Over the summer I found a copy of the novel at the thrift store and brought it to school this semester to read during free reading period (I wanted to have something that was student appropriate). It is a lovely story and easy enough to read in small sections without losing my place.

(55) A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar – Suzanne Johnson

This is one of those books I just found by randomly book searching on the library page. The story was different from I was expecting – it is one of those stories that is happening in the past and the present – but was a nice change of pace to read something not YA or set in a postapocalyptic world.

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My goal for November is to find a book that inspires me to read more again. As I mentioned, October was a bit of a slump month for me and I need to find something that gets me excited about my reading again. I’ve currently got a ton of books out and I’m hoping that one (or more of them) are going to hook me!

4 Comments

  1. For what it’s worth, the three books that kept me most excited to read this year were If I Stay (Forman), A Monster Calls (Ness) and I Am Not a Serial Killer (Wells). The one that really, really got me back into reading last year was A Brief History of Montmaray (Cooper). I could barely stand to set the latter book down, a rarety for me.

  2. You know, unless you are reading to stay current with students or a book club at the library, just browsing the genres is perhaps the best way to get a good read. Mix it up if you like, by pulling something one week from genre fiction, another week from non fiction genres , YA is such an artificial category and really I believe it’s directed not a YA’s but at pre teens who haven’t yet caught the reading bug but because something says Young Adult and they want to be YA’s they will read it. Its crap half the time and generally put out by some religious organisation such as the mormons or new agers, or fundamentalist christian churchs bent on keeping their kids in the tribe. Try the online bookstore Book Depository which has an easy to use website(unlike the wreck of a site Chapters has become) then when you’ve picked a few on there you can go back to the library and see if they have them there to borrow.

    1. I`ve never been to the Book Depository site – I will have to have a look at it. I`m always checking our library site for books – especially stuff that I might be able to sign out as a digital version.

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