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September 2021 Wrap Up and TBR

I feel like September has completely just flew by. Like, what happened this month??

Life’s been a juggle act lately. With caring for my cute (but sometimes monstrous) puppy and starting an official bookstagram for this blog, I’m barely having time to breathe at night after a long day of work. How do you all manage to make things work out while engaging with social and the people around you?

Nonetheless, I had a great reading month. Work was slow in the beginning so I had more chance to read, including listening to an audiobook while working. That was a wonderful experience but only if I do a super mundane task at work that doesn’t require a lot of focus.

Without further ado, let’s dig into September!

What did I read this month?

Some of these reads were re-reads because I was in the mood for something cute and quick during some late nights. I think if it weren’t for the fact that some of these books were super long (ahem, JLA and Susan Dennard), I’d have read at least 10 this month otherwise.

4-5 Potions

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins [re-read] (review)

  • Love the friends to lovers trope and this is still filled with beautiful angst as Isla and Josh navigate what it means to date while carrying around baggage

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

  • Cute and soon to be on your small screens, this romance story following the steps of a K-drama really had me wanting to dive into K-dramas more as everyone else in my family loves them!

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales (review)

  • Wonderful work on bi representation and tackling biphobia, I really enjoyed the romance and message this book brought to the table and opened my eyes to things I hadn’t thought of as much before

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West [re-read] (review)

  • Another favourite trope, when fake dating becomes more real as people catch real feelings, I loved this OG Kasie West book that made me empathize with the protagonist but also understanding why there were issues in her life

3 Potions

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Super steamy romance following an innocent – but strong-willed – girl who is a Chosen one who may be dragged into the messiness of an old war that is coming back to haunt the kingdom she thought she knew

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

  • Another segment in the Witchlands series, Susan does it again as main characters across the books slowly realize the Paladins of old were awakening again to potentially change what’s to come

2 Potions

So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

  • An interesting enough novel following a food start-up business featuring an Asian protagonist (yay, Asian rep) that was more women’s fiction overall – boo, sexism – than cute romance

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [audiobook!]

  • Dual POV novel that gets you really into each protagonist’s head with their ever-changing thoughts (which can really spiral into the dark) that leads to romance but was just a bit too heavy for me

Current reading list

A lot of highly anticipated sequels that have finally come out!

  • Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
  • The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
  • Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

TBR list

Let’s keep it realistic this month. We’ll see if things change mid-way and I’m reading all sorts of other things instead of what’s listed here (as it happens more often than not…).

  • As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
  • A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
  • Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

And that’s a wrap! Hope October brings better mental health and wellbeing to you all.

Let me know below what books you are currently reading and/or on your immediate TBR!

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