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September Wrap-Up and October Reading List

September Wrap-Up and October Reading List

Hello, book friends! Can you believe that we’ve arrived at October already? I know we all say this every month, but it feels like September disappeared in the blink of an eye. Here in NYC, the weather hasn’t even fully turned toward fall yet (it’s going to be 90 degrees on October 2nd), but alas, here we are.

And the end of another month means it’s time to give you my latest wrap-up and my upcoming TBR (to be read) pile for October. I’m feeling energized and excited to dive into this next month of reading!


What I read in September

With how busy my month was, I am honestly shocked that I read nine books in September. Two of those were audiobooks, but still. Lots of good titles here!

It’s the last day of the month, and you know what that means: September wrap-up time! I read 9 books this month, which is more than I thought I’d get to considering how busy I ended up. 🙌🏼
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Some were audio/library/ebooks and aren’t pictured.
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- Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, 3/5
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, 5/5
- SLAY by Brittney Morris
- Nobody’s Victim by Carrie Goldberg, 5/5
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 4.25/5
- Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, 4/5
- Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller, 4/5
- Furyborn by Claire Legrand, 4.5/5
- Survive and Resist by Amy L. Atchinson and Shauna L. Shames, 4/5
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How did your September go?
  1. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
    Rating: 3 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a good feminist perspective that will make you question all your life choices.

  2. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love to feel and cry and learn what it is to walk in another person’s shoes.

  3. Slay by Brittney Morris
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You love a strong YA novel with hard-hitting themes and lots of action.

  4. Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls by Carrie Goldberg
    Rating: 5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You are a feminist and like nonfiction.

  5. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Rating: 4.25 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You are a human. Seriously, read this book. (It’s an Oprah book club pick, too.)

  6. Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
    Rating: 4 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You like slightly weird fiction that offers commentary on today’s world. Also, a Don Quixote retelling.

  7. Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller (Illustrator)
    Rating: 4 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You like retellings, especially King Arthur/Excalibur stories. Also badass girl warriors.

  8. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
    Rating: 4.5 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You like YA fantasy at all. It’s great! (PS, this was a re-read for me!)

  9. Survive and Resist: The Definitive Guide to Dystopian Politics by Amy L. Atchison and Shauna L. Shames
    Rating: 4 / 5 (full review)
    For you if: You like nonfiction and are interested in learning about political theory through the lens of fiction, film, and television.


My October TBR

You may see some familiar titles on this list. What can I say — the library ruins best-laid TBR plans! But I really am going to try to knock some of these lingerers off my list this month.

  1. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McColloch
    Thank you to Riverhead Books for the free copy in exchange for a review.

  2. The Witches are Coming by Lindy West
    Thanks Netgalley and Hachette for the early review copy! It comes out in November.

  3. Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
    I got this ARC at BookCon and am looking forward to diving into a fantasy title by a non-binary author! Also comes out in November.

  4. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
    The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Nuff said. Also on the Booker Prize longlist.

  5. On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
    Thanks Netgalley and Riverhead for the early review copy! It also comes out in November, and I’ll be buddy reading it with a friend.

  6. Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
    On my Next Big Idea Club backlist.

  7. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
    Psychological realism / feminist short stories. This one sounds perfect for October and has been on my list for a while!

  8. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    So many have loved this one! I will return this borrowed copy to its owner eventually, lol.

  9. My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    On the Booker Prize and Women’s Prize longlists.

  10. Normal People by Sally Rooney
    On my Book of the Month backlist.

  11. Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
    The sequel to the above-mentioned Furyborn. Now that I’ve re-read it, I can dive into the sequel! Also a buddy read this month.

  12. No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
    On my Next Big Idea Club backlist.

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