September 2020 reading wrap-up

With the arrival of October, it’s time to take a moment and look back at all of the books I read in September. This month was quite busy, so I wasn’t sure how much reading I would get in. Despite this, I had set myself a goal to read 10 books this month. Reading has been my favorite pastime for many years. In fact, my love of reading, and more so buying books, was what led me to have such an enormous TBR. However, I have spent the past year and a bit working on whittling that TBR down. With each month that passes, it gets just a bit smaller – as long as I don’t visit a bookstore. The September 2020 reading wrap-up shares the books that I read this month and my thoughts on them.

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September 2020 reading wrap-up

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

Homesteading is a subject I have quite a bit of interest in. So I was keen to read this one. The information is broken down well into categories so you can focus on one subject or cover them all. I really enjoyed reading this and learned quite a bit. It’s a solid book about homesteading that I would recommend to anyone interested in it.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

There’s something about this series. I keep reading the books even though I don’t 100% enjoy them. But somehow, the author keeps getting me right at the end and makes me read the next one. While I didn’t love this one, I will continue to read this series since there is only one book left and I am interested to see how things will come to an end.

The Garden of Words by Makoto Shinkai

I have watched The Garden of Words movie several times and really enjoy it. So when I spotted the light novel I knew I had to read it. The light novel goes well beyond what the movie shows and gives so much more information on the two main characters, Takao and Yukino, while also focusing on the people in their lives, such as Takao’s mother and brothers, and Yukino’s colleague. While I still love the anime version, I must say it was nice to see more of the story and the events and people who helped shape it. If you enjoy this movie or Makoto Shinkai’s work this one is worth checking out.

Story Genius by Lisa Cron

I’ve been trying to read writing craft books regularly so that I can improve my writing. This book takes a very different approach to writing. It is not a book that you can gobble up in one sitting. You need to read it slowly and take your time working through the samples in each chapter to fully appreciate it’s content. It really made me think about how I write and I know this will play a big role in my future writing. I’m not sure if I would recommend this as the first writing craft book to read, but once you have a good understanding of writing, then this would be a great resource to take your writing one step further.

Silver Spoon Vol. 4 by Hiromu Arakawa

I loved this volume. As far as I can tell, the anime has stayed true to the manga but I am curious to see if there are any differences the further into the series I get. This one has a hilarious little adventure that some of the students go on that will leave you laughing. If you are looking for a manga that’s a bit different then Silver Spoon is the way to go.

Warriors: The New Prophecy: Twilight by Erin Hunter

This one was decent. Certainly better than the previous novel, which I had struggled to read. It did take a while to build up to something but when that event finally came it brought a lot of the lingering story together. I still find Firestar annoying and there does seem to be a lot of loose ends to tie up considering there is only one more book in the series.

Star Wars: Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber

I love Star Wars, but this book was kind of flat. If you ever wanted a cross between Star Wars and zombie horror this is it, though very light on the horror aspect in my opinion. It’s a bit slow pace-wise but overall a quick read. Reading this did give me nightmare flashbacks to running Kaon Under Seige in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO – which was by far, my least favorite flashpoint (dungeon) in the game. Overall, an okay book.

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 4 by Reki Kawahara

No surprise here, I loved it. The story is really picking up with certain characters and future events starting to form. It really has me excited to see how the rest of the series will go as this new look at Aincrad really makes the whole world and story feel so much more solid. I am also extra excited that they announced this series is getting an anime adaptation – I can’t wait for it!

A Bride’s Story Vol. 12 by Kaoru Mori

I absolutely love this series. The artwork alone is phenomenal, then add in the story and it’s something truly special. This volume stood out because it touches on the numerous storylines that have been occurring throughout the series. Some of the characters hadn’t been seen in a while, so it was really nice to see them again and be reacquainted with their part of the overall storyline. I’m really excited to see what comes next in this series, though it will be several months before the next volume comes out.

September 2020 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 9
  • Books purchased: 1
  • Books DNF’d: 1
  • Books purged: 4

I hope you enjoyed my September 2020 reading wrap-up. What did you read in September?

6 Comments

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    I love reading your book posts. You are such an eclectic reader, and you always have interesting titles on your list. I still need to read a book from Erin Hunter’s Warriors series! Thanks for the post.

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      Thank you. I find I’m more interested in reading if I can read a little bit of everything. Yes, check out her books, they are really good.

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    You read such a variety of books! I am definitely intrigued by ‘Story Genius’ and will have to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing your reading experience – it really inspires me to keep reading!

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      I find it helps me avoid reading slumps because I always have something different to read. I hope you do check out Story Genius, it’s quite an interesting book.

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    Really enjoy your book posts!!
    My TBR list is getting longer.
    I just finished Stephen Kings On Writing, Story Genius looks really interesting!

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      Thank you. I have that problem too every time I see someone talking about books. I read On Writing a couple of years ago. I hope you are able to check out Story Genius, it’s a great writing craft book.

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