September 2021 reading wrap-up

The arrival of October brings another month of reading to an end. September was a pretty busy month, but I was determined to squeeze in plenty of reading time. After all, I am still working on my enormous TBR. In two years, I have managed to shrink it quite a bit. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, it’s an escape, a way to be entertained, and allows me to learn something new. As with every month, I love to share what I read and how I felt about those books. Perhaps seeing what I have been reading will inspire you to pick up a new book. Without further ado, here is my September 2021 reading wrap-up.

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September 2021 reading wrap-up

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino

As strange as the title of this book is, it’s a beautifully written story about friendship, love, and loss. The story revolves around a boy and his classmate, who happens to be dying of pancreatic disease – to make things a bit more interesting, he is the only one outside of her family that knows this. We follow their time together from awkward beginning to friendship and realizations about feelings for each other. There was one surprising turn of events, though I can’t go into detail about it because of spoilers, but lets just say it was not what I expected to happen and yet it worked well, especially with how everything ended.

The only frustrating part of this book is the main character’s name, who also happens to be the narrator, isn’t revealed until the very end. To get around this, the author kept using different terms to fill in for his name [???]-kun or [Boy I’m Getting Along With]-kun. In a way, that was actually the perfect way to do it. Yet all throughout the book, I kept wanting to know his name. Once the mystery was revealed I was happy.

Steering The Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is not a book for new writers. In fact, the author says so right at the beginning. However, as a resource for writers who have a well-developed writing routine and structure, then this book will prove incredibly helpful. Le Guin does a fantastic job of showing what to do and not to do, what writing rules don’t always apply to writers, and breaks down ways to improve your craft through exercises. This book was very helpful and I know I will continue to refer to it as I work through continuing to improving my writing. If you are a writer with good experience who is looking to get that extra step ahead, then this is the book you need.

The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling

The final book in The Tamir Triad. Going into this one, I wasn’t expecting much. While I did like the first 2 books, I didn’t love them and figured this book would follow suit in its mediocrity. For the most part, I was proven wrong. The pace of this book was much better, going from event to event quickly, especially in the first half of the book. The characters finally felt like they had found their true selves and were actually a pleasure to read. Things did falter in the second half a bit, as the action came to a grinding halt and the story felt stunted. While it did pick up again after that, the end felt rushed, almost as if the author had realized she was running out of pages to get the plot completed. Overall though, it was a good ending to the story.

Sword Art Online Vol. 14: Alicization Uniting by Reki Kawahara

I knew this would be a pretty big arc of the overall story. Events have been building up to the climax (which matches up to the final episode of season 3 of the anime). It’s hard to go into too much detail without spoiling the story for those who haven’t already read the books or watched the anime. The one advantage of reading the light novels over the anime is we get to see more of the character’s thoughts and feelings along the way. I really look forward to continuing to read this series and catch those little differences between the books and the anime.

Star Wars The Old Republic: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn

A book focusing on Sith, what’s not to like. Well, actually there were some things I didn’t enjoy. The pace of this book felt slow, really slow at times. Much like the pace, the progression of the story itself was quite slow. I didn’t feel any connection to the story or characters. Not the best book in the Star Wars series but not the worst either. This is the first book in the Darth Bane trilogy, so I hope that the story gets better.

Rin-ne Vol. 1-40 by Rumiko Takahashi

Having read and enjoyed some of Takahashi’s other series, I was looking forward to exploring another one of her stories. This has that usually look and feel of Takahashi’s work that I love so much. I love the contrast of the two worlds, the living world and the spirit world, and how the story bounces between them. The contrast and similarities between the Shinigami and Damashigami. The romance aspect of the story is very light throughout. Overall, I really enjoyed this series but will say it wasn’t quite as good as Inuyasha but it’s also hard to compare the two series.

How Not To Write A Novel by Howard Mittelmark & Sandra Newman

I’m still not sure what the authors were trying to accomplish with this book. Essentially, the book shared paragraphs that needed improvement and then poorly explained what was wrong with those paragraphs. Honestly, I found the book to be more confusing than helpful. If I had have been thinking, I would have not finished this book, but I kept hoping it would prove useful.

September 2021 reading wrap-up stats

  • Books read: 46
  • Books purchased: 5
  • Books purged: 4
  • Books DNF’d: 2

I hope you enjoyed my September 2021 reading wrap-up. What books did you read in September?

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