Big Book September Wrap-Up

Good morning my loves!

I hope you’re having a good week so far. Today’s post is a little follow-up to the TBR that I posted at the end of August for my Big Book September. I had planned on just reading the 3 books in that TBR in the month of September due to a higher work load and law school starting back again, but I actually managed to read 12 books in the month of September (granted, not all of them were big books!) and so here in the breakdown:

I read 6 smaller (still not that small!) books (under 500 pages). One of the books was a buddy read with Luna, Jenna and Reg. Finally I read 5 big books (500 pages plus).

Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer (441 pages)
This one is the second book in the Oremere Chronicles. Reign of Mist in a YA fantasy book that certainly lived up to expectations. I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed the first and will definitely be looking to read the next instalment when it gets released. I gave this one 4/5 stars.

Origins by Neil Degrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith (352 pages)
I picked up this audiobook as a bit of a cleanser between all of the bigger books I had planned on reading during the month. Now, I know absolutely nothing about the topic and while I did enjoy this one, some of it was (actually, a lot of it) went way over my head. I would like to read (or listen) to another Neil Degrasse Tyson book in the future. I rated this one 3/5 stars.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (320 pages)
Wow. What a book. This one is told over 300 years in Ghana and I found it so powerful that I read it in one sitting. Goodreads sums it up so well for me: “Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control”. This is a book that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I gave this one a 5/5 stars.

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (277 pages)
This was a book that I picked up for my ___ picks my next read #2 series. I already loved Maggie O’Farrell and so I knew this one wasn’t going to let me down. What I didn’t know was just how much I was going to love it. What a fantastic story spanning several decades and several generations. Yet again I was blown away by Maggie O’Farrell’s writing and she continues to be one of my favourites. 5/5 stars for this one.

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (689 pages)
Okay, so this one is cheating a little, I had actually read about 2/3 of this prior to the month of September, as this was a buddy read book that I should have finished months ago. Joe Hill is brilliant and much like his father, writes particularly dark and creepy books. With Halloween coming up, I would absolutely recommend this one if you’re after something fitting for the holiday! I gave it 4/5 stars.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (816 pages)
I. DONT. EVEN. WANT. TO. TALK. ABOUT. HOW. SAD. I. AM. THAT. THIS. SERIES. IS. OVER. Absolutely brilliant book. 5/5 stars with my full review coming soon.

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson (218 pages)
This was another (and actually the most current) buddy read book. Shirley Jackson will always have a place in my heart but I will say this one left me a little disappointed. I kept waiting for the twist to happen, and it just never came. While I did enjoy it, it wasn’t one of my favourites by her. Still, I will always read her books. I gave this one 3/5 stars.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (544 pages)
Fantastic book. Absolutely brilliant. 5/5 stars with full review coming soon.

The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne (736 pages)
I’m going to need to spend the next week or so mopping up my tears before I even attempt to write a coherent review for this. This has solidified John Boyne as an author for me and I will now attempt to read everything he has ever published. 5/5 stars for this one.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (560 pages)
This is one of my favourites by Jane Austen and I think the first one I ever read by her, back when I was in High School. Maybe that’s why it has a place in my heart. I’m thinking about starting a new series on my blog all about my favourite classics, what do you think? 4/5 stars for Mansfield Park.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (169 pages)
I listened to the audiobook for this one, and after finally giving in to the pressure of reading it, I totally get why it gets as much praise as it does. I wanted to pick up the next one straight away and had to restrain myself. A lovely magical series that I cannot wait to continue. 4/5 stars.

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (256 pages)
One of the books on the Man Booker 2018 Shortlist, I picked this one up as it is a poetry book that I thought I could read quite quickly. It always blows my mind that authors can weave such incredible stories with so few words. A great read and one that I am not surprised made it to the shortlist. 4/5 stars.


PHEW. That was a long one, wasn’t it?! Anyway, those are the books I read in September. Let me know if you think I should start a classics feature on my blog and comment down below!

Peace and pages

16 Replies to “Big Book September Wrap-Up”

  1. Wow you read loads, and there are so many good ones here! I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I really want to read Homegoing soon, it sounds like a book with very similar themes and Americanah was a very impactful read.


  2. Oh my goodness!! I’ve been dying to read The Poppy War!!


  3. Ayunda says:

    Wow it’s so amazing that you read so many pages in such a short amount of time! I’ve never heard of that particular book by Shirley Jackson, but I’ll keep in mind to pick up her other books that are more famous, then.
    I also have not read Mansfield Park yet, it’s one of the more intimidating books by Jane Austen. I’ve read three of her other books and slowly making my way through all of them. Thanks for nudging me to read it soon!


  4. Looks like you read some fantastic books 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed The Poppy War, I can;t wait to see your thoughts!
    Cora |


  5. Kelly says:

    You managed to read so much! I started college in September and only managed two and one was a cheat because I had already read two thirds in August! What’s your secret?! 😂
    NOS 4R2 was on my September TBR but I never got around to it, but I definitely think it’ll suit October much better with Halloween coming up


  6. bookishluna says:

    I am happy yet disappointed that I was not the only one who was disappointed by Hangsaman. She is such a great author.


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  8. Richard says:

    This one seemed to have slipped me by, but I wanted to see what you thought of Zafon’s last outing….when’s the full review coming up, or have I somehow missed that too 😀
    SO glad you loved it!


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