Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. So for anyone who noticed I kind of disappeared for a bit the end of last month and most of this month, I hadn’t planned for this though in retrospect I probably should have. If you have read any of my previous wrap ups you will be aware that I was in the process of becoming an Au Pair in America and at the end of August that dream finally became my reality. I have been in America for a month now and have spent the last few weeks just trying to get use to a new place, new people and new routine which is why I haven’t been active. However I am slowly starting to get use to things and have plans to be a lot more active both here and on Instagram. Overall, I’m really enjoying myself so far, I am working for a lovely family and I can’t wait to see where the rest of this year takes me.
Anyway onto the books, which is the part you are actually interested in. I have managed to read a bit more than I was expecting to over the past month and one of those being a new all time favorite.
First I read Defy the Night the first book in a new series by Brigid Kremmer. This is set in a kingdom that is currently overrun with a fever where only the rich can afford the cure. This was a little slow to get into at first however once it started picking up I found myself immersed in the story and actually think I prefer it to her Cursebreakers series. I gave this 4 out of 5 stars and I have a full review here.
Next I read Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune, this is my first of his books and I’m so glad I picked it up. This book follows Wallace who finds himself attending his own funeral where he meets his Grim Reaper and is taken to a way station between life and death. This book is so beautifully done and is one that will stay with me for a long time to come. It’s very character driven and has one of the best found families I have read. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars and it will definitely be joining my favorites shelf. You can read my full review here.
The last novel I read this month was The Witchling’s Girl by Helena Coggan. This was another very character focused book that follows the life of Haley, who when she is 7 is found to possess death magic and is given to the town witchling to be trained in how to heal the residents and send them off to the underworld. Another really enjoyable read and I have a review coming soon.
Next I read some poetry collections that were recommended to me by my host mum. The first is Words Under The Words by Naomi Shihab Nye. And the second was A People’s History of Chicago by Kevin Coval.
I recently started watching Dead Still with my host Mum and am loving it, it is everything you could want in a period drama, interesting plot and characters, funny and very morbid.
This month I’m not setting a TBR and just letting myself read what I want when I feel like it and see how I get on without the pressure of trying to read certain books.
Spreading the Love
- Books for the Good Times by The Orangutan Librarian.
- Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao Blog Tour by Melanie from Meltotheany.
- Fourteen Compelling Opening Lines from Books by Sabrina from Wordy and Whimsical.
- 20+ anticipated releases for the rest of 2021 (September – December) by Margaret from Weird Zeal.
- Book Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake by Maria from The Character Study.
- Tips and Tricks: Writing Reviews by J from Midnight Book Blog.
- reasons i absolutely adore we hunt the flame and you should read it by Cherry from Letters to the Lost.
- A User Guide to NetGalley //Featuring Tips & Tricks Galore by Malka from Paper Procrastinators.
- 8000+ Words Ranty Spoilery Review of A Throne For Sisters // why instalove rarely ever works by Rukky from eternity books.
How has your month been?? What was your favorite book been?? Have you read any of the above?? If so, what did you think of them??