September 2020 Reads

September is the busy month of back-to-school, so it’s usually not a very high reading volume month for me. I did manage to finish three very different, but very enjoyable audiobooks this month! Keep reading to find out what I read and what I thought about it.

Stats

Number of books read: 3 📘📘📘

Print books: 0

Audiobooks: 3 🎧🎧🎧

Kindle books: 0

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars books: 1

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 star books: 1

⭐⭐⭐ 3 star books: 1

⭐⭐ 2 star books: 0

1 star books: 0

😍 Favorite book: Spinning Silver

☹️ Least favorite book: The Night Child

▶️ YouTube wrap up:

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

survivor song by paul tremblay book cover

4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from August 23, 2020 – September 8, 2020.

So this was a choice to listen to this audiobook in the midst of a pandemic. But I ended up really enjoying it! The story follows a pregnant woman named Natalie and her friend (and pediatrician) Ramola. The two women (and Natalie’s unborn child) navigate the streets of the Boston area while a rabies-like virus with a short incubation period. Natalie’s been exposed to the virus and only has a short amount of time to get vaccinated to prevent infection and the certain death that comes with it.

This was an intense adventure story and I really felt bonded to the characters and their journey. There were some fairly graphic parts, but not too graphic compared to what often happens in this kind of book. It definitely caused me some more anxiety than I would have felt reading this at literally any other year of my life, but I also thought it added some more power and intensity to the story.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

The Night Child by Anna Quinn

the night child by anna quinn book cover

3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐💫

Read from September 9, 2020 – September 16, 2020.

Nora is a teacher and a mom. She lives a happy life and is content with her work and her home life. That is, until one day when she sees a face appear in her empty classroom. She doesn’t think of herself as the type of person who has hallucinations. She’s not crazy. But she decides to see a therapist just to make sure everything is okay. In her therapist’s office, she starts to remember some things from her childhood. Things that disturb her and confuse her. Things that seem impossible to have happened in her life.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started this audiobook from my public library. I thought it might be exciting and maybe a little dark, but wow I didn’t know just how dark it would be. I can’t say much without spoiling it, but wow oh wow this book gets dark fast. It was a lot to handle, but I was invested in the story and got through it pretty quickly. I felt invested in the story, I liked the way the twists and the darkness unfolded. I didn’t like the way the narrator voiced the child characters, which was unfortunate because they were pretty prominent in the story. And I’m honestly not sure how I felt about the ending.

This book needs a boatload of trigger warnings. It was a tough read. Consider staying away if you’re sensitive to reading any of the following: childhood sexual abuse, incest, abandonment, cheating, suicide, dissociative identity disorder, psych hospitalizations.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

spinning silver by naomi novik book cover

5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read from September 16, 2020 – September 30, 2020.

I haven’t read a fantasy book in a long, long time, but something about this story’s synopsis drew me in and I had to listen to the audiobook.

Miryem is a money lender’s daughter — a bad moneylender, too kind and too generous and too forgiving. After a tough winter of being hungry and watching her mother get sicker and sicker, Miryem decides to take over her father’s business. She is determined to be cold and ruthless and collect on every single penny of debt her neighbors owe. She is successful. So successful in fact that she boasts of her ability to turn silver to gold through her money lending and record keeping. It is this boast that attracts the attention of a Staryk king — the icy fey who bring harsh winters and raid towns for gold. The Staryk sets Miryem an impossible challenge and her own fate hangs in the balance. The Staryk king is not the only royal to worry about in this fairy tale, however. The Tsar Mirnatius rules over the human kingdom but he is not what he seems and his secrets threaten his entire kingdom. In this dramatic story of power, magic, love, loyalty, and unlikely friendships, we follow Miryem in her quest to outsmart the Staryk as well as her allies — a poor girl named Wanda whose father is indebted to Miryem’s family and the Tsarina Irina who wants to protect her people from her new husband.

This was a long book but it was absolutely worth listening to every minute. I loved the characters, I loved the world building, I loved the magical elements, and I loved all the twists and turns of the plot. Honestly, Spinning Silver reminded me of a grownup version of the Gail Carson Levine books that I loved reading so much as a kid. I definitely want to check out Naomi Novik‘s other books.

**read as an audiobook**

Find this review on Goodreads here.

Did you read any good books in September? Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!

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