Cozy Corner| September Highlights

Can you believe that we are already into October? Honestly, I can. Ever since about the second week of September I’ve thought it was October. I wasn’t consciously trying to rush September away, but for some reason, October was looming large. And then Summer came back (it has been crazy hot here the last couple weeks), and my sense of timing was even more confused.

I’ve had a bit of a mixed month as far as reading goes. Objectively, I’ve read a decent number of books considering September is the month of getting back into routines. But it feels like I have been in a reading lull. I’m not really in a slump, and I’m not really suffering from a book hangover (I don’t think), I’ve just had a hard time getting into any of the books I’ve picked up.

That being said, there are three books that stood out for the month of September as books that I really enjoyed. Luckily all three were on my Frightful Fall TBR, because it’s looking like I may need to make some detours off the list if I want to keep my reading moment up… All that aside, what say we move on to me telling you a bit about some of the books I enjoyed this month?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Book 1, Shades of London)

I have been hearing about V.E. Schwab (or Victoria Schwab as she also goes by), for a number of months now and finally got around to picking up one of her books. I started with the first book in the Shades of London series – a fantasy series set in a universe where four different parallel worlds. The worlds are vastly different in their makeup, their character, and their level of magic, but one thing they have in common is that they each have a version of the Thames and they each have a city in the same spot named London.

The characters are amazing, and the world is excellent. If you’re looking for a fantasy series with a strong male and female lead, look no further than this book. Not going to lie, I’m a bit glad I waited so long to read this series, because now I don’t have to wait for the next books to be released. Book 2 is calling my name!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Another new to me author, I decided to add this book to my Fall TBR because it had the word “Monster” in it, knowing full well that it didn’t really fit the theme I’d chosen for the season. In truth, I had heard a tonne about this author, and this seemed like a good book to start with. I knew a little bit about it going into it, but wow. It definitely blew my expectations. There are monsters in this book, and it is haunting and dark, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s a typical YA, dark fantasy. It is anything but. Even if you don’t normally read this genre, I would highly recommend that you pick this one up and give it a try. It’s relatively short, so it’s not much of an investment if you don’t end up liking it. (pro tip: bring tissues)

The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud (Book 3, Lockwood & Co)

If you have not already checked out this series, consider this your invitation. It is amazing. Book 5 came out earlier this month, and it is the final book in the series, making this a perfect binge read series. So far I have read the entire series through Audiobook, and the narration is topnotch. I’m not going to say too much about the plot of this one, since it is the third book (spoilers), but basically the series follows a group of teenagers who are paranormal investigators. In this world populated by ghosts and other specters (many of which are dangerous), only children are able to see the supernatural – making them the only ones who can fight the problem. The three teens who make up Lockwood & Co are some of the best in London.

Now that I’ve told you about three of my favourite reads this past month, I’d love to hear yours in the comments! Have you read any of these books that I mentioned?

Happy Reading!

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