Oh man this month was definitely not a good reading month. Either so many things were going on with vacation and university or I was just full on slumping so I only managed to read 4 books. Quality-wise at least I didn’t read any books that I explicitly hated, they all had some merit but most weren’t particularly life changing in terms of my reading experience.
I’m honestly not even sure how my reading is going to go this school year because I’m somehow already so much busier than before even though I don’t think I’m particularly involved with more things? I’m trying to study a lot more and now I have a full exec position at my drama society but that’s it for the most part. But October should be better!! I’m already almost done my first book which I’m super impressed by!!
But anyways, here are the books I read in September:
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro – .5
I didn’t have particularly high expectations for this because I’m not the biggest fan of short story collections or Canadian literature but there’s something about the way that Alice Munro writes that made it so interesting to read? Each story focuses on a character having to face some sort of tragic or pivotal point in their life and how they cope with it and it all just felt so realistic and meaningful. Just seeing how all of them managed to push through gave me a different look on life in general, as cheesy as that sounds, and it was just a completely solid work of literature.
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach –
This book was just kind of very mediocre on so many levels… The characters and setting were interesting enough to make me keep reading but it didn’t feel better than a lot of other YA contemporaries that I’ve read of this sort. I don’t even have that much to say about it just that not much happens and the romance just felt very cliché. Just a very average read.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – .5 (review)
Fairly unpopular opinion but I was just not really a fan of this book. The world itself drew me in but the author’s writing was just not for me on so many levels. The plot dragged on, the characters felt so unrealistic, and I couldn’t really care for any of the plot twists or political intrigue just because of the way this book was written. Maybe I’ll pick up the next book if I really want to read a dystopian? Who knows? But at the same time I’m pretty sure I can find something I’ll like a whole lot more.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis –
This play was so funny and entertaining!! I loved seeing all the different characters and the premise of Judas on trial to be brought back from eternal damnation. It is a fairly religious play but I don’t think I caught on to the explicit religious aspect of it? I thought it was just a twist on the characters in the bible but after finishing it and reading the back apparently it’s a lot more about religious existentialist pain and testing your faith so I’m not exactly sure. But hey if anything my misunderstanding shows that anyone can enjoy it.
Books read: 4
Average rating: 3.50
Genres: 1 short story collection, 1 sci fi, 1 contemporary, 1 play
Favourite(s): Too Much Happiness
Least Favourite(s): Red Rising
Most Disappointing: Red Rising
Wow after all the books I read in August this list is very very short but hey at least I’m finally out of my slump and that’s what matters.
Have you read any of these books and what did you think of them? What books did you read in September that you enjoyed? Let me know!