Friday, 29 September 2017

September Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And first I have to say something...
Sorry I haven't been posting! I'm now back at college and things have just been hectic this week!
But I promise, I will be back to posting three times a week!
Now, on to my September Wrap Up (2017)!

So, this month I surprised myself and read a total of 9 books!
Yeah... it's been a slow month... didn't have a lot to do...
So here are the books I read in the month of September!

1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Technically I didn't finish this during September, I finished it on the last day of August, when my wrap up had already been posted, so I'm including it in the September one (even though I didn't include it 9 books that I mentioned at the start of the post).
But I have to say, I flew through this book. And I can see why they made a (highly successful) film based on this book! The characters were well-written, and it raises the subject of an unreliable host very well! I loved the way the story unfolded, and the story was very easy to read!
I was actually thinking about maybe doing a book/film comparison post sometime in the future, so let me know in the comments if that is something you think you guys would be interested in!

I started this trilogy on the 1st September, and it took me maybe a week to soar right through this trilogy! There is no doubt in my mind that they are all going into my Favourite Books of 2017 post later on this year, because these characters, this world, and the story that Cassie Clare has carved through it all is beyond anything!

5. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
When I think of this book, the first thought that comes to mind is this is one hell of a strange and surreal book. And it is. It was captivating, and beautiful and it was strange and creepy and I am so happy that I took the time to pick it up because it did not take me long at all to finish it! I hope to read more of E. Lockhart's books in the future.

6. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Yet another contemporary! I added a lot of contemporaries this month because I don't really want to be reading them in October-December (the winter months). Which is why I added the book this month as well. And I am so happy I did.
I don't know what it is, but something about these characters, and QUIZBOWL, of all things, but I just loved this ensemble of characters. And I am so happy we're getting a second book.

7. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra Clare
I have to admit. It took me a while to get over the pretence and delve into this book, especially after the emotional trauma of TID. But this book, and the world and just everything, it's all so DENSE and COMPLEX that I can't help but love it!
All I can say was that I was able to finish Lady Midnight. It was a great start to a new trilogy and I can't wait to finish it next year! And anyone that hasn't picked it up yet, I urge you to read the start of the great new shadowhunter series!

8. The Sky Is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
This was not the right book to pick up after Lady Midnight. I got a book that left my heart hurting, it was so good. Like, it feel like it could have been a bit more polished at the start, but we all know that Jandy Nelson is an amazing author, and I know that she got better because I've read I'll Give You The Sun. But this book hit me. And it's definitely a contender for one of my favourites of the year. A possible review coming for you soon.

9. Warcross (Warcross #1), by Marie Lu
How do I even begin to describe this book?! I absolutely loved it. It was classic Marie Lu. And it was an amazing start to a new series. It takes place in a world that is obsessed with this game, Warcross. The main character is a bounty hunter, she finds people that are using this game illegally. And it pays a bit, but not much. But then, after a mistake for high stakes, she finds herself transported right in the middle of this game. But someone has a plot, and she is trying to discover it-and if she doesn't- GAME OVER.

10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play
I read this in about two days. And it was decent, it screamed nostalgia, but there was something almost random about it. I was aware of the mixed reviews, and I'm glad I've read it, but there was something off about it.
For those that have read this, what do you think?


I haven't exactly been watching that much.
Or at all.
Really, I haven't been, mostly because of my Anne Frank rehearsals, three days a week, as well as work.
Hopefully I'll get to watch more next month, especially as it is half-term some time next month.

I have done some writing this month, just maybe not as much as I would have liked.
But, I find that I can't read loads, AND write loads. It seems I can only do one or the other.
Which is fine. I got about 20 pages done, I cleared 100, so I'm more or less halfway through at the moment, so it's looking positive.
Another post will be coming when I finish the second draft, which should be around February.

So that was my September Wrap Up (2017)! I hope you enjoyed it, and I apologise for being missing in action this week!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you all on Monday!
(Maybe comment what you are currently reading below, so we can share opinions).

-Abi xxxxxx