Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month.
It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her summer/maternity hiatus, but you can go send her some love on Twitter!
new on the blog
- [7 Sep] Pride by Ibi Zoboi ★★★★
- [10 Sep] Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ★★★★
- [13 Sep] A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti ★★★★★
- [20 Sep] Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll ★★★★½
- [24 Sep] Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco ★★★
- [27 Sep] Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand ★★★½
- [5 Sep] Waiting on Wednesday: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
- [26 Sep] Binge-Worthy Book Series! | September Monthly Recommendations
our most anticipated october release
Shakespeare + historical fiction + Tudor England + murder??? SIGN ME THE HELL UP.
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts from other creators we loved in September!
- Aimee @ Aimee, Always offers some tips for getting engagement on your posts
- Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life gives five tips for audiobook newbies
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit discusses the bookish things she’s learned about herself
- Rhiannon @ Crescent Moon Reads matches the four Hogwarts houses with tarot suits
- Emily @ Possibly Literate recommends books for when you’re full of rage (very relevant, tbh)
- Kathy Trithardt put together an excellent collab about bisexual book recommendations for Bi Visibility Day! (you might just see a familiar face in the video! 😉 )
every book read this month
Quantity-wise, I had a great reading month! Quality-wise, though, many of these were just okay. My only 5-star reads of the month were both rereads (Vicious and Always & Forever, Lara Jean). Other standouts: Tyler Johnson Was Here was important and wonderful and So Sad Today was an A+ essay collection. The Brilliant Death was exactly the kind of fantasy I enjoy. Meet the Sky was def my least favorite read of the month– I have a new most-hated love interest.
life & what’s happening
I had a much better month in September than I did in August, and I think a large part of that is due to the bookish community events I attended this month! The first weekend of the month, I attended Decatur Book Festival– my favorite weekend in Atlanta every year. I met so many wonderful authors and got to see all of my favorite Atlanta bookish people! <3 I also met Rhiannon @ Crescent Moon Reads, who came into town for the festival. I vlogged my weekend at DBF, in case you want to hear more! The next weekend, I went to Orlando, FL for the second annual BookNet Fest! I spoke on the Mental Health in Fiction panel and also hosted the Blogging Workshop. I got to see so many of my best friends and also made some wonderful new friends! In general, an EXCELLENT time. The rest of the month was, you guessed it, lots of working, continued job searching, and spending time with friends. I also got to go visit my parents in Florida for a few days, which was much-needed. And I started going to therapy again!!! I’m so excited to be back in therapy and working through some of the stuff I’ve been dealing with the past few months.
Our favorite ‘grams from this month!
Big smiles after living my best life at Decatur Book Festival // Mental Health in Fiction panel crew at BNF
October promises lots of fun book events, too! Currently, I’m planning on going to the Fierce Reads Tour on the 1st and *hopefully* to Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s release day event for What If It’s Us. Atlanta Pride is also this month, which OBVIOUSLY is very exciting. And I have tickets to see two of my favorite drag queens from RPDR (both winners)! I’m hoping to also get involved in volunteering for Stacey Abrams’s gubernatorial campaign, especially as we’re only a month from election day and the polls are currently extremely close. Otherwise, still working and job hunting!
king of the month
I reread Vicious in anticipation of the release of Vengeful (which I STILL haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of), and it holds its place as my favorite Schwab book.
How was your reading month in September? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What have you guys been up to since we last talked? Let’s chat in the comments!