Bookish wrap up: September


September was a lovely month. Filled with colder autumn air that I welcomed very much, long days spent reading in my bed, lots of good food both at home and on restaurants or fairs, and overall a great reading month. Though I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked to (for some reason I wasn’t pulled into the books I was reading that much), I still have a few of them that I finished and quite enjoyed.

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Technically all the books I bought weren’t actually bought, but I love free books so any addition to my (both physical and electronic) TBR should be celebrated in this post. Also, I still have a lot of books I haven’t read from my previous book buying spree so I haven’t been taking any books from the library this month.

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Kerumunan Terakhir by Okky Madasari

[★★★☆☆]

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I will not say much about this book in this blog mainly because this book is written in Indonesian. According to its Goodreads it does have an English translated version, so if you feel like you enjoy the sound of this book, don’t hesitate to look for it. This book was about the rise of technology in this modern world, focusing on different crowds in the Internet that has formed and how it is viewed by a young man from a rural village in Indonesia who comes to the capital city with his girlfriend. It has a lot of interesting themes but all in all it was just okay.

Her Final Hour by Carla Kovach

[★★★☆☆]

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An ARC of this book was given to me from NetGalley, and I was thoroughly interested with the premise of this book. It is a detective mystery in which our main character is the detective, Gina Harte, a woman with a dark past that is very passionate in solving her crimes. This particular crime is the death of a wife, while her infant daughter cries in her crib and her husband was out in a bar with his friends.

Filled with murder, intrigue, this book had a slight addition of domestic thrillers and a lot of themes of marriage and how a married woman must act. Overall, with great characters and an interesting crime, this book was a fun, enjoyable read. The crime itself honestly wasn’t groundbreaking and neither are the killers. There weren’t any huge major plot twists and nothing really blew me away.

This novel was an enjoyable little mystery book. It has a great protagonist and it’s definitely a page-turner. However it didn’t serve to wow me or blow away my mind with its premise, plot, nor its execution of the story.

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

[★★★★☆]

A full review will be coming soon to the blog, so watch out for that! This collection of short stories by the infamous Japanese author is a series of short stories focusing on men within times on their lives when they are affected by women in their past. Highly introspective, quiet and filled with beautiful words and overall lyrical writing, Men Without Women is just what you would expect from Murakami.

Overall these stories had a similar tone and some themes running through it that shows the characteristics and interests of the author. All these stories feel so different and when I read through all the titles of the stories I was able to recall the overall story and the feeling I had when I was reading, it, which is very unique for a writer to be able to bring out.

Overall, of course the star of the show is the writing. In the general view of the book I found that the entire collection had such a similar tone and atmosphere, showing how skilled Murakami was able to write in so that it also shows in the translation. I absolutely enjoyed dipping my toes in Murakami’s writing. I liked how his writing is atmospheric and how the atmosphere and tone in these stories stuck to me even after days (or weeks) from when I last read it.

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I am currently only in the middle of a couple of books. I thought I would finish them by the end of the month, but it turns out life got in the way. In general I felt like I wasn’t in the mood for reading most of the days this past week, which is okay and not a huge deal. I am really enjoying both of these books.

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Madam Bovary of the Suburbs by Sophie Divry (60% read) – This was a book I picked up in Paris and liked the cover of (look at how pretty it is!). As a person who hasn’t read Madame Bovary before I planned on reading that one before this one, but I was a little too excited to read it so I just watched a Youtube video of the summary of the book (I know, ghastly aren’t I) and proceeded to read this one. Surprisingly it’s quite different from the original, and it has a very unique writing style in the way that it is written in second person point of view, which makes everything really readable and a nice page-turner.

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I also started Hard Cider Abbey by K.P. Cecala (30% read) – A crime novel set in a monastery in West Virginia which I am currently reading in my Kindle. A monk was found dead by hanging from a tree and everyone immediately dismissed it as suicide. However one monk wanted to prove that someone killed him, and with a new monk who just came from Canada (and also who is uniquely mute – by choice) they try to investigate this mystery.

What are you currently reading, and which books did you read in September? Hope we get to read more awesome books in the lovely October, and let’s chat about books in the comments!

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On another note…

This October, it will be 1 year since the start of my renewal of this blog. Though this domain has been running for over 6 years, I started book blogging and posting books, movies and travel posts only one year ago. Therefore I will be celebrating my first blogiversary by making a small form for you guys! In there you can send me your questions on me, my personal life, my blogging life, and my reading life. I will post a Q&A of all your questions in my blogiversary celebration. It will only take a couple of minutes of your time, so please go click on the picture below to fill out the form, I would really appreciate it.

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24 thoughts on “Bookish wrap up: September

  1. Your reviews are so good! & that Harry Potter mug is really adorable. I am in love with the book cover of the book by Sophie Divry, too– I totally see why it caught your eye!

    In Sept., I had a little bit of a reading stump too. I finished one book last night so I don’t know if that counts as two or three lol? I read Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton, Sadie by Courtney Summers, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Now, I’m reading Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Hunida ❤
      Sounds like you still had a pretty good month, and I did plan on finishing another book before the end of the month, but it being on a weekend and I usually almost never read on weekends, as a result I only finished the book yesterday!
      Best of luck for October to both of us 😀

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  2. I’m so so excited to read your review on Men Without Women! I’ve been trying to get back into reading Murakami’s books, but he has so many novels out there it’s a bit overwhelming to pick one and start. Also, it’s so inspirational to see an Indonesian book on your TBR — I hope that one day, I’ll be able to have books of different languages on my TBRs as well 😊 For now, I’ll have to stick with reading children’s books in Chinese 😋

    I hope you have a wonderful month of October!

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    1. I totally understand what you mean with how many books Murakami has out there, I’m always confused as well! I’ve always wanted to pick up his novels instead of just his short stories. I might start with Norwegian Wood in the future.

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