This had been a crazy month with lots of reading! I was honestly a little surprised at how quickly I was zipping through some of my books this month, especially considering we are now back to full time remote learning for the fall and my nice little summer break has come to an end! Without further ado, here is my September book review!
Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna
- Rating: 8/10
- Read from 9/1/20 – 9/1/20
- This was such a fun read filled with lots of short, illustrated poems! There was so much in the pages that was heavily relatable, including topics of anxiety, depression, change, and growth, and there were also some very lighthearted poems that could make me as a reader crack a smile or a little laugh as I read along. I used to love checking out the occasional poetry book from my library when I was younger, and I really enjoyed getting back to that with this book! This book has sparked a lot of mixed reviews amongst GoodReads, but I found this to be a great change of pace in between some heavier novels that I have been reading!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
- Rating: 10/10
- Read from 9/2/20 – 9/7/20
- I said it last month, and I will say it again. Harry Potter will always be amazing to me! I have read the first two books in this series more than any of the others, and they remain some of my absolute favorites (for now 😉). For those who are unfamiliar with the premise of the second Harry Potter book, Harry and his friends return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their second year. Of course, Harry manages to stir up trouble before term even begins. Harry thinks his friends have forgotten about him because he has not received a single letter from them. It turns out, a house elf, named Dobby, that comes to warn Harry not to return to Hogwarts, has been stopping Harry’s mail from getting to him! Harry’s friend Ron Weasley and his twin brothers come to check on Harry and find that Harry has jail bars on his bedroom window. The boys break Harry out of his room and return to the Weasley’s house in a flying car. Harry and his classmates get a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, who is a famous wizard known for his amazing and miraculous magical acts of service that save witches and wizards who are in peril. Harry begins hearing voices that no one else to hear and suddenly students are turning up petrified and unable to move or speak! A warning written on a school wall states that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened once again! Can Harry and his friends find out who the heir of Slytherin is and how they have opened up the Chamber again? Will they be able to save Hermione after she turns up petrified?! Will Hogwarts have to close forever?! If you have not read this one in a while, you need to go pick it up and start reading!
Boomerang by Noelle August
- Rating: 7.5/10
- Read from 9/7/20 – 9/14/20
- This was a cute little book. For a young adult novel, this was a sweet, light, and funny change up from some of the usual cliches that one comes to expect when reaching for a YA book. In a nutshell, Mia and Ethan meet in a bar and have an enjoyable night together (😉), only to find out the next morning that they are competing for the same job at a dating website called Boomerang.com. They are still very attracted to each other, but also must deal with the fact that their boss has explicitly stated that there are to be no relationships amongst employees. In my opinion, the two main characters had great chemistry, and the sexual tension and build-up of their relationship was a lot of fun. Mia and Ethan were both given traits and characteristics that were very relatable for their age, and they were dealing with some relevant conflicts! I also really liked that both of the characters were so likable – Ethan wasn’t made out to be a bad boy type; he was in fact, portrayed as a very sweet and considerate man, and Mia was not portrayed as some snooty, rich, entitled female lead- she was very charismatic and down to earth. The book had interesting, relatable side characters and I loved that there was even character development involving their families. Overall, I would definitely recommend this as a sweet YA novel.
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
- Rating: 10/10
- Read from 9/15/20 – 9/20/20
- HOLY COW. I LOVED THIS BOOK. To say that I was blown away by this book is an understatement. I was hooked from the first page and I could hardly put it down. This was such a quick read and honestly I can barely even find enough words to describe how much I loved it. Many of the reviews provided on the covers compared this book to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, but I didn’t quite see that comparison. Regardless, this book pulled me in from the very beginning. This book is a thriller, but its also much more than that- it’s like the thriller after the thriller… 🧐 Most books end with the hostage escaping from the clutches of their captor, but that’s where this one starts- and honestly I was completely unaware of this until I started reading the book and realizing that the escape happened right in those first few pages. This is about what happens when a victim returns home to people who have changed since she was abducted and how they go through this new life together. This is what happens after the prayers of bringing home their missing loved one are answered- because it is never just as simple as coming home and everything is back to normal. Lily has been trapped in a basement by her abductor for eight years. Her daughter and thinking of her twin sister are the only things that keep her going each day. Lily’s disappearance had been very rough on her family with her father being unable to cope with the pain, her mother cycling into promiscuity, and her sister battling addiction. When Lily returns, it should fix everything, right? But it doesn’t. And it can’t. Too many things have changed in those eight years that Lily has been gone. Will Lily get to witness true justice on her abductor? Will her family be able to move forward now that she has returned? Seriously, go out and buy this book.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
- Rating: 10/10
- Read from 9/20/20 – 9/29/20
- That’s right, two Harry Potter books this month. I must say, this is a Harry Potter book I do not get to as often as the first two, but after this time of reading it, I may be picking this one up more! I honestly forgot how great the third book is! Harry and his friends return for their third year at Hogwarts, but not before Harry makes his muggle aunt swell to the size of a hot air balloon that floats into the sky and Harry takes a ride on a magical double decker bus to Diagon Alley! A dangerous felon who was very close to Lord Voldemort has managed to escape from heavily guarded Azkaban, the wizard prison, and Harry is starting to believe that he is the one the escaped felon is after. Harry begins to see strange dark omens that his Divination professor is convinced means death is coming. Third year is full of magic and mystery with lots of twists and turns. How is Hermione managing to take more classes than humanly possible? Why is Harry seeing a strange black dog all over the Hogwarts grounds and why can’t he handle himself without passing out when he sees dementors? And how is Harry and this escaped felon connected?! It definitely has been a while since I read this one, and I am so glad that I got to it this month- highly highly recommend reading about Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts!