September Favorites + October TBR

September Favorites + My October TBR!

September was a rough month. The semester started, I picked up more work hours, and I was trying to make two new cosplays for NYCC. That said, I still reached my quota of 10 books! (Barely, but it counts).

Hopefully, things will calm down a little now that the convention is over and the semester is in full swing. Although I did just get cast in a play, so maybe more free time isn’t exactly a realistic goal?

Either way, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite books that helped me survive the insanity that was September, and some of the books I plan to get to this month.

Read more to see my favorite reads of last month, and the books I’m hoping to love in October!

[ Related: August Favorites + My September TBR! ]

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Top 8 October 2019 Book Releases (caitsbooks.com)

Top 8 Book Releases of October 2019!

SPOOKY SEASON IS UPON US!!!!

October is probably my favorite month of the year. The weather is cooler but not cold, the leaves are changing, everything is spooky,

and a whole bunch of good books are being released.

We have a lot of good books coming out this month. Seriously. It’s overwhelming. The scariest thing this Halloween is the size of my TBR. That said, I was able to narrow it down to a few of my absolutely most anticipated that you have to pick up this month!

Read more for 8 of my most anticipated October book releases!

[ Related: 15 September 2019 Book Releases! ]

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Caitsbooks Reviews: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (5 Stars)

The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh – I’m Obsessed, But Not Everyone Will Be (ARC Review)

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: This book is definitely not for everyone, but it was perfect for me. Everything from the characters, the setting, and the plot- it was exactly what I wanted it to be, and more.

“We forget our dreams, but nightmares linger with us evermore.”

[ Related: Smoke In The Sun (Flame In The Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh (Review) ]

[ The Beautiful Cover ]

“There was no way for us to turn back. The tinder has been collected. The match has been struck.
Only one of us can survive the fires of Hell.”

Release Date: 10/8/2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 448
Premise:
The Beautiful follows Celine as she flees her life in Paris and goes to New Orleans. Staying in the convent, Celine falls in love with the city she’s taken refuge in. But when young girls start being found dead, Celine must delve into the dark underworld of the city to find the murderer.

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Gun Violence, Torture, Rape Mention, Rape, Murder, Racism, Racist Slurs, Misogyny //

Read more for all of my thoughts on The Beautiful, and why I think it might be divisive!

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Caitsbooks.com August Favorites and September TBR 2019

August Favorites + My September TBR!

I had a busy month is August, but despite that, I managed to read 10 books! I focused a lot on the Disney-A-Thon in August, (I even did some of my reading is Disney World!), so while I’ll talk about some of my favorites now, I’ll be posting a full Disney-A-Thon wrap up soon!

I started August off strong, but I definitely fell behind on my goals. That said, I’m still happy to have read 10 books. Hopefully I’ll keep the momentum going in September!

[ Related: July Favorites, Reading Rush Wrap Up, + My August TBR! ]

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Wrap Ups & My August TBR (caitsbooks.com)

July Favorites, Reading Rush Wrap Up, + My August TBR!

I think I finally did it. I think I beat my reading slump.

It only took me… five months. But I did it!!!

July was a surprisingly good month for me. At this point, I had given up all hope and thought that I would never regain the motivation to read like I had, but then came The Reading Rush.

Readathons scare me. A lot. So I had never done one before. I never liked the idea of pushing myself to read as much as possible, because I thought it would inevitably cause me to burn myself out.

Looks like I was wrong.

Read more to see how I did in The Reading Rush, plus a list of my favorite July reads, and my August TBR!

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Wrath and the Dawn is a beautifully written, mesmerizing retelling. This book will capture your heart.

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

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Review: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
Overall: 4.8/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Would you recommend this book for fans of the first? Yes
Review in a Nutshell: Smoke in the Sun is a beautifully written, magical sequel to a fantastic book.
“Everything in life began with an idea.”

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May 2018 Wrap-Up

Another 10 books read! Honestly, I feel like my reading slump is going nowhere which sucks. But I did read 3 of the 5 books on my May TBR so I’m happy! Two books were rereads though, so I do wish I read a bit more.

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1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Reread) ||  5/5 Stars
2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Reread)  ||  4.9/5 Stars
3. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas  || 4.8/5 Stars
4. Allied by Amy Tintera  ||  4/5 Stars
5. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne  ||  3.5/5 Stars
6. Yumi by Renee Ahdieh  ||   5/5 Stars
7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi  ||   5/5 Stars
8. Royals by Rachel Hawkins  ||   3.5/5 Stars
9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett  || 4/5 Stars
10. The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh  ||   4/5 Stars

What books did you read this month?

Check out last months wrap up, my most anticipated June releases, or my June TBR!