September Recap & Haul Time!

October 5, 2022

It’s time for a look at my September reading life!

It’s time for another wrap-up/haul post — and some fun stats!

The month at a glance:

  • books completed: 21
  • books DNFed: 1
  • average rating: 4.7 (wow!!!)
  • best book: The Radium Girls
  • worst book: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care


A chart of pages read per day

A pie chart of genres read: 28.6% humor, 19% horror, 23.8% fantasy, 9.5% sci-fi, 4.8% romance, 14.3% nonfiction A pie chart of formats read: 34.4% ebook, 18.8% physical, 12.5% audio, 18.8% graphic novel, 15.6% manga
A pie chart of ratings: 71.5% 5 stars, 19% 4 stars, 4.8% 3 stars, 4.8% DNF A pie chart of release dates: 71.4% new releases, 28.6% backlist

What I read:

(each title link will direct you to my review for more thoughts!)

emoji key:
✨ review copy → 💞 buddy/group read → 🔁 re-read → 🎧 audiobook → 🍰 graphic novel/manga
🫙 TBR jar → 🗓️ 2022 TBR → 🌻 seasonal TBR → 😻 Devour Your TBR
💫 half-star

  • Spy x Family, Volumes 5-8 // Tatsuya Endo: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I’m so sad that I’m caught up on the series. It’s SO good!!
  • One Cup at a Time // Matt Tarpley: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → This was so cute and wholesome.
  • Sensory: Life on the Spectrum // Bex Ollerton & Schnumn: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I may actually change my rating for this one later but I’m too tired to think hard about it right now. 😂 I gave it 5 stars at the time, but the longer I’ve thought on it, I had personal issues with some of it.
  • You Are Home // Catana Chetwynd: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I love Catana’s comics forever.

  • Hollow // Shannon Watters: ✨🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → Such a cute sapphic Sleepy Hollow retelling!
  • Garlic and the Vampire // Bree Paulsen: 🔁🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → Just as good as the first 2 times I read it!
  • How to Be a Good Creature // Sy Montgomery: 💞😻 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I really loved this so much and loved buddy reading it with Malli!
  • Black Tide // K.C. Jones: ✨💞 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I buddy read this with Ashley and it was a lot of fun.
  • The Girl from the Other Side, Vol. 1 // Nagabe: 🍰😻 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I read this based on Malli’s recommendation and liked it!
  • Garlic and the Witch // Bree Paulsen: 🍰 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I didn’t adore this as much as the first book, but I did like it very much.
  • Only Human // Sylvain Neuvel: 💞 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → One of the best series finales I have EVER read.

  • Hammers On Bone // Cassandra Khaw: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I love Cass’s weird writing.
  • The Radium Girls // Kate Moore: 🎧 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → This was such a heavy, powerful, eye-opening read.
  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care // Ashley Herring Blake: ✨💞🎧 + ⭐⭐⭐ → My second time trying this and I almost DNFed it again. I hated Delilah for most of the book.
  • The Hellbound Heart // Clive Barker: 💞 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I can’t believe I waited so long to read this, but then again, I’m not sure I would’ve loved it as much if I’d read it in previous years?
  • Riot Baby // Tochi Onyebuchi: ✨🎧 + ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ → So good, so angry, so powerful. LOVED the author’s narration for the audiobook.
  • Ghost Squad // Claribel A. Ortega: ✨🎧 + ❌ DNF ❌ → Second attempt and DNFed it again. I was so bored!
  • Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories // Max Brallier: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ → I read this to my kiddo and we had a lot of fun. I love the idea of a new author doing a fresh take on the Scary Stories vibe for kids!

And now, for some of my favorite recent hauls:

And finally, a little life update:

September was a doozy of a month. We had two separate major home repairs, one of which thankfully went VERY smoothly, but the other was a total disaster that resulted in our whole house being without running water for almost two full days. It definitely made me check my privileges as someone who usually has running water at all times – I don’t think I’d been without water for that long since a storm when I was a little kid! We also went out and about quite a bit, taking Isaac to the aquarium and easing back into doing our own grocery runs sometimes instead of strictly relying on deliveries and curbside pickups. We’re careful and mask up everywhere we go, but it’s still been a little stressful dealing with the mild agoraphobia I developed during the early part of the pandemic. I’m hoping to go back to being my happy little hermit self a lot more in October. 😂

How was your month? What was your favorite book you read or hauled, or what was something nice that happened in your life?



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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

    1. Wow, you read a lot! I’m so glad you loved Riot Baby. I’ve been running across a lot of negative reviews of that book lately and it’s depressing when other people don’t love books you love.

      1. Thank you, Tammy! It really is depressing 😭 Like, of course we all views things differently, but sometimes it feels like some of my favorite books get nothing but negative ratings and it bums me out lol! Oh well. At least we enjoyed it! 😂

    1. You had a brilliant month!! SO glad that the repairs are finally finished and over with. It can be such a headache!! I hope you have a wonderful October! <3

    1. You had such a great reading month!! Glad to see that you’re also loving Spy x Family and One Cup at a Time 🥰 I really need to read Garlic and the Vampire, it looks SO cute 🥺

    1. Being without water for two days sounds terrible. Glad to hear you’re still wearing masks <3 Funny, I've been finding a lot of amazing books in the past couple months too! A lot of the book you read look cute, especially Hollow.

      1. Thank you! This reply is super delayed but I’m having a rough anxiety day about the state of, well, the world in general, and seeing your comment about masking just soothed my heart a little to know that there are still other people in the world who get it. 😅 ♥

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