Everything I read in September 2021: Magical readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon wrap-up ✨

Hello there!

My reading has been a bit slow over the summer of 2021, but in September I got a great reading spike! I was excited about the fall vibes, readathons, and my upcoming holiday which made me really excited about picking up books ✨ I’m actually currently writing this in the middle of the woods in Finland, surrounded by fall leaves. Just look at this beautiful place:

Let’s get into the September stats!

I read 9 books in September! I usually manage to get through about five in a good month, so 9 is really great. Most of these books I read (7 of the 9) and I listened to 2 audiobooks. Unsurprisingly, fantasy was my most popular genre (I couldn’t help it!) but I also read contemporaries, a scifi, a horror, and a magical realism. I think that’s a great variety of genres despite of the fantasy majority!

I found some new favourites and I had a couple different five-stars, but I also had a 1.5 star and a 2.5 star read. So a lot of variety in September 😅 My average page count was 320 – I read a couple of different short stories but also some fairly weighty tomes. 5 books were YA and 4 were adult – which I’m pretty happy with! If I could add in some middle grade as well, the spread would be perfect!

In comparison to August, I read more books (+3), I read more varied genres, and I also found some new all time favourites! I’m currently reading quite a few books that I’m carrying over to October: Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb, Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki, and If I had Your Face by Frances Cha.

All the books I read

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Cute Mutants: Vol 1: Mutant Pride by S. J. Whitby. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (4/5 stars). 📱 ebook 🐉 fantasy ✨ Rep: LGBT+, mental health, nonbinary characters, ace character.

  • Easy to read, engaging, addicting (!)
  • Silly – teenagers who get somewhat inconvenient super powers after kissing at a party
  • Mental health, exploration of sexuality, great prominent nonbinary characters, an ace character, diverse relationships

Nocturna by Maya Motayne. ⭐️.5 (1.5/5 stars) 📖 hardcover 🐉 fantasy 🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot copy ✨ Author of colour

  • Some pacing issues, a very dislikable main character (nnnngggh Alfie nearly killed me from annoyance)
  • Exploration of grief and trauma

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (4/5 stars). 🎧 audiobook 🍓 contemporary 📚 Library copy

  • Silly and easy-going
  • Main characters that become so great over the course of the book
  • Some cringe-y sexual dialogue (but might not feel like that for an experienced romance reader?)
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A Psalm for the Wild-built by Becky Chambers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (5/5 stars). 📱 ebook 🚀 scifi 📚 Library copy ✨ Rep: nonbinary main character

  • So wholesome! A Psalm for the Wild-built is a warm hug.
  • Explores meaning of life and how to find ‘what you are meant to do’
  • A tea monk who meets a robot in the wilderness, set far in the future
  • Novella length perfect to read on a rainy day

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang. ⭐️⭐️.5 (2.5/5 stars). 📱 ebook 🍓 contemporary 📚 Library copy

  • A graphic novel with absolutely beautiful illustrations by Jen Wang
  • Story about a girl and her experience with an online multiplayer role-playing game
  • The plotline is a bit weak and predictable – but also made me wonder if it had some ‘white saviour’ aspects 😬

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (5/5 stars). 📖 hardcover 🐉 fantasy 🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot copy ✨ Author of colour

  • A new favourite! A beautifully written, atmospheric fantasy
  • The book sounds like a fairytale throughout, I was lost in its beautiful language
  • Heart-wrenching plot, amazing characters, and meaningful twists (that I did not see coming!)
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Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (5/5 stars). 🎧 audiobook 🐉 fantasy (or poetry? Or literary fiction?) 📚 Library copy ✨ Author of colour

  • A gorgeous novel which reads like a long poetry book. Beautifully written throughout
  • I can’t stop thinking about it
  • A biography of Mrs Death – or something like it
  • A new favourite!

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (4/5 stars). 📱 ebook 💫 magical realism ✨ Rep: Black main character & side characters, author of colour

  • Beautifully illustrated graphic novel about Will who is about to go avenge his older brother’s murder. Set in the course of one elevator ride
  • Deep, impactful and beautifully told story. Speaks loud even through the things that are not said

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 (3/5 stars). 📱 ebook 👻 horror 👯 buddy read ✨ Author of colour

  • Buddy read with Stephen @ Stephen Writes! Mexican Gothic was great for discussions as there was a lot to unpack 🧐
  • Very eerie atmosphere and some seriously creepy characters
  • Writing style took some getting used to but then I ended up really enjoying it!
  • The plot was a bit all over the place. Pace was very slow at first only to speed through the end, the twists and solutions didn’t make much sense, and the main character, Noemi, is difficult to root for.

Magical readathon wrap-up

I took part in G @ The Book Roast’s magical readathon this September! These readathons always have loads of content and beautiful material packed in, and this round was not an exception. I’m happy to say that I managed to finish my Novice Path by reading more than 2 books for the readathon – although I didn’t quite manage to finish all prompts.

The Novice path: read a book with a map – Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Ashthorn Tree: read a book that keeps tempting you – Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

The Mist of Solitude: read a standalone – Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff

Ruin of the Skye: read a book with supernatural elements – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

G has spun a great tale around the readathon, but I somehow managed to miss it during the event 😅 However, I caught up later on with the consequences of your choices video!

I got 2 diamonds and 2 triangles, and so I could choose between joining the The House of the Arcane (science and logic driven guild) and The Mind Walkers (cognitive-magic, illusion, psychology). I feel like I could do either one, but I’m slightly more tempted to join The Mind Walkers!

The readathon will continue later on, and I can’t wait!

Becca’s Bookoplathon

In addition to the magical readathon, I took part in Becca’s Bookoplathon in September! Created by the amazing Becca @ Becca and the books, bookoplathon is similar to a monopoly!

Gods – Read a book with a God or Gods as characters or themes: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers ✔️

Colours – Read a book with a colour in the title: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim ✔️

Cute – Read a book with cute vibes: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ✔️

POC Representation – Read a book featuring a main character of colour: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ✔️

Chance – Pull a Chance card from the top of the pack, read the book: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke ❌

I planned to read 4 books for the Bookoplathon, but one double roll pushed a chance card book in the TBR as well. The chance card turned out to be Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (which I’m pretty excited to read!) but sadly I didn’t find the time at the end of the month to pick it up. I will hopefully read it in October though!

Did you take part in any readathons in September and how did you do? Which books did you read? Have you read any of these? I would love to know!

I’m really excited about reading so much in September and here’s to hoping that the reading fever keeps going in October!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope your day is full of great books, relaxing, cozy autumn moments and a warm cup of your favourite tea!


6 thoughts on “Everything I read in September 2021: Magical readathon and Becca’s Bookoplathon wrap-up ✨

  1. I’m happy to see that you had such a good reading month, Pauliina! 💕 I have seen A Psalm for the Wild-built talked about a lot recently & that reminds me that I need to continue with her other sci-fi series 😊 I also took part in the Magical Readathon and I’m so excited for the next round! I got The House of the Arcane with an overwhelming majority of 4 diamonds 💎

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    • Yay great to hear that you took part in the magical readathon too! I can’t wait for the next round either, and I’ll need to do the character card prompts soon 😍 hope you get to more Becky Chambers books soon! I have read all of hers and they are all amazing and so wholesome ☺️

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  2. you had a great reading month in September! i wanted to join in with both of these readathons but i only read 2 books last month so i didn’t do very well 😂 i have a few of these on my TBR, such as A Psalm for the Wild Built and Six Crimson Cranes, so i’m really glad to see you rated them high!

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    • I definitely have a lot of 2-read months as well 😁 hopefully you can join in the next round of both of these readathons! Ooh I’m so excited for you to read A Psalm for the Wild-Built and Six Crimson Cranes, I hope you’ll love them as much as I did 😍

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