Monthly Wrap-Up: September ’22

The end of September kind of snuck up on me. I think this is largely in part because I am celebrating Latinx Heritage Month which begins in the middle of September and we’re only half-way through that. My brain is trying to keep track of two different calendars and apparently rebelling. So September started off slow for me. I only got to three books in the first two weeks, but then LHM started and I wanted to get to so many books that I ended up reading six more in the latter part of the month. I was able to pick up nine books in total including an ARC that I was afraid I was going to have to put off. Overall, it felt like a really productive month and I am looking forward to finishing LHM off strong. I saved the more horror-esque reads for October and also checked out a couple of books from the library to round out the spooky reads. I am also finally decorating for Halloween! You have no idea how excited I am!

Favorite Books in September:

I am sharing two books as my favorites this month. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s The Undocumented Americans is an incredibly powerful memoir about some of the most invisible Latinx immigrants in this country. It made me sad, reflective, and angry. Definitely a read I won’t soon forget. Erin E. Adam’s Jackal was my final read of the month and it was the perfect book to usher in horror season. I am so impressed by this debut. I don’t want to say too much as I should have a review up in the next day or so, but if you like town secrets and monsters in the woods, add this to your TBR. Covers linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me.

Other Books I read in September:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

✿ Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho

✿ Hide by Kiersten White

✿ Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

✿ Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi

✿ Inheritance: A Visual Poem by Elizabeth Acevedo and Andrea Pippins

✿ Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall

✿ A Girl’s Guide to Love and Magic by Debbie Rigaud

Reviews Posted:

(Covers linked to reviews)

Notable Blog Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2022 Releases I’m Excited For – Feast your eyes on all these exciting fall releases!

Talk Chisme to Me: On the TBR (Latinx Heritage Month) – Kicked off my Talk Chisme to Me series with a list of books I am aiming to get to this Latinx Heritage Month (I’ve already picked up four of these!)

Talk Chisme to Me: Favorites from the Past Year (Latinx Heritage Month) – It is still LHM, so if you are looking for some recs for the rest of the month, might I suggest taking a look at my favorite reads by Latine authors I’ve picked up over the last year.

Talk Chisme to Me: Book Releases by Latinx Authors – September through December 2022 (Latinx Heritage Month) – Check out my list of 27 new and upcoming releases by Latine authors!

What I Watched/Am Watching:

Hellraiser (1987) – I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on this blog at some point, but I have this deep-seated fear of Pinhead stemming from my childhood when I watched the original movies at probably too young an age. I haven’t seen them since. But then they went and made the new remake of it (coming out October 7th on Hulu!) and I had to watch the trailer. I am very very intrigued. So now here I am, trying to overcome my childhood fear and watching the original movies. I’ve only watched the first one and it didn’t cause too much panic in me, so onward I go…

Suspicious Partner – I am in the middle of Suspicious Partner and am really enjoying it. I am such a sucker for the slow burn and the two leads have some great chemistry. I’m only a tad annoyed at how they portray defense lawyers versus prosecutors.

October Releases I’m Excited For:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

Are you excited for Halloween? What are you planning on picking up this October? What was your favorite read in September? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own wrap-up post, so I can visit!

Monthly Wrap-Up: July + August ’22 – I’m Back!

Hello, friends, I’m back and I’ve missed you! I was going to come back from my hiatus in the middle of August, but wasn’t really feeling it at the time. Decided to give myself a little more time away. I ended up working on blog posts this last week of my hiatus because I like to be prepared, you know, like a nerd. I am combining July and August for this wrap-up post to make things easier. I read nine books in July and nine books in August. Not absurd numbers, but I am counting them as huge wins considering I really struggled starting books over the summer. I really wanted to get back into fantasy and only kind of succeeded. I must get back to the genre because I have bought so many fantasy books this year, it’s not even funny. I am really itching for fall and am in deep denial that it is still summer even with this 100°+ heatwave we are currently experiencing (It was 110° yesterday and that isn’t even the hottest day we are supposed to have. I cry). I’ve already started crocheting pumpkin projects and even bought R.I.P. cupcake holders. I just need the weather to start cooperating. Latinx Heritage Month is just around the corner as well and yes, you guessed it, I’ve already started working on blog posts. Oh and I finally had a chance to import my Goodreads data to StoryGraph. I am still figuring out how to use it, but you can add me as a friend here!

Favorite Books in July & August:

I picked up the second volume of Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama in July and loved it so much. This world is so enchanting. I’m trying to pace myself with these, but it is not easy. My favorite read in August was Claribel A. Ortega’s Witchlings. I was really impressed with this middle grade fantasy. I was a little scared I wasn’t going to love this one as much as Ghost Squad, but it turns out I love it even more. Ortega does a wonderful job of addressing really serious issues in this one without losing the warmth of this world. Covers linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me.

Other Books I read in July:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

✿ Witch Hat Atelier, #1 by Kamome Shirahama **reread**

✿ My Mechanical Heart by Alexene Farol Follmuth

✿ Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

✿ Make a Scene by Mimi Grace

✿ The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

✿ The Sweetest Connection by Denise Williams

✿ The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia **reread**

Other Books I read in August:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

✿ The Final Girl’s Support Group by Grady Hendrix

✿ The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

✿ What’s Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla

✿ Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

✿ Children of Chicago by Cynthia Pelayo

✿ Heartstopper, Vol. 3 by Alice Oseman

✿ Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

✿ High Spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez

Reviews Posted:

(Covers linked to reviews)

Notable Blog Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2022 – The latter part of the year has some amazing releases!

What I Watched/Am Watching:

Bride of Chucky through Cult of Chucky – I am starting the Halloween season early by watching lots and lots of horror movies. It all started because I wanted to finally watch all the Chucky movies I hadn’t seen before the second season of the television show airs. Then I was suddenly watching a bunch of other horror movies: Candman (good), Halloween Kills (terrible), Oculus (traumatizing), and Evil Dead (rewatch, gorier than I remember).

Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok-joo – Fans of friends to lovers, this K-Drama is made for you! I absolutely adored the two lead characters in this one and loved every interaction between them. Whether they were arguing, bonding, or supporting each other, their chemistry was undeniable.

September Releases I’m Excited For:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

What was your favorite read in August? Are you looking forward to fall? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own wrap-up post, so I can visit!