This week's topic:
What was the best book you read in September?
Guys? This month has been an epic reading fail, I'm ashamed to say. I'm taking stock of what the heck I did for the entire month of September, and I have no really good answers. I had an eight-book lead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge that has probably been whittled down to two at this point. Because I've only read a whopping 2.5 books this month. O.o
Shame: I has it.
So what did I read during the month of September? And of this piddly total, which was my favourite?
1) Something Strange and Deadly - Susan Dennard
Big confession: I did not love this book. I didn't dislike it, but it didn't wow me. After reading everyone's glowing recommendations, I was prepared to jump in and not be able to put it down. Sadly, putting it down was far easier than I'd hoped. What drew me to the story was the Steampunk element, but what pulled me out of it was the zombie thing. Turns out I'm just not into them (This Is Not a Test was also not a fave). I recently read the first two books in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series, and she weaves Victorian era setting details into her stories seamlessly. SSaD's details felt too intentional for me, if that makes sense. Verdict: It wasn't my cup of tea, but it will definitely be someone's (many people's) 'drink of choice'.
2) Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen
This was my first foray into Sarah Dessen territory, and I have to say, I'll be hopping on this train with gusto. There's a reason Dessen has so many fans, and I should have listened to their ravings sooner. Right from the first page I was drawn in by the writing and by MC Ruby's (that totally just made me think of MC Hammer) story. Ruby is dealing with tough issues, but I never felt that this bogged down the book in any way. It had all the right stuff (now I'm thinking about NKOTB), and henceforth I'll be adding Sarah Dessen's books to my TBR list by the truckload.
3) The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
So I'm only halfway through this one, but I think it's safe to say that it will end up being my favourite September read. This is another one of those books that everyone raved about, but for whatever reason (genre, prohibitive price...) I ignored their ravings. Turns out I need to start listening when everybody everywhere is into a book. The atmosphere, the writing, the setting details, the colour palette (that sounds weird, but it's true), the atmosphere, the atmosphere. Oh, and did I mention the atmosphere? So, so rich and magical. I'm not done, but the verdict is already in: Love it.
How about you? What was your favourite read this month?