September Wrap-Up! | 2020

I had a great reading month in September! I’m really, honestly pleased with all the books that I got around to and they were all stunning reads. I didn’t quite manage to stick completely to my TBR (which I set for myself in monthly videos over on my YouTube channel, links below) but I did tick off quite a few!

I surprised myself by how much non-fiction I read last month – a good chunk of my reading!! I just found a few audiobooks on people/topics I’m interested in and couldn’t put them down. Apparently memoirs are my THING right now. But let’s crack on into it!

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Peggy & Me
by Miranda Hart

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir
Author: Miranda Hart
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 296 [hardback]

I am a big admirer of Miranda Hart! This is her second memoir that I’ve read (the first being Is It Just Me? which was great). I lapped this up. It was a bit of light relief that I really needed and enjoyed. There are always laughs to be had when Miranda is involved. 

Review to come

The Unspoken Name
by  A.K. Larkwood

5 Star Rating System 3 stars


Genre: Fantasy, LGBT+
Author: A.K. Larkwood
Published: February 2020
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 462 [paperback]

Will I continue the series? MAYBE

I confess this was a little difficult to get through. I was definitely hoping this was going to be better than it was but it was mostly just okay. Not for the casual fantasy reader and it had weird pacing. But awesome LGBT+ representation and a totally unique story. Check out my full review for more of my thoughts!

My review

Waking Gods
by Sylvain Neuvel

5 Star Rating System 5 stars

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Genre: Sci-Fi
Author: Sylvain Neuvel 
Published: April 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 322 [paperback]

Will I continue the series? YES

This series is just unbelievable. It continually blows my socks off and I cannot get over it. How good can a story get?! I’ve thoroughly been enjoying listening to this story via audiobook as the production involves a fully casted narration which is unreal!

My review

Sex and Vanity
by Kevin Kwan

5 Star Rating System 4 stars

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Author: Kevin Kwan
Published: June 2020
Publisher: Hutchinson
Pages: 368 [paperback]

I’ve never tried any of Kwan’s books before (notably: Crazy Rich Asians) and when I heard about this one it just sounded delightful and I wanted to check it out. And as promised, this was fantastic and wonderful! I definitely need to get on to reading Crazy Rich Asians now.

My review

Serpent & Dove
by Shelby Mahurin

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Published: September 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 519 [paperback]

Will I continue the series? YES

This was so good! This wasn’t on my TBR and it was a big book but I really, really wanted to read it. So I decided to just throw caution to the wind and go ahead anyway. Loved it. Cannot wait for the sequel – was thoroughly entertaining!

Review to come

Get the Guy
by Matthew Hussey

5 Star Rating System 5 stars


Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help
Author: Matthew Hussey
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Harper Wave
Pages: 272 [hardback]

Okay, look I know this is a relatively random book to have read but dang guys, it was good!! I found this guy on TikTok giving life/relationship advice and despite the garish cover this has going for it, it was a wonderful self-help for becoming a confident person with lots of great dating advice, too.

Review to come

by Laura Lam

5 Star Rating System 4 stars


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT+
Author: Laura Lam
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 386 [paperback]

Will I continue the series? YES

This was a unexpected with the direction it went in. I’ve been wanting to read this for a few years and was so excited when it ended up on my TBR for the month. It follows an intersex character who runs away to the circus and there are so many interesting and intriguing themes explored throughout!

Review to come

More Fool Me
by Stephen Fry

5 Star Rating System 4 stars


Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Author: Stephen Fry
Published: September 2014
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages: 388 [hardback]

This is the last volume in Stephen Fry’s three-part memoirs. I did enjoy this but it wasn’t quite a good as the first two, surprisingly. Still every enjoyable to read (as you can tell by my high rating). Fry’s writing is always a delight!

Review to come



the statistics

Genres Read

Pie Chart

Pages Read

Pie Chart (1)

Total: 3,013

Goodreads Reading Challenge

72%, or, 47/65 books

TBR Count

287 [+2]

what about me

September was a slow month for blogging. The continual battle to balance one hundred and one things each month is evident. I’m sure I should probably cut back on something but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I love it all too much!! Just you wait, kids, until 2022 when I’m finished my postgrad studies – I’ll have so much free time I won’t know what to do with myself!

Hm, what did I do in September? I think I had a spectacularly quiet month. There were a lot of assignments due in September which definitely kept me busy. I clearly also did quite a bit of reading but on the whole it was a relatively uneventful month. 

I’m definitely getting annoyed that I can’t read 100 books a month, though. I must confess to this. Despite having read 8 books in September (which is about as good as it gets) I’m perpetually annoyed that I can’t get around to more books, sooner! There are so many great reads out there so consider me thoroughly jealous of anyone who has more time or has magical reading abilities to get through more stories!! 

We have started a small veggie patch at home. We’re attempting to grow some watermelons and zucchinis which will be interesting. I’ll have to try and remember to let you know how that goes. But other than that, let’s look at the few movies that I managed to watch!

Movies I Watched

TV Series I’m Watching

Tick!  September done! 

What was your favourite book that you read in September? 

Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~


7 thoughts on “September Wrap-Up! | 2020

  1. Only have one answer for favorite book in September- was pretty much on just Bleak House. However, I think The Golden Compass can count- it was finished October 1st.

    Finally saw Onward and Little Women (2019)

    As for purchasing books- Little Women and Mayor of Casterbridge

    September would have been my church’s Parish Retreat to Kanuga. One of the activities is a hike- so over Labor Day Weekend, my family invited some church friends to a Charlotte Greenway, and kinda of made up for Kanuga that way. In addition, my family was at the WhiteWater Center- that was where my family actually hiked.

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    1. I think so! I’ve yet to read either of those yet but I’ve heard great things about both.

      Sounds like a good month for you in the end! I’m glad you were able to see friends and family and still get away to do something!


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