September Reads

Wow, I read another nine books this month. That puts my total for the year at 66! I’m pushing hard for that 100, and I might just make it. I still have ten books on my overall reading list, but I’ve strayed a little from being interested in them. Like two of the craft books I wanted to read at the beginning of the year don’t seem to be what I really need to spend my time on at the moment. A few of the others are just because I lack the funds to purchase a copy at the moment. But I hope I can still mark most of these books off before the end of the year.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The second crazy long book of the vampire trilogy began like the first – a bunch of details that didn’t seem to matter and then tied everything together in the end.
I really enjoyed Sara’s storyline and how she could defy the odds. And Amy’s transformation was beautiful.
The explosive ending had me on the edge of my seat as always, and I can’t wait to start the third book to see how it all ends.

Second Skin by Carl P. Logan
This short story was beautifully written and had me hooked on page one. I read it straight through because I just had to know what happened in the end.
My one complaint was Vincent’s wife. He describes her in the beginning as being so understanding of what he has to do in his work, but then flips a few pages later.
Still loved the story, though. Not at all what I expected.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I devoured this book. I grew to like Alina more in this book. Her relationship with Mal still frustrates me, but she has a good head on her shoulders, mostly.
The pirate prince is my favorite character, though. And I hope he’s in the next book.
So many catastrophes happened in this one, I can’t even guess what’s going to happen next.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
This was a great last installment in the trilogy. Everything really fell into place.
I loved the backstory for patient zero and even though he was the ‘bad guy,’ you feel for him and his situation.
The jump ahead 900 years for the epilogue was probably the only part I had issues with. Obviously society would redevelop things, but it felt a little meh. Would we really end up with the exact same technology if we started all over? Or wouldn’t we have something different? I dunno.
Anyway, whenever these could be made into movies, I will watch them over and over.

The Coven, Blood Witch, and Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan
So, I ran through one book per day and figured I’d lump my thoughts together, too. I’m in love with these books. I’m a little sad book 6 and on aren’t on audio, but I’ll power through.
Morgan is wonderful as a big sister and a friend. She’s still a teenager though, and I hope she sees sense and trusts her instincts more. My only complaint is how much time she spends reminding the reader of what happened in the previous book. But maybe that’s only because I’m going through them so fast.
But I love them and will keep going asap.

Serial Killers: 101 Questions True Crime Fans Ask by Joni E. Johnston
I picked up this book because I like horror and thriller books. I don’t have immediate plans to write a book with a serial killer in it, but you never know. And the insights and statistics in this book were very interesting and enlightening. I can see this book being helpful in the future while plotting and writing.
It’s definitely not a book for the squeamish. There were lots of gruesome details about crimes committed in the past, and even I had to skim over bits and pieces. But I enjoyed the read and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys this topic.

Gotta Read It! by Libbie Hawker
My craft book this month was all about writing great descriptions. This is the area I lack in my writing. I either tell way too much or not enough. This book had some great tips on writing a great pitch that will hook readers. It broke it down to simple steps and helped me write a formula to redo all my current book descriptions. I will definitely reference this one again and again.

We’re only a week into this month, and I’ve already read four books. Haha. Guess my goal of 100 isn’t too hard to picture after all.
What have you been reading? Anything thrilling? I’d love to hear about it.

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