Wrap Ups

Monthly Wrap Up September 2020

Since it’s the end of September, I’m going to be talking you through all the books I’ve read this month and share some brief thoughts on them along with my ratings!

You can check out last month’s wrap up here.

1. Not Your #Lovestory by Sonia Hartl ★★ — The first mistake was this being advertised as ‘Gilmore Girls meets . . .’ because this clearly tried to be like Gilmore Girls (small town, festivals, family dynamics etc), but failed to reciprocate the fuzzy feelings of the show. All the characters felt a little one dimensional and the social media element made it feel like the author was trying too hard to be cool.

2. These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin ★★ — Secret societies are my kryptonite! And this was a good attempt, but it brought nothing new to the table. It felt a lot like Clique Bait, which released earlier this year too. It was a fun read, but I saw all the twists coming from a mile away.

3. The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa ★★ — This was one of those books that feels like the year it was written. Some books are timeless, but this one encapsulates the awkwardness of 2013 with tropes at the time that were probably fresh, but in 2020 feel like they weren’t fleshed out enough to be effective. Did I mention I also despise fast burns and alpha love interests?

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett ★★★★ — I read this for class and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. However, from a critical standpoint, I have a lot of issues with the ‘white saviour’ trope that was employed and the unnecessary adds on like romance that did nothing to further the narrative.

5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir ★★ — This was such a weird one for me because it’s been on my TBR for so long, but was ultimately underwhelming. I often found myself bored and it doesn’t stand up against many other YA fantasies with the same plot — rebellions, infiltrating the enemy, slave/soldier, repressive governments . . . Somebody told me they would have loved if they were younger and I think I would too. Maybe if I was 13/14, this would’ve been a better reading experience.

TOP 3 BOOKS OF SEPTEMBER: The Help, These Vengeful Hearts and An Ember in the Ashes.

Let me know what your favourite book was this month in the replies below! As you can see, my reading month was pretty awful — I’ve been in a terrible slump and have been really busy going back to college. Hopefully it’ll get better for me in October.

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14 replies on “Monthly Wrap Up September 2020”

OKAY I just read Sonia Hartl’s debut, Have a Little Faith in Me, and ADORED it, so naturally I was like “I need Not Your #LoveStory immediately” but then I scrolled through the reviews on goodreads and was surprised to see so many negative ones!! It definitely turned me off the book a little because I loved her first one so much and didn’t want to ruin the magic.

Also totally agree with An Ember in the Ashes – I found it super underwhelming too! I didn’t connect with any of the characters and found it to be a little boring. You’ve got a good point – maybe if I would’ve read it at an earlier age! Oh well.

Hope you have the best October!! ♥

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I’ve heard a few people say that, so maybe I should give her debut a chance! I didn’t mind the writing, the narrative as a whole just didn’t work for me. I personally wouldn’t recommend, but everyone has different opinions.

I’m glad you felt that way too! So many people told me it was a 5 star, but the writing lacked the emotional punch I needed for anything higher than 3 stars.

And you too! 🥰


The Help was such a conflicting read for me because the writing was so distinctive and the pacing was fantastic, but we definitely should be focusing on black voices telling black stories and I’d rather recommend an authentic black voice than a privileged white one.


Hey name twin 👀
I had a real slump this month too, and it SHOWS on my blog 😅 Kudos to you for getting as much read as you did – shame they were not the best reads but you never know until you read them!
Totally agree with what you said about the help – I read it a long time ago when I was quite young, and the white saviour trope didn’t occur to me then. It stands out quite painfully now!
Great post❤️📚

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Name twin, yay!

And I hope you get out of your slump too! It shows on my blog too, but we have all those periods. A part of me wishes I was a consistent blogger with scheduled posts, but I’m very in the moment with my bursts of writing energy.

The Help is such a strange read for me because I liked the writing, but I don’t think I’d recommend — even though I gave it 4 stars — because the white saviour stands out as problematic.

Thanks for the comment 🥰

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