Monthly TBR: September

September is my favorite month– and not just because my birthday falls on it. Even though Florida doesn’t experience a Northern autumn, I still feel the change in the air. The air feels crisper. The sun is a little less hot. Life slows down just a bit.

Ironically, my life is about to pick up this September. I somehow talked myself into doing two internships and two part-time jobs this semester since my difficulty registering for my last class has forced me to take the semester off. While I have hope that I will survive, I actually hadn’t thought about how that would affect my reading habits.

Don’t worry. I’ll still continue to blog Tuesdays and Fridays. (This is when I’m grateful I schedule most of my posts and that I read really fast.) But…. my future TBRs may look significantly smaller than this months. I made this one before I was offered the second internship and even though I probably won’t read all thirteen books on this list, I still want to give it a shot.

Out of the forty books on my official TBR as of August, I have read twenty-four. Hoping to step it up this month, even if it’s only by a few! This month’s Series Challenge revolves around a hidden gem in the YA Supernatural realm: Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent.

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

This book snuck into my TBR at YALLWEST, where I received an ARC from the Fierce Reads booth. The premise of an unspoken year, a rite of passage for young women, was already interesting enough for me. However, the moment I realized it was also set in a patriarchal society and poised to serve as a criticism for gender roles and the subjugation of women, I was sold. It’s a timely release at a time where gendered expectations are changing.

The Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Multiple character’s lives intersecting. Dark magic. Thievery. Saving the world. These are some of my favorite things and I’m excited to see what Christo does with this duology1

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I, like all of the bookternet, has heard the hype behind this book from the moment the cover was announced. The concept of an arrange marriage between two unlikely partners who are basically mortal enemies is inherently tied to conflict and some undoubtedly hilarious moments. (You are free to blame my increasing consumption of fanfic for this and you would be right.) I am both ready and not, mainly because I know I’ll want the sequel immediately.

American Royals by Katharine McGee

Scandals in Washington D.C. are already interesting enough when you consider our presidential system (eg. Scandal, Hamilton, All-American Girl). The moment I saw that this was an alternate history in which the U.S. is ruled under a monarch, I knew I wanted to read it. Navigating social etiquette is bound to result in some drama!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

It’s been a while since I’ve read any necromancer fantasy but with the background of messy politics, queer romance, and a complex magic system, I knew this has had to be my first read back into the niche.

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The Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

I picked this series up sometime around 2011 or 2012. It has always stuck with me despite not finishing it because I read it in the following order: My Soul to Keep (#3), My Soul to Save (#2), My Soul to Take (#1), and My Soul to Steal (#4). I’ve recently come across spoilers and despite trying to forget, I can’t. So I’ve been wondering relentlessly “How did that happen?!” and I have lost all patience.

The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This book has been on my TBR for a few months now. One of my favorite series also explores how a villain is made and the cost of ambition, which is what grabbed my attention about this title. With the release of the upcoming companion novel, Song of the Crimson Flower, I figured now was a good time to start the duology.

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I have a fantasy-filled September ahead of me. Despite a much heavier schedule, I have faith that I’ll do much better at sticking to my TBR than I have in previous months. Even if I don’t, I may just discover a new favorite book or series. Let’s find out!

What’s on your TBR this month? If you don’t create TBR lists, what September release are you most excited for?

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