Reading Wrap-Up: September 2016

readingwrapupSeptember was a moderate reading month for me, with six books finished. But they were good books – a mix of indies and blockbusters and a historical fiction that blew me away. Read on to see what I read and what I thought!

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell – I think he may be renaming this series to The Last Kingdom series, but it’s still listed on Goodreads as The Saxon Stories, so that’s what I’ll go with. I read the book before I watched the series on Netflix. If you’ve ever seen my Reading Wrap-Ups before, you know that historical fiction is not my typical read. But there is something about Uhtred and his adventures that pulled me in from the get-go. As I’m writing this, I’m on the fourth book and the tenth just released, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest. * * * * *

The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories #2) by Bernard Cornwell – Uhtred’s adventures continue and he does not disappoint. I adore him – he’s so sassy and brave, and he keeps saving Alfred’s butt even though all he wants is to go home, so he’s also just relentlessly genuine. The end of this one kind of rips me up, but it didn’t stop me from continuing the series! * * * * *

Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by JoJo Moyes – I read this after seeing the movie, because sometimes you need a sappy love story. I didn’t know until afterwards that there was controversy over the ending, but I thought that it served its purpose and let Will choose his fate. Wyrd bid ful araed. Oh wait, that’s Uhtred’s favorite saying.  I guess you can tell which book stood out to me more! 😉 * * * *

The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey – I expected a lot from this book, and was not disappointed. TBH, it took me a while to get into it. I had to go back and read summaries of the first two, and sometimes the book read like an unedited manuscript, but then it picked up and I breezed through it like I did the first two. I am really glad I read this series and am pleased for the most part with the ending. * * * *

The Prince Returns (The Keeper of Dragons #1) by JA Culican – This one is more geared toward a middle grade audience in spite of the age of the protagonist, but is a great adventure story with dragon shifters and other magical creatures you don’t want to miss. * * * *

A Bond of Venom & Magic (The Goddess and the Guardians #1) by Karen Tomlinson – You can read my review of ABOVAM here, and my Q&A with Karen Tomlinson here. tl;dr GREAT FANTASY! * * * * *

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