Reading Roundup: September 2022

Reading Roundup: September 2022

It’s already October and I’ve got a new roundup of books with mini reviews for y’all. Check out my list and be sure to let me know what you’ve been enjoying in the comments.

  • The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston – A fun, delightful twist on the romcom with witty writing and engaging characters. TDR is as insightful as it is funny too, providing little bits of wisdom throughout as our protagonist tries to find her way back to love again. Feels like ‪Beach Read x Cemetery Boys‬…the overall vibes of Beach Read with the ghostly bits of Cemetery Boys.
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi – Funny and quirky, albeit it a bit of a surprisingly slow read.
  • Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid – A solid, GOOD FOR HER type of story. Set in the same world as Ava Reid’s The Wolf and the Woodsman, this standalone story reinvents more Slavic lore in a great and witchy read to kick off spooky season.
  • This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub – An exquisitely beautiful love story not about one person or soulmate but an ode to life itself and the special people in it that are our constants, no matter what. Who we really, really love and who really, really love us back, to borrow from This Time Tomorrow itself. A perfect combination of ‪About Time and The Midnight Library‬. One of my favourites of the year.
  • The Restless Dark by Erica Waters – A perfect spooky read, following the story of a young woman—the last victim of a serial killer—who is trying to reclaim herself and face the darkness that’s haunted her for the last two years. And the story of Carolina whose dark past is one she can’t quite remember. Is her past dark or is she herself the darkness?

    The Restless Dark is an exciting and riveting dual-POV YA thriller for fans of Sadie and Yellowjackets. Sadie is an especially apt comp title for the content here, offering a similar mode of delivery for the story but with its own unique spin.

    Well-fleshed out characters with depth and lots of personality. They aren’t always likable but you’re rooting for them to make it out of what they’ve gotten themselves into. It’s a page-turner that keeps you engaged from start to finish—you might guess some of the twists and turns but the joy is seeing it unravel as you go.

And that’s a wrap on what I read in September. I was hoping to wrap up a couple more books but didn’t get to it. You’ll just have to hear about those on next month’s roundup. What have you been reading and enjoying?