#SBS September Monthly Wrap-Up
Welcome to our monthly feature where we talk about what we read, adopted into our libraries, and what’s on our minds. After hosting #SignedBookSundays on instagram for 4+ years, we are transitioning to this format as a way to share signed books and talk about bookish (and personal) highlights. Join us the last Sunday or last day of every month (or whatever day today is…we are busy!)!
In Case You Missed It
- Christy & I have been extremely busy with real life, we hope to start doing some more author interviews & review content soon!
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- Our 9th Blogiversary is coming up!! Stay tuned (again) for a celebration!
What We Read
Kelly: I managed to read 8 books this month! And 5 of them qualified for #SapphicSeptember and I also started on my Spooky Reads TBR!
- In Every Generation by Kendare Blake – I haven’t read many eARCs lately, but when my friends asked me to buddy read a Buffy the Vampire Slayer story from Kendare Blake, I couldn’t say no! Very Buffyverse and super entertaining! This one releases on Jan 4th!
- Fresh by Margot Wood – hilarious and yet gets serious about life, choices, and bimisia! The full bi college freshman experience! Highly recommended!
- Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab – the final book in the Cassidy Blake series is a creepy read and I loved it and this series! For a MG series, I found it to be just scary enough for me!
- Love & Other Disasters by Anita Kelly – another eARC (who am I?) this is a queer adult romcom, with a bisexual & pansexual nonbinary MCs, and it was a foodie paradise and I loved reading this representation and pairing! This one releases on Jan 18th!
Christy: I read more books this month than I expected! I got through 7 books, reading autobuy authors and diving into spooky season. It was a somewhat predictable and enjoyable reading month.
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – Ok, I am OBESSSED. I picked this up because it was converted from a Reylo fanfic and I left this book ready to reread it the minute I finished. That has NEVER happened. I still want to reread!
- Take Me with You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven – David is an autobuy/instant read author but Jennifer Niven has a history of writing incredibly problematic books. I was especially hesitant as the setting was an abusive home. It turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year! Be sure to check out the TW on this book before picking it up.
What We Hauled
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- The One True Me and You by Remi K. England – another eARC for me, after the last two went well, so that I requested this queer contemporary from an author I adore! – This one coming out on March 1st (courtesy of Wednesday Books)
- Ferryman by Claire McFall – international bestselling fantasy series finally being published in the USA before the major motion picture is filmed! – October 12th (courtesy of Walker Books US)
- Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson – start of a dark fantasy trilogy – October 5th (courtesy of Simon Teen)
- The Girls are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh – ghostly horror story – available now (courtesy of Penguin Teen)
- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – signed copy from Joseph-Beth!
- The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl – signed copy from Schuler Books!
- The Witch Haven by Sasha Smith – signed copy from One More Page Books!
- Wonderful Women of the World edited by Laurie Halse Anderson – The latest edition to the DC GN line up, this anthology is based in real life! A variety of creators showcase women we can all look up to. Thank you to DC Comics for sending me a copy!
- Very Bad People by Kit Frick – ICYMI I Killed Zoe Spanos was AMAZING and I can’t wait for Kit’s next book. Kit’s foray into dark academia is sure to be delicious. TY to Kit for hosting a giveaway, which I won!
On the Top of Our Minds
Kelly: I really don’t understand how time has been so slow yet the month is over in a blink! I just feel like life is all whacky and I don’t know if time will ever feel normal again. My spouse went back into the office this month, so I am home alone with two dogs with extreme separation anxiety and so I manage that most of the time, while still trying to work and blog and read…and the blog is taking the biggest hit in my lack of time. I am however still buying A LOT of books, and of course reading barely any…so some things never change.
Christy: We are in the thick of moving and soooooooo ready to be in Colorado! I’m finishing up my last week teaching for 24 Hour Fitness while packing, finishing my current grad classes, and staying way too busy. Applying for jobs! Basically my brain is all over the place. Selling a house is hard, yall. Moving is hard. Do not recommend doing it, especially twice during a pandemic.