what I read in September, a late wrap up

I’m aware that I haven’t posted anything but a wrap up or tbr since mid-July, and for that I apologize. I mentioned in July that I wouldn’t post much for a while because I’m both overwhelmed with life and have lost some of the blogging magic.

I do want to keep sharing what I read with you all, despite the blogging slump, which is why I’ve been posting wrap ups every month. Let’s ignore my prolonged absence for a bit and talk about the books (manga, really) I managed to read in September.

Shortcake Cake vol. 3 by Suu Morishita – ★★★.₅
I started reading this manga in August, after buying copies of the first two volumes. I quite enjoyed them, but didn’t fall in love with the story or characters. The sentences are chopped up so much that the dialogue doesn’t flow at all. However, the hotel I was staying at in Tokyo was the Manga Art Hotel, and they (obviously) had a ton of manga you could read for free. Shortcake Cake was also available! I decided to continue the manga as I did like the first two volumes. I feel the same way about the third volume as I did the first two though. I like it, but I don’t love it.

Escape Journey vol. 1 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – ★★★★
Escape Journey was also available at aforementioned hotel, and looked pretty interesting. It’s a second-chance m/m romance set in university, which just seemed perfect to me. This could have been a 4.5 or 5 stars if it weren’t for the completely unnecessary rape scene (and the fact it was written by a woman even though it’s an m/m romance). While I would advise you to be careful with the scene I just mentioned if that is triggering to you, I did enjoy this volume overall. It’s very smutty though, so please keep that in mind!

Sweet Blue Flowers vol. 1 (omnibus edition) by Takako Shimura – ★★★★
I went from a smutty m/m romance to a sweet, adorable f/f one with Sweet Blue Flowers. It follows two girls who rekindle their old friendship when they start taking the train to school together every day. While they go to different schools and have their own friend groups, they take the train together every day. It has so many sweet moments, multiple LGBT+ characters and relationships, and I absolutely loved it. The only reason this didn’t receive a higher rating is because I felt like I needed a diagram or chart to keep up with the different characters and their relationships. It became so confusing after a while! Would highly recommend this manga if you haven’t read it already!

That’s it. That’s all I managed to finish in September. I know, I barely read anything! To be fair, I was traveling for almost half the month, and work was crazy right before leaving. I also started taking classes once a week last month which only added to the hectic schedule. I’m quite happy with what I managed to read though. I’m happy to have discovered some more manga.

What did you read in September?

My September to-read list, chosen by the ‘wheel of TBR’

I’ve been obsessed with Codie’s Wheel of TBR videos since the start of the year, in which she lets a wheel she created herself pick prompts that will guide her reading month. I absolutely love this idea but a) am not very crafty and b) don’t have any supplies necessary to make a physical wheel. Instead, I used an online one and filled in 20+ prompts. I chose to spin 7 times because I feel like that’s an amount of reading I can accomplish but could still turn out to be a challenge too.

So what did the wheel (and Inge) pick for me?

Spin 1 – read a classic 

Dracula by Bram Stoker 
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is the only classic on my physical TBR I haven’t read yet so it became the default pick when the wheel ended on this prompt. Not going to lie, I experienced a moment of utter dread because I haven’t had the best luck with classics but I want to go into this with an open mind. I hope I’ll like it!

Spin 2 – let a friend pick

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
When the wheel landed on friend pick, I knew I had to ask Inge to pick from either my current library books or my TBR. She chose The Poppy War, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I think I’m going to absolutely love it.

Spin 3 – read manga or a graphic novel

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
I saw this one at my local library a week or two ago, and immediately brought it home with me. I’ve heard so many people talk about this sapphic graphic novel, and I can’t wait to read it.

Spin 4 – read your most recent purchase

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers
Actually, my most recent purchases are several Fullmetal Alchemist volumes and The Poppy War, but I’ve already finished FMA and Inge already chose The Poppy War for a previous spin. So I’ll take the book I purchased right before those, which is Record of a Spaceborn Few. I’m looking forward to reading the final book in this epic scifi trilogy.

Spin 5 – read an orange or yellow book (color of the wheel)

The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi
The prompt here was to read a book in the color of the wheel this prompt was in. Did that make sense? I couldn’t chose the colors myself so I had no influence over it being orangey-yellow. I picked this one up while on a trip in Naples in 2017, and still haven’t read it. Time to change that.

Spin 6 – Read a book that starts with the letter y

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
I bought The Year of the Gadfly last year after watching abookolive’s video on books that are similar to The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted, and I have no idea why it’s still on my TBR shelf months later.

Spin 7 – pick a book blindfolded

The Girl King (The Girl King #1) by Mimi Yu
Another library book! The Girl King was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, from the moment I learned of its existence in the summer of 2018. However, after it was published I saw a lot of ‘meh’ reviews come in. A lot of people seemed quite disappointed by this book. I’ve lowered my expectations since, but I’m still really looking forward to reading it.


This was so much fun to do! I can see why Codie picks her TBR this way. I hope I’ll be able to read all of these in September, especially as I’m on vacation for a large part of the month. I guess we’ll find out in October, when I post my monthly wrap up!

Have you read any of these books? How do you pick your TBR?

September wrap up | what I read last month

I know this post is so incredibly late, but I still wanted to take my time and talk to you all about the books I read during the month of September. I did participate in the Contemporary-a-thon, for which I’ve done a separate wrap up. If you’re interested in what I read during that readathon, you can find my post on it here: contemporary-a-thon wrap up.

In this post, I’ll only talk about the books I read outside of the readathon in September. Let’s get started!

Easy Prey by Catherine Lo – 1 star
I did not start this month off well… I first read Easy Prey, an ARC I picked up at YALC in July. I wanted to read it before it came out in October so I could write a full review for you all. I absolutely hated this book, which you may have guessed from the 1-star rating I gave it. I barely ever give 1-star ratings… There’s so much wrong with this book, I can’t possibly state it all here. You can read my full review here if you want to find out why I wouldn’t recommend this book at all.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5 stars
Such a big difference between the first and second book of the month! I should have read this last year, but I didn’t. I’m so glad I finally listened to the audiobook because it was phenomenal. If you are one of the people who haven’t read this yet, listen to the audio version! The narration is on point.

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir – 3 stars
Honestly, I was kind of disappointed in this book. I was expecting an epic fantasy inspired by the Roman empire, focused on a girl who is a slave and helping the rebellion. The parts of this book that I liked were exactly that: the parts talking about the Empire, about slavery, the brutality of conquerors, the rebellion… I really enjoyed that, especially how the author didn’t shy back from the brutality and cruelty of the Roman Empire. However, this was a romance with fantasy elements, and not the other way around. There was a love square/rectangle in this book. REALLY? You’re constantly in danger, about to die, your loved ones are being killed off, and all you can think about is 2 guys you’ve met for like 10 minutes? The same goes for Elias, by the way. I’m not sure whether I’ll continue the series.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend – 5 stars
I picked this book up because Lauren from Lauren and the Books was raving about this in one of her videos, and it seemed like such a wonderful read. I’m so glad I bought it! I ended up falling in love with this middle grade fantasy about a cursed girl. I already pre-ordered the second book which will be released at the end of the month!

China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan – 4 stars
I read the first book in the series, Crazy Rich Asians, during the contemporary-a-thon and really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to continue the series as soon as possible, so I bought a copy of the sequel during a rainy day in Busan. I flew through this, and enjoyed it just as much as the first one. This has less of a focus on Nick and Rachel and focuses more on Chinese high society than on Singapore, but it was just as funny and interesting. I love the footnotes in this book. If you don’t like footnotes, you probably won’t enjoy these books as much, but I thought they were so interesting. I can’t wait to read the third book!


Those are the books I read in September outside of the contemporary-a-thon! Have you read any of these? What did you read in September?

Weekly Wrap Up | September #4

Another week has passed, which means it’s time for another weekly wrap up! I can’t believe this is the fourth one I’m doing already. I feel like I just got started with the idea, but apparently a month has already passed in the meantime! 

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The Rose and the Thorn (Riyria Chronicles #2) by Michael J. Sullivan – ★★★★★ // I’m in love with this one. I adore the characters! I’m so glad Michael J. Sullivan decided to continue writing the prequels, and I hope there will be many more to come!

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes – ★★★ ½ // I finally decided to continue with this series. I have mixed feelings about it. I’m interested in the story, the world and the magic but I’m not really attached to the characters. And that’s why Rebel Spring was my least favorite of the three so far, I think.

Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes – ★★★★  // I liked this more than the previous one, because I feel like it was a lot more action-packed! Looking forward to the continuation of the story in Frozen Tides.

Atlas of Cursed Places by Olivier Le Carrer – ★★★ // This was a curious one! A non-fiction book with gorgeous maps talking about cursed places in the world. My review for this one will be up tomorrow!

Lumberjanes Single Issues #11-18 – ★★★★  // I just had to continue. I couldn’t leave it like that, knowing there were more single issues already out! I am in love with issue #1 through #17. I do feel like #18 disappointed me because suddenly the artwork changed entirely. How the characters looked and everything! And I liked the previous art style much better.

Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking – ★★★★ ½ // I’m really intrigued by this trilogy! I find it to be really captivating, and I really enjoy the main character as well.

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On the Blog (2)

  • Summer has come to an end and I’ve told you all about my summer wrap up. Better known as the FIRST TIME I actually managed to read at least half of a seasonal TBR. 
  • Obviously, as I wrap up one season I need to make plans for the next! So on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, I talked all about the books I want to read this fall: Fall TBR.
  • I wrote two mini reviews on non-fiction books! You can see my reviews for both JavaScript for Kids and Ruby Wizardry here
  • IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY! I’m officially 21 years old now. So I made a list of 22 things I want to do before I’m 22. 

In Real Life (2)

This week was the first week of class at uni. It’s so weird to go back! I feel like I’m definitely not settled in yet. I still have to get used to it all. But the first week went okay! I’m a tad scared because several professors have already announced that we’ll have to write papers too and along with our thesis, it seems like a lot of work. 

I FINALLY RECEIVED MY LAPTOP. Yes people, I am blogging to you from my new laptop, which only took like 40 days to get to me. I didn’t receive the backpack that was supposed to come with it but that’s a headache for later, I guess.

The new season of How to Get Away With Murder has begun! AND THE FIRST EPISODE WAS EPIC! I can’t wait to see what the new season has in store for us. Scorpion has started its second season too, and I very much enjoyed the first episode of that too. I watched the first episode of Scream Queens and Blindspot, two new shows, and I’m so impressed. I really loved Scream Queens. I’m so excited for all my shows to come back!  

But obviously, the most exciting thing for me this week was my birthday. On the day itself, I had an amazing dinner with my parents. And yesterday, I celebrated with my friends –which is why this post is going up late, I couldn’t quite manage to do much this morning. 


So that’s my wrap up for this week! What have you read this week? Or watched? Have you seen the new episodes of the shows I mentioned? I’d love to hear about it all! 

Weekly Wrap Up | September #3

Another week has passed, which means it’s time for another weekly wrap up! To be honest, I’m not super-happy that this week has already gone by, but I’ll talk more about that later…

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Ruby Wizardry by Eric Weinstein – ★★★ ½ // A review book I really had to get to. I’ll be combining my review for this one with my review of Javascrpt for Kids which I read last week. I promise they’ll be up soon!

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson ★★★★★ // I DID IT. Guys, I finished the trilogy. It was absolutely glorious and exceeded my expectations by far. I’ll definitely have a review for this one soon as well. 

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On the Blog (2)

  • MY FIRST BLOGOVERSARY HAPPENED THIS WEEK! I’m so excited. I’m hosting a giveaway –which is still open right now– and I love the amazing comments I’ve been getting from you guys! (here)
  • I wrote a review on The Empyrean Key by J.L. Tomlinson – here
  • AND I wrote a review on the entire Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead –which I should have posted like 3 months ago… (here)

In Real Life (2)

I know I’ve been posting less this week and I’m really sorry. But I think I’ll have to go back to posting about 3 times a week from this week on. Why? On Tuesday, I’ll be starting university again. Yup. It’s here. The year is starting up again. So I’m going to need some time to settle back in. That’s why I’m not happy this week has gone by. It’s the end of summer holidays, and I don’t think I’m ready for that.

So what happened this week?

I’ve been gathering everything to take back to my student apartment, which I share with my best friend. Which means two trips to Brussels to get everything there, a trip to Ikea –obviously– and lots of packing. That already took up a lot of my time! 

So, do any of you remember the new laptop I ordered and that arrived broken? I STILL DON’T HAVE A REPLACEMENT. This is the worst company service I have ever seen. I ordered that thing on August 18th. A month later, I don’t have anything. They send me an invoice for repairs. Are you kidding me? I’m not paying that! I didn’t break it! At this point, I’m ready to cry. I’m starting my last year of uni –when I have to write my master thesis– without a working laptop.

Speaking of my thesis, I had my first meeting with my promoter this week. If you don’t know, we can choose from several research topics, each overlooked by a professor. I chose mine in May or June I believe. I’m doing my thesis on Pay What You Want pricing, but I need to come up with a more specific topic. I want to research the phenomenon in online businesses so that’s what we discussed together. I’m really excited to start working on it! 


So that’s my wrap up for this week. What did you read this week? Or do? Or watch? I’d love to hear about it! 

Weekly Wrap Up | September #2

Hi guys! It’s Sunday again, which means I’m doing my second ever weekly wrap up! I quite liked the way it turned out last week so I wanted to keep it going. Let’s get into it!

What I Read (2)

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The Heart of Betrayal (Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson – ★★★★★ // I read The Kiss of Deception this year and really loved it! I was hesitant about reading the sequel because I had my doubts on whether it would be just as epic, but I’ll talk about that more when I write my review and get it up. Safe to say that I loved it though!

Javascript for Kids by Nick Morgan – ★★★ // A book I got for review! I still need to write my review on it, but for now I’ll just say that it is quite the guide to Javascript. Very thorough!

Lumberjanes Single Issues #1-10 – ★★★★½ // MY LOVE OF THE WEEK. I just randomly started reading Issue #1 on Scribd because I’d heard some people talking about it. Guys, I fell in love. But Scribd only has up to issue #10! And I’m on a book buying ban. What to do!

The Empyrean Key (Ardentia #1) by J.L. Tomlinson – ★★★ // Another review book! I’m killing it this week. So definitely a full review to come. 

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On the Blog (2)

  • I CHANGED MY THEME! I just felt like I needed a change but at this point, I’m not ready/able to self-host yet. So I searched for a nice, new theme. Do you like it?
  • I wrote a review on The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom – here
  • I talked all about the finished series I want to finish soon on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday – here
  • I wrote a review on Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry, which I really liked! (here). 
  • I showed you some of my favorite quotes from the fantasy genre, here
  • I wrote a review on The Year of The Runaways, a book entirely out of my comfort zone – here
  • I announced my book buying ban, which I started on Monday – here!

What I Watched (2)

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The Best of Me

I watched The Best of Me yesterday. Why? Well, first of all, it’s a Nicholas Sparks movie. You just have to watch that. Secondly, JAMES MARSDEN. I adore James Marsden. So knowing he plays the main character in the “now” timeline, I just had to see that. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. I haven’t read the book -sorry. But the movie is great. Also: don’t watch this if you want to see something cute and fluffy. Just a warning.

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This week, I haven’t really been watching a lot of TV shows or movies -other than a Belgian TV show called “Het Lichaam van Coppens” which means The Body of Coppens (Coppens is the last name of two Belgian brothers). That show is awesome. But this week, I’ve mostly been watching YouTube videos. So I figured I’d show you some of the channels I’ve been addicted to lately.

Cambria Joy – healthy lifestyle
Charley Cook – books
Claire Marshall – beauty
Estée Lalonde – beauty
Fleur de Force – beauty
In the Frow – beauty, fashion
Laura in the Kitchen food
Lily Pebbles beauty
Vivianna Does Makeup beauty
The Domestic Geekfood

In Real Life (2)

Not that much happened this week, just a calm week of vacation -one of my last!

I did start reading up on my thesis subject for my masters -which is all about Pay What You Want- and I am meeting my thesis promoter this week to start brainstorming and looking at the deadlines. I’d rather start too early than have to catch up later… 

I still haven’t received the new laptop. And the new e-reader I ordered arrived with a scratch in the screen too. Guys, I’m having the worst electronics luck of my life. I’m starting university again on the 22nd, and I don’t have a fully functional laptop. Are you kidding?

AND yesterday me and my mom went for a massage. My mom still had a voucher from her birthday and we each got a Hot Stone Massage. I can say that it was one of the happiest 1.5 hours in my life. SO GOOD GUYS!


So that is my wrap up for this week. What did you read this week? Or watch? If you have any movie or TV show recommendations, I’d love to hear them. 

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I’m leaving you with a picture of James Marsden. You’re welcome.

Weekly Wrap Up | September #1

Today, I’m trying out something new! I’ve been watching Weekly Wrap Up videos on YouTube for a while now and it looked like a lot of fun! That way I can keep you updated during the month, instead of making one giant post at the end. So let me know: do you prefer monthly wrap ups? Or do you like weekly ones too?

What I Read (2)

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – ★★★ ½
I did it! I finally read a classic. My goal for this year was to read 2. And since it’s already September, and I had this one on my shelf, I figured it was time to give it a go. I’ll definitely write a full review, but for now I’ll say that I enjoyed it – but it wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★★
I’m actually quite proud of myself here. Last year, I was anticipating Heir of Fire like crazy. And then I didn’t end up reading it until months later. And now, I read it within the same week it was released! I absolutely loved it but if you want to hear more details, I’ve written a full spoiler-free review which you can find here.

Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh – DNF
I don’t often DNF books. In fact, this is only the third book I’ve DNFed this year. I think. Maybe the fourth? But this book really wasn’t for me. I’ve explained my reasoning in my review, which you can find here.

On the Blog (2)

  • The first post this week was all about the September Releases I Can’t Wait to Read. I do this every month, to highlight the books I want to read NOW.
  • This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was all about characters I wouldn’t get along with in real life. You just know that you don’t want to hang out with these people. You’ll just have to make up an excuse each time they ask you.
  • I’ve also written an August Wrap Up, talking about everything I read, watched and did in August. I talk about the books I read, reviews I posted, TV shows I watched and what happened in my personal life.
  • I finally posted my London book haul! Courtesy of Pan Macmillan and the awesome secondhand book markets & charity shops. 

What I Watched (2)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

On Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was on TV! So of course, I (re)watched it. And now I am in the mood for all things Harry Potter! I want to re-read them, watch the movies again and listen to the soundtracks! I might do that this evening. OH NO I CAN’T. You know why? Tonight -which is Saturday, by the way- they are playing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on TV. So I’ll be (re)watching that too.

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Hawaii Five-0

This week, I started watched Hawaii Five-0. I already started this once before but that was so long ago that I couldn’t quite remember what happened. So I figured I might as well start again. Do any of you watch this? It’s worth it just for the Steve-Danny banter!

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Belgium: Red Devils

In the past week, Belgium has needed to play two matches for the qualifications for the European Championship –if I’m not mistaken. One on the 3rd of September, and the second tonight (Sunday night, I mean)! I’ve been trying to follow our national team -of football/soccer, if you weren’t aware- for a while now, as I watched every match when they played the WC in Brazil. I just love them. LOOK AT THAT PICTURE!


So that’s what I read, reviewed, wrote and watched this week! Let me know if you’ve read any of the books, watched any of the shows and so on. Also: do you like this weekly wrap up format? Or would you prefer for me to just do a monthly again?