Hello friends! Welcome to the beginning of a new month, my favourite month, the month of my birthday (as well as awesome ghost-shaped chocolates & pumpkin flavoured EVERYTHING). I’m super excited for October as I will be having some first time experiences this month, such as flying in a plane! While that terrifies the hell out of me, I’m still looking forward to it as it will be a new adventure. I haven’t gone on an adventure in way too fucking long. I’ll be heading to Seattle for coffee, books, and lots of fun at the Science-Fiction Museum. So, go October… You shall rock this year, my love. However, the budding of a new month means stacking all of the titles read back onto the shelves, tucking them in neatly for future pickings.
I found myself feeling terribly restless this month in regards to books, so I turned my attention to manga. A few novels did find their way into my hands–all of which were pretty decent for the most part–but manga volumes dominated the reading realm. The genres that resonated the most with me in September are fantasy and mystery. If these sound like genres that you may be into via novels, comics, and manga, check out the titles down below, broken up respectively.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: A grown man returns to the house where he grew up to attend the funeral for a family member. Upon reaching his home, he recalls a memory of a girl from his childhood. This memory takes him on a reminiscent journey of magic, pain, and loss. This book is exquisitely written. While it is a bit of a slower paced book, the story is absolutely captivating with emotions that range from warmth to fear and grief. Five kittens out of five.
- The Mythology of Cats: Feline Legends & Lore Through the Ages by Gerald and Loretta Hausman: A collection of over 50 tales of legend and lore revolving cats! Not the greatest kitty book out there. I felt that the authors either digressed a little too much, or repeated themselves in inventive ways just to fill the pages out. Repetitive nature aside, I did enjoy a bit of the historical information provided, and the insight into the evolution of human feelings towards kitties. Overall, three meows outta five.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: The story about a young English woman named Claire who’s visiting Scotland with her husband, Frank, in 1945. He’s a historian who’s researching Scottish history, as well as his own ancestry. Through a number of brief plot elements, Claire finds herself standing at Craigh na Dun, a significant site of stone circles for Druids. She touches the stone and gets transported back in time to Scotland 1744. This was the biggest surprise for me this month. It’s not smutty, but breathtakingly beautiful in prose, emotions, and history. The sex is mature, real, and sophisticated with a genuine contribution to plot, not hormonal satisfaction. Five out of five.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Simon is a gay teenager who is coming to grips with his sexuality, but circumstances arise and he finds himself being blackmailed with something near and dear to his heart. While he confronts his own identity, romance, and friendships in the midst of the bully’s selfish demands, Simon discovers that there’s far more to life than just what’s on the surface. I did like the bullying aspect best. Sometimes when you’re being a jackass to someone else, you just don’t realize what you’re taking away from them and how profoundly your actions can impact them. While in a more realistic setting, I don’t see the bully feeling the way that Simon’s did by the end, I still appreciate the lesson of it all. Overall, it wasn’t a bad read. I liked the sass and wit. The one thing that irked me the most is that Tumblr is simply called Tumblr. It’s not “the Tumblr.” That was very annoying, especially when it was brought up multiple times in one paragraph. Final rating, three Oreos out of five.
- Mortal Kombat X: Volume #2 – Blood Gods by Shawn Kittlesen and Dexter Soy: A prequel series to the video game. The characters quest for the legendary kamidogu daggers continue! The art is phenomenal and the story is brutally badass. It’s also a wonderfully nostalgic way to experience the characters outside of the gaming medium. Five fatalities out of five.
- Mortal Kombat X: Volume #3 – Blood Island by Shawn Kittlesen and Dexter Soy: The conclusion of the hunt for the kamidogu daggers leads our characters to truths that some of them weren’t ready to face. Once again, the art is vibrant and visually enrapturing, while the story continues to be well-written and engaging. Another five beheadings out of five.
- Spiderman/Deadpool Volume #1: Isn’t it Bromantic? by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness: Spiderman and the Merc with the Mouth get tossed together in a new series that’s filled with absolutely HILARIOUS theatrics, vulgar frustrations, and extremely bromatically delicious interactions. I’ve been waiting for this series for a long time and I’m so proud to say that my anticipation didn’t go to waste AT ALL. Five bromance kisses out of five.
- Akatsuki no Yona #21 by Mizuho Kusanagi
- Absolute Boyfriend #3-#6 by Yuu Watase
- Gosick #7 & #8 by Kazuki Sakuraba
- BTOOOM #14 by Junya Inoue
- Princess Jellyfish #16 by Akiko Higashimura
- Nodame Cantabile #1-#5 by Tomoko Ninomiya
- Mardock Scramble #1-#3 by Tow Ubukata & Yoshitoki Ooima
That wraps up my reading romps for the month of September! I’m wishing for more novels, and more diverse novels at that, with October’s arrival. What did you guys read in September? Any favourites? Any disappointments?
Happy reading, until next time. ♥