September Reads

I know, I know, September is long gone and believe me when I say it could not have been over sooner. But before I can send September officially packing and embrace the new month, I have to share my thoughts on the books I have read during the month that was supposed to bring Spring to Cape Town (FYI it has failed miserably in that department too)…

You guys, I am proud of myself! Even with all the stuff that went on, I still managed to do some solid reading – an improvement from the amount of books I read last month!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

My growing lil' collection
I think Harry Potter has released me from the crappy reading slump I’ve been in this year. I am sure there is no need to explain the plot of this book so I will just say that I really enjoyed it, which is no surprise I know. I still feel like it was written as more of a children’s book so I can see why I never took to the first two books when I started reading it years ago.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanΒ J.K Rowling

Now THIS book was awesome!! I think the story really picked up a whole different dimension in this one. I got so many answers for all the unanswered questions I had after watching the movie. Sirius Black and Professor Lupin are two of my favourite characters from the movies, so when I started this book I had high hopes. I am so pleased to say that my expectations were met and exceeded!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard byΒ J.K Rowling

I still cannot get over the fact that I got this book for a measly R40! I mean where have you ever? This little book is such a special edition to my bookshelf. In The Deathly Hallows, Dumbledore leaves The Tales of Beedle the Bard to Hermoine, and it contains fables which I imagine witches reading to their little ones as bed times stories.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I wrote a short review on this book here. I breezed through this story and I immediately fell in love with Patrick Ness’s style of writing.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

IMG_20150912_191821 I wrote an in depth review here which explains exactly how I felt about this book. I feel that everyone needs to read this story as it explains a part of history that I don’t think many people are aware of. If you like historical fiction and have not yet read this then please remedy that as soon as possible, believe me, you will not be disappointed!

My Life Next Door Huntley Fitzpatrick


So, I haven’t been reading much romances and I was in the mood to read something from this genre. I have heard people go on and on about this book on social media, and because I had it sitting in my “currently reading” pile on Goodreads for about a year, I thought it would be good to finish it once and for all. Let me first say that I enjoyed the plot, the writing style was good and I found the characters to be entertaining too. BUT, I still felt let down after I finished the story. I know that after reading all the amazing reviews, I had high hopes for this one and I hate that I always fall into that trap since I have had so many of these experiences! I would recommend this book to someone who hasn’t read much romance novels.

Burying Water by K.A.Tucker

I enjoy K.A. Tucker’s writing technique. She also manages to surprise me each time I read something written by her, because she always adds that extra bit of something to her plots. The story of Jesse and Alex was unlike anything I have read before. The mixture of suspense, romance and action was a wonderful combination that held my interest throughout the duration of the book – something that I haven’t experienced in a while with romances.

Chasing River by K.A.Tucker

IMG_20151004_083214 Luke and River’s story was also one that I found hard to put down. Normally an author builds up a character in the previous book so that you want to know more about him/her. But I never felt that way about Luke. He was not a character I thought I’d enjoy reading about because he was unbelievably materialistic and arrogant – not qualities I particularly enjoy in a hero. Despite this, he pleasantly surprised me. I wouldn’t say this is the best I have read by K.A. Tucker, but it is good enough for me to recommend it to anyone looking for something with a little bit of action.

Fair Game by Monica Murphy

I think the only reason I completed this book was because it would have bugged me to have yet another story left unfinished. Still, I felt like I completely wasted my time with this one – it was mind numbingly (is that even a word) predictable. My general reaction to this was:

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I am currently reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, which I am enjoying so far. You can follow me on Instagram, if you would like to keep up with my bibliophilic tendencies, since I regularly post my thoughts on what I am currently reading. And if there are any books you thought were good, then please drop a comment below, I am always looking for recommendations!

– Nihaad

38 thoughts on “September Reads

  1. RedHeadedBookLover says:

    These are such incredible books but also such beautiful photos! I love this so much. I am going to check out Patrick Ness after reading your review because it sounds really good! I have now fallen in love with your blog after this post! Thank you!

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    • Nihaad says:

      This comment made me smile so hard, thank you!! I hope I see more of you over here, and I really appreciate the comment! Patrick Ness has a way with words! I cannot believe I have walked Earth all this time without reading his books! As soon as I read more by him I will be sure to write a review. Please let me know what you think of his work once you’ve read something. Xo

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      • RedHeadedBookLover says:

        Awww this makes me so happy! I love your blog and this post so I had to let you know and reading this makes me want to read Patrick ness even more! I am going to go hunt online for some books now! Thank you ! (:

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  2. Aaliyah Zahra says:

    Wooow how many books did you read?Impressed. I picked up Gone Girl and even though its gripping I am unable to finish it.
    I laughed so hard at that reaction gif of yours. And kudos to finishing it even though you knew the ending. I wouldn’t bother and especially if a book doesn’t get exciting midway I just chuck it out. I am picky like that.
    Thanks for introducing new books to read πŸ™‚

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    • Nihaad says:

      I read a total of 9 books I think? Which is a major improvement from previous months. I think because of all that happened in September, I needed an escape which good books provides. Haha I am glad you liked it, when I thought of that book I immediately got a flash of that scene from HIMYM! I am like that too, but I have soOo many half read books on my list, I would have hated to add another so thought I might as well pull through. Even though it was a waste of my time I felt like I conquered something when I finished lol don’t know if that makes sense…

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  3. khansana1000 says:

    OMG, you finished quite a lot! so there you were in your books while you have been away from blog πŸ™‚ Do let me know how is Cress? I am interested in reading it, did a short presentation about her during my studies for one of the subject, Take Care girl! πŸ™‚

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  4. Yvo says:

    I have Between Shades Of Grey and A Monster Calls on my TBR pile and I read The Tales Of Beedle The Bard last month as well! HP And The Prisoner Of Azkaban has to be one of my favorites of the series.

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  5. Bash Harry says:

    Whenever I’m in a reading slump (which I’m in now) I would turn to good ol’ J.K Rowling. Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban are such a wonderful books, not my favourite but still damn good! My favourite is Goblet of Fire! Haha!

    I’ll have to try reading Patrick Ness soon. I heard his writing style is fabulous! ❀

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

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    • Nihaad says:

      I am reading the HP series for the first time so I still have to decide which one will be my favourite. I have a sneaky feeling it is going to be The Half Blood Prince but I will have to wait and see. You will not be disappointed with Patrick Ness, I adore his style of writing. I can’t wait to read more by him. Thank you so much for visiting πŸ™‚


  6. Paige @ Page by Paige says:

    These are such beautiful photographs! I bought A Monster Calls a few days ago but it was the version with the black and white cover. Nowhere as pretty as the cover your’s has! I checked out your review and it sounds AMAZING.


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