Ah September, you and I had a lot of fun together. We happily snuggled up preparing for the colder weather with our blankets and cups of tea and listened to lots of MURDER. Yup, that’s right, thrillers were my pick of the month and oh boy, the body count was high. I have also become completely addicted to audiobooks. I had started to listen to them in 2020 far more than I ever have before, but this month murder and audiobooks became a full on obsession!

The Statistics:

Thrillers: 10
Paranormal: 7
Other (Fantasy and Contemporary): 2
Total number of books in September: 19
Total number of pages: 6676
Total hours of audiobooks: 134 hours 45 minutes

The Thrillers

I don’t know if it is the incoming cold, wet and gloomy weather, but all I wanted was a thriller. Then I continued my read of J.D. Robb’s In Death series…I am aiming to read one book a month…but once I started reading them I couldn’t stop! I steamed through 7 In Death books this month. I regret nothing. If you are after a series that perfectly blends thriller, romance and friendship, all with a pinch of angst, then pick it up.

Another author that mixes a thriller/mystery plot well with romance is Kendra Elliot and I really enjoyed her latest release The Silence. I also tried a new author Charlie Donlea. I am still digesting what I thought of his books. I had been looking forward to The Suicide House and I think the problem was that I was expecting something scarier and creepier than what I actually got. However, Don’t Believe It was an interesting read and one that had a massive twist I didn’t see coming!

The Paranormal

There were quite a lot of rereads this month, as usual, I do love a reread. I have started rereading on audio my favourite ever series in the world: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. The first book is Magic Bites and, as usual, I completely adored it and it was interesting listening to it for the first time rather than reading as I usually do. For Francesca and I’s podcast The Fangover, I have also been diving back into the Night Huntress and all associated series by Jeaniene Frost. Which, has helped me discover why I love rereading; I have a terrible memory, I remembered nothing of what happened in these books. On the upside, it was like reading these books for the first time all over again!

But, apart from rereads, a real highlight of my month was Season of the Wolf by Maria Vale. I love this paranormal romance series, it’s such a unique take on werewolves and it feels so raw and gritty and wild. Season of the Wolf, is probably one of my favourite reads of the year thus far.

The Others

There were only 2 books this month that weren’t either paranormal or thrillers. The first was No Offense by Meg Cabot, which was a light hearted contemporary romance. This is my first time reading Cabot and I enjoyed it, it was a fun book that kept a happy smile on my face. Although I am not racing to read her entire backlist, I am definitely interested in taking a look.

The other book was Serpent and Dove by Shlby Mahurin a YA fantasy. I’ve seen so much love around for this book, something that made me really nervous. And, honestly, it wasn’t my thing. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, I kind of nothinged it. The characters were okay, the romance was okay, the world was interesting but didn’t really stand out to me. It was all just…okay. So, I am unlikely to continue this series, but atleast I can say I gave it a try.

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It is so easy to get sucked in to the In-Death series! I was so disappointed in Kendra Elliot’s Mercy Kilpatrick series. The writing left much to be desired. Great re-read choices! I have A Wolf Apart on my tbr. Meg Cabot is good for light-hearted romances. I have Serpent & Dove on my tbr but hmmm, now we’ll see.

Amy R

Wild Fire by Kristen Ashley, A Touch of Stone and Snow by Milla Vane, One More Round by Alice Clayton, Tin Gypsy series books 1-3 by Devney Perry, Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen, Savior by Teagan Brooks