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September 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

Since we bookworms can’t help ourselves from sharing (and curiously wanting to know) what other bookworms have read – I’m going to reintroduce my monthly wrap-up articles. The list of what I read and an itty bitty thought on each! 


  • Total Books Read: 10 
  • Average Rating: 3.8
  • Audiobooks: 2
  • Best Book: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
  • Least Favourite Book: Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce 


The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches (3.75*)

Written by Sangu Mandanna

Published by Berkely Books

A cozy, charming spin between House in the Cerulean Sea, Practical Magic, and romance. I listened to this as an audiobook but might have made for a better read as sometimes the narrator came across a bit too twee and saccharine for my liking. This will be everywhere this fall and should be added to your TBR if you’re looking for fall + cozy + magic.

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Miss Benson’s Beetle (3*)

Written by Rachel Joyce

Published by Dial Press

This unlikely friendship story between two very different women set in the 1950s, who join together on a hare brained expedition to find a rare beetle, should’ve topped my favourites list. But all the humour and heart couldn’t make me love or care for these characters that got lost in a bogged down, repetitive plot line – face big bad, bicker, help each other through, bond, face next big bad. And the characters themselves, while their relationship grew, they themselves stayed pretty static.

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On the Roof Top (3.5*)

Written by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Published by Ecco Press

I liked it, didn’t love it. The premise of this story – a mother who wants better for her three girls in 1950s San Francisco – tries hard to get the young women a record deal. Each woman however wants something different with her life. Racism and gentrification and four character POVs burden a plot that was weighed down by confusing (sometimes conflicting) exploratory prose. Some truly beautiful passages exist among the pages, but the whole work is a bit muddled.

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time (4*)

Written by Gillian McAllister

Published by William Morrow & Company

Taking me a while to get into the story, I eventually settled into this thriller? mystery? time travel? novel about a mother who witnesses her son commit murder then subsequently starts travelling backward in time, hoping to prevent the crime. Solidly entertaining and quick.

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The Thursday Murder Club (4*)

Written by Richard Osman

Published by Penguin Books

Having watched and loved Only Murders in the Building, I was on the hunt for more mysteries. This novel is rumoured to be the launching point for the show, so I gave it a try! So, so good! So much humour, such lively characters, and a smart, quick plot. Trigger Warning? Surprisingly, a lot of suicide, is woven into this “light hearted” comedy mystery.

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Fable (4.5*)

Written by Adrienne Young

Published by Wednesday Books

Highly enjoyed this one and wish I hadn’t waited so long to try it! I struggled at the beginning to gain my bearings here, but once I did I escaped away on a pirate ship with a truly kickass heroine (who spends the entirety of this novel in some state of bruised, broken and bleeding). Vivd description and a fresh pirate-y plot, with a non cringey YA romance.

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The Drowned Woods (4*)

Written Emily Lloyd Jones

Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

I really like Emily’s writing and have read most (maybe all?) her novels. This is a very entertaining story of unique, wicked magic, a corrupt and evil prince, and an unlikely gang of misfits trying to put an end to his reign of terror. I really enjoyed the central few characters but do feel the novel might have been enhanced by trimming out a few. The six characters took time away from the ones that really shine and overall I’m not entirely happy with the ending and consequences for some characters.

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Middle Grade:

Girl Giant and the Monkey King (3*)

Written by Van Hoang

Published by Square Fish

It was fine, okay. A bit boring, repetitive, and ultimately kind of forgetful. An overall fine middle grade, Chinese mythology, contemporary story about a girl blessed? cursed? with supernatural strength and so desperate to rid herself of it that she makes a deal with the trickster Monkey King. I simply found that it didn’t stick out or stay with me as I’d hoped given its strong start.

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Fenris & Mott (4*)

Written by Greg Van Eekhout

Published by HarperCollins

A pleasant surprise! A girl crosses paths with a cute puppy that turns out to be Fenris, moon eater and world ender, and she vows to keep him safe while trying to prevent the world ending Ragnarok. I knew to expect Greg’s humour, but I was really blown away by his well drawn connection between our current climate disaster and Ragnarok. I loved the friendship in this story.

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Inkheart (5*)

Written by Cornelia Funke

Published by Scholastic

Finally read this classic! Listening to it on audiobook made me feel like a kid again being sucked into a really good, read aloud story in early Elementary. Definitely went darker than I was anticipating at times (which I was fine with), and maybe was too long in the tooth, but that’s part and parcel with these classic fantasy stories – a la The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

You can find it here: Bookshop.org

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